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Baby Checklist. Week #5
1. My baby is starting to pay more attention to the world. Hayven 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 Hayven in the play gym, Hayven looks at the different colors and bats at the hanging toys. Baby doesn't really have control of Hayven’s arms yet, but Hayven 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.
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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 Hayven all the hydration Hayven needs.
2. I’m giving baby a chance to experience different textures and colors. I put different fabrics on the floor for Hayven to touch during tummy time so Hayven can explore the sense of touch.
3. My baby is starting to get better head control. I still support Hayven’s head when I lift Hayven, 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 Hayven 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.
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Baby Checklist. Week #3
1. My baby had another checkup. Hayven 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 Hayven’s vision, Hayven follows it with Hayven’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.
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Baby Checklist. Week #2
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Hayven’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Hayven’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! Hayven turns Hayven’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!
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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 Hayven 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 Hayven’s palm. Hayven also has strong opinions — Hayven cries to tell me how Hayven feels! Right now Hayven can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Hayven 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 Hayven a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Hayven all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
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Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Hayven’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 Hayven 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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Baby Checklist. Month 6 Week 1
1. Baby can feed herself with a spoon! I’m not sure how much Hayven is actually eating, because Hayven makes a huge mess, but hey, Hayven is having a blast.
2. Baby has started teething. I don’t see any teeth yet, but Hayven 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! Hayven recognizes her name and can sometimes follows simple commands like “yes” and “no.”
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4. My doctor told me to give baby a daily supplement of vitamin D.
5. I’ve started a freezer meal exchange with a few friends, and it’s really simplifying my cooking! Each of us cooks a lot of one meal that can go in the freezer, and then we all swap.
6. Baby has a security toy. It’s really sweet to see Hayven carrying the “lovey” around everywhere we go!
7. I’m treating myself this week with some relaxing exercise like a yoga session or a long walk.
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Im hooked on this show.. But I could do without the lesbian scenes!! Any of you watch it??


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If you haven't been in her life in over a year ; who the hell are you to tell me what to do ?! Your own son has only been aroun…


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If you haven't been in her life in over a year ; who the hell are you to tell me what to do ?! Your own son has only been aroun…


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I think I've cleaned the whole house today , and I'm sure I can find more and more to clean . What is everyone else up too on t…


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I finally decided to do the blog ! Tomorrow I will be setting up my page & doing my first post ! I think its going to be a…


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