Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6-12 Months

Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 to 12 Months Old

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Keep an eye out for upcoming Development Posts covering all developmental stages from 0-18!

Welcome to When Fit Hits the Shan’s Development Series!!

We’ll cover each major developmental phase of life from age 0-18, diving deep into what affects children during that particular phase, what you as a parent need to be aware of, and how you can help your child develop properly.

Each post (including this one!) covers helpful topics for each developmental stage of life- including:

  • Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals
  • Activities to Boost Development
  • Warning Signs or Potential Dangers
  • Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do
  • GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase
  • What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Let’s dive into what it takes to care for a baby from 6 months to their first birthday!!! 

And congratulations mama, you survived the infant stage! Your little one is a baby now- through and through. That brings new perks and a few new challenges!

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Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals

Here are some great new milestones and skills to watch for!

Don’t compare to your neighbor’s 6 month old. After all, each child will reach milestones at their own pace.

During the baby phase from 6 months to 1 year, your child will:

  • Begin to experiment with sitting up on his own (around 6 months), crawling (around 9 months), standing (around 9 months), and walking (around 12 months). Some children also learn to climb! Caution- although your baby will be practicing these new motor skills, it will take a lot of practice to master them. Expect your baby to fall often and beware of unsafe situations!
  • Improve her ability to use her hands and fingers. By the time your child is 12 months, she will be able to pick up, hold, examine, and throw objects! She will learn to put objects into containers and to pick up small items using her thumb and pointer finger (this is called the pincer grasp).
  • Improve his vision, including seeing in color, following moving objects or people with his eyes, and seeing over longer distances.
  • Improve her language skills, including all of the following:
    • Say consonant sounds,
    • notice emotion in other people’s voices,
    • express her own emotions through her jabbers,
    • have “conversations” by talking when others are talking,
    • imitate sounds and words,
    • recognize her name and the names of others,
    • understand simple directions,
    • use body language to express herself- such as waving bye or pointing to something she wants, and
    • say her first words!!!!
  • Enjoy stimulating activities like:
    • Hiding and finding objects,
    • peekaboo,
    • making animal sounds,
    • banging toys together,
    • dancing to music, or
    • interacting with his own reflection in a mirror.
  • Try new foods and learn new feeding skills, including: 
    • Chewing (although the child will need food cut small for a few years),
    • eating baby food or soft foods and slowly integrating solids,
    • using her hands to feed herself,
    • holding her own bottle or sippy cup,
    • and experimenting with utensils (although she will probably make a big mess until she masters them).
  • Experience separation anxiety, which is normal and shows a healthy attachment to the child’s parents.

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Activities to Boost Development

Every parent wants to do everything they can to give their baby the best jump start to life possible. Here’s how you can do this for your little one between 6 months old and 1 year old!

  • Provide toys that teach new skills- like:
    • sorting,
    • putting objects into containers,
    • identifying colors/shapes,
    • identifying animal sounds,
    • any new vocabulary words,
    • sharing or interacting with others,
    • finding hidden objects, etc.


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  • Allow your child to get to know other adults and children by arranging play dates or hanging out with friends.
  • Play with movement.
    • Hold your child in a standing position with less and less support,
    • let your child hold onto your legs or hands while you walk around the house together,
    • dance to music,
    • use a walker or a jump-a-roo to encourage standing and walking,
    • play in a swimming pool,
    • use a Bumbo to encourage sitting without the risk of falling, etc!


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  • Allow your child to try new foods and offer him the opportunity to feed himself, despite the mess.
  • Always talk!
    • Have conversations,
    • describe your daily activities to the child,
    • explain what you’re doing and why,
    • ask questions,
    • sing songs and rhymes,
    • read books,
    • enjoy finger plays,
    • review the animal sounds,
    • label colors and shapes and prepositions (over, under, around, near, behind, next to, etc.),
    • and laugh together!


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Warning Signs or Potential Dangers

Of course, every stage has its own dangers. Here are a few to look out for.

It’s always safer to call the doctor or nurse if you have questions! They’ve heard it all before, there are no stupid questions, and your baby will be safer because you checked!

  • Falling. Now that your child is mobile, he will be experimenting with his new skills. However, he’s no master! Your child will probably get a few bumps and bruises, but watch out for sharp edges, large drops, or other dangerous situations that could cause major injury.


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  • Choking. Introducing solid foods and allowing babies with the opportunity to feed themselves means one more risk- choking. You can stay safe by:
    • Stay close by when your child is eating so that you can keep an eye on things. Never leave the child alone during meal and snack times.
    • Pay attention to warning labels on baby food items- they often suggest what age range is safe to give certain foods to.
    • Always cut baby’s food into small pieces.
    • Keep small items or toys off the ground.
    • Prepare yourself by learning infant CPR as choking situations can require quick response.


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  • Dangerous items. Now that your child can get around without you, she has access to objects around the house without you providing it. That means your child will get into things you didn’t intend.
    • New dangers include hot objects, sharp objects, anything heavy that can fall, anything breakable, chemicals, and anything small enough to choke on.
    • Baby-proof your home by using child-proof locks on cabinets, cupboards, drawers, and doors.


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  • Losing any skills they used to have. Occasionally, a child will begin to speak or progress in other developmental milestones and then lose those skills suddenly. This can be a sign of Autism, so report it to your doctor immediately.
  • Failure to reach milestones by 12 months. Be patient and give your child plenty of time to reach the developmental milestones. However, there may be a need for intervention if your child has not reached the following basic milestones by 12 months old:
    • Searching for hidden or partially hidden objects,
    • crawling,
    • attempt simple words like “mama” or “baba”, or
    • using gestures like pointing, waving bye, or shaking head “no”.

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Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do

The baby phase comes with its own unique challenges for parents.

Here are some challenges to be aware of, and some solutions to help a mama out!

