Documenting Firsts

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There are so many memorable and long-awaited Firsts. The first tooth, the first smile, the first laugh. The things that get written down in a baby book in careful handwriting, if we're lucky. But what about all those insignificant firsts, the little signs of growing up? Do you grab the camera for their first time zipping a zipper? Or the first time you drop them off at preschool & they don't whine? What about the first time she grabs your hand and says, "You're My Best Friend," and you notice her entire forearm is only as long as your hand? We can't catch all the moments while they're happening, but if we're careful observers, we can document the small and subtle ways they change with time. Suddenly you may realize they can now reach a lightswitch, or that that perfect lineup of cars you almost tripped over was done by them. I like to document these sorts of everyday firsts, and this day was no exception. She had, a, well, accomplishment...and she washed her hands all by herself for the first time as well (don't worry, I helped after she was "done"). So as a reward, for the first time, I let her have a little time on the iPad. I guess it's documentation of my own letting go as well...I never imagined I'd hand a child an electronic device larger than she is, but some days, you gotta go with what makes them happy.