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Being a mom, there are so many milestones we watch our children meet, from sitting up to walking and running. But what about those small moments, those #littlewonders? You know what I am talking about, watching your child try something new for the first time, watching how he picks up his food and examines it before putting it in his mouth. The time when you realize you no longer have to cut up the soft foods for your child? There are so many #littlewonders that happen outside of the bigger milestones, here are some of my faves from being a mom the second time around.
The Little Wonders that Make Motherhood Special
I love watching my son eat. Is that weird? I remember when he first started to eat solids. I gave him small pieces of soft fruit and just watched him while he ate. It’s not just watching him, but listening to him too.
Hearing older people eat doesn’t really appeal to me, and I know it will be when he gets a little older too (I don’t enjoy watching my 6-year-old eat as much) but for now, watching his little facial expression and how he picks up his food and how he moves it around his mouth is just mesmerizing to me.
My daughter is almost 7; my children are only 5 years apart, yet I feel like I am experiencing things like this all over again for the first time. I am sure I enjoyed watching my daughter eat and experiencing new foods, but I think this time around I am well aware of exactly how fast they grow!
I think the second time around you start to appreciate a little more those #littlewonders that your child has. Like the day my son went from eating cut up pieces of banana to holding half of it himself. I am pretty sure I shed a little tear knowing that he no longer will be eating his banana in small bite sized pieces. Then I started noticing other foods he no longer needs cut up into bite size baby pieces, like his grilled cheese (I cut them into strips).
Each child seems to have their little preferences too when it comes to food and how they eat, have you noticed this? My son loves veggie sticks (yes, again, no more baby food snacks, another tear shed). I give him one, he looks at it, then looks at me and waits for one for his other hand. He will hang on to it until he is done with the first one and then eat the second one. I love these little quirks! Maybe they aren’t quirks, perhaps every child does this and I am just biased.
What about the day he drank from a straw? That was a big one for me! If you have older children or younger ones who might be going through these #littlewonders at the same time, you know what I mean. The transition from a sippy cup to being able to drink from a straw is a big one in the toddler world! And as a mom. Ever tried to explain to a toddler how to suck on a straw? I never could find the right way to explain it; they just had to figure it out. But when they finally did it was such a sweet moment to witness! Another one of those #littlewonders.