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Date Night for Mom and Her Significant Other

Sometimes with all the business of baby feedings and naps, the days tend to melt together and a night out with your significant other becomes a thing of the past. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed with new responsibilities or trying to take on more than you can chew. Take heart, all of your effort will pay off in the long run as you develop a loving bond with your new baby. Try not to forget about yourself and your relationship with your love in the process.

Sometimes all it takes to put a little skip in your step is to be able to spend some quality time with your spouse or loved one. Never feel guilty about calling on the help of a trusted friend or family member to care for your baby so that you and your love may have a night out to rekindle the flame.

Play it up! After the date has been set psyche yourself up by wearing your risqué undergarments beneath your normal clothing. Give him a peak if the moment presents itself. The anticipation should keep you both smiling.

Plan it out! If baby will be cared for at the sitter’s home, turn your home into a romantic suite for the two of you to enjoy. Take out the candles for lighting and set the tone with the right music. If possible, skip cooking for the night and plan on having dinner delivered. Who needs a sink full of dirty dishes to think about? If take out is not an option, choose a meal that the both of you can prepare together. The idea is to make the night all about the two of you together.

If you’re expected to leave home for your date, plan to go to your favorite hangouts. This could be a nice restaurant, movie theater, pool hall or mini golf. Do what you both have the most fun doing together. As far as utilizing the sexy lingerie that’s been hiding underneath your clothes, a hotel room may be the only option. However if baby is sound asleep at the time of your arrival back home, enjoy every second that is available.

Whatever you do and however you do it, enjoy every moment of your night together. Do not underestimate the power of a strong relationship with your significant other. It can be the strong foundation that keeps the family healthy and happy.

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The Journaling Mom

Writing down your feelings on a regular basis is a great way to relieve tension and anxiety. Sometimes it’s almost as if the thoughts transfer themselves from mind to paper so that the mind may rest. Journaling for your baby is also a very intimate way to keep a baby book. The words are from your heart instead of a fill in the blank record. Whether you choose one over the other or go for them both, journaling is a great release of creative energy that may be read and remembered years from now.

If you’re a new mom or even a well established mom, and the time is right for you to begin losing those dreaded baby pounds, then journaling may be just the ticket you need for success. Keeping a daily record of what and when you’re eating has been proven to help individuals shed extra weight. The double chocolate fudge cake doesn’t sound so inviting when it has to be written down in a journal. The quantity of food also seems to lessen when it needs to be written down. Serving sizes tend to be used more accurately this way. But the journaling doesn’t need to stop there.

Keeping a measurement and body weight log are also very helpful when combined with recording your workout routine. It allows you to analyze your results alongside your workout and make the appropriate changes for the desired outcome. For instance, if you’re losing body fat but not toning muscle as much as you’d like, referring to past workouts recorded in your journal may hold clues that too much emphasis has been put on cardio and not enough on weight training. On the other hand if your weight loss doesn’t seem significant but your measurements have lessened, look to add more cardio in your workout. Muscle weighs more than fat and by tracking your measurements you have record of firming your body even though the number on the scale may not reflect such amazing results.

Weight loss is not the only endeavour that you can benefit from with journaling. Emotional healing seems to progress more significantly when you have a creative outlet or release. Being a mom is not easy. Everyone knows this but for a new mom the idea may not be realized. It’s so easy to get caught up in trying to accomplish everything while constantly comparing yourself to everyone around you. Taking some time each day to write down how you’re feeling may seem too simple to solve anything but being able to look back and read past thoughts and feelings and compare them to how you’re feeling now is priceless. You will be able to witness your own emotional evolution as you take on your new role as mom and be proud of what you’ve accomplished through the ups and downs.

Keeping a journal for your baby is the most intimate record of the beginning of life. It is in your own words a description of baby’s growth and development along with great stories of new discoveries and adventures. There will be days when you can almost see the light bulb go on in baby’s mind as they really learn a new thing. These are the great entries that no fill in the blank baby book has the option of adding, but it is invited in a blank journal to log every light bulb event with complete accuracy to be reread and enjoyed years from now by you both. With every new tooth to the potty training adventure you will be adding to your baby’s book of life. Enjoy it and keep the pen moving, it will be the most valuable book you’ll ever have the pleasure of reading when your baby becomes an adult.

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When Mom is Sick

As if taking care of an infant with a cold wasn’t tricky enough, finding a way to bring yourself back to health while tending to a little one may seem impossible. There are a few ways to sneak in some relaxing moments though, provided you’ve got the essentials. Before the cold season hits, take stock in your cold rescue items. Make sure you’ve got products that include cough drops, tea, honey, lemons, tissues, hand sanitizer and a few pair of comfy pajamas or lounge clothes.

When you feel a cold coming on, take great care to keep your germs to yourself. It’s much easier to get through the illness when baby is sleeping soundly at night and for naps. One way to stop the cold sharing is to always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or simply using a tissue. Sometimes it is difficult to just get up and run off into another room to wash, who knows what trouble the baby would get into while you’re gone! Keeping small bottles of hand sanitizer next to tissue boxes in strategic places throughout the house will help. This way, after each tissue use you can easily sanitize your hands.

Drink lots of fluids. Drinking fluids will aid in loosening congestion which will help you heal faster. Hot tea is a great way to soothe the soul while getting sufficient hydration. Safety first! Never drink a hot beverage around an infant. Spills happen to the best of us and a hot beverage could cause a burn injury to the baby. This would be a great opportunity to utilize baby’s swing, jumper or exerciser. While baby is playing, sit back and enjoy a hot cup of tea. When preparing your tea, add a squeeze of lemon juice for added vitamin C and a bonus, lemon soothes a sore throat. Honey also soothes and is a great sweetener. Let’s not forget plain water, it’s a natural decongestant. Add a squeeze of lemon into your water for added vitamin C as well.

Try to keep your days on the quiet side until your energy is back up again. If you’re lucky, your baby will enjoy cuddling and snuggling with you. Grab a dozen or so of your baby’s favorite books, cough drops, tissues and hand sanitizer for you, and snuggle together under a blanket for story time. Your baby will love the one on one attention and your body will be able to rest a bit. If reading becomes too difficult, settle down for an educational DVD or simply turn the pages of a picture book and let baby “read” to you. This is a great way to see how baby copies gestures or points out certain objects in a picture that she is familiar with from being read the story before.

Don’t push yourself to accomplish all the normal household chores, unless of course it will boost your spirits. Decide which path will set you at ease and choose that path. There is no “Gold Medal Fairy” flying around town handing out shiny awards for the cleanest, most organized home. Now is certainly not the time to push yourself to your limits. There are some moms out there that would just go crazy thinking of all the chores to be done and not be able to rest at the sight of dirty dishes or laundry. For those moms out there, go for it. The idea is to keep your mood light and boost your spirits for a quick and healthy recovery.

With all the luck in the world you’ll reach a full recovery quickly and remove all those pesky cold germs from the house before the rest of the family catches them. And if those germs decide to take up residence in your home for a while longer, when they do finally leave it’s time to celebrate. You deserve it!

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