10 Everyday Parenting Moments Worth Celebrating

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Parents share their ordinary-turned-extraordinary moments with baby.

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Baby’s early years are filled with lots of big firsts to commemorate. Think: baths, sleeping through the night, solid foods, words, steps and, of course, birthdays. But in between those milestones are hundreds of tiny little surprises just as worthy of celebration—from hearing that adorable belly laugh to watching a sibling bond take shape. We asked The Bump users to share the unexpected moments with baby that brought them the most joy.

What’s in a Name

“We’re a military family, so we don’t see family and friends from back home very often. We try to video chat at least once a week, although my youngest is usually disinterested. When chatting with my mom recently, I said to my son, ‘Say bye-bye.’ And he said, ‘Bye-bye, Grandma!’ Just hearing him say ‘Grandma’ made me so proud.” —Amanda G., mom to Zachary, 3 years old


“Emma has started singing all of the songs I used to sing to her in the bath. Now when she gets in the tub, she starts to hum the tune of ‘Old MacDonald’ and quack her rubber duckies. It’s adorable!” —Liz R., mom to Emma, 18 months old

Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

“The sweetest moments are the smiles he gives us every morning when we get him from his crib! There is nothing like a ‘good morning’ from a gummy, smiling baby!” —Sara B., mom to Alec, 4 months old

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