As our children grow, we celebrate many “firsts” and “lasts” in their lives. From the first time they sleep through the night to the last day they walk out of high school, a range of emotions mark these milestones.
Many of the firsts are happy – the first smile, the first step, the first word. Firsts, however, can be sad as well. I’ll always remember our oldest daughter’s first day of school. It was a strange mix of feelings – I was happy because she was so excited, but I was still sad as I realized how quickly she was growing up.
Lasts can be happy or sad as well – the last diaper you have to change, the final nursing session, the last night they sleep in their crib.
Many firsts mark a new stage of independence. The first time they feed or dress themselves and the first time they spend the night away from you are all exciting events, yet often bittersweet. The child has risen to a challenge, passed a new milestone – and is growing ever closer to taking care of himself.
Be they large or small, all of these “firsts” and “lasts” make the job of mothering so precious! How thankful I am for a heavenly Father who gives me grace and strength for each of these steps and who walks alongside my children as they begin their own journey through life.
What first or last have you celebrated with your child lately?