1. My baby’s crib might look sparse right now — no blankets or pillows! I use a sleep sack to keep Bradley 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 Bradley’s palm. Bradley also has strong opinions — Bradley cries to tell me how Bradley feels! Right now Bradley can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Bradley 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.
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Bradley’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Bradley’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! Bradley turns Bradley’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!