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Date-night tips for mom

With all the business of baby feedings, spit up patrol and naps, the days begin to melt into one. Spending the night out with your significant other becomes a thing of the past. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by all of the new responsibilities or are 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 strong bond with your baby. But be careful not to forget about not only yourself, but also the relationship between you and your partner.

Sometimes all it takes to add a little skip in your step is spending some quality time with the one you love. Never feel guilty about calling a trusted friend or family member to care for your baby. All couples need some time alone to rekindle the flame in their relationship. This is never truer than after baby is born.

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

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

If you’re going out for your date, consider your favorite hangouts. Perhaps you have a favorite restaurant that means something special to both of you. Or maybe you’d enjoy going to a pool hall or mini golf. The goal is to have fun and enjoy being a couple again. You may have to think about a hotel in order to show off your sexy lingerie. However, if your baby is sound asleep when you return home, enjoy one another in the comfort of your own home.

No matter what you do or how you do it, enjoy every moment of your night together. Never underestimate the need for a strong bond with your significant other. Your relationship is the foundation that keeps the family happy and healthy.

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The mommy journalist

Writing down your feelings regularly is a great way to get rid of stress, tension and anxiety. Sometimes it may seem that the only way to give your mind a rest is to record your thoughts on another source. Creating a baby journal is also a great way to record your thoughts and your baby’s milestones for future use. The words you choose are always better than simply filling in a blank. Regardless of the method you use, journaling is a great way to use your creative energy in a medium that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Whether you are a new mom or if you have more than one little one, there is always that desire to lose the unwanted baby weight. Journaling your progress may just be the push you need to successfully lose the weight and keep it off. Keeping a daily record of what and when you’re eating has been proven to help people shed the unwanted pounds. Double chocolate fudge cake doesn’t seem so appealing when you have to record it in your journal nor does returning to the buffet line for a second or third plate of food. Serving sizes tend to be used more accurately when you stop and actually think about how much you are eating. But the journaling doesn’t need to stop there.

Try recording your measurements as well as your weight. These logs are extremely helpful when combined with a record of your various workout routines. You will be able to analyze your results alongside your workout and make any changes you deem as necessary for the desired outcome. For example, maybe you are losing body fat but not toning your muscles as much as you would like. Being able to refer to past workouts recorded in your journal may give you clues that perhaps too much emphasis has been put on cardio and not enough on strength training. On the other hand, if your weight loss doesn’t seem significant but your measurements have lessened, look into adding more cardio to your workout. Muscle weighs more than fat and, by tracking your measurements, you have a record of why your body measurements are decreasing even though the number on the scale may not reflect such amazing results.

Weight loss is not the only endeavor that will benefit from your newfound journaling. Emotional healing seems to progress more significantly when a person has a creative outlet he or she can use. Being a mom is one of the most difficult jobs a woman can have. Logically we know this. However, all moms, especially those of us new to the job, never fully realize just how physically and mentally demanding it is being a mother. It’s very easy to get caught up in constantly trying to accomplish everything on your own while consciously or unconsciously comparing yourself to every other mother with whom you come in contact. Taking a little time each day to write down how you’re feeling may seem entirely too simple to come up with solutions for your feelings. However, being able to look back and read your past thoughts and feelings in comparison to how you’re feeling now is priceless. You will be able to truly get a picture of your own emotional evolution in your new role as a mother. This will give you a way of enjoying your own personal growth and reveling in your many accomplishments over the months and years.

Keeping a journal for your baby is one of the most intimate records you could present to your child. It is a narrative of your baby’s growth and development complete with stories of the many discoveries and adventures you had together along the way. There will be many days when you can almost see the light bulb go on in your baby’s mind as he or she learns something new. These are the entries that cannot be noted by simply filling in a blank. With a blank slate, you are free to log every challenge met, every milestone achieved and every light bulb moment your child may have. From every new tooth to the adventures in potty training, 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. And, who knows. Maybe one day you’ll even publish it.

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When mom gets sick

As if it weren’t tricky enough taking care of an infant with a cold; with the return of cold and flu season, you may find yourself coughing and sneezing right along with him. It may seem near impossible to find ways to soothe your aching body and get back to full health without neglecting your role as a mother. There are a few ways to sneak in some relaxing you time, provided you have the essentials. Before cold and flu season is upon you, remember to stock up on your rescue items. Make sure you have plenty of cough drops, tea, honey, lemons, tissues, hand sanitizer and, most importantly, comfortable pajamas or lounging clothes.

It’s much easier to get through an illness when your baby is sleeping soundly at night. Therefore, the moment you start to feel a cold coming on, try your best to keep the germs to yourself. One way to combat the spread of germs is to always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or even using a tissue. Sometimes it is difficult to just get up and run to the bathroom to wash your hands. Who knows what sort of trouble your baby could get into in your absence? Keeping small bottles of hand sanitizer next to your tissue boxes as well as in strategic places throughout the house can easily solve this problem. After using a tissue, you can easily sanitize your hands if you’re unable to get to the washroom.

When you are ill, one common piece of advice that is extremely important to remember is to drink lots of fluids. Drinking fluids aids in loosening congestion, which helps you heal faster. If you don’t like drinking plain water, drink tea. Hot tea is a great way to soothe the soul while making sure you get sufficient hydration. But safety first! Never drink a hot beverage around an infant. Spills happen to even the most cautious, and a hot drink could severely burn an infant. This would be a great time to use your baby’s swing, jumper or exerciser. While your baby is playing, sit back and enjoy your relaxing cup of tea. To get an extra boost of vitamin C, add a squeeze of lemon. Honey will also add sweetness and flavor to your tea, as well as soothing your aching throat.

Try to keep your days on the quiet side until your energy is back up again. 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 all the extra snuggle time. Your body will definitely thank you for the extra rest while it continues to fight off your cold. If reading becomes too difficult, settle down for an educational DVD or simply turn the pages of a picture book and let your baby “read” to you. This is also a great way to see how your baby copies gestures or points out certain objects with which he is familiar from when you two previously read the story.

Don’t beat yourself up about not accomplishing all your normal household chores. If it would boost your spirits to keep up your normal routine, feel free to continue. Just remember – no one is going to hand you a gold medal for having the cleanest or most organized home. And no one is going to find fault with you for taking time to rest your weary body. Now is certainly not the time for you to push yourself to the limit. There are some moms out there who would just go crazy thinking of all the chores to be done. The sight of dirty dishes or unwashed laundry would leave them in a permanent state of unrest. 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 a little luck, you’ll recover and be back on your feet in no time. It can be hoped that all germs can be contained and removed before anyone else in the house repeats your symptoms. If those germs decide to take up residence in your home for a little while longer, when they do finally leave it’s time to celebrate. You deserve it.

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