Top 5 Moments of Early Parenthood (Plus One More)

Babies and toddler life gets real, but what about those perfect moments that you only get in the first few years? Here are five moments I’m missing hard, now that my boys are growing older.

That moment when first they ask for YOU.
Speaking it, signing it, giving you that look—it doesn’t matter how the communication is happening, just that it’s so, so sweet when it does.

When they run to the door to welcome you home.
Parting sucks, especially if you’re not ready for it. Seeing your baby get super excited and dance around the house just because you’ve come home? YES, PLEASE.

The first time they taste something sour.
This was the one milestone I didn’t expect to be so adorable. The first time my son tasted lemon rice soup, I think his taste buds tried to back straight off his tongue! The dramatic transition from “HEY, FOOD” to “WHAT IS THIS MONSTROSITY?!” to “MORE PLEASE!” was hilarious.

Big wet kisses.
As a kid, I dreaded soggy kisses on the cheek from relatives. So why are my baby’s open-mouthed slobbery ones the absolute best?

Pretending to eat toy food. Yes, baby! I definitely want this ice cream sandwich covered with lettuce and hot dogs! Grilled cheese soup? Yes, please!

and one more…

Snuggling in the ring sling.
My youngest is four and a half now, and our babywearing days are few and far between lately—only when he’s sick, very sleepy, or if we have a long day out at the zoo. He’s outgrowing the need for constant contact—and I’ll will miss it, even as I’m so proud of the confident child he’s become.


Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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