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Baby Checklist. Week #10
1. I double-check baby’s environment for choking hazards whenever I put Emelia down to play. Anything smaller than a toilet paper roll is small enough to fit down a baby’s throat.
2. My baby’s skin is a little dry, and Emelia’s starting to get eczema, so I use a gentle hydrating cream after every bath — and apply it again throughout the day.
3. Baby loves familiar people — and right now, Mommy and Daddy are his favorites. Whenever Emelia sees one of us, Emelia smiles. Sometimes Emelia even reaches for me!
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4. I’ve organized our schedules! I made a calendar with all my appointments for work and home.
5. I made a list of baby essentials that I need to have with me at all times. I’ve packed a diaper bag that can travel with baby to daycare or a babysitter, and I’m keeping it stocked with everything baby needs.
6. I’m keeping baby’s bum healthy! I chose a diaper cream that’s natural and hypoallergenic, with no petroleum.
7. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself all day long, because I’m constantly talking to baby — and even singing to Emelia. I sound silly, but baby loves it! And I know it will help develop Emelia’s language skills, so it’s worth it.
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Baby Checklist. Week #11
1. I’m working on helping baby enjoy her crib, so I got Emelia a projection soother that attaches to Emelia’s crib and projects a scene onto the ceiling. Emelia loves to look at it!
2. Baby might try to interact with other kids. Emelia is interested in other babies!
3. I’ve learned to give baby a massage. It’s fun for both of us! — it’s relaxing and soothing for Emelia, and it’s bonding for me. We’ve made it part of our bedtime routine.
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4. I’m taking time to exercise regularly — at least three times a week. Even if I don’t have a lot of time, I take a quick walk with baby in the stroller to help myself relax and lower stress.
5. My partner and I talked about when we plan to start solids. Most experts recommend waiting till after baby is six months old.
6. I’ve talked with my pediatrician about when I need to call if baby gets sick. Especially if baby is in daycare, I know what symptoms to look for and when I should worry.
7. We made it past the newborn stage! My baby is officially an infant now!
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Baby Checklist. Week #6
1. I’m getting really good at knowing what my baby is saying. I’m learning to read Emelia’s cues, and know if Emelia’s hungry or tired — usually even before Emelia 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 Emelia from germs. When we’re out in public, I keep sanitizer handy, and I never give Emelia 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 Emelia hears a sudden noise or if I put Emelia down too quickly, Emelia throws Emelia’s arms out and then pulls them back.
7. I love talking with my baby! Emelia doesn’t talk back, but Emelia does imitate my expressions. You should see her smile!
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #7
1. When I dangle objects in front of baby, Emelia follows them with Emelia’s eyes.
2. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to be able to put baby down when Emelia ’s sleepy but still awake. Emelia can sometimes put himself to sleep if I catch Emelia at just the right time!
3. My baby has had Emelia’s two-month checkup, which included a lot more vaccinations! The two-month vaccination series includes the first dose of rotavirus, the first dose of DTaP, the first dose of Hib, the first dose of PCV13, and the first dose of IPV.
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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.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #8
2. If I hold baby up on Emelia’s feet, Emelia puts some of her weight on Emelia’s legs. I don’t do this often, because it can affect Emelia’s hip development, but Emelia just loves it when I do! — it’s like Emelia can’t wait to start standing on Emelia’s own.
3. Baby is starting to get picky about who holds her {name} — and just when we were feeling ready for a babysitter! Emelia 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.
08/26/14

She takes formula and breast milk at day care. we nurse when she's home. What i do to help my milk production is while she's nursing i pump the opposite side (yes it's a huge pain) but it helps. She no long wakes at night so i TRY to wake up in the night and get a pump in ( i don't always wake up, …

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Is there meaning behind the baby name you picked?

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Please everyone watch this video! I am a huge believer in do what work best for you, your baby, and your lifestyle. I found th…


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Getting bummed we would normally be getting little man tonight..but his mother is keeping him from us. its been over a month no…


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I love this article.. it's from a Dad.. who in a nutshell, had to formula feed his daughter.. it was his only choice.. it goes …


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This post is not for debate or judgment, just for love and support.

How did you feed your baby?

I have feed my babies all t…


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08/13/14

Emelia had a hard time gaining weight in the beginning the LC had me switch nursing and supplementing expressed milk in a bottle at 2 weeks weve had no issues with nipple confusion. At 5 weeks went for a weigh in and I expressed my worries about not having enough expressed milk for daycare bc she e…

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08/13/14

I guess technically it was purpose. We had recently gotten engaged. I wasn't on bc because I had no insurance due to getting a new job. we had a long conversation and decided to stop not trying to get pregnant. First time was a charm because the next day we both had a change of heart and decided we…

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Mamas.. do you always read a book before bedtime? Is it the same one? Do you read in the morning instead? I want to hear it! We…


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