Everyone says that being a parent is the hardest job you'll ever
have, but no one can really explain what that means. Sure, you know
sleep will be a rare commodity and there will be times when you
just don't know what to do, but I've found there is no way to
really prepare yourself for those first few weeks of
I was overwhelmed by how different everything was-I knew my life
would change, but for awhile it seemed as though every single
aspect of my life was completely opposite to how it was before my
son arrived. Now that he's closing in on 3 months old, bits and
pieces of my pre-mother life have returned, but they're just not as
important anymore. Nothing can compete with a big, squinty,
toothless grin from my baby boy.
Another thing I've learned during my brief time as a mother is
that nothing ever happens the way you planned. I thought I would go
into labor at home a few days before my due date-I ended up being
induced a week and half past my end-of-May due date. I thought my
son would spend most of his early days sleeping in his
bassinet-although he slept a lot, he didn't want to sleep in his
bassinet for more than 30 minutes for the first couple of weeks. I
told my husband not to waste money on sleep positioners, only to
find that our baby would only sleep on his own when swaddled and
surrounded on all sides. Of course, there have been pleasant
surprises, too. We were greeted with our first smile weeks before
the baby development books say to expect it. Although naps are
still hit or miss, he was kind enough to start sleeping five to six
hours a night just before I went back to work. And best of all,
except for the rare occasion, he's really a happy baby.
Before I went on maternity leave, myself and the other editors
decided to give Chicago Baby a bit of a facelift. To help you
quickly get to the articles that apply to your life right now,
we're organizing everything by stage: pregnancy, 0-3 months, 3-6
months and 6-12 months.
In each section you'll find helpful advice, tips and information
to help you get through everything from picking a name for your
baby to interviewing child care providers. Flip to the back of the
magazine and you'll find resources listing support groups, classes,
organizations and more. I hope all these changes make Chicago Baby
an even better resource for your family.
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