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Heather Flett

Activity #63: Check out the library

June 9, 2014

Your maternity leave challenge this week is to seek out the tot story time at your library and go there. Space out a little while someone else entertains your baby with a new voice and stories. Protip: Double check the time before you go. And, hey, be on time. If you’re 5 minutes late, you’ll […]

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Activity #16: Hit the trails with your baby

May 26, 2014

Get out into nature! Hiking with your baby is easier than you might think. Oh sure, you’ll need to be prepared just like when you go practically anywhere, but the exercise and fresh air are a little bit magical. Your challenge for this week is to find a pal (or a whole moms’ group), choose […]

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The control freak’s guide to grocery shopping with a baby

May 20, 2014

I am an Industrial Engineer by training. If you think that makes me a laid-back parent, you are wrong. I often obsess about the exact right solution to any given parenting challenge (many of which you would not even recognize as problems, I’m told). Whitney asked me to share my overly specific recommendations for grocery shopping […]

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Climb out of the darkness of PPD

May 14, 2014

Becoming a mother was a huge shock for me, and not just in the good way. I felt surprisingly bad at it and I found myself saying stuff like, “New motherhood is like heartbreak; everyone says it’s hard but until you actually go through it, you have no idea how hard it can be.” I was rocked to […]

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Activity #14: Start your own Breakfast Club

May 12, 2014

I love this rookie year activity for getting together in a social but EASY way: Start a weekly Breakfast Club with other new moms. Gather your girlfriends and take turns at each other’s houses serving breakfast and drinks and allowing the babies to play (or just roll near each other as the case may be). I tried […]

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Catching up with Mommy Project SD {Rookie Moms Challenge Queen}

May 8, 2014

New mom, Kristin Helms, has been knocking it out of the park with her adventures around San Diego with Baby Blake. When we first introduced Kristin, she had already completed six rookie moms challenges. I’m excited to report that she’s tackled more AND she’s become the local ambassador for San Diego Moms’ Night Out. Since […]

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What to do if your baby or toddler wakes up too early

May 6, 2014

Waking up before 7 am is total BS. Here’s how to shift the schedule when your little one doesn’t know how. I received so much positive feedback when I shared how I get my children to go to bed and stay there, but I asked baby sleep expert, Nicole, because I do not have the answers on […]

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What to do when childcare falls through?

April 30, 2014

The stress of a childcare fail? I’ve been there. Nothing throws a wrench into the delicate balance of parenting and working like a sick child (or a sick nanny!). Suddenly, the regular childcare / transportation equilibrium is all out of whack, and I find myself playing chicken with my husband over who sacrificed more lately. […]

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Activity #12: Enjoy modern art

April 28, 2014

This is your twelfth weekly challenge. A fun suggestion from our friend and fellow rookie mom, Rosa, is to pack yourself up and head into the city for a museum outing. Assume you go to a cocktail party sometime soon. When someone asks what you do, instead of mumbling about maternity leave or bursting into […]

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Activity #98: Plan a pizza party playdate in the park

April 25, 2014

Inspired by the recent warmer weather, I present an activity that is both easier and more social than having a picnic dinner with your baby: Let your pizza guy do all the heavy lifting. I like to order from my local pizza place, Lanesplitters, and ask them to deliver to my nearest kiddie playground. I […]

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Flashback Friday: Whitney was my pregnant bridesmaid

April 18, 2014

Whitney is about six-months pregnant in this picture; I’m sure she could tell you the exact number of weeks and days. Little did I know that two weeks later I would be pregnant, too!

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Activity #10: Plan a mom’s night out

April 14, 2014

This week’s challenge is to organize a Mom’s Night Out with some girlfriends. Go somewhere you used to enjoy in your old life. Book the time on your calendar and try to make it a recurring event (like every third Thursday or second Tuesday) so you and your pals (and all your respective partners) can […]

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