Oh Baby! 11 First Month Moments You'll Want to Savor

We know new mamas are tempted to snap a pic every few seconds, but these are the moments you'll want to remember forever.

When your baby is first born, everything she does is utterly perfect—and totally entertaining. Chances are, you won’t want to miss a thing, no small feat considering now that you’re heading home from the hospital, your hands will be full with feedings, diaper changes and burpings. But keep your cell phone handy so you can capture these 11 sweetest first month moments.

First photo with the family pet

First photo with the family pet

Ashley Phillips

“When we first brought baby Lyle home, our pup went through a few of the stages of grief—denial (he ignored the baby) and eventually acceptance. That acceptance turned into guarding the baby any time he was fed, sleeping or hanging out. It took another month before Lyle realized, ‘Hey, there's a giant animal hanging around!’

- Ashley Phillips, mom of one, of Chicago, Ill.

First family photo

First family photo

Lisa Brewer

“Our first family portrait. I waited nine months for this, and it's a constant reminder of the love we have for one another.”

- Lisa Brewer, mom of one, New Orleans, La.

Baby grasping your finger in his hand

Baby grasping your finger in his hand

Meredith Shaller-Cardali

“This was the first time Matthew grabbed my thumb. I remember feeling so content and having this feeling that Matthew was right where he belonged. We probably stayed like that for a good five minutes.”

- Meredith Shaller-Cardali, mom of two, New York, N.Y.

Baby wearing your favorite newborn outfit

Baby wearing your favorite newborn outfit

Will Hamilton

“If I succeed in instilling a few things in Miles it will be these things: honesty, hard work and treating others the way you want to be treated. Also, the love of music. Music can save your life. Good days, bad days it will always pull you through. We mark a lot of special points in our lives to what was playing on the radio or iPod or on my weapon of choice, the turntable.”

- Will Hamilton, dad of one, Atlanta, Ga.

First gas smile

First gas smile

Love Louise Photography

“This was years ago, but this image still takes me to that space when my heart felt like it might explode with all the love I felt seeing my kids together in their sleep. This sweet gas grin wouldn’t be the last time Thomas would sneak one on his sister, Aybra!”

- Dana McCranie, mom of two, Madison, Ala.

First sleeping photo

First sleeping photo

Emily Kaplan

“As a second-time mom, I worried about how we would all transition with our new baby. Moments like this, their first snuggle session, gave me a sense of relief that not only was everything going to be all right, but that life had greatly improved for all of us with the arrival of Camilla.”

- Emily Kaplan, mom of two, Cambridge, Mass.

Baby’s first ride in the infant swing

Baby’s first ride in the infant swing

Jennifer Matarazzo Berger

“This photo captured the first time Ben snuggled up with his blankie. My heart just melted and it truly captured a baby's innocence.”

- Jennifer Matarazzo Berger, mom of two, Oceanside, N.Y.

Baby’s first stroller ride

Baby’s first stroller ride

Dr. Satya Narisety

“This is Lekha's first stroller ride. Kiran said, ‘No one is supposed to push Lekha but me.’ And even now, he is the stroller guy. He takes his job very seriously and this picture shows their relationship. To me, it represents what an older sibling means to the younger one.”

- Dr. Satya Narisety, mom of two, West Orange, N.J.

Baby’s first bath

Baby’s first bath

Charmaine Rodriques

“I am always thinking, ‘Wow, this is my son! I helped create this person.’ It's a joy that is new and indescribable. Just miraculous.”

- Charmaine Rodriques, mom of one, New York, N.Y.

Baby looking adoringly into your or your partner’s face

Baby looking adoringly into your or your partner’s face

Alison Gary

“I remember being amazed that she was trying so hard to make eye contact with Jamie and me in the first few hours of life. She was fighting to open her eyes and I really felt like we were making eye contact.”

- Alison Gary, mom of two, Baton Rouge, La.

Baby’s first car ride

Baby’s first car ride

Bonnie Vengrow

“I remember being paranoid that he’d pop right out of the carseat any time we hit a bump, so I was watching him like a hawk. But I was also a little in awe of the fact that we left home as two and were coming back as three.”

- Bonnie Vengrow, mom of one, New York, N.Y.

 

 

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