I’ve been a mom for eight years, so milestones for kids is not something new to me, but this past year there have been some very special milestones shared in our family, and each day brings sweeter moments to cherish.We have watched as each of our kids has developed friendships, and experienced milestones and memories together.
This post is sponsored by Carter’s, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
One of our primary goals for our kids is that they treat each other with kindness, respect, loyalty, and love. Afterall, a sibling is a friend who has always been with you from the start. Our hope is that we can raise our kids to have very close relationships, to be playmates on the playground, to protect each other at school, to be there for each other as adults. Our kid’s range from age eight to one, so we are always experiencing a new milestone!
Our baby girl is growing way too fast. She currently loves the game peekaboo, playing with blocks, and she loves throwing balls. She’s a climber like her older sister and I think her goal is to just keep up with everyone. It seems like we were just watching her first steps, and now she jabbering constantly, waving and pointing, dancing to music, and running after her older siblings.
Having a second daughter has brought so much joy to our home. I have so enjoyed watching her old brothers dote on her, and she’s been my older daughter’s “baby” from the beginning. Now that she is trying to run alongside them, it’s been so fun to see the special bond develop between sisters. They are already besties and inseparable whether it’s playing peekaboo, picking flowers, or feeding the fish.
My older daughter is approaching Kindergarten and she has been learning sight words and learning to write. As we talk throughout the day she always picks up on the words she has already learned. She sits and looks at books trying to sound out the letters. She can write her name, and her siblings names without my help. How can that be? It will be tough to send her off to school this August. I tell her daily that she’s not going, that she is staying home with me forever, and I’m always guaranteed a giggle, and a hug and kiss.
My sweet toddler is officially a three-nager. Have you heard of this? I always tell people that age three is harder than age two. My sweet boy is into everything and he’s all boy which means he loves being outside, he loves dirt and loves to destroy things (especially his older brother’s LEGO’s). He’s that age where he has trouble controlling his emotions and doesn’t quite understand right from wrong. However, he is the sweetest little boy. This guy is my little lover, he is always generous with his hugs and kisses. He has a special place he’ll lay his face on my shoulder, and no matter what happened that day everything seems right in the world.
With shuttling` his older siblings to their activities, and taking care of the baby, it can be difficult to get one-on-one time with him. I try to be intentional every day to do something with just him whether it’s reading books, cuddling while watching a show, or doing puzzles together. We also go on dates on the weekend, just the two of us. He is my most inquisitive, always asking questions, always wants to know the how and why. His newest milestones are counting to 15, running while kicking a ball, and he is finally into coloring!
My two older boys have experienced so much growth this year. In first and second grade, both are reading fluently. My oldest will pick up a book and start reading to whoever will listen. If my hands are full with the baby during bedtime, he’ll happily read a book to his siblings. Seeing them sitting piled up together makes my heart melt! They will sit and do their homework (and of course need encourage from mom). They help with daily chores and toy cleanup, and they earn a small allowance. I’m so proud of how they’ve learned to be responsible and take care of their things!
The other big milestone with my boys is their obsession with sports, and pretty much every sport. If I ask them about their favorite sport they’ll say football, baseball, and basketball. They will go outside and throw the ball to each other. It’s so nice that I don’t have to ask or remind them to practice, and I love seeing them find something they are passionate about…especially since they’re outdoors and not glued to a screen!
But out of all the milestones for kids that I’ve been here for, seeing them play together and develop friendships has to be the best one. They certainly have disagreements, but we help them problem solve and always end with an apology and a hug. We remind them that they are siblings forever. There are times they want to be alone, and that’s okay too. We want them to be independent and to be individuals. But the sweet times in our household are when we’re all together, experiencing life together.
Many things have changed in our household over the years. We’ve gone from learning how to change a diaper, to helping with math homework. We’ve gone from first steps, to first touchdowns. I have cherished every moment and can’t believe how fast time is passing. Milestones for kids can be bittersweet! It’s so fun to watch your kids start becoming little adults, making their own beds, brushing their own teeth, making their own lunches, saving up their own money, etc. But it’s so sad to think about how just yesterday, as it seems, I was writing down every first word, first tooth, first step, first milestone.
Even through change, one of the constants in our lives has been the cuteness and quality of Carter’s. They have literally been with us from the start. From that very first bodysuit eight years ago to the stylish trends they offer my eight-year-old. From the first dress with bloomers to the big girl dress with ruffles. Whether it’s baby clothes, toddler clothes, or Carter’s clothes for the big kids, they have it all covered and I’ve loved passing down their clothing and seeing each one of my kids enjoy it. That’s the quality of Carter’s, it lasts for years!
I have been matching my kids from the beginning. For some reason, it just makes my heart happy. Now that my older boys no longer prefer to wear the same thing, I love that I can still find styles at Carter’s to coordinate my kids for both the every day and for special occasions. I know my days are limited for this though…so I’m savoring all the cuteness while I can!
I have loved walking down memory lane and thinking about all the milestones we’re encountering. I would love to hear about your favorite milestones for kids, and if you enjoyed this, I’d love for you to pin it. Also, if you have one headed to school soon, you might enjoy my letter to my son’s kindergarten teacher.