I remember those last few weeks of first-time pregnancy like yesterday -- mostly, I was just freaked out. What the heck am I going to DO with a new baby?! I was the first of my friends to start a family and the internet hadn't quite yet exploded with never-ending pregnancy and parenting insight and instructions back then (in the old fashioned days of 2010), so I was pretty much … [Read more...] about 10 Things to Know Before Bringing Home a New Baby
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Have you ever noticed that some friends you go to lunch with spend the whole time complaining? They complain about their lives, about the behavior of others and about the likelihood that life’s only going to get harder for them. Have you ever noticed that you leave these encounters feeling badly? Then you lunch with friends who just let bad events roll off their backs, make … [Read more...] about Are You Bringing Baggage To Lunch?
Reader Q & A with Dr. Psych Mom: Candice, a reader who is apparently in the same sinking ship as myself, writes: I’m about to give birth to my 3rd child in less than a week. I’m nervous for the transition for my girls. They seem really excited and ready to meet their little sister but I’m still scared. Any advice on preparation or what the transition will be like? … [Read more...] about How to Ease the Transition When Bringing Home a New Little Sibling
A new baby! How wonderful. I bet you and your husband are going to get even closer now as a couple. Ha ha, just kidding. There are a tremendous number of stressors occurring in baby's first year, and it is almost impossible for a couple to navigate all of them in a way that allows them to remain feeling close. There will be many ups and downs during the first year, but … [Read more...] about What Men Versus Women Think When Bringing Home a New Baby
Several weeks ago, I wrote post in which I discussed my nervousness about how well my husband's son "D" would acclimate, once we had our first child together. My fear was that D would be confused about my role in his life once the baby was born, or that the baby would imitate him and call me Rosa instead of "Mommy." Those concerns have recently become more pressing … [Read more...] about Bringing A New Baby Into My Blended Family