Here’s how Mom and Dad can help each other

Our kids are a colossal challenge, aren’t they? Every minute of every day they can come up with a new trick and we’ve got to quickly learn how to handle it, otherwise we’re in trouble. And it is a known fact that what works for one family doesn’t work for another, and all kids are different. And when we finally find that something that WORKS, it will always work up to some point – and then stop.

Have you ever had a meltdown?

Have you ever felt like your life is over? Have you felt that there is no room for your wishes – only for the baby’s needs? That you are no longer you – someone else took over your body, changed your life and you don’t like it one bit? Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought “Oh my God, I used to be pretty, what’s happened to me?”

If there is one thing I can tell you about moving home with a 10 months old baby, it is don’t expect it to be smooth and easy. If there is one advice I can give you – prearrange and outsource. Think about this day in all the tiny details and prepare everything you can beforehand.

had no idea that baby could chew; I thought that all the baby foods should be pureed, runny and soft to be easily swallowed. It turns out that babies don’t need teeth to chew – they are using their gums. But chewing is a skill and they need to learn it.

Baby’s first steps

It is amazing how babies learn this mew skill – walking. Eric started to stand up in his cot at about 8 months. He was holding on to the bars and slowly pulling his body up into standing position. A great tip I was given by Rob’s cousin – put some shoes on your baby as soon as they are able to stand up. Babies need get used to these new strange thingies on their feet, so that when they start walking the shoes won’t get in a way. Many babies that aren’t used to the shoes are tripping over a lot, which frightens and discourages them from trying to walk more. To be honest it took me some time too to get accustomed to putting shoes on Eric’s tiny feet – at first it seems like they don’t belong there.

Once I got Eric to eat solid food and found out what he likes, I started to cook for him myself. Did I mention that I was a disaster in the kitchen? But I had no choice and to overcome my kitchen-incompetence I bought a book