My baby’s first crush nearly CRUSHED me. 

Mamahood has its ups and downs, beautiful and messy moments. Milestones and tantrums and everything in between. We all read the books and the blogs and prepare ourselves the best we can, but there was one thing that the What To Expect series definitely did not cover…my baby’s first crush. 

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It was a beautiful day at our favorite park when a beautiful—bossy—older woman (5) walked up to my son (3). She asked if he wanted to play on the slide, grabbed his hand, and skipped off. My heart skipped a beat because I could see he was putty in her hands.

I looked at my husband and said “is this his first crush!?”

After hitting all the hot spots on the playground, he came over for a sip of water. “I really love Suzy.” I took a big sigh of relief because I realized this certainly couldn’t be that serious, because his first crush was definitely not named Suzy. It was Kenzie. 

We’ll work on that.

I’m surely going to start stocking up on wine and boxes of chocolates so I’m prepared for first “bring home to mom” and heartbreaks. This little boy is growing up fast. I’ve already transformed from Mama to Mom–ouch! One day his tiny hand will want to hold someone else’s, but today isn’t the day!

If there’s anything this first crush taught me, is that it all goes impossibly fast. One day you’re dressing your little babe up in a Valentine’s onesie, and in the blink of an eye that same baby is picking flowers at the park for his first crush. 

This is a reminder to celebrate your little sweethearts everyday. The love you share with your littles is that can’t eat, can’t sleep, reach for the stars, over the fence, World Series kind of love. No little Suzy can take that away.

Photo Credit :: Lynn Walker Photography

Ali is a lover of boybands, cheese, and a good leather jacket (not always in that order). Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, she left her career as a radio personality to move to Texas with the love of her life, Ed. Since moving to Austin, she became a wife, mama to two sweet little boys, and author of "B is for Boy Bands." She loves salsa dancing, nail salons that serve champagne, and has an Mmmbop tattoo. You can check out her book on Instagram @bisforboybands


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