When you hear about a milestone, many resort back to a memory of graduation, of purchasing your first car or even viewing the video your parents captured of your first steps.
But when the tables turn and you become the parent, you don't expect many firsts to be as celebrated as they are.
We may absolutely believe you should be cheering your kids on when they take their first crawl, or when they ride their bike without training wheels for the first time. But, there are some unique occurrences that will have both you and your child cheering for joy; instances that you wouldn't expect otherwise.
So, read ahead to see ten quite interesting milestones that you will surely be celebrating when your child hits the mark. You'll be shocked at your excitement.
10 THEIR FIRST TIME USING A UTENSIL
There's something very funny that happens when you become a parent: you dread some moments where the kids need your assistance, and then you cry when they no long need the help.
This happens when the child begins to eat with their own fork or spoon.
It's a major developmental leap, at least for us parents.
Not only have they mastered their pincher-grip, but their hand-eye coordination is becoming better and better.
You'll be jumping for joy the moment you see them grab that spoon out of your hand to "gracefully" place it into their own mouth.
9 THEIR FIRST POTTY PEE/POOP
Potty training a child usually (successfully) happens around the year 2.5-3 mark. While some parents begin placing their young babies on the potty to make them comfortable on it from as early as a couple months old.
Whether your child has their first pee and/or poop at 6 months or 2 years on the potty/toilet, you'll be celebrating with the entire family.
Don't be shocked if you receive a picture of your child's waste while you're at work and your partner's home to see it first-hand. You'll never be so happy to see a picture of (literal) poop.
Congratulations, you've officially been desensitized by parenthood's glory.
8 THEIR FIRST DRAWING
Talk about skill! Colouring should be encouraged from a very young age.
Not only does this artistic practice allow the child to get their creative juices flowing, but it also helps with their hand-eye coordination, their pincher grip and fine-motor skills.
Colouring tends to be introduced by crayons, while others go straight to pencil-crayons for a better practice at gripping the tool.
No matter what, when you see your little one colour for the first time, you'll be smiling ear to ear.
You may even be tempted to frame it, put it all over social media, and call the grand-parents to tell them how proud you are.
7 THEIR FIRST TIME SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT
Everyone remembers the first night that the baby sleeps through the night. You wake up in a fog forgetting what day it is. Until you realize it's morning. The baby didn't wake. GLORIOUS! But, will it last? Likely not.
We're parents: sleep is a thing from the past. We may not see it for another 18 years.
Some swear by sleep-training; while others dread the sleep regressions which come in periodic times throughout infancy.
No matter how well your baby and/or child sleeps, you will surely be celebrating the day they sleep through the night and you have that big, old bed back to yourself. For now...
6 THEIR FIRST TIME DRINKING FROM A CUP
Similarly to using their own utensils, watching a small child drink from their own cup is pretty special.
Seriously: watching your little one, unassisted without a sippy, is not only a breath of fresh air but an exciting milestone to celebrate and take pictures of.
Text your friends, your family and your partner. It's time to pack away those baby-bottles and forget about that extra dish washing work! The baby's ready for the big-leagues! Cheers to (and with) them.
5 THEIR FIRST TIME GETTING THEIR OWN SNACKS
Whether this is something you want to celebrate or try hard to minimize, watching your young child able to understand when they're hungry and actually grabbing their snack is a great milestone.
Some believe locking the fridge is necessary, while others encourage their children's independence.
Many parents who practice the Montessori Method suggest having a small cabinet that the child can safely access with snacks and cutlery at their reach.
Some also suggest the parent place food items in the fridge at arm's reach for their little ones to grab when they're hungry.
Of course ensure the child's safety if you follow these suggestions. If they're not for you- don't sweat it. Every child and every family is different.
4 THEIR FIRST TIME RECITING THE ABC'S
Yes, this is absolutely a moment in time where you will to scream; no, sing- on top of the roof tops!
Your child can recite the ABC's!
We'll warn you now: you may be celebrating in this moment, but this milestone can get pretty old quick; especially if this is one of the only (or few) songs that they know by heart.
Either way, when your child retains this information (we're hoping before Junior Kindergarten), well then, crack open the champaign! (For your partner and/or you, of course). This milestone is a big one!
3 THEIR FIRST TIME CLAPPING
There's truly nothing sweeter than a baby's first clap.
From birth, most parents/guardians encourage their babies to copy their actions. Whether it's clapping their lips together, clicking their tongue or clapping their hands, once they become successful at their skill it's a milestone to celebrate!
Baby-see baby-do. The more and more you practice with them their copying skills the more they'll be copying your words and dance moves. Just you watch.
2 THEIR FIRST TIME SCORING A GOAL
Many parents enjoy the ability to put their children in extra curricular activities. Not only do they offer some quality social time for your children to pick up good skills communicating with other little friends, but it allows the parent(s) to take a "break".
When your child ends up exceeding in the skill when it comes to said activity, you'll be the proud parent that you've always dreamt of becoming.
Truly, it doesn't matter if your child lands that jump or scores that goal. But, if they do you'll be wiping those tears from your face and celebrating with everyone in sight!
1 THEIR FIRST TIME PUTTING A SRAW IN THEIR JUICE BOX
Sound silly? Well, you may not have experienced this specific milestone yet.
The Juice Box: an invention to annoy parents and make messes on floors. One squeeze and you're spending the next few minutes wiping up a mess.
When the time comes when your child is able to not only hold the box appropriately but put that straw in the hole, you'll be jumping for joy.
Accompanied by high-fives and hugs all around, the moment your child can successfully administer their straw and hold the box well is a milestone you both can be proud of.