I have made it. I have crossed the threshold into toddler-hood, and I am still alive. I used to read posts like this back when Cullen was only a few weeks or months old, and think that a year felt like a lifetime. But boy if it didn’t pass in the blink of an eye.
I worked really hard this year to stay present. To pay attention. To take an 30 extra seconds to grab the video camera and send his first steps to his grandparents. And to miss my window to shower because Cullen was sleeping on my chest, and I didn’t know if it was for the last time.
Of course there are many things you should do during the first year – all those fun firsts like a trip to the zoo, a splash in the pool, and that perfect first photo in a pumpkin patch. But here is my list of things that are a bit more abstract – the types of things you don’t realize you should have done until it’s too late to go back and do them!
Here are ten things you should try to do during baby’s first year…
Read more from Emily on her personal blog Daily Garnish, where she creates healthy vegetarian recipes, recaps her latest running adventures, and chronicles life as a new mom to her son and two crazy dogs. You can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!
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