Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Then and Now: Firsts, Cheerios

This post is a sponsored post. I am participating in the First Cheerios blogger campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

     After I was born, I spent the first two weeks of my life at my grandmother's house. My grandma took care of all the cooking and cleaning so my mother could recover and take care of me. When I was pregnant with Henry, I knew I wanted the same stress-free experience. After he was born, we brought him "home" to Mimi's house. 

Mimi cooked us healthy meals, did our laundry and cuddled Henry so I could take a shower. The first few weeks of Henry's life were beautiful and I believe staying at my parent's house is the reason why I recovered so well from my c-section. I will always cherish that special time.

I recently updated the "Page of Firsts" in Henry's baby book because I'm a crazy first time mama who feels it's important to document every little detail like; first tooth, first finger food and first word.  

After I filled in a couple of blank spaces, I began to wonder about my own first milestones. Did I start crawling at eight months like Henry? What was my first word?

During our visit with Mimi this week, she brought up my dusty old baby book from the basement. We spent the afternoon sipping lattes and looking through albums together. I could see my mom was reliving it all, page by page.

My mother told me I took my first steps when we were visiting my grandfather in British Columbia. She said I staggered all around Expo'86 in Vancouver in a new pair of boots.

My mother says I was extremely proud the first time I went diaper free. A telephone repair man was at our house and I marched right up to him and said "I wear big girl panties now...just like my daddy!"

Like my mother, I'm now wondering where the time went! A year ago, I was getting ready for his big arrival by decorating his nursery.

The first year is a big one and I'm celebrating every moment. My heart is happy and full, but sometimes it aches because it feels like Henry is growing too fast.

Henry has entered into the almost-a-year zone...

I can't believe my baby is going to be celebrating his first birthday in a couple of months. I'm working on this sentimental heart of mine because I don't always want to focus on how quickly Henry is changing. When I open his baby book to reminisce, I'm going to smile at all those happy memories. I'm so proud of my boy and I'm loving where we are right now.

The present is an awesome place to be!

I encourage you to show off your baby's first cheerios moments by uploading pictures to the mosaic here: Everyone who submits a photo will receive a $1.00 off coupon for a box of Cheerios!* Plus, in 2014 the completed First Cheerios mosaic, created in celebration of these precious "firsts" will be printed on a special edition of Cheerios-what a fun keepsake for your little one's baby book! Look out for the 2013 mosaic on Cheerios boxes on shelves now, so you can envision what next year's will be like.

*one $1.00 off coupon per household, per calendar year, while supplies last.

1 comment:

  1. Be careful about entering contests that require a photo. I entered my son's image in a Cheerios contest in 2010. Guess who is being used as the face of this latest campaign 3 years later? That's right. My son.

    We thought we would win an RRSP in exchange for his awesome photo, instead General Mills has rights to our son's image in perpetuity. Weigh that big release before you enter your kids' images for a $1 coupon.

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