My Non Typical Favorite Milestones

Everyone talks about when baby first walks, talks, sits up, or crawls.  Those are exciting and sweet, but there are milestones that really get parents, or at least me, super jazzed.  You won’t even know how awesome they are, until they happen.  While reaching a milestone means one more step away from the beginning years and firsts, these milestones make so many complicated things about parenthood easier.



It starts with big open mouth kisses then evolves into little pecks.  This is a milestone that melts my heart.  One of the sweetest parts of my week is when I get twenty kisses in a row from a toddler who’s feeling very lovey dovey when they are usually more prickly then affectionate.

Mwah! Baby kisses
Mwah! Whether you want this kiss or not!

Drawing recognizable pictures

That moment you get more than just a furious scribble of back and forth lines or circles and can recognize what the story is in a picture – Cool!!  I loved all the scribbles and dots and very brown paintings.  When I started getting rainbows, people, and tree pictures though, it brought refrigerator art to a whole other level.  We love art in our family, so watching the progression over the years is fun.

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Being able to dress themselves

This is one of those milestones where they are able to do something, but it’s unknown to you because you’re so used to just doing this for your kids, you forget that you should mayyybeee let them try to do it themselves.  Then they try, and it’s annoying, slow, and frustrating.  Before you know it they’ve gotten the hang of it.  Even though the actual getting dressed can be slower for a long time, it’s worth the struggle.  With two toddlers it’s nice to be freed up to and cut down in the amount of steps parents have to do to get out the door.


Using a bowl with the stomach flu

This was by far my most celebrated milestone.  When my husband and I did a Parents Night Out event through my mom’s group, three other couples raved about how exciting this was.  Nothing makes you so happy while feeling so lame at the same time.  In our defense, it was the beginning of Stomach Bug season so on a lot of our minds, haha/boo! This cuts down on a lot of cleaning or bedding/carseats/rugs/etc which can make the whole being sick even more stressful. Once you reach this milestone, you will be thinking, “I have arrived!”

Sick baby lying down on couch

Holding your hand/No longer running away in parking lots

I feel like I got my sanity back when Reece stopped fleeing out into the parking lot without a care in the world.  This might not be as big a deal if you have an only child, but if you have two close in age, you dread having to get out of the car in a parking lot or street.

Parking lot
The Danger Zone!!!! Photo by Parker Gibbs on Unsplash
Toddlers walking down the street
Reece making sure Kat doesn’t run off

These are just a few of my favorite milestones that aren’t highlighted of baby books.  What are your favorite milestones?

Missing Items or Missing Brain?

Parent or not, there are always items you misplace, daily even.  Things you might routinely lose: your keys, phone, TV remote, or wallet.  These are items pretty much everyone can relate to misplacing regularly.  After kids, the list seems to increase exponentially.  Pillows from your couch can go missing for days.  I don’t even know how that can even happen, but it can.  We have packed everything up, moved, gone through everything while unpacking and still been unable to find outfits, books, or tools.

I’m not sure if it’s mom brain, or sneaky kids, or just complete loss of your bearings, but items just seem to disappear into a black hole, never to return when you become a parent.  

The list is endless, but these are my top missing items offenders:

  1. Nail clippers
  2. Thermometers
  3. Butt cream
  4. Shoes/socks
  5. Lovies
  6. Half eaten food
  7. Fridge magnets (Especially the ABC’s magnets)
  8. Toothbrushes
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Shoes

There are even multiples of most of these items (I’m talking about you most of all nail clippers!) and still we are unable to unearth it when we need it.  Below are just a few found (or half found) items over my past four years of motherhood.

Missing socks
Socks with no pairs
Shoes in dishwasher
Just… Why?
Moms shoes in play kitchen
Oh yes, right where I left them…
Shoes on play kitchen
The kids kitchen is a popular place for shoes
Unmatched socks
More solo socks
Kale in the play kitchen
Found this real kale cooking in the play kitchen

If you are in the same boat as me, always check the play kitchen first!  Did I hit the mark, or miss something in your top 10?  I would love to know.  Please tell me I’m not alone!