The firsts that are yet to come

Since Nerys turned 2 she seems to be moving further away from the baby days at great speed.  Which makes me feel like a lot of those wonderful ‘firsts’ that you get to experience with a baby are behind us.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time recently reflecting on this, and wondering, ‘are the baby days behind us?‘.  And it’s made me feel a little sad.  Rhys is looking more grown up by the day, and Nerys seems to be catching him up fast and I do miss the early, new baby days with them both.  But I’ve started to shift my focus and, rather than stay in the past, think about all the amazing ‘firsts’ that we still have to look forward to, the firsts that are yet to come.

the firsts that are yet to come

The first day (and night) with no nappies.

This is one of those firsts that feels a bit bittersweet, because it marks the end of another part of the ‘baby stage’.  But I’m quite excited about it really.  Rhys was relatively late at potty training, but I think Nerys is nearly ready to start trying.  And I’m quite happy at the thought of not needing a stockpile of nappies and wipes around the house for the first time in 5 years!

 

The first joint sleepover at Nana and Pop’s house.

Rhys has slept overnight at his Grandparents’ house quite a few times in the last few years, but Nerys has been a bit more of an unreliable sleeper so we’ve not packed her off there yet!  The time is coming though.  She’s sleeping much better these days and has been asking if she can have a bath and go to bed at Nana’s house soon.

The first night that both children spend the night there together will definitely be a strange one, but the thought of waking up of my own free will rather than being woken by a shouting child is a wonderful thought indeed!

 

The first holiday as a family of 4.

We’ve travelled to Kent as a foursome to see my family at Christmas, and before Nerys was born we took Rhys to Morroco and to the Isle of Man, but we’ve not been on a proper holiday as a family of four yet.

This is a first I’m really looking forward to, whether it’s another trip to the Isle of Man, or just a weekend away somewhere here in Wales, I think we’ll have a lot of fun altogether, letting Rhys and Nerys explore somewhere new together.

 

The first ‘big day out’.

We tend to stay quite local at the weekends, and during the school holidays even we mostly spend our days at the park, or the beach.  So we’ve not really done any ‘big days out’ with Rhys and Nerys yet.  But this is something I would love to start doing now that they’re of an age to really enjoy trips out and for it to not be too stressful for us (Rhys was a real ‘runner’ as a toddler so taking him anywhere really was quite stressful!).

I have a list of places I want to go to as a family, including the zoo and an aquarium with one of those tunnels that you walk through that goes under the water!  I know I would have a great time there, and can just picture the children’s faces seeing all the animals and fish for the first time.

 

The first challenges overcome.

I remember the first time Rhys was brave enough to tackle the fireman’s pole at the park all by himself.  I think I have a video of it actually.  I was so proud of him, because he’d be scared of it for so long.

At that same park recently Nerys climbed up the rope ladder all by herself and without hesitation slid down the helter skelter slide.

These little challenges have been huge to the children, and it’s amazing to watch them persevere and work to overcome them.  I’m really looking forward to watching them handle themselves against all the other challenges they’ll face as they grow up.

Parents of older children, what other firsts have I got to look forward to?  And parents with little ones, what firsts are you excited to watch your children experience?

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  1. wendy 17/06/2016 / 6:53 am

    Aww there are still so many exciting firsts to come. I bet the kids will have a great time on your big days out and imagine the money you will save once you don’t need to buy wipes. The baby days are lovely but there’s so much more to look forward to xx #TheList

    • This glorious life 17/06/2016 / 4:34 pm

      Haha, I’ll save a fortune when the nappy days are behind us! Thanks for the positive perspective! x

  2. Laura - dear bear and beany 17/06/2016 / 12:22 pm

    I can’t wait for no more nappies. I look forward to being able to leave the house without a bag full of clothes, snacks and drinks! But I am also sad that I will never have the first time someone calls me momma, or the first hug and the first kiss. x #TheList

    • This glorious life 17/06/2016 / 4:33 pm

      Not having to worry about nappies and wipes in my bag will be great, but I think I’ll have snacks and drinks on me for a while to come though! x

  3. Crummy Mummy 17/06/2016 / 1:46 pm

    The first day at school (gulp) – that’s a big one! #thelist

    • admin 17/06/2016 / 4:30 pm

      Oh that is a huge one! I’m sure it’s worse for the parents than the children! x

  4. Frances Taylor 18/06/2016 / 9:44 pm

    I can’t wait for either to have an overnight sleepover and getting rid of nappies seems a long. long way off! Whatever stage in life you’re at there will always be firsts yet to come. Soon enough it’ll be the first date and the first child so I will try not to wish time away 😉 #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 12:02 pm

