She says she’s pregnant, but you don’t see the changes right away. Within a few weeks, her nausea and fatigue are followed by what you might perceive as ‘weight gain,’ but really, it’s her pregnancy. And what about the baby? Well, most parents say that the baby does not feel ‘real’ to them until the baby is born.
Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting time for families. Children especially feel that eagerness as they hold their new baby brother or sister for the first time; they finally get to see who has been inside of mom’s growing belly all these months! Their initial enthusiasm may fade, though, as the weeks go on and the reality of a baby’s needs sets in. Most parents see changes in behavior in their older children sometime during the first year after a new sibling is born. Parents may see a once-agreeable child acting out, becoming defiant, or beginning to show behavior struggles at school.
I often hear parents ask, “When should my baby start walking?” To begin with, “should” is a word that we should outlaw when it comes to babies! The important milestones in a baby’s life - such as walking and talking - occur at completely different times for each baby. Independent walking, like many other milestones, has a wide range of normal.
When Sara Lunt had twins, a friend set up a meal delivery schedule for her. Having scheduled meals took the pressure off feeding her family and “it was something to look forward to. It usually is a dish that people love making so you get a lot of delicious and thoughtful meals,” says Lunt. Meal delivery schedules make a great baby gift. Friends and families are excited about a new arrival; dropping off dinner is a helpful way to show love and support to the new (or newly expanded) family.
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