Enjoying the Simple Firsts of Motherhood

Two nights ago, my youngest, last baby slept in her “big girl” bed for the first time. Not long before, she started demanding to sit at the kitchen table instead of in her high chair. My little PlaytexBaby isn’t such a baby anymore. She’s growing up. As much as I tried to keep her a “baby” as long as I could, time (like the thief it is) swept in and turned her into a little girl. I know I say that a lot. I’ve come to realize that I really struggle with the passing of time.

E’s ascend into “big-girl-hood,” as bittersweet as it may be, is a reminder that although the baby milestones are coming to a close, so many firsts still lie ahead. My four-year-old recently started ballet, for instance, and I hope to never forget her excitement on that February Monday, or how proud I know I’ll be during her first recital in just over a month. Then there will be her first day of Kindergarten, her first dance, her first date, etc. Even when they’re full-grown women, starting families of their own, there will still be lots of firsts I’ll get to enjoy with my girls: the first time they find out they’re going to be moms, the first time they register for baby things, and the first time they ask for advice – #ForBetterBeginnings.

See, the firsts are fewer and farther between these days. So instead of focusing on major milestones, I plan to start focusing on and appreciating the everyday firsts – like the first time E said “I love you, Mommy” without being prompted, which also happened two nights ago (be still my heart). A recent first we enjoyed as a family was our first picnic of the year to kick-off to Spring; it was complete with PB&J eating, trampoline jumping, bubble blowing, and “soccer” playing – all in our back yard – until the sunset. It was so simple but so fun, and a first we can enjoy every year.

It’s the little, simple firsts that make being a mom – a #PlaytexMom – so fun. Now that I don’t have to rush off to an office every day, the “little” firsts are the ones I’ll get to experience most often. And for that, I’m more than grateful.

Time is a thief but it’s also a gift. Cheers to the simple firsts.

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  1. April 24, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I’m not a mom, but seeing my younger cousins growing up so quickly is crazy! Time does fly.

    • Shannnon
      April 24, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      It really really does. Thanks for reading!

    • Shannnon
      April 20, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for reading!

  2. April 10, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Having the kids grow up is so bittersweet 🙁 I miss my babies so much but man, things definitely get easier the older they get!

    • Shannnon
      April 10, 2017 / 7:58 am

      They do get easier and, in some ways, more fun! Thanks for reading!

  3. April 10, 2017 / 6:25 am

    Awe! I love this! It’s so true, the older they get the less “milestones” there are, but there are more everyday milestones and moments like you said!

    • Shannnon
      April 10, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Thank you so much!

  4. April 8, 2017 / 8:55 am

    This post was so sweet! I loved it! I also loved that you shared a ton of pics of your family, but didn’t show their faces- genius! I need to start getting more creative about doing this.

    • Shannnon
      April 8, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thank you so much! And thank’s for noticing! It was really challenging to shoot without their faces at first but now it’s second nature. I actually have to remind myself to get their faces in the frame for pics I don’t plan to share! Haha. Thanks for reading!

  5. The Everyday Mom Life
    April 7, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    There are so many firsts that are bitter sweet. I’m always excited as they grow up, but looking back I’ll always miss the babies they were.

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Bittersweet is exactly the right word! It’s all so exciting and fun but a little sad, too!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much!

  6. raisingjayandabel
    April 7, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Every Moment, no matter how “big” or “small” should be celebrated <3 thanks for the reminder <3

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      I completely agree! Thanks for reading!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Brittany!

  7. April 7, 2017 / 9:13 am

    Yes, yes and yes mama!!! I hear you… they are much fewer and further between. But I love that, looking for the little things, like saying I love you for the first time. So sweet!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much, Tabitha! The “I Love You” was a huge one for me and made my heart so happy. Thanks for reading!

  8. April 7, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Such a beautiful post! Time does fly by and it is so important to live in the moment and enjoy all the little things!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:52 pm

      Yes it is! Thanks so much, Melissa!

