1. Baby is starting to really express Brooke’s feelings! Brooke imitates my facial expressions when I’m sad or happy, and Brooke shows her own feelings on her face. I try to use words to express what I think Brooke 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 Brooke crying. I still have to leave sometimes, but I make sure baby has eaten and had a good nap before I leave so Brooke is less likely to get upset.
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 Brooke 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.
1. Baby can feed herself with a spoon! I’m not sure how much Brooke is actually eating, because Brooke makes a huge mess, but hey, Brooke is having a blast.
2. Baby has started teething. I don’t see any teeth yet, but Brooke 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! Brooke recognizes her name and can sometimes follows simple commands like “yes” and “no.”