  • Separation anxiety. It can be really tough on moms when babies cry during separation. If you work, you might have to deal with this every day for a while. If you don’t work, you still need breaks! It can be tough to get a night away or have a date with your man or just get some “me-time” when your baby only wants you and nobody else! This kind of constant clingy-ness can be exhausting for mom. What’s the solution?
    • Practice makes perfect. The more you leave and come back, the more your baby will learn the pattern. You have to go sometimes, but you always come back!
    • Comfort items. Having something familiar can comfort your baby when you’re gone. For example, a teddy bear, a blanket, a snuggly soft toy, a picture of you.
    • Put Dad to work! If there is another person that your child loves and trusts, such as his father, grandparents, or a good friend, ask them for help. Being left with a familiar adult isn’t nearly as scary as being left with a stranger. Win win for mom and baby!
    • Take much-needed breaks when baby is sleeping! She’ll never even know that she was left with a babysitter if you leave for a fun evening after her bedtime!
  • Mobility. It’s exciting and all, but all that moving around means a lot more work for mom. You’ll be running to and fro trying to get everything done on your checklist AND constantly watching to make sure baby is safe and not getting into things he shouldn’t get into. What can a mom do about it?
    • Provide lots of stimulating toys and switch them out frequently. This prevents your child from getting bored. The more entertained she is, the less exploring she’ll do!
    • Baby proof everything dangerous, and everything that’s just too messy to clean up every day. Better to prevent than to deal with the problem day in and day out!
    • Have a good sense of humor when baby gets into things she shouldn’t. Expect messes, and try to laugh about them! I have a friend who made it a habit to get her camera right away when something frustrating happened. Instead of freaking out, it helped her laugh at cute memories of her silly kids.
    • Baby gates are our friends. Keep kids away from the stairs…. or just keep the baby in one safe room.


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  • Feeding. It’s great that babies are starting to eat solids, but there are a few downsides. It’s messy, it’s time consuming, babies can be picky, and it’s expensive! 
    • Once your baby can eat solids, offer the child whatever the family is having for dinner (cut into small pieces of course). This is cost-effective (rather than buying separate food for baby), time-efficient (rather than preparing two meals), and helps the child adapt to the family’s diet.
    • Don’t be offended or frustrated if your child doesn’t like some of the foods that he tries, but always encourage him to try it again. The mom’s job is to offer healthy choices. The baby’s job is to decide which of the choices he will eat and how much he will eat. Never try to take over the baby’s jobs by force feeding!
    • Eliminate distractions. A distracted baby can’t eat very well. Turn off the TV, involve the entire family in the meal instead of eating separately, and keep toys away from the table.
    • Be a role model of healthy eating. Help your child learn to eat healthy foods by eating them yourself. Be a good example of trying new foods. Show your children how to have good table manners.
    • Put a piece of plastic (like a shower curtain) or an old bed sheet under the baby’s place at the table. This makes clean up much easier! Just shake it off and throw it in the washer!
    • Or… Try these helpful items!!!

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GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase

No developmental phase is all bad… in fact, they’re all a lot of fun!

The baby phase is no exception. Here are some things you’ll LOVE!!!!

  • Mobility! Ok, I know, mobility is one of the hardest things about this phase and yet one of the best things too. A little more independence for baby means a little more flexibility for mom. You don’t have to carry him everywhere anymore! He’s learning to feed himself. He’s learning to get things he wants on his own. All these skills help you out eventually!
  • FUN!!! This stage is fun, above all! For your child’s entire life, the most reciprocation you get is a little gurgling and a few laughs, when you’re lucky. Now, your child is starting to play games! She’ll learn to interact with you, including
    • responding to your requests,
    • saying your name (Awwwww!!!!),
    • remembering things you’ve taught (such as animal sounds),
    • and showing you affection! What better “thank you” can a parent ask for?
  • You get to sleep through the night! Ok, so you might not get to sleep through the night at first. Some babies have night feedings up until 9 months old. But it’s on the horizon, mama! Your sleep is almost back!!!! WOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!
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What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Ok mom, hold your breath, cause this is difficult to take in…. Ready???

Your baby is almost a TODDLER!!!! 

What???? Yeah I know. It’s insane and ridiculous and unbelievable. It just can’t be so, and yet it is.

Your baby is morphing into a toddler and you’re about to leave this stage behind! What are you going to do??? 

Watch out for my next development article: Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 12 Months to 24 Months Old.


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Need more information about babies from age 6 months to 12 months? Check out this great article by The Tot: INFANT DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES: 6-12 MONTHS.

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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How Will I Know If My Baby Is Prepared for their First Day Of School? Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness: What Every Parent Needs to Know

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Is your kid getting ready for their first day of kindergarten???

Time flies by! Remember when they were a tiny baby in your arms, and when they first started to walk, and when they said their first word??

Now here you are making sure your baby has all the skills and knowledge that he needs to succeed in the fast-paced learning craze that your little one will be thrown into on his first day of school.

It’s a challenge, to be sure!

Within the first weeks of Kindergarten, your child will be:

  • writing her name, numbers, AND all the letters,
  • reading and memorizing sight words,
  • sounding out simple words (hope she knows all her letter sounds!!),
  • performing simple math,
  • counting all the way to 100,
  • coping with being away from mom and dad for long periods of time,
  • sitting still and focusing for hours at a time,
  • and functioning for at least half a day in a structured classroom with new rules and restrictions…. just to mention a few!

That’s SOOOOO much for a 5 year old to handle!!!!

How is a parent supposed to make sure their little ones are ready for Kindergarten??

Here are the 10 things that every parent needs to know about Kindergarten preparation.


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1. No Pressure!!!

First thing all moms need to know about Kindergarten Readiness- no child is ever perfectly ready for Kindergarten. 

