Your Baby's Seventh Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

That big, toothless grin can no longer be attributed to gas -- your baby is smiling at you. These smiles are different from the earlier smiles. Now your baby uses her whole face to give you a big grin -- what a wonderful achievement. Hold her in front of a mirror and watch her expression. She'll be thrilled by the "other baby" and may even share a little smile with her as well.

If you are nursing and returning to work or would like your baby to accept an occasional bottle, you might want to give it a try now that your milk supply is well established. You may find that it is best to let someone else offer your milk in a bottle so your baby's not confused or frustrated by your presence.

Taking Care of Yourself

You may have been given your doctor's blessing last week to go ahead and make love for the first time since your baby's birth -- perhaps even for the first time in many months. And your husband is jumping for joy, but you are a little hesitant. Not to fear -- it's normal to be nervous. Your reluctance may stem from the exhaustion you're feeling, your readjusting hormone levels or just the fear of discomfort. Take your time and share your fears with your partner. There are many things you can do to ease the transition: Set aside special alone time together while your baby is sleeping; cuddle with each other; when making love, use a water soluble lubricant if you experience any vaginal dryness and take your time relearning what pleases each of you. You will find that the more time you make for intimacy, the more you will come to enjoy this special one-on-one time with your partner. 

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