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This week I was granted temporary custody of my daughter-another step towards full custody!
2. Baby has started eating finger food. Estelar loves playing with it as much as eating it! I know picking up food is good for developing hand-eye coordination, so I’m not worried about table manners.
3. Baby is starting to learn about cause and effect. Estelar loves testing it by dropping things to see what happens.
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4. Even though baby is getting more independent, taking care of Estelar is exhausting! This week, I’ll make sure to ask my partner and my older kids for help with chores and household tasks.
5. I’m aware of what developmental milestones my baby should be able to do at this age, but I also know that every baby grows at his own pace. If I’m concerned that my baby might be delayed, I’ll make an appointment with my pediatrician.
6. Baby and I explore toys together. I show Estelar how to press buttons, turn pages, and roll a ball. Playing with Estelar is more fun every day as Estelar learns new skills!
7. I continue to teach my baby new words by talking about everything we see. I help Estelar make connections between experiences and the environment by saying things like, “Do you hear the dog barking?”
1. My baby is going places! Estelar is starting to roll, scoot, and even crawl. Suddenly Estelar is getting into everything! I’ve followed Estelar around the house to spot anything that isn’t safe for a baby to explore, and I’ve made sure everything dangerous is out of reach or securely locked.
2. I don’t have to puree baby’s foods anymore. Estelar can chew well, so I just boil food so it’s soft and mash it with a fork. My baby is practically eating with the family!
3. I’m still careful about which foods I give baby. I wait several days between introducing new foods, and I keep track of what foods Estelar is eating. That way, if baby has an allergic reaction, I’ll know which food caused it.
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4. I feel like I’m busy all the time these days, but I try to make time to take care of myself, too. Even a quick shower does wonders for how I feel!
5. I’m making time for some “alone time” with my partner this week. Scheduling it may not be romantic, but it’s the only way to make it happen these days! We both know baby could interrupt, so we’re prepared to be flexible.
6. Now that baby’s mobile, Estelar bumps her head constantly on the floor and on furniture. I know how to recognize a concussion, and I know what signs mean I should call my doctor or take Estelar to the ER.
7. Baby puts everything in Estelar’s mouth these days, and sometimes I find random things in Estelar’s diaper a few days later! I know what symptoms would mean something’s stuck in his digestive tract.
1. I’m encouraging baby to be more mobile! I roll a toy away from Estelar, and Estelar tries to follow it.
2. Baby has lots of brightly colored toys so I’m working on teaching Estelar colors. I pick a toy that has several different bright colors, and I point out the different colors to baby by name.
3. Baby loves to manipulate toys, and I’m encouraging Estelar to play in lots of different ways! Estelar is learning to roll balls, push a walker, and crawl through tunnels.
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4. If I didn’t already get the whooping cough vaccine for myself, I’ve scheduled an appointment to make sure I’m up-to-date.
5. I decided to change my work schedule! I talked with my employer, and he agreed to let me work from home two days a week. Cutting out my commute is going to give me a lot more time with baby in the mornings and evenings on those days!
6. I’m making sure to avoid cooking all the nutrients out of baby’s food. Instead of boiling vegetables, I steam or bake them.
7. I’m teaching baby to follow directions in a way that’s appropriate for Estelar’s age. I redirect Estelar if Estelar is doing something dangerous, and I’m teaching Estelar to freeze when Estelar hears the word “no.”
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1. Baby is starting to really express Estelar’s feelings! Estelar imitates my facial expressions when I’m sad or happy, and Estelar shows her own feelings on her face. I try to use words to express what I think Estelar is feeling and validate it.
2. I got a baby food masher. Baby is ready to eat thicker purees now, so I can make my own baby food by quickly mashing vegetables that I steamed for myself and my partner to eat.
3. Baby’s separation anxiety is in full swing! I can hardly step out of the room without Estelar crying. I still have to leave sometimes, but I make sure baby has eaten and had a good nap before I leave so Estelar is less likely to get upset.
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4. My house is dirty, and I don’t care. I’m letting go of chores this week so I can focus on baby and enjoy all the new skills Estelar is learning.
5. I’ve scheduled some time this week for me to work on a hobby. It might be something I used to do that I haven’t done in a while, or it might be something new I want to learn.
6. I’m eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is partly for my own health, but it’s also because baby wants to eat everything I do, so I’m trying to set a good example!
7. Running is getting hard on my feet and ankles, so I’m alternating with swimming laps for my workout.
1. Baby wants to stand up! Estelar can stand while holding onto my hands, and I let Estelar practice this when Estelar wants.
2. I bought a baby toothbrush! It has super-soft bristles, and I’m letting baby get used to chewing on it and playing with it so I can start teaching Estelar good dental hygiene.
3. Sometimes, I swear baby is testing my authority. I know Estelar doesn’t really understand commands yet, and Estelar needs to explore, so I’m patient and calm if Estelar ignores when I say “no.” Instead of getting frustrated, I gently redirect Estelar with a different toy or activity.
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4. Baby is getting so independent! I’m proud of Estelar — but I also can’t believe how fast Estelar is growing. I’m getting together with some mom friends this week so I can talk about my mixed feelings about my baby growing up.
5. I’ve started making smoothies. They’re great for me and for baby! I try different recipes with greens, fruit, yogurt, and juice for a nutritious snack that baby and I can share.
6. I appreciate my own parents a lot more now that I’m a mom! I’m taking some time this week to let my parents and my partner’s parents know that I’m grateful for them.
7. I’ve scheduled some time away from baby this week, even if it’s just a quick lunch date with a friend. Even grocery shopping by myself feels like a treat these days!
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