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Your Baby at 1 Month

Your Baby at 1 Month

What happens during the first month of your baby’s life? I bet you don’t know. I didn’t know until recently. My baby is turning four months old as I write this post, so I’ll share some of my research and personal experiences from the past few months. My goal is to write one new monthly development post for at least the first year, every month. Vision Your baby’s vision will gradually improve over the first month. When she is first…

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 3

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 3

We had very little interested in Dude. I had one call from a couple in Cleveland expressing interest, but they never called me back after we initially talked. We had nothing for several weeks. On week five, we had two women contact us. One seemed very interested and wanted to meet Dude. We had high hopes. On the day she was supposed to meet him, she bailed. She said she came down with some health problems. The other lady never…

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 2

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done Part 2

Shortly before our baby was born, we hired a professional trainer to come help us work with Dude. My wife was worried (rightly so) about Dude interacting with the baby. He was a big lovable dog, but didn’t know his own size. We were worried he would trample the baby or trip us when we carried her. We worked on some commands to help Dude learn a special place to sit when we were dealing with the baby, and we…

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Baby’s First Round of Vaccinations

Baby’s First Round of Vaccinations

My baby got her first set of vaccinations yesterday. Two month vaccines My little girl got her first second set of shots Saturday. My girl turned two months last week, which means it was time for her first real set of vaccines. I guess technically the first set would have been in the hospital. Hospitals in the USA give your baby the first shot in a series of three hepatitis B vaccines right after birth. They also get a vitamin K injection…

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Our First Fight Over the Kid

Our First Fight Over the Kid

My wife and I had our first fight involving our baby before she was even born. The mother-in-law My mother-in-law is something else. Aren’t most of them? She has no shame and no internal monologue. Anything she is thinking, just comes right out of her mouth, unfiltered. This can make dealing with her a bit difficult at times. She has a habit of inviting herself to events and along on trips. She means well and her heart is usually in…

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My baby had an IV – baby antibiotics

My baby had an IV – baby antibiotics

While my wife and I were in the hospital with our new baby girl, the nurse told us the pediatrician wanted to talk with us. Nothing like the possibility of bad news to make your heart sink as you are enjoying your brand new baby! They wanted to put my baby on antibiotics! We had all the pre-birth tests done. We had all the pre-birth screening done that can identify issues and birth defects prior to birth. I stupidly formed the opinion…

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What are the baby blues?

What are the baby blues?

Has your partner or wife been depressed and crying after having a baby? She may be suffering from the baby blues. After our baby was born, my wife was very depressed and anti-social. She spent most of the day in bed, usually crying. Nothing seemed to console her. She didn’t want to spend time with our newborn. Every time I spoke with her, she broke down into tears. I was devastated. I couldn’t understand why my wife was so upset and…

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How to swaddle a baby

How to swaddle a baby

Do you know how to swaddle your baby? If you consider yourself a super dad, you probably do…but for the rest of us here are some tips. Swaddling a baby is a great way to help calm a fussing baby. A good swaddle help child feel warm and secure. A newborn baby was just separated from the only place they have known for their entire life – the womb. Being out in a big cold world can be a shock…

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How to perform skin to skin

How to perform skin to skin

How do you perform skin to skin contact (or kangaroo care) with your baby? I wrote a great article about the benefits of skin to skin, and what you need to do as a dad to ensure it happens. But I forgot to tell you how to perform skin to skin! I love snuggling with my baby like this. It helps me to feel closer to her and connected with her. It can be challenging for a father to develop a…

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Baby Feeding and Diaper Chart

Baby Feeding and Diaper Chart

I’ve made a free baby feeding chart for you! Every newborn parent should be tracking their baby’s food, urine, and bowel movements for at least the first two weeks. This is a very simple way to ensure your baby is healthy and eating enough food. Your baby cannot tell you when they are hungry or if their tummy hurts. The only way for you to know is by tracking their input and outputs. I’ve created a free baby feeding and…

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