It’s a whole new world for kids. How could they ever be 100% ready for something they’ve never experienced before?

The focus here isn’t perfection- it’s preparation. 

Your child won’t meet everything on this list- and that’s OK! He’s only 5, after all. Just do your best, make it fun, and enjoy every second of your little one before they’re off to school!

Kids learn best when they’re playing, so turn learning into games! 

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2. Social and Emotional Skills

Let’s talk about the vital pieces of kindergarten readiness that nobody ever talks about.

Each child needs to be socially and emotionally prepared for a major change in their life. School takes self-control and focus- which aren’t easy for a young child.

Here are some important skills to help your child master before Kindergarten. Ask yourself:

Can my child….

  • Sit quietly and focus for 15-20 minutes?
  • Cope when away from parents through basic self-calming skills?
  • Develop and maintain friendships with other children?
  • Play and share with other children appropriately (with some disagreements every once and a while)?
  • Follow basic 2-step directions?
  • Communicate their needs to adults?
  • Speak with clear words and complete sentences?

Here are some great books to help your child cope with any anxiety about the first day of school!

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The Night Before Kindergarten

3. Self-Help Skills

Another often forgotten (but SOOO vital) part of thriving through Kindergarten! Self-Help Skills are the skills your child will use to take care of themselves in a classroom setting- you know, all the things the child should be able to do for himself so that the teacher can concentrate on teaching.

These skills also keep the child safe.

Ask yourself:

Can my child…

  • Wash hands independently?
  • Use restroom independently?
  • State her own full name and age?
  • Remember her parents’ names?
  • Memorize and recite basic contact information- such as his address and at least one parent’s phone number?


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4. Physical Skills

Children need to master basic physical development to succeed in school. This means both fine motor skills (small movements using the hands and fingers) and gross motor skills (large movements using the whole body).

Ask yourself:

Can my child…

  • Cut along a line using scissors?
  • Copy marks on a paper- such as an x, a line, a zigzag, or a circle?
  • Complete typical gross motor skills- such as hopping, jumping, running, catching a ball, going up and down stairs?
  • Endure the length of the Kindergarten class without snacks or naps (unless your school provides these)?
  • Control her own bowels- in other words, can she “hold it” until it’s time to go to the bathroom?


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5. Reading Skills

Ok, we’re finally getting around to the stuff that everyone talks about! This is the cognitive area- the main focus of school and therefore the main focus of school prep. This is great stuff, but it can easily cause a lot of extra stress for children and parents. 

Don’t let it!!!! 

School needs to be fun and exciting, not a forced task for children. Don’t go overboard in teaching letters and numbers, although these are great things to learn. It’s not worth stressing out the child and creating resentment towards learning and school. 

Find fun ways to practice letters and reading skills without frustrating anyone. Fostering a love of reading and all other areas of school will create a healthy joy for learning that will last a lifetime! 

Here are a few of the skills to work on. Ask yourself:

Does my child….

  • Know the ABC’s? This means:
    • Singing the alphabet,
    • If possible, identifying all letters by sight (“Where is the ‘S’?”),
    • If possible, naming all the letters independently and out of order (“What is this letter?”),
    • If possible, identifying all the letter sounds (“What does the ‘M’ say?”), and
    • If possible, identifying uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Understand books and literacy? This means:
    • When looking through a book,
      • the child holds the book upright,
      • recognizes that the words move from left to right and from top to bottom, and
      • knows where the front and back of the book are.
  • Retell a simple story after hearing it?
  • Hear and identify rhyming words?


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6. Writing Skills

Writing is tough for young children! It requires specific fine motor skills, memory of each letter, and focus.

Again, practice makes perfect. Especially fun practice! That’s what will hold the child’s attention and result in lasting retention! 

Ask yourself:

Can my child…

  • Hold a pencil correctly?
  • Recognize their own name when written (“Which name tag is yours?”)?
  • Write his full first name (no nicknames!) using a capital letter for the first letter and lowercase letters for the rest of his name?
    • That means that if your child goes by “Sam” but his full first name is “Samuel,” his Kindergarten teacher will expect him to write “Samuel”.
  • If possible, write all the letters and numbers (1-10) on demand (“Please write a lowercase ‘P’.”)?


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7. Math Skills

Just like reading, math skills begin long before division and multiplication, or even adding and subtracting.

Here are a few basic math skills that your child can master right now, even before he enters his first Kindergarten classroom! 

Ask yourself:

Can my child….

  • Recognize and identify basic shapes (Circle, square, diamond, star, triangle, oval, rectangle)?
  • Recognize and identify colors (White, black, brown, yellow, green, orange, pink, purple, red, blue)?
  • Count to 20?
  • If possible, recognize all numbers from 1-10 out of order (“Can you find the 7?”)?
  • Count backwards from 10?
  • Count up to 5 objects by pointing to each item to track counting?
  • Understand concepts of more or less (Greater than or less than)?
  • Organize objects into groups based on similarities?
  • Recognize and complete simple patterns (X O X O _?_, X X O X X O _?_)?


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8. Reasoning Skills

As your child’s brain develops, she is more and more capable of logical thought. This development, combined with your coaching, teach the child how to make sense of the world around her through reasoning and problem solving. 

Check to see if your child needs any extra practice in this area. Ask yourself: ]

Can my child…

  • Understand basic concepts of time?
    • It is helpful to know:
      • that we all have to wait for things we want,
      • that we follow a schedule of events during the day,
      • the names of the four seasons,
      • the names of the months of the year,
      • and the names of the days of the week.
  • Understand comparisons like big/small, same/different, first/last, up/down/around/next to?
  • Make a reasonable guess of what will happen next in a simple story? This skill shows basic understanding of cause/effect relationships as well as comprehension.
  • Sequence three story pictures?
  • Repeat or participates in a familiar rhyme or song? This shows memory and retention skills.
  • Complete a 4 piece puzzle (or larger) using clues like shape, color, and images to identify where each puzzle piece belongs?


