MANN: Looking forward to more 'firsts' with my toddler

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Kids are so funny.

They are endless hours of entertainment. The way their imaginations work, and how they always want to know more, and more, and more about the world around them is both fascinating and refreshing.

And with kids, you get to go back to experiencing new ‘firsts’ all the time.

It’s exciting.

Firsts are a long forgotten phenomena, because you get to a point in your life where you think all the firsts are long gone — first kiss, first beer and first skinny dipping experience. Then there is your first day at school, first love, and first job.

But when you have kids, there are a whole lot of new firsts to look forward to…and some not so much.

This month has been full of firsts for my family.

We watched our first movie together (it was Moana and my daughter asked her dad and I a question AT LEAST every 10 seconds).

Needless to say, we made it halfway through the movie. I snuck up later that night and finished it myself — I had to know how it ended.

This month was also the first time my daughter let me know she didn’t like me very much.

Everyone warned me about that heart-breaking moment where you realize you can’t please your toddler all the time, and because they are the person in your life you love the absolute most, it cuts so deep when they tell you they hate you.

I wasn’t ready for that one.

However the most notable first was when I received a text message from my husband the other day, letting me know he had accidentally let the ‘F’ word slip out, while driving our daughter around town. 

Being that she is very inquisitive, she simply asked what he was talking about. 

He thought he had convinced her that he was really saying duck, not f*$!, but sadly no, and she continued to repeat the word throughout the rest of the day.

Yep, that’s right, my innocent bundle of cuteness has uttered that gross, obscene word that you admit to using yourself, but do your best to spell out when in the presence of children.

I’ve never laughed so hard in my life, but cringe to think of her using that word in public.

And I know it is going to happen.

Some firsts I could do without.

Every day I get excited thinking about what new firsts I will get to witness.

I know there are going to be some pretty memorable firsts, alongside some pretty traumatic ones, complete with tears and tantrums.

I am still waiting for the ones that I catch myself dreaming about with a big, goofy grin on my face — the first time my kids will eat (and like) what I make them for dinner, the first time they walk to school together side by side, and the first time they come home from college and I know they are still best friends.

This won’t be the last time I’m looking forward to the first.

— Becky is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her family and saving time by reading while walking, She knows there is so much more to come and is looking forward to the continued adventure.


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