Your 41-Week-Old

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Get ready to hear some interesting sounds coming out of your baby's mouth!  Her love of mimicry means that you'll soon be hearing car noises, dog barks and fake coughs.  The first time you hear her reproducing a sound, you'll look over and... Read more

Your Life

So, what do you do?If you're an at-home mom, that incredibly common and simple-sounding question may make you cringe.  Being "just" a mom is not exactly a note-worthy accomplishment in a society that glamorizes high-pay, high-power... Read more

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Kind of shows me that all my worrying is 99% of the time for nothing.  When people say babies do things in their own time, well that is SO true!  In the future, I am really going to try and stay worry-free about all of this nonsense and... Read more

Your 41-Week-Old: Your Baby

Get ready to hear some interesting sounds coming out of your baby's mouth!  Her love of mimicry means that you'll soon be hearing car noises, dog barks and fake coughs.  The first time you hear her reproducing a sound, you'll look over and smile   – and she'll be hooked.  Expect to hear many more barks in the days to come!  Eventually, the novelty will wear off and she’ll turn her copycat skills toward human speech. 

Physically, your baby's pincer grasp is now pretty well established, which means that she's capable of picking up everything from dust bunnies to dog food.  And almost all of it goes in her mouth!  Fortunately, babies are hardy; dust (and dog food) will not harm your child.  But what it she picks up medicine?  Or a tiny watch battery?

If you see your baby place a questionable object in her mouth, open her mouth with one hand and gently sweep the inside of her mouth with the index finger of your other hand.  If you can't find the object but are pretty sure she's ingested something dangerous—say, if you see an open bottle of medication nearby—call your local poison control center.  The experts there will tell you what to do next.

If your baby starts choking, immediately flip her over so that she's face down, straddling your forearm, with her head lower than her body.  Give her five quick, firm pats on the back, using an upward stroke, then flip her over and sweep her mouth; the offending object may have become dislodged.  Repeat until the object is dispelled.  It's also a good idea to take an infant CPR class—just in case.

Never underestimate your baby's ability to get at desirable objects.  At ten months, babies are just beginning to learn how to use tools to get what they want.  So now, if your baby wants your sunglasses—which happen to be sitting on top of your jacket—she'll pull the sleeve of your jacket 'til your sunglasses tumble to the ground.  Time to step up the childproofing!
 

Your Life

So, what do you do?

If you're an at-home mom, that incredibly common and simple-sounding question may make you cringe.  Being "just" a mom is not exactly a note-worthy accomplishment in a society that glamorizes high-pay, high-power positions. 

How you choose to answer that question, though, says a lot about you.  If you mumble a response while looking down, you don't exactly present an impression of a happy and fulfilled woman.  If, on the other hand, you answer with grace and aplomb, you might change the questioner's mind about at-home parents—and earn the gratitude of at-home parents everywhere.

Raising a child takes a considerable amount of skill (and a tremendous amount of patience!).  Whether you work inside or outside of the home, be proud of your work!  But don't be afraid to highlight other aspects of your life as well.  Wiping chins and changing diapers may take up a lot of your time, but you have intellectual interests and hobbies as well.  Talk about your volunteer work, your trip to Belize or your scrapbooking club.  Ask questions.  Most people love to talk about their personal interests.  Who knows?  You might make a new friend.
 

Moms Like Me

Kind of shows me that all my worrying is 99% of the time for nothing.  When people say babies do things in their own time, well that is SO true!  In the future, I am really going to try and stay worry-free about all of this nonsense and just enjoy watching my baby girl grow the way she prefers.  :) And it is crazy how fast  they can learn something new.  The only thing I fear Jane cannot learn is how to sleep more than 3 hours in a row...lol. ;) &mdash;<a href="http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-prplayapr09n&msg=2324.1&ctx=512 ">marskinner</a>
 

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