really break it down, who are the milestone celebrations for, really? Our babies aren’t doing anything
extraordinary by holding up their heads or army-crawling across the floor. They’re just doing their thing. We’re the ones who jot
down the date and story in our baby books (also for us). We’re the ones
who wring our hands over whether our kids are measuring up when we all know
that kids develop (and thus hit their milestones) at different rates.
are fun. They’re like tangible, black-and-white markers that our kids
are growing and thriving and that life ticks on. But you guys, you’re missing the
point. There are much better milestones ahead, long after you give up on the
baby book. (Which you will. Accept defeat.)
be milestones that change your life for the better. Milestones that make you fist
pump the sky, whispering yessss.Milestones worth celebrating because, hot diggity they were right—it does get
Photograph by Michelle Horton
1. When your kid can blow his own nose
who has used a nasal aspirator or has done the hard digging of boogers as I
have will understand. This milestone deserves cake.
2. Wipe his own butt
the potty” sounds like a big deal, and yes,
don’t get me wrong, it is. But only because it’s the first step toward bathroom
autonomy, which, let’s be honest folks, is the real goal. When your kid first “tinkles
on the potty,” it’s usually one of those small plastic ones that you still have
to clean out. (Is that really any better?) And then there are the accidents,
the pull-ups phase, the pooping in pants.
Now your kid can walk into a bathroom, do his business, wipe his
butt, flush, wash—and you never had to take a whiff! BALLOONS FOR EVERYONE.
3. Fix himself a snack
I’m not sure
when the daily “I’m huuuungry” groans will actually end, but the fact that he’s
capable of opening the fridge, find himself a yogurt and then eat it on
his own is HUGE.
Motherhood is a selfless act of service and sacrifice, and
that never really ends. But there also
comes a point when encouraging your child to pick up after himself and do his
part in the Family Team is called “good parenting.” All hands on deck. (And all
mamas’ hands in the air!)
Oh and one more thing: Even though you already marked down
the first time your baby “slept through the night,” every night you have a full
night’s sleep from here on out is worth celebrating. Cheers.