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9Michelle FritchBellevue, Nebraska
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Baby Checklist. Month 9 Week 4
1. Baby’s vocabulary is growing! Samantha knows several words, and I can understand when Samantha says them (although I may be the only one who understands).
2. Dance party time! I’m putting on music so baby and I can dance together. Samantha loves learning motions to songs like Itsy-bitsy spider.
3. I feel like I’m really getting to know my baby’s personality! I’m noticing how different Samantha is from other babies his age — maybe Samantha is much more friendly, or maybe Samantha is a lot more shy, but Samantha definitely has his own opinions and personality.
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4. I’m careful to lift baby with my knees, not my back, so I don’t strain my back. A back injury would be a real problem when Samantha wants to be held so often!
5. Baby can sit up and balance well without any help.
6. Now seems like a good time to take some fun pictures of baby in different situations. I’m looking through Pinterest for some good ideas!
7. Baby has started eating a lot less. This seems strange, since Samantha is getting bigger, but it’s actually normal — Samantha isn’t growing as fast, so Samantha doesn’t need as much food. As long as Samantha’s diapers are normal and Samantha has plenty of energy, Samantha is probably fine!
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Baby Checklist. Month 9 Week 1
1. Baby has learned a new word! In addition to “mama” and “dada,” Samantha says one other word like “hi,” “bye” or “no.”
2. If I haven’t yet, I’m installing safety gates at the top and bottom of our stairs. Baby wants to climb and explore everything, and I want to keep the stairs off-limits!
3. My baby might become less interested in breastfeeding or bottle-feeding at this age — Samantha is so interested in looking around and exploring, Samantha doesn’t have time to sit still! I encourage Samantha to eat by taking Samantha into a quiet, dark room where there aren’t so many distractions.
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4. My partner and I are making time for intimacy this week. Even if we don’t have time for sex, we’ll have an intimate conversation and talk about something besides just baby.
5. I’m helping baby learn to entertain herself. I play with Samantha for a few minutes, and once Samantha is engaged with the toy, I step back and let Samantha play by herself. I’m patient with this, and I come back if he gets upset. Sometimes Samantha gets so absorbed in the toy, Samantha doesn’t even notice when I step out of the room for a minute!
6. I don’t want a picky eater, so I’m offering baby lots of different kinds of foods! I give Samantha different types of grains like quinoa and barley, lots of vegetables like cauliflower and zucchini, and various fruits like cantaloupe and pumpkin.
7. My partner and I sat down with each other and any other caregivers to make sure the rules for baby are always the same. Consistent rules will help Samantha feel secure.
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Baby Checklist. Month 10 Week 1
1. I’ve started planning for baby’s first birthday! This party is more for me than for Samantha, so I might just plan a small family-only party — or I might plan a big bash with all my mom friends. Either way, I’ll keep it short so it doesn’t interfere with naptime!
2. Baby might be getting really good at “cruising” — walking around the room while holding the furniture for balance.
3. My baby really understands “no” now — and Samantha doesn’t like it much! Samantha gets frustrated when I tell Samantha no. I try to gently redirect Samantha so Samantha gets interested in something else.
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4. If I feel frustrated with my partner or with myself as a mom, I write it down in a journal. This can help me process my emotions and get a better perspective. If I don’t like writing, I can do the same by sketching a picture. I’m not trying to make great art — this is just to help me to get my feelings out.
5. I’ve learned a pro mom style tip: eye highlighter under my eyes helps me look more awake. Hey, even if I feel sleepy, I don’t have to look that way!
6. Baby is mostly sleeping all night, but I’ve been staying up late after bedtime to get stuff done! This week, I’ll make a point of going to bed early — not long after baby’s bedtime — so I can get more sleep.
7. When baby babbles at me, I respond as if Samantha is really talking. This will help Samantha develop confidence as Samantha learns to speak!
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Baby Checklist. Month 9 Week 2
1. Baby is constantly exploring and testing boundaries, and I try not to get mad when this happens. Samantha doesn’t understand that something is wrong — Samantha is just figuring out the world. I try to stay calm and patient, no matter what she does!
2. Some babies might be moving down to one nap at this age. I make sure that baby is still getting about 14 hours of sleep total every day.
3. Baby loves listening to rhyming poems and music! We play pat-a-cake, and I read Samantha some nursery rhymes. My partner tried to get a video of Samantha laughing!
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4. Everything I’ve bought over the past few months has been for baby. I love shopping for Samantha, but this week, I’m buying something for myself, even if it’s just something small.
5. Even though baby is keeping me really busy, I’m trying to stay healthy. I make time to prepare good meals for myself as well as baby.
6. Baby seems to understand a lot more of what I say now! When Samantha is playing with a toy, I describe what Samantha is doing to help Samantha learn language concepts.
7. I’ve been working on teaching baby shapes and colors. I help baby learn shapes by pointing them out whenever I see them — Samantha’s plate is a circle, and my napkin is a square.
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Baby Checklist. Month 9 Week 3
1. I took baby to see a puppet show or story time at the library. I didn’t think Samantha would sit still for it, but Samantha had a blast!
2. I don’t have time to plan meals much, so I take a shortcut to good nutrition: I make sure my plate has lots of different colors.
3. I do something relaxing for myself every week, like taking a few minutes to stretch in the morning or taking an evening bubble bath.
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4. My baby can definitely follow simple instructions — and Samantha loves to do it! We play games like “wave bye-bye,” “touch your nose,” and “clap your hands.” This week, I’m catching this game on video!
5. Some families pierce baby girl’s ears at this age, when she’s young enough to not pull the earrings out. I talked with my partner about whether we want to have our baby’s ears pierced.
6. Baby and I enjoy Mommy and Me classes, and it doesn’t really matter what the topic of the class is! Baby likes looking at other babies, and I love chatting with other moms.
7. Bath time is fun and relaxing for me and baby both. Baby loves to splash in the water, play with bubbles, and smell the soap, and I love to see Samantha having so much fun.
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Pool time!!
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trying carrots for the first time!!
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I think my son holding his hands like this is so cute, he does it all the time.
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First time in a shopping cart!!
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First time in a shopping cart!!
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