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We do tend to eat our words, don't we? This article lists ten things you will do when you have kids. I've totally done all of t…


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Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #8
2. If I hold baby up on Aryanna’s feet, Aryanna puts some of her weight on Aryanna’s legs. I don’t do this often, because it can affect Aryanna’s hip development, but Aryanna just loves it when I do! — it’s like Aryanna can’t wait to start standing on Aryanna’s own.
3. Baby is starting to get picky about who holds her {name} — and just when we were feeling ready for a babysitter! Aryanna 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.
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #7
1. When I dangle objects in front of baby, Aryanna follows them with Aryanna’s eyes.
2. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to be able to put baby down when Aryanna ’s sleepy but still awake. Aryanna can sometimes put himself to sleep if I catch Aryanna at just the right time!
3. My baby has had Aryanna’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.
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #6
1. I’m getting really good at knowing what my baby is saying. I’m learning to read Aryanna’s cues, and know if Aryanna’s hungry or tired — usually even before Aryanna 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 Aryanna from germs. When we’re out in public, I keep sanitizer handy, and I never give Aryanna 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 Aryanna hears a sudden noise or if I put Aryanna down too quickly, Aryanna throws Aryanna’s arms out and then pulls them back.
7. I love talking with my baby! Aryanna doesn’t talk back, but Aryanna does imitate my expressions. You should see her smile!
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #5
1. My baby is starting to pay more attention to the world. Aryanna 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 Aryanna in the play gym, Aryanna looks at the different colors and bats at the hanging toys. Baby doesn't really have control of Aryanna’s arms yet, but Aryanna 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 had my 6-week postpartum doctor visit. I talked with my doctor about my birth control options and about whether I’m ready to start exercising.
7. Before I start pumping to save breastmilk, I’ve learned about how to store breast milk so I can reuse it later.
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #4
1. 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 Aryanna all the hydration Aryanna needs.
2. I’m giving baby a chance to experience different textures and colors. I put different fabrics on the floor for Aryanna to touch during tummy time so Aryanna can explore the sense of touch.
3. My baby is starting to get better head control. I still support Aryanna’s head when I lift Aryanna, but it doesn’t feel like lifting a bobble head toy anymore.
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4. I’m getting plenty of opportunity to use those cute bibs I got at my baby shower! Baby drools a lot, so I keep a bib on Aryanna all the time.
5. Is it really time for me to go back to work already? I decided to start back on a Wednesday to give myself a short first week back. This will help me ease back into work.
6. I’m going to spend some quality time with baby! — I signed up for a Mommy and Me class like a yoga class or a postpartum exercise class.
7. I got my hair done! I told my stylist I need something that’s quick and easy for me to style at home.
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #3
1. My baby had another checkup. Aryanna 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 Aryanna’s vision, Aryanna follows it with Aryanna’s eyes.
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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.
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #2
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Aryanna’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Aryanna’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! Aryanna turns Aryanna’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!
Brianna 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 Aryanna 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 Aryanna’s palm. Aryanna also has strong opinions — Aryanna cries to tell me how Aryanna feels! Right now Aryanna can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Aryanna 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 Aryanna a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Aryanna all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
Brianna answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Aryanna’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 Aryanna 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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