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The “Where Did My Baby Go?” Moment

The “Where Did My Baby Go?” Moment

Every parent I know talks about having them. That moment where all of a sudden it hits you like a ton of bricks that your baby isn’t quite a baby anymore. Sometimes it’s reaching a milestone like potty training, entering kindergarten, getting their driver’s license, starting college or even walking down the aisle. But I’m told that sometimes it is something more subtle, that catches you off guard in the routine of day to day life. Either way, I’d been expecting to experience these moments and I’m quite certain I had my first one yesterday.

To set the scene, for the first year of Liam’s life we took monthly photos of him in the same place (on the glider in his nursery with his “favorite” stuffed animal). I got the idea from one of my favorite blogs, All Things G&D. It was a fun way to show how much he grew every month.

We stopped the monthly shots after his first birthday and decided we’d move to biannual shots. Yesterday, on his 18-month birthday we took his picture and added it the rest. Looking through the progression my eyes welled up. Of course, I knew he’d grown and changed a lot since his first birthday. He’s talking and running and climbing and developing his own sweet (most of the time) little personality. But man, seeing it in succession, just how much he’d grown, took my breath away. Compared to those other pictures, he truly looked like a little boy and not the baby he once was.

I know it’s the first of what I’m sure will be many of these moments over the course of Liam’s life. But, as much as I was prepared for them, no one can prepare you for just how fast time seems to go by in your baby’s life.

When have you experienced that “where did my baby go” moment?

4 comments

  1. Kris-Ann, Progressive Mom

    ProgressiveMom February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    For me, it keeps happening with my second. I think the most eye opening is when he can do things on his own I didn’t know he could do…move the stool to wash his hands, open a container etc. When you know it’s your last, it’s even more bittersweet.

  2. Kate February 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I think I noticed this first when my son first started wearing two-piece pajamas and stopped wearing onesies. His pants get more and more big kid-like with zippers and snaps. The first haircut was a big moment; gone are his most beautiful curls! And then there were the definite toddlerisms that threw both my husband and me for a loop!

  3. Mary

    Organized Mom February 21, 2013 at 1:58 am

    My moment came tonight. I was carrying my almost 4 year old up the stairs (who has been a peanut for so long) when I suddenly realized he was pretty heavy and didn’t quite fit comfortably around my waste. I’m still devastated since he’s our last child. By the time I tucked him in, I could visualize him being 18!!!

  4. lisa February 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Such a big change! My son will be 18 months tomorrow too and I just hung up the collage of his 1-12 month photos. I showed it to him and he kept pointing at himself and saying “baby.” Aww!
    http://team-t-adventures.blogspot.com/2012/09/monthly-baby-photo-idea.html

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