8 Mommy Milestones Parents Hit During Baby’s First Year

baby dollBaby milestones are all the rage the first year of your child's life. By the time your little one's first birthday rolls around, you likely have a list -- both mental and physical -- of all the momentous things he or she has done. Eating solids? Check! Sitting up? Check! Crawling? Check! Walking? Eh, maybe.

But milestones aren't just for babies. Moms hit milestones, too. Mama milestones. You just weren't keeping track because you were too busy taking pictures of your baby.

1. You're sleeping through the night now! Hopefully! Maybe it happened when your baby was 4 months; maybe it happened at 10! But regardless, you, Mama, are likely sleeping through the night now. That's something to celebrate.

2. You no longer check to see if baby's breathing. (Most of the time.) Do you remember when you first looked at your baby and thought about how she was sleeping instead of possibly not breathing? Yay, you! Big girl!

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3. You no longer sterilize your entire body -- and have others sterilize their entire bodies -- before touching your baby. Baby will survive a germ or two.

4. You no longer stay up the night before packing a diaper bag to go out for an hour. In fact, you probably just throw a diaper in your purse.

5. You no longer freak out every time baby puts something in her mouth. Babies put crap in their mouth. Eh, what are you gonna do?

6. You no longer call the doctor when your baby sneezes. You know you'll know when something's wrong now.

7. You no longer wonder when your baby is going to meet certain milestones. Because you know she will eventually.

8. You no longer wonder if your baby is happy. Because you know she is.

What "milestones" did you meet during your first year of parenthood?

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amazz... amazzonia

My youngest dd started sleeping at 16 months, all the other things I never did

Haley Maya Unger

Wait. Sleep? Shoot. I haven't reached that yet. 

Adrian O'Brien

My toddler is almost 2 and she still wakes up.  My 6 month old sleeps better than her.  I think this list is also true for when you have a second baby.  I freaked out about milestones with my first and now that my son is 6 months old and still not sitting up or eating baby food... I'm just like "Meh, He'll get to it when he gets to it"

carme... carmen1692

No longer have to worry about turning your back even if just for a second! :)

Cherie Porter Mallynn

As an ER nurse I can attest to this list not being true. Many parents (including healthcare proffesionals) bring their children to ER for every cough sneeze and sore throat. Not to mention anytime they vomit.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I hit all those before my baby was a month old. Yeah she's my second but even with my first I wasn't crazy. I had people wash up before touching them because that's common sense, especially with winter babies, but there was no sanitizer sitting around.

TeenM... TeenMommyof1b1g

I still check to see if my two year old is breathing... Forcive habit (which unfortunatly includes getting up a couple times a night to check) 

jalaz77 jalaz77

Had a baby Friday and with this one I quit changing EVERY diaper, wet or not. I quit changing EVERY outfit they spit up on. Little things. It's our 4th. Not sure why it took me so long...

Hime_... Hime_Tanuki

Not freaking out when they fall is a big one. My son had his first tuble at 4 months...now almost 4 years old I usually give him a moment or two to react before I jump in. Same thing with my daughter. If I react first they will cry. 
Some of them I NEVER did. Like sterilizing my hands. If my baby was hungry they weren't gonna wait a few minutes for me to wash up or find the hand sanitizer. Unless of course my hands WERE gross.  

hexxuss hexxuss

My son slept through the night by day 3 of being home from the hospital. The others are a bit touchy - he has a heart defect & had 2 heart surgeries - one at 8 mos & one at 9 mos old, so yes, I was always at the ER whenever he got sick, or got cut/etc, because his requirements for antiobiotics after surgery was so different from regular kids.  He also developed Autism by 10 mos old... milestones are relative.

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