Life Admin for New Parents

Having a newborn come into the world can be a little scary.  Leslie and Ryan breakdown myths and speak from personal experience.  With some funny stories along the way.

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Set the table

Patterns and rhythms that we talk about often, they are nice other times, necessary here. This timeline aims for having a well and happy baby—well fed, good sleeper—and a happy marriage by the time the terrible twos hit, which is a misnomer because the first signs show around 12 months and are usually roaring (occasionally literally) by 18 months.

 

Early days (and months)

  • First 2 weeks: 

    • What schedule? Note about averages.

    • The two week birth weight milestone. 

    • Dad’s job

  • 2-6 weeks: 

    • the 3 week demand (and the nursing and sleep early trade)

    • day night reversal 

    • day night reversal 

    • cluster feeds, and now we can talk…

  • Semblance of a schedule

    • 8 weeks - 4 or so months, parents start driving the schedule

    • Figure out what you want it to be. Aim. 

    • Set the bedtime routine. Follow it, even if the little one wakes for a top up an hour later. 

    • Start collapsing cluster feeds around your preferred schedule. Collapse and then shift incrementally

    • Note, all of the other life admin stuff doesn’t start to get normal until now. 

      • The explosion of laundry. 

      • The convenience of breastfeeding doesn’t make much of an appearance until now. 

      • The new normal of a family schedule. 7pm is now a really busy time of your day.

      • Working some of your old life into your new life. 

 

The sweet spot, 6-9 months

  • If you’ve generally followed the above, you have a healthy, content, decent sleeper, who stays in one place, eventually sitting up, when you put them down. Teething throws some wrenches in the works. Early cruisers might shorten this period.​

60/ Sandwich Generation

Its the term for the adults still caring for children at home when their own parents care needs rise.  It can be complicated, messy and a little uncomfortable. We are here to help navigate.

59/ Birth Certificates, Passports, and Other Official Documents

Official documents are royal pains.  The timing on getting these important documents will be critical for most.  Planning and preparation is the way.

58/ Life Admin for Toddler Parents

They grow up so fast!  Your newborn is a toddler before you know it.  Leslie and Ryan discuss how to set up your toddler for success in life. 

57/ Life Admin For New Parents

Having a newborn come into the world can be a little scary.  Leslie and Ryan breakdown myths and speak from personal experience. With some funny stories along the way.