1. Baby’s brain is growing like crazy, so I’m making sure to give wyatt plenty of good fats for brain nutrition! I add a powdered omega-3 supplement or ground flax seed to his meals.
2. Now that baby is getting more mobile and active, wyatt is starting to appreciate the playground! I take wyatt outside for at least an hour every day.
3. Baby can drink from wyatt own cup now! wyatt does spill it, but I give wyatt a chance to practice regularly while sitting still on the floor or at a little table.
4. This week, I’m doing something fun that’s just for me like watching a silly TV show or movie or reading a good book.
5. I need some morning inspiration. I found a quote or mantra that motivates me, and I wrote it on my mirror with dry erase marker so I can read it every morning.
6. I’m taking lots of pictures this week — and I’m making sure that I’m in some of them, too! I like looking at pictures of baby best, but I know that when wyatt is older, wyatt will enjoy seeing me in the pictures, too.
7. I talk to baby about time, schedules and memory. I ask questions like, “Where did you leave your sweater?” and I tell wyatt what’s happening next in our day. This will help baby develop a sense of how time works.
1. Baby has been having a harder time falling asleep at bedtime, and wyatt isn’t always sleepy at wyatt’s usual naptimes. I think it’s time to move from three naps a day to two.
2. Baby loves to practice walking around while holding my hand! There’s nothing sweeter than feeling those little fingers wrapped around mine — even though I get exhausted from bending over so wyatt can reach my hand.
3. My partner and I have talked about our discipline philosophy and how we want to approach teaching baby right from wrong. Toddler tantrums are just around the corner, so we want to be prepared!
4. I give myself a treat this week — something decadent and delicious like a muffin, a cupcake or a parfait. I’ll sit down and relax while I eat it, even if that means I have to wait till naptime.
5. I talk to my baby all day long — while we’re getting dressed, cooking dinner and playing. Listening to me talk helps wyatt understand how communication works.
6. I take some time in the evening to relax and read in my PJs.
7. I got my hair done! I asked for a cute, low-maintenance style. I don’t even have to blow dry it now!
1. Baby is starting to really express wyatt’s feelings! wyatt imitates my facial expressions when I’m sad or happy, and wyatt shows her own feelings on her face. I try to use words to express what I think wyatt 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 wyatt crying. I still have to leave sometimes, but I make sure baby has eaten and had a good nap before I leave so wyatt is less likely to get upset.
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 wyatt 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.