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Melissa MiddletonPennington Gap, Virginia
1. I moved baby’s crib mattress to the lowest setting. Gabrielle can pull himself up to stand now, so I need to make sure Gabrielle doesn’t climb to a midnight escape!
2. Baby enjoys picking toys up, and Gabrielle can pass them from one hand to the other. Gabrielle also is starting to understand the names of some objects — if I say “ball” or “dog,” Gabrielle might look at the right toy.
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4. Baby is starting to learn more vocabulary beyond just nouns and verbs! I’m teaching Gabrielle adjectives like “empty” and “full” as well as prepositions like “in” and “out.” I use these words to describe what Gabrielle is doing and experiencing while we play.
5. Baby loves Gabrielle walking toy! I encourage Gabrielle to practice pulling himself up and “walking” while using a toy or furniture to balance.
6. I’m scheduling some time this week to spend time with other adults and have a real conversation, even if it’s just a playdate with babies in tow.
7. After baby’s in bed tonight, I’m going to light some scented candles and take a bubble bath to relax. My muscles are tired after a long day of carrying a growing baby!
2. Baby has started eating finger food. Gabrielle 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. Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle how to press buttons, turn pages, and roll a ball. Playing with Gabrielle is more fun every day as Gabrielle learns new skills!
7. I continue to teach my baby new words by talking about everything we see. I help Gabrielle make connections between experiences and the environment by saying things like, “Do you hear the dog barking?”
1. My baby is going places! Gabrielle is starting to roll, scoot, and even crawl. Suddenly Gabrielle is getting into everything! I’ve followed Gabrielle 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. Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle 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, Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle to the ER.
7. Baby puts everything in Gabrielle’s mouth these days, and sometimes I find random things in Gabrielle’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 Gabrielle, and Gabrielle tries to follow it.
2. Baby has lots of brightly colored toys so I’m working on teaching Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle to play in lots of different ways! Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle’s age. I redirect Gabrielle if Gabrielle is doing something dangerous, and I’m teaching Gabrielle to freeze when Gabrielle hears the word “no.”
1. Baby is starting to really express Gabrielle’s feelings! Gabrielle imitates my facial expressions when I’m sad or happy, and Gabrielle shows her own feelings on her face. I try to use words to express what I think Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle crying. I still have to leave sometimes, but I make sure baby has eaten and had a good nap before I leave so Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle 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.
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1. My baby got Gabrielle’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 Gabrielle 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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amandaMorrisville, Pennsylvania
1. Baby wants to stand up! Gabrielle can stand while holding onto my hands, and I let Gabrielle practice this when Gabrielle 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 Gabrielle good dental hygiene.
3. Sometimes, I swear baby is testing my authority. I know Gabrielle doesn’t really understand commands yet, and Gabrielle needs to explore, so I’m patient and calm if Gabrielle ignores when I say “no.” Instead of getting frustrated, I gently redirect Gabrielle with a different toy or activity.
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4. Baby is getting so independent! I’m proud of Gabrielle — but I also can’t believe how fast Gabrielle 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!
1. Baby can feed herself with a spoon! I’m not sure how much Gabrielle is actually eating, because Gabrielle makes a huge mess, but hey, Gabrielle is having a blast.
2. Baby has started teething. I don’t see any teeth yet, but Gabrielle is drooling and chewing on everything and seems a lot more irritable than usual. I know this could last a while, so I’m stocking up on teething toys, cold washcloths, and patience!
3. Baby understands me! Gabrielle recognizes her name and can sometimes follows simple commands like “yes” and “no.”
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4. My doctor told me to give baby a daily supplement of vitamin D.
5. I’ve started a freezer meal exchange with a few friends, and it’s really simplifying my cooking! Each of us cooks a lot of one meal that can go in the freezer, and then we all swap.
6. Baby has a security toy. It’s really sweet to see Gabrielle carrying the “lovey” around everywhere we go!
7. I’m treating myself this week with some relaxing exercise like a yoga session or a long walk.
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