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I decided to do a zumba class at 6am, its hard to go to the gym when the kids are up. but i am sooo tired


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my six month old had his first swim class it was amazing!! Love it


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Hi all,
So when I was pregnant with Silas I decided to try the cloth diapers. I was nurvus because it was different. I remember…


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my six month old had his first swim class it was amazing!! Love it


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1. Baby’s talking! Ok, really Silas is just saying one-syllable sounds like “ma,” “da,” and “ba.” But Silas said “ma” while looking at me, so I’m counting that as talking!
2. Baby can hold Silas’s own sippy cup — and Silas loves drinking from it without help. Silas is also discovering how to drop it, so I make sure the lid is on tight before I give it to Silas.
3. I know baby needs to taste a new time several times before Silas will start to like it. If Silas doesn’t like a food the first time I offer it, I don’t worry — I’ll just introduce it again later.
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4. I’ve scheduled an hour this week to do something fun like reading a book, getting together with friends, or enjoying a hobby I haven’t had time for.
5. I ask my partner for help. He’s learning his own way of interacting with baby, and I don’t correct him if he does something differently from me. After all, he’s a parent, too!
6. My partner is taking over bedtime one night this week (or more!) so I can get to bed early and get some extra rest.
7. Baby has started solid foods! I won’t give Silas any honey or cow’s milk till after Silas’s first birthday.
1. Baby loves to read! Actually, Silas mostly just chews on books, but I know that listening to a book helps build language skills. Plus, reading to baby gives me a chance to sit down!
2. Baby can’t wait to start standing and walking! In the meantime, Silas loves to sit in the bouncer. I know not to let Silas use it too much, but Silas enjoys some time in it every day.
3. When I hold baby up in a standing position, Silas puts weight on Silas’s legs and pushes off the ground.
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4. Being around lots of other kids means baby is constantly exposed to germs. If Silas is in a group daycare and has gotten sick often, I’ve thought about whether I want to consider other childcare options like an in-home daycare or a nanny.
5. I am really exercising again! I signed up for a 5K, and I’ve started training. I might even try a marathon eventually!
6. I gave up on keeping my house perfect. I don’t need friends who judge me by how clean my house is! If I have older kids, I’ve put them in charge of keeping their rooms clean (and I don’t worry if their rooms don’t meet my standards).
7. I’ve talked with my doctor and my partner about when we might want to think about having another child.
1. I hold my baby upright under my arms. I slowly lower my baby until his feet touch the table, bed, or my lap to help him get prepared for what standing will feel like.
2. I’m teaching baby colors! Whenever I give Silas a toy, I say the name of the toy and the color. I also point out colors throughout the day.
3. When I put baby down to play, I set Silas’s toys a little bit out of reach. This encourages Silas to reach for them — and maybe even crawl toward them!
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4. A few of my family and friends have really helped me with baby over the past few months, and I want to make sure they know how much I appreciate it! I’m doing something this week to thank them, even if it’s just a verbal “thanks.”
5. My partner and I had our first baby-free overnight! We stayed close by and came back early, and baby survived just fine. I did too!
6. If I’ve been working and I’m not sure I want to continue, then my partner and I will sit down and go through our budget to see if we could manage if I were a stay-at-home mom.
7. Baby had a six week checkup! Silas also got another round of vaccinations: the third doses of Hep B, RV, DTaP, Hib, PCV13 and IPV. If it’s almost time for flu season, then Silas got a flu vaccine
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1. My baby got Silas’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 Silas 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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