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Kindergarten Songs

 

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9. Exciting Things to Look Forward To… And Start Practicing!

Did your child meet everything on the list? Chances are, he’s got a few things to practice before he’s ready for Kindergarten! 

That’s perfectly normal and perfectly fine! 

Do your best to support your child in his kindergarten preparation by teaching and practicing these skills at home.

The more your child masters, the easier the transition to Kindergarten will be!

As your child begins his first days and weeks in Kindergarten, you can look forward to your child building new skills, such as:

  • Reading!
  • Buttoning, zipping, tying shoes,
  • Sitting still and focusing for longer periods of time,
  • Adding and subtracting, and
  • Building lasting friendships through increasingly cooperative and structured play!

If your child is doing well in other areas of Kindergarten readiness, start practicing these great skills!

As always, teach through play. Having fun is the best way for children to love learning and retain new information. 

 

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10. A Quick Second for Mom

Ok, Mom, we need to take a second to talk about you.

Your baby is headed to Kindergarten!!! That’s a tough thing for a parent.

This is a major milestone in growing up… but we never want our babies to get big. We miss their tiny little selves!

Plan on being an emotional wreck for a little while. 

But with a little time and coping, you can get through this too, mama. You’ll need some extra time to yourself to handle the changes happening in your life and in your child’s life.

Check out this FREE Parent’s Guide to Self-Care to help you decompress and feel right with the world again!

Free Self Care Guide 2

 

Want to learn more? Check out Busy Toddler’s article on Kindergarten Readiness here! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

Please share with other moms who need to know what to expect before the first day of Kindergarten!

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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When are Typical Pregnancy Doctor Visits… and What are They Going to Do To Me???

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Did you just pee on a stick and it turned out positive????

Well, let me be the first to say CONGRATS MAMA!!!! Pregnancy and mom life are the best! I’m so happy for you! 

But, truth be told, you’re entering a whirlwind of new information and questions and experiences. 

Let me help you through one major part of all this.

You know you’re pregnant. Now when do you see the doctor? And how often do you have to see the doctor after that? And what are they going to do to me during those checkups???

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Appointment 1: 8-10 weeks

The first time you’ll visit the doctor is around 8-10 weeks pregnant.

How do you find out how long you’ve been pregnant?

It can be tricky, but the best way is to guess based on the first day of your last menstrual period. Just add 8 weeks to that day (or your best guess of when that day was) and viola! Your appointment should be sometime around then.

You might have some paperwork to do during this appointment- you know, stuff like your medical history, the medical history of your family, and insurance stuff.

You’ll probably pee in a cup. Get used to this- you pee in cups a lot during pregnancy. The doctor will get your urine tested to look for common problems like infections, diabetes (although gestational diabetes doesn’t develop until later in pregnancy), dehydration, preeclampsia, etc. Oh yeah, and your pee also confirms pregnancy. That too.

Many doctors take a blood sample to screen for HIV. I always freak out before they poke me, but it really doesn’t hurt that bad.

You’ll get to ask you doctor any questions or bring up any concerns you might have. Come prepared with your thoughts written down because it’s easy to forget what you wanted to say, and it’s tough to get a hold of doctors other than during your scheduled visits! Take advantage of that time!

But the best, most amazing and exciting  and wonderful part of the first visit is by far your first ultrasound!!!!! Yep, you get to see you baby!!!

Because your little one is so tiny at this stage, it’s a vaginal ultrasound. You’ll have to undress from the waist down and put a sheet over your lower half.

You’ll get to watch the baby on a screen as the nurse takes measurements to make sure the baby is healthy and growing as he should. These measurements also give you a more accurate due date, just in case you guessed a little off on your last menstrual period.

Watch closely- sometimes you can see the baby moving!  

Appointment 2: 14 weeks

You get a nice, long break before you have to come back in. At 14 weeks, it’s time to see the doctor for a routine checkup.

It’s all routine stuff- checking your vitals, taking measurements of your growing belly, Q&A with the doctor (come prepared!), and listening for baby’s heartbeat!

Yep- you get to hear the heartbeat today!!!! AAAAHHHHH! So exciting! I can’t keep it in! A baby’s heartbeat doesn’t sound like an adult’s heartbeat. It’s more of a swishing sound. There’s nothing so precious in all the world!

2 tier cake

Appointment 3: 20-22 weeks

This is the magical appointment that we wait and wait for!

It’s the anatomy ultrasound!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO! That means you get to find out if your baby is a boy or a girl today (unless you’d rather keep it a surprise)!!!

This time, the baby has grown enough that the ultrasound can be performed without mom having to take off her pants. I know, SCORE!

Mom lays back, you get a lot of jelly on your tummy, and the nurse shows you your cute baby!! It’s so exciting because you can see the baby’s face, hands, legs, feet, and of course… genitals. 

If you don’t want to find out the baby’s sex, make sure you speak up soon because the nurse might accidentally let it slip!

But the nurse checks a lot more than just the sex of the baby. She’ll also measure the heart, measure how tall baby is, and check out the baby’s organs like kidneys, bladder, stomach, etc. Then the nurse will check your placenta for complications such as placenta previa.

Appointment 4: 26-28 weeks

This check up is all routine.

See the doctor, pee in a cup, take your vitals, check up on baby. 

But pay attention because you’ll receive very specific instructions for that glucose drink you’ll take right before your next appointment!

If you ask, you might get to choose the flavor of the drink too!

drinking glass filled with liquid

Appointment 5: 32 weeks

Besides your regular checkup stuff, you get to take your glucose test today! 

Yippee! Ok, that was a sarcastic yippee.

