The feeling when your baby touches your chest for the first time and cuddles with you is indescribable. It’s the moment I immediately felt like a mama lion ready to protect, love and push to do my best for this sweet baby. The skin to skin on my chest continued for months at home. We had a no shirt type of thing going on for a while where we would trade off snuggling for hours at a time. It was natural and I soon learned all the benefits of what we were doing through our pediatrician. She started to talk to my husband and I about things we never knew about… development milestones.
I started to google development milestones. I asked around to figure out what sites I needed to go to and what other moms were doing. As a first time mommy, I had no clue what I was doing but I knew I wanted to do it all for our baby. We were the ones that would teach our baby how to lift her head, how to reach up for toys, smile, crawl, learn about different smells and try different foods. We were the ones who would hear those first words and know it came from our efforts of teaching her every day.
I was excited. I was excited to know that we were the ones helping her in those developmental milestones daily and we were the ones who would be able to see her progression. It made me happy and proud. And despite struggling some days here and there, I would push every day. I wanted our time together to be intentional and I wanted to stay ahead of what was to come for development so that our child would grow where her social, emotional and educational needs were met with love.
I decided early on that I would create those intentional days by writing down our activity plans at night in my journal. I shared that plan with my husband so we were on the same page. I wanted to know what we were doing daily and actually do it. I didn’t want to be glued to my phone trying to figure out what the heck to do each day and end up not doing anything because I got overwhelmed trying to figure it out that day. On top of that, I’ll be honest, it wasn’t everyday that I was jumping up for joy to play or create fun activities for our babe. Some days it was hard and most days I was excited about it. I found that when I wrote it down, I committed to it regardless and no matter what I was always happy with the end result… seeing her progression. There would be weeks where we would go over animals with different games or activities and one day out of the blue, my daughter looked in my eyes and said “baaaaaa”. I remember having tears in my eyes and moments like that kept pushing me to help her every day!
Navigating and researching everything as a first time parent and mommy can be overwhelming which is why I wanted to be sure to not only include a development section for activity goals in our journal but also include the developmental milestones and what activities you can do with your child at every stage until they are 5 years old. This way you can have those intentional days just like me. And when you have those moments where you fill up with tears because you see the progression, you can write down it down in our milestone chart and have a memory keepsake. Now having two babes, I love looking back at my daughters milestones and seeing how our son is doing as well.
I also gathered a list of developmental toys (0-3yrs) that touch on developmental areas such as emotional, language, self-help, cognitive, physical (fine & gross), sensory etc. These toys are my top choice and I made sure to connect with other mommy’s too to get their help and approval. I hope you like it and that it helps you 😊
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“I am taking care of myself today!”
Do those words sound familiar? I was admittedly the first time mom who would tell myself this message repeatedly, yet I would never follow through. When it got to the point where I felt like I couldn’t recognize myself anymore both inside and out, I decided that I needed to be done with the excuses. I didn’t want to glance in the mirror and see a worn down, tired, and unhealthy version of myself.