Gracie and Annelie have 100% completely up to date baby books. Yes, I am one of those mothers. Anytime my girls hit a milestone, I run to the hall closet, pull out their baby books and record it. Before Gracie was even born, I had her baby book memorized, so that when a baby book milestone arose, I would have a picture and documented moment to add to the page. First tooth, first solid food, first bath... they are all there.
But there are certain milestones that all kids reach, that are missing from the baby book and I always wish there was a place for them. Annelie is in the middle of learning her body parts, and the one she loves to point out the most is "nose." Of course, like all babies learning where their nose is, she doesn't just tap her finger to the tip, she shoves her finger deep inside. And of course, whenever someone is holding her, she decides to show them where their nose is... by saying "nose!" while shoving her finger deep inside their own nostrils.
Mothers out there, I'm sure you can relate. You just gotta love those milestones that we parents can use as ammunition against them for the rest of their lives! I just wanted to share some of my favorite unconventional milestones and baby firsts that might not have a set place in their baby book but certainly mark important moments in their childhood development - and in my heart!
My mom was visiting us and thought I was cruel for photographing rather than comforting... but come on. These photos make the best photos! And how cute is my screaming baby? I knew that I wouldn't always find her tantrums so adorable, so I figured I might as well record one that was.
Nothing compares to the joy on a baby's face when she discovers the joy of swinging. I don't know how I even got Gracie out of the swing, she was having so much fun.
Gracie Discovers her Belly Button
(and thinks that it is a plug socket)
Gracie Unravels a Roll of Toilet Paper
Baby messes are not really things to record, that is true. But there is something about the milestone in which a baby unravels an entire roll of toilet paper when your back is turned, that makes me smile. She looks so angelic with that fluffy toilet paper all around her.