You’ll hear a lot of negativity about how icky the drink tastes. It’s not very good, but it wasn’t too terrible for me. It is sugary and thick, kind of like drinking a melted otter pop. But it’s not so bad. You’ll be just fine!

Follow the doctor’s instructions carefully when you take this test to ensure accurate results. You might be asked to change your diet or not eat at all for a certain amount of time before you drink the liquid. Make sure you drink it right on time (your doctor will tell you when), because the glucose needs to work its magic for just the right amount of time before the doctor tests your blood.

Yes, that means you’ll get poked this time. Sorry mama!

But it’s worth it- this test checks for gestational diabetes, a common problem in pregnancy.

It is also common to do a Hemoglobin Test at this time, which checks to see if you are anemic (if there is enough iron in your blood). Hey, if they’re already poking you, they might as well check it out!

AND- you’ll start having appointments roughly every two weeks! That means you’re getting close to the end mama! 

Appointment 6: 34 weeks

This week is a normal checkup, with no pokes! That’s awesome!

You’ll get to chat with the doctor, take vitals, check on baby. All that good stuff.

It’s kind of nice to have a boring doctor’s visit after that glucose test!

doctor holding red stethoscope

Appointment 7: 36 weeks

It’s time to pre-register at the hospital, if you haven’t already! Your baby could come any time, although we hope she’ll stay put for a little longer.

There is one exciting test for this appointment. It’s the Group B Strep Screening. For this test, you will swab the skin “down there” to check for the Group B Step bacteria.  About 25% of women carry the bacteria, although most women show no signs or symptoms of having it. 

No need to worry if you are a carrier- you’ll just need antibiotics during labor and delivery to keep your baby from getting sick if the bacteria is passed to him during labor.

Buckle up- starting next week, you’ll be seeing your doctor on a weekly basis! You’re almost ready to have this baby!!!

Appointment 8: 37 weeks

This check up is very routine. Your doctor is keeping a closer eye on you and your baby as you get closer to delivery.

She might check to make sure your baby is in the right position for delivery. She can feel your pelvis to see if the baby has “dropped” (moved away from your abdomen and toward your pelvis) and if the baby’s head is down.

pregnant woman standing near green plants

Appointment 9: 38 weeks

During the weeks before labor, your body may show signs that this baby is on its way. Your doctor checks to see if your cervix is dilated and effaced as your due date approaches.

What in the heck does that mean??

Well, normally your cervix is closed tightly, but that needs to change for this baby to get out. Dilation means your cervix is opening. It will eventually dilate to 10 centimeters right before the baby is born… but that’s in the thick of labor. You might dilate a few centimeters during the weeks before labor.

Effacement measures how thin your cervix is becoming in preparation for labor. Right before the baby is ready to be born, you will be 100% effaced. Effacement can also begin during the weeks before labor.

Appointment 10: 39 weeks

That baby could be here any day! Everyone’s on pins and needles!

Your doctor will keep checking all for all the same signs that labor is near! You’re probably uncomfortable by now, so hang in there mama!

Try out some of the tips to get labor going found at The Bump. 

Appointment 11: 40 weeks

40 weeks! Your due date is here!

If you’re past your due date, your doctor will be in close contact with you about your preferences regarding induction. 

Being “induced” means that the doctor medically intervenes to get labor going. Some moms welcome this help, and some moms prefer to wait for their body to prepare for labor all on its own.

Check out some articles for both sides of the argument here:

Risks of Inducing Labor- 5 Things to Know Before You’re Induced

5 Benefits of Inducing Labor

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Appointment 12: Labor!

Ahhh! It finally happened! Whether you were induced or labor started naturally, you’re finally having this baby!

Congratulations mama! 

You made it through all these crazy doctors visits, and now it’s the good part!

You’ll LOVE being a mom- even if it’s not your first baby. It’s always a joy to welcome a new little life to your family!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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We all know relationships get a little wacko after we become parents.

It seems impossible to find time to eat, sleep, and shower- let alone connect with your spouse.

That’s when we get creative… and maybe a little desperate.

As always, these are real stories, told by fellow-moms who’ve been there, done that! Here’s our best tips from mom to mom on how to get some!

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1) Crazy Places

Hey, beggars can’t be choosers! When moms and dads need a little something, we go for it ANYWHERE we can!

A few moms I talked to tried having sex in:

  • The golf course
  • The labor and delivery room
  • The kids’ rooms when they’re supposed to be cleaning them… After all, this is the last place they’d be!
  • The spooky basement or garage. Again, all we’re looking for here is a little privacy.
  • The closet.
  • Anywhere besides the bedroom because that’s the first place they’ll come looking for us!!

I even talked to one mom who had a standing challenge with several other couples to see who could do it in the craziest places. I guess parenthood drives us to a little insanity anyways… we might as well enjoy it!

man and woman lying on bed

2) Bribes/Promises

I’ve said a lot of things with a double goal in mind- to strengthen my marriage and also get a few things done around the house at the same time.

Turns out that bribes are a common method for women! Of course, dads also make promises in exchange for a little fun.

I’ve heard plenty of basic ones, like:

  • “I will if you take out the trash.”
  • “I will if you get up with the baby.”
  • “I will if you take the kids for an hour.”
  • “I will if you make dinner.”

But there’s no end to what one or both spouse(s) will do to get a little sugar! Here’s a few of the more exciting bribes/promises I heard from moms and dads who really needed it!

  • “I will if you clean up the puke.” Oh man. Disgusting… but worth it!
  • “I’ll give you a week of sex every day for one night out with my friends.” Hey, that sounds like a win, win for everyone!
  • “You won’t have to change single diaper today if we get to have sex.” And this couple had THREE kids in diapers! That’s a committed spouse!
  •  “I’ll watch Dora the Explorer with the toddler in the morning so that you can sleep in if we can have some fun now.” My personal favorite! That’s a major sacrifice! What a loving partner!
  • “I’ll do whatever you want if you just get me some fried chicken.” Pregnancy cravings… what can we say?

