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Missed Milestones: Which Have You Missed?

First smile, first words, first steps. In a baby's first few years almost every day is filed with milestones. Blink, and you may miss one. For mamas returning to work, one of the toughest parts of leaving their tots each day is acknowledging that someone else may bare witness to a first accomplishment before they do.

I saw my son's first steps via cellphone video that our nanny sent me while I was sitting at my desk at work. When I got home that evening, he did it again, and I cheered him on like it was his very first time. Other moms I know ask their caretakers to hold off on telling them what they missed throughout the day, choosing to witness it on their own in due time.

What major milestones have you missed along the way?

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Natasha-Dantzig Natasha-Dantzig 4 years
P was approaching 15 months without taking a single step. We were starting to get worried. His grandma took him for the night so mom and dad could have an actual date night. And wouldn't you just know it - he walked for grandma. Got right up and ran after a ball. Grandma took a picture and sent it to me. I burst into tears and had to leave the restaurant for a sec. I recovered but I was mildly devastated.
nojo0327 nojo0327 4 years
As a single mom at the time and in the Army Reserve, I missed many of my daughter's first because I was deployed at the time. I heard her first word, "Hi", over the phone, saw her walk over video, missed her first birthday and more. For military families especially it is a fact of life, it doesn't make it easier, but I know personally I never would have told anyone to hold off on something. I was able to take my leave for another deployment so I was able to be there for her first day of kindergarten and her step-dad did make sure she didn't pull her first tooth out for a few hours because I was training with my unit and would be home soon, but I would never want to not know and well if her tooth had come completely out I know I wouldn't have missed much because she would have ran up and told/showed me the second I walked in the door anyway.
theposhmom theposhmom 4 years
Coming from a military household, my hubby missed everything from 1st solid food to 1st birthday to 1st steps with our oldest. No one can be there for everything and I recorded as much as I could. For moms returning to work, I think that they shouldn't tell caretakers to "withhold" that information, it's a wonderful thing to be celebrated, and besides the 2nd and 3rd time they do it are just as cute as the 1st (sometimes better!).
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