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little toesMoms, I'm going to take the risk of sounding like a broken record, and lay some hard-earned mom knowledge on you. Kids really do grow up faster than you expect (or want!). I swear it was yesterday when I brought my daughter home from the hospital. But today she's in second grade, and all those baby milestones that I awaited so anxiously when I was a new mom are just distant memories.

Don't let this happen to you! All those firsts are amazing, and you owe it to yourself to celebrate them fully. Don't want to end up with a second grader tomorrow? It's time to throw yourself into really enjoying all these baby firsts.

1. Take a Photo. It seems obvious, doesn't it? But I'm a mom who works as a photographer, and there are moments even I have missed over the years. Grab a camera and start shooting! You'll treasure those photos for decades to come.

2. Write It Down. You swear you will always remember the day you found your baby's first tooth, but take it from a Mom who knows: time has a way of replacing even the sweetest memories with the time of your daughter's dance class and the name of the bus driver. Mark it down somewhere now, before it's too late!

3. Write Baby a Letter. A record of milestones is great for you, but your child will be just as fascinated by all this information in years to come. Here's a chance to not only tell them about the time they ate their first spoonful of strained peas, but fill them in on your life at the time.

4. Make a Memory Box. There are moments you are just never going to get back, but a few physical things can take you back! You can fill a small box with some photos you've taken, the outfit they were wearing, a lock of hair from that first haircut ... and who knows what else!

5. Call Someone. Somehow good news always gets better when you share it with someone. Pick someone you know will be as excited as you are about baby's big moment, and make a habit of picking up the phone. As your baby starts talking, incorporate them into the habit. Trust me, there is nothing like a proud 2-year-old announcing that they used the potty like a big girl to make your heart sing.

How do you mark off the milestones? Do you do anything special?

 

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