Your 8-Week-Old

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Check-up time! Your baby's two-month doctor's visit is a chance for your child's pediatrician to assess your baby's growth and development—as well as an opportunity for you to ask all the questions that have been swirling around in your head.... Read more

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Raising a baby is a demanding gig. Even a simple visit to the doctor's office is anything but simple. You have to pack the diaper bag, plan around naps, research the side effects of vaccinations...no wonder you're tired all the time. Being a... Read more

Moms Like Me

Safe for sex yet? If you had a normal vaginal birth with no complications and you feel like having sex, then have sex. Even with C-sections, they only say you have to wait for 6 weeks. It all depends on how you're feeling. Just remember to go slow... Read more

Your 8-Week-Old: Your Baby

Check-up time! Your baby's two-month doctor's visit is a chance for your child's pediatrician to assess your baby's growth and development—as well as an opportunity for you to ask all the questions that have been swirling around in your head. Expect vaccinations at this visit. Your baby will likely receive immunizations to protect him from diptheria, tetanus, whooping cough, H. influezae type B4, polio and pneumococcal disease, which can cause a deadly brain infection.

At the start of the visit, a nurse will weigh and measure your baby.. (Ask the nurse to jot baby's vital stats on a slip of paper, so you can transfer his height and weight to his baby book when you get home.) His growth tells your doctor a lot about his eating habits and whether he's getting ample nutrition. Your pediatrician will also check your baby's temp and ask if you have any questions. It's a good idea to come prepared with a written list.

The doctor will then perform a complete physical and developmental exam. An eight-week-old baby should be able to track an object with his eyes, lift his head while lying on his belly and smile (yes, real smiles!). The doctor will ask about baby's typical schedule: How often does he eat? Is he sleeping through the night?

Vaccinations are typically given last. Pediatric nurses are pros at giving injections. The entire process is usually over in less than a minute. Holding and/or feeding your baby during (or immediately after) his vaccinations can actually help decrease his pain.

Your Life

Raising a baby is a demanding gig. Even a simple visit to the doctor's office is anything but simple. You have to pack the diaper bag, plan around naps, research the side effects of vaccinations...no wonder you're tired all the time. Being a great mom, though, is about more than taking care of baby. To be a truly great mom, you have to take care of yourself as well.

Ignore the dishes piling up on the counter and the emails piling up in your inbox, and take a moment to do something you enjoy for five, ten or fifteen minutes. Your baby will survive without you and the dishes and email will still be waiting. You, however, will be re-energized, which means these tasks will seem much less daunting.

Take time to nurture your relationship as well. When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, it's easy to lash out at your partner. But remember: new dads are just as confused as new moms. Chances are he's probably feeling as stressed and lonely as you are. Yelling at him won't help anything. Instead, take a couple of moments to talk about how you're both feeling, then cuddle up and watch a funny TV show together.

Moms Like Me

Safe for sex yet? If you had a normal vaginal birth with no complications and you feel like having sex, then have sex. Even with C-sections, they only say you have to wait for 6 weeks. It all depends on how you're feeling. Just remember to go slow because the first time after having baby can be a bit painful or sensitive. —cl-cookieandcupcake08

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