August 10, 2011: Your purse will quickly become the diaper bag and vise versa.
August 10, 2011: I am apparently unoriginal.
August 10, 2011: There is a cry indicator! …of sorts.
by Dana Dubinsky
Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board
Last updated: January 2011
There’s no getting around it: Babies cry. It’s how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, a need for sleep, and more.
Here are the most common reasons babies cry. If your little one is wailing and you don’t know why, work your way down the list. Chances are you’ll find something that helps.
This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries.
Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start your baby’s feedings before the crying stage. Some signs to watch for in newborns: fussing, smacking of lips, rooting (a newborn reflex that causes babies to turn their head toward your hand when you stroke their cheek), and putting their hands to their mouth.
August 9, 2011: Do your best to accept things that do not work out as planned. And make sure you have a solid support system surrounding you.
August 9, 2011: Babies like to hear your voice. At a loss for words? Put on music you can sing to or pick up a book. I think Mila really liked “Curious George at the Zoo“.
August 9, 2011: Try your best not to let other people’s words hurt you.
When Mila was first-born (in the hospital and then right after being home), comments made had me very upset (to the point of tears). I kept telling myself that I was still emotional (or hormonal) and that these people were only trying to help — no matter how hurtful or wrong they may have been.
Here’s an article I found helpful:
(Parenting.com) — As a baby, my daughter Anna refused to wear her shoes or socks. Not a big deal if we lived on a sunny beach. But we live in Montana — and she was born in late October. So the first line of the mother-daughter battlefield was drawn: I put her shoes and socks on, she worked them off. If she was lucky, she’d push them off when we were in transit and they’d be lost forever. Score: Anna 1, Mom 0. Continue reading
August 9, 2011: Enjoy your pregnancy and don’t become attached to anything – the good or the not so good. It all fades.
For example, my hair and nails never grew so fast, (and no it wasn’t the prenatal vitamins, because I’m still taking them); I can bend over again; I can walk again without wobbling; I see Mila’s twitching and remember that feeling inside of me, yet I don’t remember the pain.
August 9, 2011: “Shooters” are very real. Dan got to witness this phenomenon this morning while I missed it, (yay!).
August 9, 2011: Not every sound you hear is your baby crying. Unfortunately though, this time it was mine.
August 8, 2011: As a mother I am apparently supposed to know everything! Dan is constantly asking me, “what is wrong with her?” when Mila cries. I simply reply, “honey, I know as much as you do”.