• It’s Much Better to Bend Than to Snap - Woodmam

    It’s Much Better to Bend Than to Snap - Woodmam

    You just have to accept that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.Roger AndersonThere may be a few times in life when an unwillingness to compromise is admirable—but after becoming a new parent isn’t one of them. That’s why I believe the official bumper-sticker slogan for all new parents should read, Be flexible—or die!Part of the fun, and responsibility, of...
  • Accept All the Help You Can Get - Woodmam

    Accept All the Help You Can Get - Woodmam

    When I moved to California from Florida, I was happy to be independent from my family. But when my baby was born, I missed them in a way I had never felt before. I suddenly wanted and needed my family around me.Kathleen, mother of two-month-old Ella RoseNever in history were a mother and a father expected to care for their baby all by themselves....
  • The Top Ten Survival Tips for Parents of New Babies - Woodmam

    The Top Ten Survival Tips for Parents of New Babies - Woodmam

    Now that we’ve talked all about the baby’s crying, let’s talk about yours! All new parents know that if you ask five people for their advice (not that people even wait for you to ask), you’ll get ten different opinions. So, even though you didn’t ask me for my opinion, here is my list of ten sanity-saving survival tips to help you endure the...
  • The Ten Medical Red Alerts Your Doctor Will Consider - Woodmam

    The Ten Medical Red Alerts Your Doctor Will Consider - Woodmam

    1. Infection: From Ear Infections to AppendicitisYou might think the best way to tell if your baby has an infection is to take her temperature, but many sick newborns don’t get fevers. So even if your crying baby doesn’t have fever, you should consider that her fussiness may be a sign of infection if she acts lethargic or irritable for more than a few...
  • When You Should Call the Doctor - Woodmam

    When You Should Call the Doctor - Woodmam

    At birth, Esmé was a pudgy, sweet-smelling baby who needed to use all her concentration to gaze into her mother’s eyes. Yet, by four months, she could shoot broad grins out at anyone in the room, as if to say, “Ain’t I great!”Hooray! After months of fuzzy stares and long sleeps, your four-month-old’s laugh and gurgle announce to the world: “Dress rehearsals are over...
  • Memoirs from the Mattress - Woodmam

    Memoirs from the Mattress - Woodmam

    We went through fire and water almost in trying to procure for him a natural sleep. We swung him in blankets, wheeled him in little carts, walked the room with him by the hour, etc., etc., but it was wonderful how little sleep he obtained after all. He always looked wide awake and as if he did not need sleep.G. L. Prentiss, The Life...
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