Of course, we would totally put out even if our husband didn’t do all that. He’s too hot to resist (and parents are constantly starving for a little fun….) but shhhhhh! Don’t tell! I really don ‘t want to clean the puke!

selective focus photography of sleeping baby

3) “On your birthday….” turns into “When the kids go to sleep….”

There are no sexier words than “They’re all asleep!!

But don’t get your hopes up. I’ve heard all the stories of parents who were interrupted from their “recreational activities” in the middle of the night by:

  • nighttime feedings for newborns,
  • babies who lose their pacifiers in the middle of the night,
  • toddlers who wake up randomly at 2am,
  • young children who wet the bed,
  • older children who have nightmares,
  • and teenagers who try to sneak in or out of the house early in the morning.

Better get it while you can! Sleeping kids don’t sleep for long! 

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

4) Quickies

As I was saying, parents gotta get it when they can! That means that any 15 minute activity that will keep the kids occupied means play time for mom and dad too! 

If you’re dying for a little somethin’, try these moms suggestions:

  • Nap Time for kids is nap time for parents too!
  • Lunch and snacks are great distractions! Kids are less likely to bother you if they’re eating! If you get desperate, pull out the ice cream or the candy. A little unhealthy food is worth the fun you’ll have!
  • Play Dates are the best! You’ll have the house to yourself for an hour or so! Jackpot!!
  • When kids play outside. You didn’t really think the big push to get kids to play outside was just for exercise and good health, did you?? Well, actually, now that I think of it, I guess it is. For mom and dad too.
  • During an episode of Daniel Tiger. Oh yeah, those are 20 minutes long! That’s plenty of time for a quickie!!!
  • When mom comes back to the bedroom after nursing the baby at 2am… “Hey, if you’re already awake, why not??”

woman riding on back of man

5) Accidents

Of course… all this planning does’t make us perfect!

Many parents have been caught in the act. Hey, what can we say, all these crazy attempts to get a little sugar don’t always work out.

Here’s a few of the stories I’ve heard from moms:

  • I was visiting my family for a holiday. They don’t believe in locking doors… but I thought they believed in knocking! My sister walked in on me and my wife… She got a nice view of my full moon.
  • My four year old niece burst into the room where my husband and I were messing around, just seconds after we got our clothes back on! Phew, close one!
  • We had family in town staying at our place for a few weeks. Needless to say, we couldn’t last that long without a little fun! So we tried to sneak away whenever we could. My house has very thin walls…. One time, we had a little fun and walked back into the living room to several pale, awkward faces… Nobody would make eye contact. Nobody seemed to know what to talk about. Woops…
  • My husband and I were right in the middle of the act when we heard a tiny voice say, “What are you doing?” It was my 6 year old son, whose ninja skills still amaze me. We had no idea he came in the room!

 

Have you ever been caught in the act? Do you have great advice on how to get some for busy parents? Share your story in the comments below!

I can’t wait to hear more mommy dirty talk!

And I especially can’t wait to try out some of your suggestions… I’m always looking for new ideas to test out with my hot husband!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

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Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

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Life Hacks to Survive and Thrive on a Mommy Sick Day

12 Life Hacks to Survive (And THRIVE) On a Mommy Sick Day

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Mom sick days are just unfair. Like the universe was playing a gross trick or a prank gone too far.

GUESS WHAT UNIVERSE??? IT’S NOT FUNNY!

Let me just start by telling you my own little horror story of mom sickness. 

It was almost spring- you know, in that terrible transition phase around March and April where germs thrive.

I took my cute little daughter to the play place at McDonald’s for some much needed exercise and free play. We were just so sick of being cooped up in the house.

Little did I know, we were about to be a whole ‘nother kind of sick.

It all started with my cute telling me, “Mom, sick!”

I couldn’t tell if she was really feeling under the weather or not. She wasn’t really showing any signs of sickness yet. And on top of that, I was pregnant and often nauseous, so she was hearing a lot about how mommy didn’t feel well. At first, I thought she was just repeating after me.

And then it all happened.

First, we got the flu. ALL of us. Starting with the toddler (who barfed in my hair while I was snuggling her in the night… you know, since the poor girl couldn’t sleep because she was so miserable!) and then I got sick too (oh, did I mention I was pregnant on top of all this????) and last of all dad came down with it too.

And that sucked.

But then, it got worse. 

Second, our throats started to feel tingly and itchy. Then they got inflamed and so so sore! Yep, next we all got strep throat. That lasted for a good 4 days at least…

Just when we thought we MUST be finally coming out of it, our sinuses stuffed up, headaches started, and the colds took over! 

All in all, it was like 2 weeks straight of an entire family being sick as a dog!!

That means no dishes done in 2 weeks, no sweeping the floor in 2 weeks, no cooking meals in 2 weeks, no laundry done in 2 weeks, no errands run in 2 weeks, no grocery shopping done…. 

What is a mom supposed to do to SURVIVE???

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Life Hack 1: Explain What’s Going On to Your Kids

I’m always amazed at how much my kids actually do understand if I just take the time to talk to them about what’s going on. 

Even my little 2 year old!

When we were so sick, I told her that mommy felt icky just like she did. She was very understanding when I was slower to get her a snack or when I spent a lot more time lounging on the couch than normal.

Don’t forget to clue your kids in. Sometimes we accidentally leave our kids in the dark (which leads to more behavior problems because they are just confused), but if they just know what’s going on they can be very loving, supportive, and helpful in our time of need!

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“I was folding laundry one day and told him that I was feeling really tired. He let out an “awwww!”, gave me a big hug, and said firmly, “I take you yours bed.”

