Baby’s “First and Only” Moments That Reward Us for the Struggles of Parenthood

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Becoming a parent, changes your life in many ways. Parenthood can be exhausting and is often filled with sleepless nights, but there are moments that make all the sleepless nights worth it. Your baby’s first moments not only make the trials of parenthood rewarding, they are moments you will hold close to your heart and cannot be recreated.

We have partnered with Similac, a leader in pediatric nutrition innovation to celebrate “First and Only” Moments by sharing some of our favorites.

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Baby’s “First and Only” Moments That Reward Us for the Struggles of Parenthood

Here are a few “First and Only” Moments that have rewarded me for all the struggles I faced as a new parent.

The first time you hold your baby

This is the moment I became a mom. I knew everything was different. I was a different person and my outlook on life goals, hopes and dreams suddenly changed. There was now someone in the world I loved more than anything else. Protecting my new baby and wanting to provide the best life possible became my world. When people tell you motherhood changes you, they are right and you can pinpoint the moment it happens.

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There are few things more rewarding than your baby’s first smile. It doesn’t matter how many sleepless nights you’ve been through, seeing your baby smile because they see you or hear the sound of your voice, makes it all worth it. My baby’s first smile is a memory that still brings tears to my eyes. It’s a moment I’ll always hold close to my heart.

Tips to New and Expecting Moms to Stay HealthyLaughs

The sweetest sound is my child laughing. It’s wonderful to listen to him laugh at silly faces, peek-a-boo, and tickling but you can never replace that first laugh.

Sitting up

I remember when my daughter Mattie sat up for the first time. The look on her face was priceless. She looked surprised to see the world sitting up on her own, it’s a look I’ll never forget. I guess their view of the world would have to be different sitting up on your own. Plus, it’s a huge accomplishment.

The first time baby crawls

My daughter never crawled on all fours. She used both hands, one knee and one foot. I think it was because she knew she was faster using one foot, lol. The best is, once she figured out she was mobile, I got plenty of exercise.

Waving

All my kids loved to wave bye-bye to everyone. Gosh, I used to try to teach them how to wave, but the truth is they do it when they’re ready and when you are not paying close attention, so you catch it out of the corner of your eye.

Messy BabyFirst foods

Oh man, this was a fun but messy first. From the faces they make to the huge mess, trying first foods was by far one of my favorite firsts.

Baby’s “First and Only” Moments That Reward Us for the Struggles of Parenthood 2Standing on their own

My daughter didn’t stand until she knew she could pull it off, but my son was the total opposite. He would try but wasn’t as balanced. They both looked over at me the first time they stood on their own. They wanted to make sure I saw their accomplishment.

Taking steps on their own

One of my kids walked later, but she walked from the table to me and basically took off walking. It took practice for my other baby. Regardless, they are irreplaceable moments I will cherish for the rest of my life.

First word

There is nothing that will ever replace the first time you hear your baby’s first word. Whether it’s mama, dada, or sock, it’s without a doubt one of my favorite firsts.

Baby's FirstsFirst time baby is comforted by their sibling.

This was a special moment because this was the moment two sisters bonded. Vayda comforted Mattie until she fell asleep and then fell asleep herself because she didn’t want to move and wake Mattie up. Of course, I moved them both after I snapped this picture but it I was lucky enough to capture this memory with a photo.

Mattie playing in mud jenn wordenFirst time playing in the mud

One summer day my oldest daughter played in the mud with Mattie for the first time. They had so much fun getting muddy and Mattie laughed at her big sister. I’ll never forget the two of them laughing together, it was contagious. Another memory I was lucky enough to get a photo of and hold close to my heart.

Becoming parents makes us think about all the “first and only” moments you’ll experience with your child. As much as we would love to recreate many of these moments, I can’t. They are special “first and only” moments that you can never recreate. If anyone understands how special a baby’s first moments are, it’s Similac.

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Similac with 2’-FL HMO helps to strengthen your baby’s immune system to be more like infants who are breastfed more than ever before. Similac is also the first and only leading infant formula without artificial growth hormones. Its dairy ingredients come from cows which have not been treated with artificial growth hormones.**

Similac is a great choice for moms who want a formula that provides complete nutrition for baby’s first year. It contains a unique blend of DHA, lutein and vitamin E which help support baby’s overall growth, as well as brain and eye development.

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As a parent, we want to give our little ones the best start to life and Similac provides babies with a strong start for their developing immune system. To learn more about Similac and their variety of products, visit Similac.com.

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Similac. All opinions and thoughts are our own.

Legal Disclaimer: **No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST- treated cows

*Not from human milk

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