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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”