There are many memorable 'firsts' in history, but for most parents, the 'firsts' they experience with their children are the really important ones! From tiny babies, we anxiously wait for our children to reach little milestones; first smiles, first tooth, first taste of proper food, first attempts at crawling, first clap hands, first words, first tentative steps.
We have hundreds of photos of the first trip out in the buggy, the first sandcastle, first snowman, first christmas, first birthday, and then the 'firsts' seem to slow down a bit. Maybe there are less of them, or maybe we become a little less observant? And yet, there will always be another milestone around the corner. Maybe not one we were expecting or even thought we would be excited about, but there it is; the first time the shapes go into the sorter, the first time they take off their own trousers, the first time they do a tumble without your help.
We recently had another 'first' to add to our list: we all went to the cinema. The boys are 4 and 2 so we were not at all sure whether this was a good idea, but frozen out of our home and getting cabin fever in our temporary accommodation we decided to test the water. Much as we would have loved to see Avatar (having not been to the cinema ourselves for about 5 years), we did the honorable thing and bought 4 tickets for 'Alvin and The Chipmunks: the Squeakquel'. Luckily, the boys absolutely loved it and as I watched them tucking into their popcorn and staring wide-eyed at these squeaky creatures, I mentally notched this up as another first. OK, it's maybe not as memorable as Star Wars or ET, but it's still a first!
Today was another first. I signed the school enrollment form. Yes, September looms and with it will come another, and very significant 'first'. I suppose, like all the others, starting school is just another step away from being a baby and towards being an adult. Much as that scares me in many ways, rather than dread this day I'm going to try and treat this 'first' as I have all the others; with excitement, anticipation and the camera at the ready!
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