I protested- telling him that I still had to fold the clothes. He would not be swayed- “I do it myself.”

Then he took me by my hand and guided me to my room. I laid down in bed and he covered me with a blanket. Later he brought in a cookie sheet with a couple chocolate chips on it. “I bring you yours lunch.”

I asked if he could help his little sister, who was fussing. He put her in her bed with a sippy cup and calmed her right down.

That cutie melts my heart! He was only 5 years old.”

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Life Hack 2: Have Fun On the Couch

Moms, it’s time to get creative!

You’re out of commission on the couch, and yet your little ones need some kind of entertainment if you expect to get any rest and relaxation at all.

There’s a ton of great fun activities and games for your kiddos…. that don’t involve you leaving the couch!! 

  • Coloring
  • Blocks
  • Books
  • The “I’m the Audience” Game
    • Puppet shows,
    • Talent show,
    • Singing shows
    • Basically, anything that lets my kids perform and me be the audience so I can kick back and relax!

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Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Bath Finger Puppets

  • Farm
    • My daughter LOVES to set up elaborate farms or zoos with her toy animals. All I have to do is sit back and tell her how nice it all looks!
  • Play Dough
    • On special days, my daughter gets to play with play dough at the coffee table. I’m close enough to supervise and keep the mess down to a minimum, but I also get to rest!
  • Write a Story Together
  • Tell Stories
  • Look at Family Pictures
  • Dream about Visiting Disney Land
    • Research what princesses you could meet, what restaurants you could eat at, what rides you could ride, and more!
  • Plan out a Dream Family Vacation
    • Find out more about your kids’ interests by learning what kind of places they would enjoy visiting and what their favorite activities would be there!
  • Puzzles!
  • Try some Origami!
  • Shape Threading
  • Make Jewelry
  • Do String Art!
    • All you have to do is poke some tacks into a pin board and let your little one loop string in, over, and around the tacks to make their own piece of art!
  • Give them a Box
    • Aren’t you amazed at how kids can make something ordinary become amazing? Give your kid a box and let them turn it into a doll house, a race track, a farm, or whatever else they dream up! Give them crayons to decorate it and let the creativity begin!
  • Need more ideas? Check out Over 60 Indoor Activities for Families on a Rainy Day

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Life Hack 3: Secret Stash of Toys

You know how kids get tired of the same old toys? That is particularly problematic when you REALLY need them to play happily on their own while you nap during a mommy sick day.

The solution? Keep a few secret, special toys that are only allowed to be played with on sick days! This keeps ’em special and exciting!! 

Here are a few ideas:

My Felt Story – Felt Board, Flannel Board, Black, 23″ x 12.5″

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game, Classic Games, Exciting Balancing Game, Develops Hand-Eye Coordination, 12.5″ H x 2.8″ W x 2.8″ L

6 Neon Stretchy Strings for ADD / ADHD Stretch Toy Stress Reliever Fidget Toy Sensory Toys – Stretches from 13 inches to 10 Feet Long!

Squirrel Products Mom, I’m Bored Children’s Activity Book – Fun for Kids Ages 3 Years Old and Up

PlayMonster Lacing & Tracing – Dinosaurs

Soyee Button Art | Preschool Learning Toys | Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard Set for 3+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Brain Training Games for kids

BUCKLE TOY “Buddy” Backpack – Toddler Early Learning Basic Life Skills Children’s Plush Travel Activity

Haktoys Fishing Game Toy Set with Single-Layer Rotating Board | Now with Music On/Off Switch for Quiet Play | Includes 21 Fish and 4 Fishing Poles | Safe and Durable Gift for Toddlers and Kids

HABA Town Maze Magnetic Game for Ages 2+

Beiens 9 Theme Felt Quiet Books – Ultra Soft Baby books Touch and feel Cloth Book, 3D Books Fabric Activity for Babies /Toddlers, Learning to Sensory Book、Identify Skill Boys and Girls, Busy Book

Wooden Magnetic Jigsaw Puzzles Toy, DIWENHOUSE Toddler Toys Educational Travel Puzzle Games Double Sided Drawing Easel for Boys and Girls (Happy Farm)

Magnetic Fun – Cars Planes and Trains

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Life Hack 4: Freezer Meals…. or Order Pizza

Ok mom, when you’re sick, the LAST thing you need is to COOK!

Cooking sucks even when you’re healthy. You don’t need that aggravation.

Plan ahead by having some freezer meals ready to go! 

On top of that, I keep a few cans of my favorite Campbell’s soups in my cupboard just in case I need a grilled cheese and tomato soup at a moment’s notice.

And if that fails, it’s time to order pizza!

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Life Hack 5: The Sick Day Kit

Make a “sick day kit” with everything you need for a mom sick day.

This keeps everything in one place so that you’re not searching for things you need while you’re puking your guts out. Better yet- it keeps you from having to run to the store while you’re puking your guts out!! 

Here’s a few items to include:

  • Tissues,
  • Tea,
  • Common medications,
  • Blanket,
  • A water bottle,
  • Snacks for you and the kids (you know you’ll have to share!),
  • Vitamin C,
  • Cough drops,
  • Fun games or toys for the kids (unless you’ve got a secret stash somewhere),
  • A thermometer to check for a fever,

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Essential Oil Aromatherapy Set – Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Orange, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Anxiety Relief Blend Kit for Women & Men

  • Strep Test Kit,

Dealmed Rapid Diagnostic Strep A Test Kits CLIA Waived (25 Tests per Box)

  • Barf bags,

Disposable Barf Bags and Wipes Kit With 10 Puke Bags and 10 Wipes – For Car Sick Kids, Uber / LYFT Customers and Morning Sickness Sufferers

  • Anything else that makes you feel better when you’re under the weather!

