Celebrating the milestones of our children is a rite of passage for parents. We get collectively excited about the most talked about firsts – the first smiles, first coos, first solids.
We note the date of first teeth, first steps, and of course, the first day of school. Then there’s those personal, often bittersweet, milestones. They’re different for all of us, and can be heartbreaking. Or heart-warming.
The first time your baby girl doesn’t call for you through the night; when your toddler no longer needs the potty; the first night your little boy chooses not to sleep with his favourite teddy.
These are another group of milestones. The ones we choose not to post on Faceook. We may not enjoy these particular moments, but we note them none-the-less.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Combantrin®, But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
Here are the top five, shall we say, confronting milestones, you just can’t help but notice.
1.The first time your baby vomits something other than milk
There’s something about vomit, actual vomit that makes me want to be sick too. More than anything else. More than dirty nappies, more than snotty noses. Milk vomit is different, it’s almost kind of adorable.
When a newborn baby vomits milk onto your favourite jeans, you role your eyes, grab a cloth and lovingly mop yourself and your baby up.
Then they start eating solids, it becomes a little thicker, but it’s still ok.
But soon, they’re toddlers, they get gastro and bam, actual vomit.
It’s a day to remember, that’s for sure.
2. The first time you have to force feed your toddler pain relief
To this day, my five year old hates having Panadol when he’s sick or has a temperature.
These days he has to do what he’s told. But as a toddler he was strong willed and he flat out refused medication.