Too many F’s? But these are the most glorious ones in life.
The first time I got to know what an Apgar score was! APGAR is basically Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration. So from here is where we start rating our kids: P
The first time she fed from me! Aah! It took time and patience (which I didn’t have after 19 hours of labor). Nothing is more satisfying than knowing that you can feed your own baby.
The first time she pooped! Oh everything is a miracle when it comes
to your own creation. What we are told that even though it is disgusting
looking black, it is normal and it means the baby is healthy and
The first time she came home! It was such a proud moment for us. I guess this is the point where everything sunk in for us too…
We were now parents and this was a huge deal and the baby was coming
back to us with no doctors or nurses for help! Thank God for Grandma!
The first time she smiled. Oh maybe it was gas as they say infants
under 3 months don’t smile. But who cares, we called the paparazzi out
to click many pictures
The first time she got her shots for immunization. She didn’t cry as we were expecting her to. Brave little girl.
The first time she got on an aeroplane. 3 months is too young to be
at such altitudes. But she did it and her paranoid parents with tonnes
and tonnes of baggage (Unrequired Essentials for the baby) also made it
The first time she turned over. We almost pushed her over I think. Over eager as I was to get this milestone ticked because she was in her 4th month. It’s debatable whether her first was her first or the second was her first here: D
The first time she said something in a language other than baby talk. It was ‘Thatha’
which stands for ‘Grandpa’ in Telugu Now here is the milestone we
bragged about. She is an utter chatterbox from even way before she
turned 1. Though it does create some minor headaches sometimes, but let
mommy not be mean here.
The first time she ate solid food. The expression on her face was
telling us, ‘Hey Mommy, you are going in the wrong direction with that
spoon, shouldn’t it go in your mouth!’ Oh! There is a whole story for
foods and first foods. That is for another day another time.
The first time she started crawling. Oh that ringed a bell in the
parents minds, where is your childproofing? We looked around the house
and everything looked reachable, sharp, poisonous or hot!
first time she started walking. That took time. She would hold things
and walk. But independent walking came a little later. So the
panic-at-everything-baby-related mommy started panicking. But walk she
did at 14 months. Not too late as I would think in retrospection! And as
soon as she started walking, she also started running! Now I could see light at the end of my weight-reduction tunnel!
I could go on and on about the firsts and the magical feelings we had as first time parents. It’s a roller coaster ride the first year, each milestone hit is an achievement for us and the baby. Now these firsts will never return. After all, we are only going to be first time parents just once in life. Aah! So precious.
Obviously all babies go through these milestones and after a certain
time, I know it doesn’t matter in the long run. Obviously, as a first
time parent, I fretted before the milestones were achieved, as each
milestone came with a time period within which they needed to be
achieved. Some took time and some came way early. Some kids rolled over
early or walked early or talked early but that doesn’t mean anything
after a certain age.
But to me these were personal achievements. Thank God, for all the
cameras and handy-cams which have stored these memories for us, forever.
(This is from my article in Parentous.com and I just had to have this for the letter F)