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10 Unforgettable Moments When You Become A Mom

Your first year as a mom can be quite intense, full of joyous moments, sleepless nights, exhaustion and awe-inspiring experiences. One of my friends is pregnant again and as soon as she shared the news, I began remembering certain milestones that even now make me smile or fill my eyes with tears. The truth is, I felt like a mom even before I gave birth. My life changed from the moment I learned I was pregnant and I began asking myself about whether every little thing I did was safe for my baby or not. You could say that from the moment I knew I would be a mother, I stopped thinking just in terms of myself; anything I did also affected another human being.

Here are 10 unforgettable moments in the first months of becoming a mom, from the moment your confirm the news  to when your baby starts sleeping through the night (talk about life-changing!), including your little one’s birthday.

  • Unforgettable moments your first months as a mom 1 of 11
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    Click through to check out some of motherhood's unforgettable moments.

  • When you find out you’re pregnant 2 of 11
    Positive home pregnancy test

    Few admit how scary it can feel. Even if you really wanted to have a baby, you probably don't feel fully prepared for motherhood. That moment changes everything!

    Photo: Flickr by BrownGuacamole

  • When you listen to your baby’s heartbeat for the first time 3 of 11
    Sonogram and baby's heartbeat

    There are no words to describe what it feels like. That heartbeat makes it real.

    Photo: Flickr by  brettneilson

  • When you feel your baby for the first time 4 of 11
    pregnant belly baby kicks

    You might not even be sure the first time you become aware of your baby moving, but that will change drastically as your pregnancy moves along. 

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When you hold your child for the first time 5 of 11
    Mom and newborn

    It's awe-inspiring. You simply cannot believe that you are finally holding your baby. For many moms, bonding is instant, but for others, it's not. Take your time getting to know your baby. 

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When you come home with your baby 6 of 11
    bringing baby home

    It's such a special moment to bring your baby into your home. Especially if you had a high-risk pregnancy or your little one was a preemie (born before 37 weeks), because it feels like a major triumph.

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When your baby smiles at you for the first time (and it wasn’t gas). 7 of 11
    baby laughing

    Those gummy smiles will melt your heart. And as the weeks go by, smiles turn into giggles, raspberries and full blown laughs.

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When you baby sleeps through the night 8 of 11
    Baby sleeping

    Amazing. And yes, life-changing. Sleep-deprivation is no fun. Once your baby sleeps through the night, life gets easier for new parents.

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When your baby says "ma", "mama", "momma" 9 of 11
    Baby girl

    Once your baby recognizes you and babbles "mama", "ma", "momma" or something like that, your heart will melt. Especially if he or she babbles "mamama" before "papapapa" or "dada".

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When your baby gets sick 10 of 11
    baby boy crying

    Yes, your anxiety level skyrockets and you might feel as miserable and helpless as your baby when he or she gets sick and simply feels miserable. Even if it's just a cold, your child's first illness makes you realize how much you can worry and wish for a magic wand to keep your little one safe from fevers, viruses and nasty bugs.

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

  • When your baby turns 1 11 of 11
    Baby 1st Birthday

    Isn't it amazing how slowly those first days of motherhood seem to pass on by while the following months breeze by?

    Photo: Jeannette Kaplun

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