Singing with Sylvia for Christmas

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 Singing with Sylvia for Christmas

celebrate with cheesecake

During this first year of your child's life, you will have countless opportunities to celebrate your baby's milestones: first smile, first tooth, first word. Just don't fail to celebrate your milestones as a parent!

I have a special tradition that I began with my son on his third-month birthday. While out for a stroller walk, he fell asleep. I happened to be walking by Calories on Broadway Avenue and there was a window seat and a piece of Oreo cheesecake calling my name.

As my son slept and I ate, I couldn't help reflecting back on the past three months. I had survived the first four weeks of continual crying...from both my baby and me! I had finally settled in comfortably with breastfeeding. My baby appeared to be healthy and happy despite my nagging fears that I would somehow mess him up in those early days. I had made a few new mom friends in the neighborhood. I was genuinely proud of myself.

I toasted myself with a Chai Tea Latte and vowed to meet myself there in a month's time to celebrate the growth that I was bound to make in the days to come. And so, I did. I have upheld a date with myself -- and my sleeping son -- during nap time on the 19th of every month since.

Celebrate your next monthly milestone as a mother with a visit to Calories or another parent-friendly place of indulgence in your neck of the woods.  You deserve it!

(P.S. This weekend is celebrating another milestone -- the end of our first month!  We have had more than 850 individuals visit our site nearly 2,000 times, and you collectively have logged 7,760 page views in the first month. More than 280 Saskatoon parents have become fans of on our Facebook fan page in our first days of life. We also have a growing Twitter following. I am excited to see what the next month will bring!)

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