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Baby Checklist. Month 3 Week 2
1. My baby has learned so many new tricks already! Just a few weeks ago, Isabella could hardly move, but now Isabella is rolling from back to her side, laughing, and grasping objects with both hands.
2. I have to pay attention to what’s in reach of baby’s arms these days. I’m careful not to put anything dirty near her while Isabella is playing, because Isabella is starting to put everything in Isabella’s mouth.
3. I feel silly sometimes when I’m playing with baby — but I don’t mind! Laughing and giggling is good for both of us. The sillier I get, the more baby smiles, and there’s nothing better than that smile!
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4. Does my baby follow me with Isabella’s eyes? If I have any concerns, I’ll remember to talk to my pediatrician now. Eye problems can often be corrected quickly if they’re caught early.
6. I’m starting to realize that even when I lose all the baby weight, I’ll never get my “old body” back. I have a new body now — a mom body. I’m going shopping for clothes that fit me now, with my wider hips and breastfeeding chest.
7. You’re never too young for games! Baby and I play peekaboo and pat-a-cake. Actually I do most of the playing, but Isabella seems to enjoy it, too.
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Christina answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #9
1. My baby’s growing! Isabella eats 4-5 oz of formula at every meal. If I’m breastfeeding, I don’t need to measure how much Isabella eats — I just feed Isabella on demand.
2. Baby can figure out where a sound is coming from! When Isabella hears something that interests Isabella, Isabella turns Isabella’s head and locates the source of the sound with Isabella’s eyes.
3. My baby seems a little constipated — Isabella’s not pooping every day, and when Isabella does, it’s hard. I move Isabella’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.
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Baby Checklist. Week #3
1. My baby had another checkup. Isabella may also get a second dose of the Hep B vaccination.
2. My baby likes to look at things. If I move an object across Isabella’s vision, Isabella follows it with Isabella’s eyes.
3. Baby and I are getting fresh air together. When I feel up to it and the weather is nice, I take baby to sit outside or for a short walk.
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4. Breastfeeding should be pretty established at this point. If I have any pain when baby latches, I’ll schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant.
5. I still sleep when baby sleeps, but if I have the energy, I try to spend some one-on-one time with older kids during one of baby’s naps.
6. Breastfeeding is not birth control! My partner and I have talked about our plans for birth control after I’m ready to resume intimacy.
7. I scheduled my 6 week postpartum appointment with my doctor. I also scheduled my baby’s two-month checkup with our pediatrician.
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Baby Checklist. Week #2
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Isabella’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Isabella’s neck and back muscles.
2. I’ve been feeling a little down and stressed. It may just be the “baby blues,” but I’ve scheduled an appointment to talk with my doctor about my risk for postpartum depression.
3. How do I feel about pacifiers? My partner and I have talked with our lactation consultant and decided whether we want to introduce a pacifier.
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4. My baby knows me! Isabella turns Isabella’s head toward my voice and studies my face while I’m talking.
5. Ouch. If I had an episiotomy or tear, I’m adding a few drops of tea tree oil in my bath to help me heal faster.
6. I’m getting my energy back! If I had an uncomplicated vaginal birth, I might be ready to start light exercise with a short walk around the block.
7. Baby is sleeping most of the day, but only for a few hours at a time. I’m doing my best to sleep whenever baby does so I can get some rest during the day. We probably won’t be sleeping through the night for a while!
Christina answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #1
1. My baby’s crib might look sparse right now — no blankets or pillows! I use a sleep sack to keep Isabella warm at night.
2. It may just be a reflex, but it’s still the sweetest thing when my baby grabs my finger if I touch Isabella’s palm. Isabella also has strong opinions — Isabella cries to tell me how Isabella feels! Right now Isabella can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Isabella likes to look at patterns with strong contrast.
3. I’m in the “fourth trimester,” and I still look pretty pregnant! I’m wearing comfortable clothes, like the maternity pants I wore in the first trimester.
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4. I’ve got my baby’s safety kit ready with a digital thermometer, a night light and a nasal aspirator.
5. If I plan to pump, I’ve got a good electric or manual pump. An electric pump is essential if I need to pump full-time; a manual is fine if I’ll only need to pump occasionally.
6. Is my baby getting enough to eat? Sometimes it’s hard to tell! If I’m concerned, I won’t hesitate to ask my pediatrician or lactation consultant.
7. Baby doesn’t get very dirty right now, but I’ve learned how to give Isabella a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Isabella all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
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Christina answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #7
1. When I dangle objects in front of baby, Isabella follows them with Isabella’s eyes.
2. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to be able to put baby down when Isabella ’s sleepy but still awake. Isabella can sometimes put himself to sleep if I catch Isabella at just the right time!
3. Milk or formula is all my baby needs! I know not to give baby any water. Even if it’s really hot outside, breastmilk or formula gives Isabella all the hydration Isabella needs.
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4. I need some mom friends! I’ve joined a neighborhood playgroup, mom class, or other mom’s group so I can get to know other moms and talk about my new life as a mom.
5. I don’t have much time for make-up these days. But I’m getting the hang of putting on a couple of things quickly — some lip gloss and mascara or eyeliner, so I can feel a little dressed up without spending a lot of time.
6. I squeezed back into some of my pre-pregnancy jeans! Sure, they used to be my loose, comfortable jeans, but hey, I’m finally out of maternity clothes! I’ll take it.
7. I’ve thoroughly researched my daycare provider. They have plenty of experience with young babies, they’re certified, and they know infant first aid and CPR.
Christina answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #8
1. I scheduled my baby’s 4 month checkup with our pediatrician.
2. If I hold baby up on Isabella’s feet, Isabella puts some of her weight on Isabella’s legs. I don’t do this often, because it can affect Isabella’s hip development, but Isabella just loves it when I do! — it’s like Isabella can’t wait to start standing on Isabella’s own.
3. Baby is starting to get picky about who holds Isabella — and just when we were feeling ready for a babysitter! Isabella needs time to get to know new people.
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4. I’m taking care of my health by keeping caffeine to a minimum and drinking plenty of healthy liquids like water and fresh juice.
5. My partner and I had a heart-to-heart about chores. Between childcare and household jobs, there’s a lot more that needs to be done these days! We talked about how much each of us can do and how we can work as a team.
6. I made a list of emergency contact numbers for babysitters. It includes our cell phone numbers as well as poison control and our pediatrician’s number. I hung it somewhere visible like the fridge or right next to the phone.
7. I’m working on remembering who I am apart from being a mom. I took an hour this week to rest and do something just for me.
Christina answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Isabella’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 Isabella 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.
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So amazed by her every day!


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So amazed by her every day!

She is my everything :)
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