It can be easier to begin your kit using an existing Get Well Kit, like one of these, and add more of your favorite supplies until it’s perfect!

GiftTree Get Well Medicine Cabinet | Recovery Care Package For Men, Women and Kids | Gift Set Includes Cabinet, Assorted Candy, Ice Bag, Mini First Aid Kit

Get Well Soon Care Package Gift (Available in Two Sizes) … (Standard)

Get Well Gift Box Basket II – For Cold/Flu/Illness – Over 2.5 Pounds of Care, Concern, and Love – Great Care Package – Send a Smile Today!

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Life Hack 6: 10 Minutes Goes a Long Way

All this is great… but inevitably, whenever you’re sick, your kids will start to feel starved of your attention.

This is my #1 struggle as a sick mom. Well, at least it WAS until I learned this awesome trick! 

It not only CURES your kids from feeling starved of your attention, it also PREVENTS them from feeling starved.

It’s called the 10 Minute Rule. Here’s how it works:

  • Every time you catch yourself feeling slightly better, take 10 minutes one-on-one with a child or play with the whole group

OR

  • Right before every nap you take, take 10 minutes one-on-one with a child or play with all your kids. 

That’s it!

No matter how sick I am, I can handle 10 minutes of time with my kids. What I can’t handle is hours of a clingy, attention-starved child climbing all over me while I try to nap.

The idea here is that by taking time out of your sick day for your kids, they feel your love and attention. Then, you can explain to them that you’re still not feeling well and need some rest.

Since they have their “mommy attention needs” met, they’re more likely to leave you alone to rest for an hour. Ok, maybe just 30 minutes for some kids, but still!

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Life Hack 7: Learn to Accept Help

This isn’t easy, but it is a life changing skill!

If you can learn to ask for and accept help when you need it, you’ll find that life’s burdens aren’t so bad, that there are good people all around you who are happy to help out, and that you have much more support than you ever knew. 

Next time you’re sick,

  • Ask for someone to pick up your groceries for you via Walmart pickup. You can still pay for them, all they have to do is swing by and bring them to you!
  • Ask for help with the kids. Healthy kids can go on play dates or someone can watch them while you nap. Family members, friends, and your partner are often willing to help, they just might not know what you need.
  • Ask your partner to take over some of your usual chores, like cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc.
  • Arrange carpools for your kids so that you don’t have to drive them to school or to their various clubs, sports, and activities.
  • Tell others what your needs are. You’ll be amazed at the solutions they think of! You never know what another person’s resources and skills are. They have a lot more to give than you might know! 

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Life Hack 8: PREVENT Sickness with this Magic Vitamin

Elder Berry is a wonderful, magical vitamin.

I first head of it from my sister-in-law.

Her husband was going through a major career change- starting with an intensive flight school to learn how to be a pilot.

It was important to his family that he do well in school and finish school as quickly as possible because they had no income until he finished school and started working as a pilot. 

For him, sick days just weren’t an option!

Sound familiar?

So how did he keep healthy through this vital time for his family?

Elder Berry!

He took this vitamin every day to prevent sickness, and successfully navigated a flu ridden fall and spring without getting sick once! (In fact, it was the same spring that my family got our terrible flu, strep, and cold 2 week illness!)

HE EVEN STAYED HEALTHY WHEN HIS FAMILY GOT SICK! I know, how is that possible??

His wife took it as soon as she started feeling something coming on, and reported that she was almost instantly cured of any illness that might be coming on.

They also gave the vitamins to their kids if they came down with something and reported that colds, coughs, and the flu seemed to end much quicker for their family than other families in the neighborhood.

Want to try it out? Here’s a link for your convenience!

Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies, Herbal Supplements with Vitamin C and Zinc, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, 60 Gummies (Packaging May Vary)

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Life Hack 9: Let the Schedule Go

It’s ok if the schedule/routine/typical rules get a little more flexible when you’re sick. 

No need to stress about if the kids go to bed right on time…. or maybe a little earlier than normal if you’re like me.

No need to stress if you watch an extra hour of TV on a sick day. Or an extra few hours of TV on a sick day.

No mom guilt! Give yourself a break! 

Life Hack 10: Self-Care the Crap Out Of Yourself!

Yes, sickness is a time to take care of yourself. So do whatever it takes to feel better!

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to let your needs go unmet. To the contrary- you are a vital piece to keep your family functioning. Without you, all hell breaks loose! That’s even MORE reason to take care of yourself! 

Do you need a long bath? Make it happen mama!

Do you need a nap? You can have one!

Do you need some time with Netflix? Do it!

Do you need a Popsicle, a bowl of soup, a piece of toast, a glass of orange juice? Get it!

Is self-care tricky for you? Try this great resource!

Free Self Care Guide 2

Life Hack 11: Stay Home. Period.

Mom, I know you’re in charge of a lot of things. You shop for the groceries, you run the errands, you get your kids everywhere they need to go.

It’s time to put your foot down. You need to stay home.

If you go out, you’re just spreading your sickness around to other families and, heaven forbid, other moms! 

I know, we all know we should stay inside, but sometimes necessity drives us out the door.

If you find yourself feeling obligated to leave the house, it’s time to ask for help!

This is healing time. Not errands time. 

Life Hack 12: See the Silver Lining

Yes, sickness sucks. Especially for a mom.

But on the other hand, you have a good excuse to sit still and take a break! 

You get to sleep! And lay around! And relax!

That’s something! Take that in and enjoy! After all, you don’t get to lazy around most days.

You don’t have to fight and struggle your way through a mommy sick day. You can crush it! You’ve got this- these 12 life hacks make a mom sick day totally do-able. 

These 12 tips saved me during my 2+ weeks of sickness- including the flu, strep throat, and a cold one right after the other.

They can save you too!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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