There is a country song with a line that goes, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” I always love that line because the first time you do something is so underrated in my eyes. I feel like the last time you do something is always remembered but what about the first? Sure big firsts are remembered such as first words, first day of school, first kiss, and so on, but what about other firsts? Things like the first silly word (my 5-year-old boy calls salad dressing “salad sauce” and it will forever remain salad sauce in our house), your first challenge at school, your first bad kiss, etc.?
Firsts are a big deal! As a mom, I try to teach my kids that the firsts are just as important as the lasts. I have two boys (ages 5 years and 16 months). For my little guy’s “first summer” last year I made sure to document and photograph all of his firsts that the summer energy brings. Here are a few of my favorites along with a few notes:
- First fourth of July (Note: Finley did not care for fireworks)
- First time experiencing a glow stick
- Mommy was quick to know Finn wanted to use it as a chew toy
- First haircut
- Bribed with snacks to try and stay still.
- First road trip
- Colorado at 6 months old.
- First time feeling sand
- First time strawberry picking.
- No help picking the fruit but a big help in eating it.
- First time camping.
- Camping “up north” as a rite of passage
- First time hiking.
- Sure, he was carried on everyone’s back but still a first nonetheless.
- First time in a bounce house (How fun is this first?)
- First time swimming
- Finley was naked in a bucket but we’re still counting it as first swimming.
- First time playing at a park
- Favorite park feature: swings
- First time at the zoo
- Loved seeing the polar bears
- First time at the splash pad
- First time having a picnic in the backyard
- First time giving “kisses” to mommy, daddy and brother
- First time eating peas
- First time playing on slip and slide
Everyone says that the days go by slow but the years go by fast with children. Ain’t that the truth? I know someday I will look back and think about the last time my kids played on the slip and slide, or went up north, but for now I’m focusing on these first moments.
– Stephanie Babcock is an IFS coordinator with the Parenting Program. She’s a proud mom of two.