      Oh no I’m nowhere near ready to start thinking about mine dating and having children, haha! x

  5. Bad Dadu 18/06/2016 / 10:15 pm

    To be honest I won’t be sad to say goodbye to the nappies and I’m definitely looking forward to the first time I wake up and we’ve had no nighttime visitors #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 12:01 pm

      Haha, but that first morning when you wake up having not heard from them all night you immediately panic that something must be wrong! x

  6. the frenchie mummy 18/06/2016 / 10:45 pm

    So many important steps for the little ones. I am not yet there with mine as he is only 5 months soon. Time files by, reading your post reminds me that I must enjoy those early moments with my baby #KCACOLS.

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:59 am

      Yes, try and enjoy the stage you’re at as best you can, it’ll be gone before you know it! x

  7. Fiona - Coombe Mill 18/06/2016 / 11:50 pm

    Such exciting times ahead for you, each first is wonderful and you have lots to come #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:58 am

      Thank you, the more I think about it, the more I realise we really do have so much great stuff ahead of us. x

  8. Emma 20/06/2016 / 12:39 pm

    I remember reading an article a while ago about the “lasts” – it was a dad that felt like he wouldn’t go through the firsts with their second child. instead he focused on – this will be the last time we wean, have a tiny baby etc etc. this post reminded me of that 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:57 am

      Ahh thank you! x

  9. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme) 20/06/2016 / 5:55 pm

    My 5 year old has just learnt to do the monkey bars at the park – i am so proud of her! My eldest is starting Secondary School in September so this is a big first for me that i don’t think i’m ready for! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:57 am

      Wow, secondary school, that really is a huge ‘first’! I’m not sure any parent is ever ready for that one! x

  10. Jen 20/06/2016 / 6:58 pm

    Great post, I think one of my favorite first was the first book they read to you, the when they start helping you cook/bake and help out around the house. When they still WANT to help 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:56 am

      Thank you, those are lovely firsts for me to look forward too! x

  11. Savannah 21/06/2016 / 9:52 pm

    My son is 14 months old, and literally growing before my eyes. Quickly leaving babyhood, I’ve found myself wondering similar things to you. But you’re right, there are SOOOO many firsts to look forward to. Motherhood is such a bittersweet experience. Thanks for a great read! #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:55 am

      Oh thank you for your lovely comment! It really is such a bittersweet experience isn’t it. x

  12. Kerry 22/06/2016 / 5:49 am

    Yes I have first day of school looming too! In fact tomorrow I have to drop her off for her first morning 😬😢

    • Kerry 22/06/2016 / 5:59 am

      PS via #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 22/06/2016 / 11:55 am

      Oh I hope it goes well for you both, such a big day! x

  13. krissi 22/06/2016 / 4:55 pm

    This is just a reminder to treasure every moment with our little ones. Such a positive outlook on your children growing up 🙂 i also look forward to family vacations 🙂 #KCACOLS

  14. Pen 22/06/2016 / 8:41 pm

    This is a really positive way of looking at things. Thank you. I had been nostalgically remembering the good times gone by, wishing that I could relive them and capture them in a bottle. I like your idea of focussing on the exciting times to come. Pen x #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 02/07/2016 / 12:16 pm

      I think we have to focus on the amazing things still to come don’t we, as tempting as it is we can’t just dwell on the past! x

  15. You Baby Me Mummy 23/06/2016 / 2:50 pm

    Parenting is so bittersweet, but at least there are lots of new things to look forward to. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • This glorious life 02/07/2016 / 12:15 pm

      It’s so bittersweet, I don’t think I was quite prepared for that! x

  16. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 27/06/2016 / 6:36 pm

    I love this post! I think as parents we spend a lot of time looking back and marvelling at how quickly time has passed that it’s lovely to look forward in a positive way. I’m not going to lie, I’ll be over the moon to say goodbye to the nappies, mainly because my son hates being changed, but the big one is hearing that ‘I love you’ for the first time! #KCACOLS

  17. sarah 01/07/2016 / 6:24 pm

    This is lovely. I used to hover over the boy when he did the firemans pole then my sister took him and when I met them she was gassing to someone and he was happily doing it on his own…sigh. #KCACOLS

    • This glorious life 02/07/2016 / 11:57 am

      Haha, it’s amazing what they can do when we give them the space to do it! x

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