Have you ever heard someone say that a new Dad is jealous of his own baby? It’s not jealousy. Characterizing it that way is counterproductive, and doesn't do justice to what’s really going on.Read More
It is amazing how I can hardly remember the newborn days, which were really not that long ago. Our minds must block out those tough times and only allow us to remember the tender moments to make us want to do this again. And it worked, I’m pregnant with my second baby and am due a week before my son’s second birthday.Read More
As we've mentioned in posts such as No Time For Your Husband After Baby Arrives, new moms often tell the moms-to-be in Boot Camp that your baby’s constant need for attention can emotionally and physically tear your relationship apart, especially if you don’t know what to expect and don't plan accordingly.Read More
Imagine your baby’s been fed, burped, diaper changed, and rested, yet her tears keep coming … An inconsolable baby is heartbreaking to hear, and it can create some serious hand-wringing for new parents.
Babies cry for all kinds of reasons, so whether it’s fatigue, overstimulation or colic, here are some tips for soothing your baby’s tears.Read More
In the last decade, much progress has been made to bring maternal postpartum mood disorders further into the light, but what about paternal disorders?
On average, 10% of new fathers experience paternal postnatal depression (PPND), though some studies show that number reaches up to 25%. The stats vary widely, because research on paternal disorders is still relatively new, but the fact is: fathers definitely suffer from it, and it often goes unnoticed.Read More
When you’re pregnant, there’s a whole lot of time to ponder the moment when you meet your newborn, and the vision often includes feeling instantly overcome with such joy and love that we you instantly transformed. It’s that classic movie moment where a beatific mother and child are embracing and tears of joy abound.Read More
In the lead up to becoming a family of three, the last thing you want to consider is that your marriage may be upended once the baby arrives. But when a new person with big needs becomes a permanent fixture in your home, it’s bound to shake things up.Read More
Every mom wants to do her very best and know that her child feels loved and happy and secure. As moms, the stakes feel really high. Really high, and that’s mainly because we’re raising humans, so there aren’t any do-overs. Lots of do-betters, but no do-overs. And with all that pressure to succeed, we put absolutely everything into our child for the sake of being a good mom.Read More
As a new mom, how much would you pay for an unconditional, live-in support system?
Most moms would drain the bank for it, but the thing is: you’ve got support on hand and it’s entirely f-r-e-e …Your greatest support person goes by the name DAD and, trust us, he really wants to help us succeed.Read More
For new moms, it’s practically a rite of passage the first time you endure sympathetic, sometimes glaring, looks from strangers as your baby wails in public. But let’s be honest: a shrieking baby can frazzle even the most patient of us, and it turns out it’s about more than just the noise.Read More
Are you an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert (an equal blend of both)?
Does it really matter?
Yes, it does.
If you know your personality, then you know what your brain needs to recharge, and nothing makes you scream, “Recharge my batteries!” quite like motherhood. Especially if you’re an introvert.Read More
As a first time mom, everything you experience is new: lactating breasts, zigzagging hormones and this little human you created, who depends on you and your partner for absolutely everything. Everything.Read More
The experience of raising a child is priceless but the cost is something else.
It’s hard to imagine how something so small can equal big costs, but a 2014 report by the US Department of Agriculture estimated the cost for a middle-income family to raise a child to age eighteen is (wait for it…) $245,340. For one child!Read More
If you drew a picture of a woman with pregnancy brain, what would she look like?
It usually conjures a pitiful image, like someone lost in the wilderness trying to decipher a map. But the truth is, a woman’s brain during pregnancy and into new motherhood is a fully firing thing of wonder. It’s anything but lost.Read More
You’re baby is on the way and you’re ready to get into co-parenting with your partner, right? Sometimes, it’s easier said than done…
For moms, there’s a genetic rascal in our DNA that may rear its complex head and compel us to be hyper-vigilant and critical of Dad’s parenting; it incites us to either encourage or limit his access to the baby. When we’re in this mode, we’re “gatekeeping” and our partner is left out in the cold.Read More
At Boot Camp for New Moms, we talk a lot about the impact fathers have on their child’s life and the value they bring to you as your partner, because it’s pretty profound. Dad is your greatest ally, and your child’s champion. When men become fathers, they get a chance to appreciate their own dad in a whole new light and to understand his struggles, sacrifices, and unique expressions of love.Read More