The Sentimentality of Motherhood


When my baby was a newborn I couldn’t wait for her to grow up.  During the early days I dreamed about the day when she would be able to hold up her own head, roll over, say her first word, laugh…

But now that these milestones have started happening?

Well, let’s just say that I’m feeling slightly less enthusiastic about the prospect of these milestones now that they’re actually happening and happening so quickly.  Just today we had another milestone as we were out to dinner and Fern sat in a high chair for the first time ever and after taking approximately 50 pictures of the occasion I started to get a bit sentimental.

It seems like every time I turn around, Fern is doing something new; making  a new face, learning a new trick, realizing things about the world around her.  It’s not that I’m not excited about all the progress she’s making – it’s so much fun to see her take on these new little adventures – but, it’s hard to know that all these firsts are also lasts.  Today was the last first time that Fern will ever sit in a high chair.

It’s strange thinking of things in these terms and realizing that my baby girl will never be as young again as she is today.  It’s all going by so fast.  I heard other moms say the same thing before I had a baby of my own and I never really understood until now.

I know that I can’t do anything to change this, but I can make a conscious effort to soak up every little moment of my Baby’s 1st Year and that is exactly what I intend to do.

Have any of you found yourselves becoming sentimental since having a little one?


Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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