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.
1. Is the 4-month growth spurt starting already? Suddenly baby wants to breastfeed all the time. I’m continuing to feed on demand — I know it won’t last forever.
2. Baby is starting to like colors! I’ve started offering more brightly colored toys instead of the high-contrast ones Tessa used to enjoy.
3. Singing, whistling, clapping, and even blowing raspberries — baby loves sounds! I have lots of fun making sound effects for baby throughout the day. This helps Tessa’s language development, too, so I’m okay with sounding silly.
4. Baby is finally getting the hang of using Tessa’s hands! Tessa is grabbing everything in sight — especially my dangling necklace or hair. Time to take off my nice jewelry for a while.
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Tessa’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Tessa’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.
4. My baby knows me! Tessa turns Tessa’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!
1. My baby’s crib might look sparse right now — no blankets or pillows! I use a sleep sack to keep Tessa 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 Tessa’s palm. Tessa also has strong opinions — Tessa cries to tell me how Tessa feels! Right now Tessa can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Tessa 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.