A Mom's Milestones

By Dawn Papandrea

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There are lots of articles about the wonderful milestones that babies reach and parents go gaga over. But let’s take a moment and talk about the achievements a post-pregnancy mom will have on her own that are worthy of recognition, and even some celebration! Here were some of the special new mom moments I reveled in:

Working out. Sweating for a cause and not just because you’ve got another human in your belly is a wonderful feeling. Starting out slow by walking around my neighborhood was a great way to get out of the house and something I was able to do with baby! This was a great opportunity for me to socialize with friends as well. A nice walk around the park with friends was a fun way to get my daily sweat on. Which leads me to the next point…

Looking down and realizing I could see my toes again. Probably not since the second trimester could I see the lower half of my body -- unless my swollen feet were propped up on the ottoman, that is. As my body began to return to its former shape, I was once again reunited with toes. To celebrate? A pedicure, of course.

My first post-baby date. Once my bundle of joy arrived, it was all about baby, all of the time. I loved every minute of it, of course, but before long, I was craving some grown up time. My husband and I went for the classic dinner and a movie route for our first night out and I felt like a giddy teenage girl on a first date the whole time.

Entertaining adults and not children. For a while, your kitchen may look like a baby store exploded all over it. But, after the first tornado of baby bottles, pacifiers and burp cloths you blow through, you’ll be itching for adult interaction. Cleaning the kitchen and invading the space with wine glasses over baby bottles is such a wonderful opportunity to unwind. My first get together, complete with potluck dishes made me feel one with the outside world.

A shopping trip just for me. It's a nice feeling to treat yourself to something new and trendy, even if you can’t squeeze into those pre-pregnancy threads. Even though I had a little onlooker in the dressing room with me, being out and about and sporting a new look was really uplifting. Plus, I couldn’t help but beam when the other mall goers ‘oohed and ahhed’ over my cutie pie. All in all, as you marvel over your baby's firsts, be sure to take a few minutes to enjoy the little moments that belong to you, too.

Dawn Papandrea is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women's lifestyle, and personal finance. Her work has appeared in Family Circle, Parents, WomansDay.com, and more. She lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband, two fast-growing boys, and a living room full of toys.
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