Being a parent to a small human comes with many expected milestones to mark and celebrate: The first words. The first steps. The first poonami (can we conveniently forget that one, please?).
But let’s be real here – there are so many little moments that also deserve their hurrah and a share of the limelight too. It’s the firsts that are not necessarily the big ones we all celebrate, but the “other firsts” revolving around you, and your transition into a full-blown parent.
Yes, it’s not all about the baby’s firsts – I’m in this picture too, OK? Here are the firsts that I’ve noted down as my significant milestones on this wild new journey called parenting.
The first post-baby date night with my partner.
During my pregnancy, the most common advice I got was that ‘the baby will change everything’, and they were right. We haven’t had a date since the week before Hugo arrived. It was a beautiful degustation dinner for my birthday, and conveniently across the road from work. Those were the days! But I’ve come to appreciate Date Night 2.0: We order UberEats and watch Netflix on the couch, but there’s a catch. It can only happen on the off chance Hugo goes down for the night earlier than expected. It’s a little spur-of-the-moment night like when we were dating – that counts as romantic, right? No matter where date night scores on the romance scale, what’s important is that these nights happen.