By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama
I’ve been making picture albums for my husband’s family for Christmas and at one point last night I had a whole year’s worth of milestones covering the floor of the living room — a full-color photo testament to all the cool things my daughter did for the first time this year. When she was a baby, I documented every move: when she smiled, rolled over, walked, talked and started going pee-pee in the potty. But there are always a series of “firsts”, no matter how old she gets.
A partial list of the firsts from 2008:
- Got pneumonia. On her sixth birthday.
- Finished kindergarten
- Learned how to swim
- Rode her first big roller coaster in Hershey Park
- Walked on the boardwalk on her own two feet
- Visited New York City
- Took a trip on the subway
- Caught a fish all by herself
- Started first grade
- Lost her first tooth
- Learned how to ride a two-wheeler bike (Look ma, no training wheels!)
- Was a flower girl in a wedding
- Took her first horseback riding lesson
- Had her first sleepover (at home and away)
All those pictures reminded me again just how fast it all really goes by. I know that way before I’m ready, her year-end list will include things like drove a car for the first time and went on her first real date. It also reminds me that we’re never too old to add “firsts” of our own every year. We never stop learning.
What did you do for the first time in 2008?