  9. April 7, 2017 / 12:22 am

    This is too sweet. Love being home for those firsts!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:53 pm

      Thank you! Yes, me too (so far)!

  10. babiestobookworms
    April 6, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    This is such a great reminder to focus on the little moments! I try to take in the little moments with my daughter and pay attention to all of her firsts!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      It’s hard to always be in the moment but so important! It can be easy to miss those “little” things! Thanks for reading!

  11. April 6, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    I relate to this post so much! I’m no longer going to experience first steps or first words, but there are still plenty of firsts for us to experience as our kiddos get bigger.

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:54 pm

      There really are! Thanks so much for reading!

  12. April 6, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I love how you ended this post – time is also a gift. There are so many struggling with infertility that would love to pass their days with little ones. You are wise to be grateful. Blessings to you and your girls as you enjoy simple firsts together.

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you SO much! It’s so easy to complain – some days are just plain hard – but having a grateful heart is SO important. Thanks for reading!

  13. April 6, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    This is so sweet! I teared up a little, #pregnancyhormones! Being a mom is the greatest gift in the world. I love all the firsts.

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Those hormones will get you every time! Thanks for reading!

  14. April 6, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Awww yes there will be firsts their whole lives and then you get grandbabies to celebrate firsts with!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Yesss! But I am SO not ready to think about my future grandbabies’ firsts! LOL

  15. April 6, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I totally agree! You have to remember there will always be firsts, whether they’re baby firsts or big girl first or even adult firsts! Always something to be grateful about. Now if only I could get these pregnancy hormones to agree so I can stop crying every time my toddler does something more big kid and less baby lol

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Haha darn those hormones! LOL. I don’t have that excuse but man am I an emotional wreck a lot! 😉

      Thanks so much for reading!

  16. April 6, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Time really does go by so quickly. I so enjoyed my kids when they were tiny and reliant on me. I can honestly say that I’m currently enjoying my new season as well with each of them being older and I love that they are some of my best friends in the world.

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      There’s something so sweet about them relying on you for everything, isn’t there? But the independence that comes with age is bittersweet AND refreshing! I love that my 4 year old can completely dress herself, for instance! And I agree – I love that my girls are already my little BFF’s. Thanks for reading!

  17. April 6, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Love this post, and the pink picnic table is SO cute!! ❤️

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! My husband built it for them and they love it!

  18. April 6, 2017 / 11:14 am

    This is so sweet! Love all the colorful photos.

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Alia!

  19. April 6, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Such a beautiful post! I can still remember the very first day my daughter said I love you for the first time. Such a precious memory.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Belle! Seriously the best memories! Thanks for reading!

  20. April 6, 2017 / 9:59 am

    i’m not a mum, but i will let you know that we may grow up fast but my mum is my best friend and i’m sure your girls will think the exact same of you when they grow up. So cute that she said i love you on her own, my heart would have melted!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      It TOTALLY melted! And mt mama heart wants nothing more than for my girls to see me as their BFF like you see yours. Thanks for reading!

  21. April 6, 2017 / 9:47 am

    All of the feels on this one mama! I’m feeling super emotional right now as we enter “birthday season” in our house! These days are so fleeting!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Yes they are! Birthday season is so fun but so hard!! Stay strong, Mama!

  22. April 6, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Great post! Loved the photos, and time does go by so fast!! Enjoy your family! 🙂

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Thank you so very much!

  23. April 6, 2017 / 8:44 am

    so it’s totally the hormones or all the real mom dove campaigns, but this post as made me tear up… again. “don’t blink, it’ll go by so fast” was one of those comments that I totally rolled my eyes at when I was holding a newborn squish. but now that I have an independent 5 year old, it’s like “YES! YOU WERE RIGHT!” watching your kids grow up is so bittersweet because you want to hold on to them for as long as possible but then again, you can’t wait for them to grow up! also, yay for you getting to spend more time with your little ladies!

    • Shannnon
      April 7, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      YES! I can’t wait to see who they’ll become as they grow up but I just wish they would do it slooooooowly!! Thanks so much, girl!

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