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Eliza: 10 Weeks and What I Have Learned So Far

Here is the pumpkin with her new BFF Colin (5 months). So cute! She will be 10 weeks in just 2 days.

And here are some random things I’ve learned so far:

1) It is hard to break a baby even if you accidently let her head flop.

2) A newborn will eat when she wants to eat and sleep when she wants to sleep. You will be much happier if you don’t fight her.

3) But, you will be even happier if you can implement a schedule sometime around 2 months.

4) Going to Target every day is a great activity, especially in the winter.

5) Buying items at the mall and then returning them the next day is also a great activity.

6) Find time to take a shower every day. You will feel much better about yourself.

7) It is ok to let your baby cry for a few minutes while you take a shower.

8 ) Use the 5 S’s to comfort your newborn.

9) It is very hard to listen to your baby cry, especially when you are putting her on a schedule which calls for letting her cry for 5-10 minutes at a time (more on this in a future post).

10) You will not get any “projects” done while on maternity leave.

11) Outsource where you can. If you can afford a maid, even once a month, do it.

12) Don’t worry too much about losing weight. It will fall off eventually.

13) But, don’t give in to boredom and/or baby blues and eat everything in the house.

14) You will feel down at some point and you will think, “did I make a mistake?” Don’t worry, it gets better.

15) Don’t listen to friends who say they never felt down/insecure when they had their baby and that everything was magical and wonderful from the beginning. Find a friend that will tell you the truth and have that friend on speed dial.

16) When your baby looks at you and smiles for the first time, you will think all the sleepless nights were worth it.

17) Until your baby responds to you, she is more like a demanding house plant than a human (my husband’s observation).

18 ) Even house plants are cute

19) Get a great baby monitor with night vision. It will give you great comfort during daytime naps and at night.

20) Don’t despair if your baby doesn’t like her swing/bouncy seat/activity mat, etc. She may just be too young for it. Try it again in a week or so and she may love it.

21) Don’t freak out if you only pump 1/2 ounce at first. Keep at it and you will soon be pumping 5-7 ounces or more.

22) If you are breastfeeding, you will think at some point that your supply is too low. This is probably not true. Your baby is probably just going through a growth spurt and everything will regulate after a day or so.

23) Babies grow like weeds. Don’t buy too many outfits.

24) Hang a safe mirror in her crib. She will love it.

25) Words With Friends is a great app to pass the time while feeding baby.

26) If someone offers to babysit, take him/her up on the offer.

27) Have a doctor or a nurse show you how to use the bulb syringe. You are probably being too gentle with it.

28 ) Olive oil cures cradle cap.

29) It is better to spend 20 minutes trying to get your baby to burp than have her cry for an hour because of gas pains.

30) Traveling with a baby under 3 months is really easy.

31) When your baby is a month or more old, get around someone with a newborn. You will feel like and expert and feel so good about yourself and your baby!


  1. Imagine what you’ll know by the time she’s 6 months old!

  2. Not sure if I agree with #12 but that’s probably cuz I did #13. #15 – not true with Kristi but very true with Scott. Not sure why – just a difference in their personalies I think along with Mommy’s state of mind during pregnancy and early childhood. And #23 – great observation. I never give a baby gift of something in a newborn size. I always get something for 12 to 18 months. They fit in it sooner than you think.

    Love the blog but I’m a little disturbed that you might have already arranged a marriage with Colin for my neice. LOL

    • Yes, I just posted how I should have said all the weight except for 10 lbs falls off. We have a couple potential husbands for Eliza. We are keeping her options open until she is at least 5 :)

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