Well, we did it. We survived the first year (actually 14 months now!) with a baby! And we definitely celebrated. It certainly wasn’t easy, and we certainly didn’t do everything right, but we’re all still alive and well, so we’ll call it a success. We may even do it again some day!
Looking back at Roo’s first year, I can pinpoint a few things we did right, and also a few we did wrong. Some things we knew were wrong immediately (like realizing we forgot to buckle her into her car seat on a 20-minute car ride when she was 3 months old…) and some things we didn’t realize were mistakes (or successes) until much later on.
Please note that there is rarely a right and wrong that spans all families. Some of the things we did right for our family wouldn’t be right for yours, and that’s totally fine!