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1. I’m totally baby’s favorite. Freya laughs and smiles when I come into the room and cries when I leave. It breaks my heart, but it also makes me feel like the most important person in the world!
2. Baby rolled from tummy to back for the first time! I’m not sure who’s more excited about this — me or baby. Freya won’t stop practicing this new trick!
3. I never, ever leave baby on a bed, changing table, or any other high surface. Now that Freya is rolling, it’s even more important that I always follow this safety rule.
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4. I think it’s time for another date night. I’ll try to find a babysitter this week so my partner and I can go out for a little while, even if it’s just for a quick coffee.
5. If I don’t already have a nasal aspirator, I’ll get one this week. Baby’s first cold is probably coming soon, if Freya hasn’t had one already!
6. My partner and I are making time for sex again, but things are a little different these days. If I’m breastfeeding, it’s totally normal to leak milk in the middle of an intimate moment. I know this is nothing to be embarrassed about (and my partner might even get a kick out of it)!
7. I talked to my pediatrician about when baby should start solids. I also asked about good choices for baby’s first foods. I’m looking forward to this new culinary adventure!
1. Baby had Freya’s 4-month checkup. This included another round of vaccinations: a second dose of RV, a second dose of DTaP, a second dose of Hib, a second dose of PCV13, and second dose of IPV.
2. I swear I have a baby journal somewhere. I try to update it at least once a week! — I really want to keep track of all these exciting milestones.
3. Could baby be teething already? Freya is drooling a lot, and Freya wants to chew on everything!
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4. I’ve switched to mom fashion: I got a breastfeeding necklace. It’s pretty and safe for baby to pull on, and it helps Freya stay focused while eating.
5. I think baby knows Freya’s name! Freya turned his head to look at me when I said it.
6. Baby may not be talking yet, but we are definitely having conversations. I ask questions when Freya coos and answer when Freya gurgles. I talk about simple objects Freya sees every day to help build vocabulary.
7. Does eating well during the day help baby sleep better at night? My doctor or lactation consultant said it could, so I’m making sure to feed baby on demand throughout the day.
1. Is the 4-month growth spurt starting already? Suddenly baby wants to breastfeed all the time. I’m continuing to feed on demand — I know it won’t last forever.
2. Baby is starting to like colors! I’ve started offering more brightly colored toys instead of the high-contrast ones Freya used to enjoy.
3. Singing, whistling, clapping, and even blowing raspberries — baby loves sounds! I have lots of fun making sound effects for baby throughout the day. This helps Freya’s language development, too, so I’m okay with sounding silly.
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4. Baby is finally getting the hang of using Freya’s hands! Freya is grabbing everything in sight — especially my dangling necklace or hair. Time to take off my nice jewelry for a while.
5. If baby gives me a minute to myself this week, I’ll go online and find some healthy recipes. Soon I’ll be cooking for baby, too! — but in the meantime, I want to make sure my partner and I are eating healthy, especially if I’m breastfeeding.
6. My breast milk is changing as baby grows. I’m making sure to eat healthy fats like nuts and avocados to get all the nutrition I need.
7. I’m enjoying the fact that baby’s schedule is getting more predictable! It’s tempting to use every extra minute to catch up on chores, but I’m making time to rest and unwind, too.
Cody answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #9
1. My baby’s growing! Freya eats 4-5 oz of formula at every meal. If I’m breastfeeding, I don’t need to measure how much Freya eats — I just feed Freya on demand.
2. Baby can figure out where a sound is coming from! When Freya hears something that interests Freya, Freya turns Freya’s head and locates the source of the sound with Freya’s eyes.
3. My baby seems a little constipated — Freya’s not pooping every day, and when Freya does, it’s hard. I move Freya’s legs in a bicycle motion to help get his digestive system moving.
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4. I’ve set up the baby monitor, and it’s my new best friend! I can get stuff done on the other side of the house while baby is napping.
5. I really don’t feel like getting it on right now! I’ve never been so uninterested in sex. I know that breastfeeding can affect my sex drive, and my partner and I talked about how I’m feeling and how we can work together to stay connected even when I’m not feeling inspired.
6. My lactation consultant thinks that dairy I eat might affect baby, so I’ve cut milk out of my diet temporarily to see if it helps constipation or eczema.
7. I think my partner and I are ready for our first real date night! We’ve hired a babysitter, and we’re going to go out for a short dinner in the early evening. We’re prepared to come home early if baby gets fussy.
Cody answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #6
1. I’m getting really good at knowing what my baby is saying. I’m learning to read Freya’s cues, and know if Freya’s hungry or tired — usually even before Freya starts to cry.
2. I thought all those freezer meals I prepped when I was pregnant were going to last forever, but now they’re starting to get a little low. Time to start cooking again.
3. My baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed, so I’m making sure to protect Freya from germs. When we’re out in public, I keep sanitizer handy, and I never give Freya a toy or pacifier that’s fallen on the ground.
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4. I’m making sure to stay hydrated, especially if I’m breastfeeding. I bought some extra water bottles so I can always keep one filled and nearby. 
5. My partner and I have talked about choosing a babysitter. We’ve started making a list of instructions about our baby’s bedtime routine so we can get an evening babysitter when we feel ready.
6. My baby startles easily. If Freya hears a sudden noise or if I put Freya down too quickly, Freya throws Freya’s arms out and then pulls them back.
7. I love talking with my baby! Freya doesn’t talk back, but Freya does imitate my expressions. You should see her smile!
Cody answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Freya’s first vaccination — a dose of Hepatitis B that’s given at birth. I also scheduled my baby’s first doctor appointment.
2. Who knew poop would ever be so interesting? I’m counting my baby’s diapers to make sure Freya has at least 6 wet ones and 3 dirty ones every 24 hours.
3. I’m hungrier now than I was when I was pregnant! I need 300-500 extra calories if I’m breastfeeding, so I’m eating at least 2,000 calories every day.
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4. We’re ready to bring baby home! I washed all the baby clothes and bedding in a hypoallergenic detergent that’s designed not to irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
5. This hospital underwear is pretty practical. I’ve bought some disposable underwear of my own and some extra-long pads to protect me during postpartum bleeding.
6. I’ve got a postpartum support belt or wrap to support my belly as I’m healing. If I had a C-section, I’ve also bought some scar healing cream with vitamin E.
7. If I plan to bottle feed, then I’ve got the right equipment. My newborn needs small, 4 oz bottles and stage 1 nipples. I’ve also got a bottle brush to keep my bottles clean.
Cody answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #5
1. My baby is starting to pay more attention to the world. Freya notices sounds and looks around to try to figure out where the sound came from.
2. My baby tries to reach for things! When I put Freya in the play gym, Freya looks at the different colors and bats at the hanging toys. Baby doesn't really have control of Freya’s arms yet, but Freya seems to enjoy trying.
3. If I’m breastfeeding, I’ve talked with my lactation consultant about how my food affects baby. We’ve discussed whether I should make any changes to my diet.
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4. My doctor said I can start regular exercise, so I joined the gym! I plan to work out in the evenings while my partner spends some quality time with baby.
5. My partner and I aren’t ready to leave baby with an evening sitter yet, so we’re planning some “date nights in.” We’re taking some time to focus on each other and stay connected.
6. I got my hair done! I told my stylist I need something that’s quick and easy for me to style at home.
7. Before I start pumping to save breastmilk, I’ve learned about how to store breast milk so I can reuse it later.
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