The Heartache of When all of Your Firsts are also Your Lasts.

Thea’s big girl bed

We changed Thea’s toddler bed out into a double bed last weekend and while it was exciting to see her so overjoyed, it was also excruciating for me. Why you ask? Because it was a milestone of motherhood that I’ll never get to experience again.

Some of you know a lot about our struggle to have children and some of you never had a clue. A post about that journey is a task for another day, as it is still is hard to think about. Either way, Thea is an only child and it is not by choice. Because of this every first we experience with her is also our last, and that is bittersweet. It’s a reminder of the 2-3 kids dream I had growing up, never even realizing that motherhood was something that may not have even happened for me if it weren’t for science, a lot of money and shit ton of perseverance.

I cried when she walked for the first time. And cried every time I thought about it for the following week. How was something I waited for so long for happening SO fast before my eyes? My baby was a baby for 2 seconds, and a toddler for maybe 5. My Facebook memories hurt my heart, because in a time where most mothers are holding a new baby and going through that stage one more time, I am reminded of something I’ll never have again.

Now don’t get me wrong, every stage is amazing with her, and the older she gets the more fun she is in new and fantastic ways. I would literally be living in a box of wine if my child had stayed an infant for the last three years. But I’ve also had to make a very conscious effort to tell myself to enjoy these moments instead of being sad about the emotions they trigger, because at the end of the day my girl is the biggest blessing I could and ever will receive. She gave me the gift of motherhood, that for a few years there seemed like a role I’d never have the pleasure of having.

So don’t judge me for keeping my kid in her tiny toddler bed until she was literally the full length of her mattress. I had to wait until I was ready to accept the fact that I’d have to be selling the crib instead of passing it along to a new baby as I had always planned, and be ready to embrace this moment with joy instead of grief.

9 thoughts on “The Heartache of When all of Your Firsts are also Your Lasts.

  1. I too struggle with the same milestones. Especially the nights ada goes to bed and wakes as a new child. New vocabulary, new memories and new ways of doing things. Trying to stay present and take all the good and what I think is so hard in.

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  2. You have to embrace every moment and enjoy it! Always remember the days may be long, but the years are short. We’ve had 2 miscarriages, 1 before and 1 after Kaydence…we’re grateful for the blessing we have to be her parents and realize she’s our one and only…no matter how difficult that may be…

    Ps, Kaydence also is in 5T and in a toddler bed because we don’t have the heart to give it up (we also still have all her baby clothes/toys 💔)

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    1. Oh Laura, thanks for sharing and I’m so sorry for your losses. These days (and especially with this topic) you truly never know what people are going through. Keep her in that bed as long as you want momma! I just started purging the clothes and toys and it’s been so emotional!!! Such finality to it….huge hug to you. 😘

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