Your 8 Week Old Baby – Scary Mommy

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Your 8 Week Old Baby

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Look How Far You’ve Come: Give Yourself a Round of Applause!

Scary Mommy Baby Week 8

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Two months ago, you walked through your front door with a busted vag (or a sewn-up abdomen) and a tiny nugget of new person. Look how far you’ve come! Stop for a second and give yourself a round of applause. You may be constantly sleep deprived and sporting near-perpetual milk or spit-up stains, but you’ve made it through the first two months and are adjusting to your new normal. WIN.

The two-month mark is a good time to remind yourself that baby developmental guidelines are just that: guidelines. It’s hard not to compare your baby to others, especially when it seems like every other infant you know is practically the reincarnation of Einstein (at least according to their parents). Babies all grow and develop at different rates, and that is completely and totally and perfectly okay. So feel free to tell that sancti-mommy in your circle of friends to piss off when she “innocently” asks if you’re worried that your baby hasn’t yet laughed/rolled over/memorized the complete works of Shakespeare.

Also? It’s okay to not love every bit of parenthood. Between recovering from pregnancy and birth and navigating life with a newborn, you’re on your second month of operating on your lowest reserves. Give yourself permission to admit that it sucks at times. Rest assured, it’s great training for the toddler years.

As far as your baby is concerned, she may be getting a bit more mobile these days. She’s kicking her legs a lot more, and starting to change positions when she’s on the floor – and though she hasn’t rolled over yet, the time is coming, so be especially careful these days about leaving her unattended on any elevated surfaces like a changing table or bed.

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