But there are other milestones out there. Less appreciated milestones.
I wish I could share how old my kids were when they started doing all these things, but I can't because I don't remember. That's the trouble with underappreciated milestones. They just slip quietly by, without any hoopla or big production.
Which is why I think it's high time that they be given their due.
5 Underappreciated Childhood Milestones That Make A Mom's Life Hella Easier
1. Sitting Through an Entire Movie
Hello! Who doesn't love the blissful moment when you realize your child has remained quietly occupied for 1.75+ hours?? For Ashley, it was Elmo in Grouchland that brought on this momentous occasion. Ah, Elmo, my furry little friend. I miss you.
2. Eating a Hot Dog in a Bun
The moment that you no longer have to slice up hotdogs into itty bitty pieces is a HUGE milestone. Going to a picnic? Wondering how you're gonna slice up that dog on the fly? No more worries. Just throw that puppy in a bun, hand it off to your kiddo and you're good to go. Love it.
3. Learning to Pump Their Legs on the Swings
This one is HUGE. HUUUUUUUUUGE. No more pushing on the swings!! Do you hear me? No more pushing on the swings!! You can just drink your coffee and watch! The freedom!!! It's incredible.
4. Being Able to Open the Refrigerator Door
Kid: "Mommy, I want a cheese stick."
Me: "Well, go get one."
Me: "And while you're there, will you grab me a Diet Coke?"
Need I say more?
5. Playing in the Backyard by Themselves
Oh, this one is awesome. The kids want to go outside. It's [hot] [cold] [snowy] [muddy] [something really good is on tv]. What to do, what to do... Well, I'll tell you what to do! You open the door and ship 'em on out! It's that easy! (Disclaimer: fence recommended.)
So, what did I miss? What other nontraditional milestones are out there that have made your life as a mama easier?