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Month 10-12

Now we’re cruising

Activity #45: Do what YOU want to do

Do what you want to do #rookiemoms challenge

When my husband had to be gone for six whole nights on business leaving me alone with baby Holden, I panicked and called in my smartest mom friends for advice. They had perfectly reasonable suggestions about lowering my expectations, keeping it simple, and making plans to keep from going stir crazy. This tip came from […]

Activity #44: Wear something you normally wouldn’t

Wear something you normally wouldn't a #rookiemoms challenge

Today is the day to dig way into your closet and pull out something that doesn’t get enough love. Aren’t you pretty much guaranteed that others will be dressed in more eye-catching outfits than yours? I would steer you to a funky beanie and away from a spangly tube top with bra straps showing. Heather […]

Activity #39: Slide on the playground

How to put your baby on a slide

Are you ready to see some big smiles? Or looks of horror? Be prepared for either. Our babysitter taught us the following method for putting Julian on the slide when he was too young to slide sitting up: Put baby on tummy, feet down, mid way up the slide. Place his hands up near his […]

Activity #34: Host a Margarita Mommies Group

Put a few inches of water in a baby pool and a whole bunch of babies. And stir.

This week’s challenge is a summery activity for babies that can sit up on their own; this is your 34th challenge. These ten-month olds (Theo, Del, Julian and Paxton) are having so much fun slurping on plastic toys and touching one another’s toes that they don’t realize their moms are having fun too. Ingredients for […]

Activity #32: Go to bookstore events

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Don’t miss the opportunity to let someone else entertain your baby. Go to a bookstore during story time. Some will even serve you a latte. This is your 32nd rookie moms challenge. Many of these storytimes happen during the work day but some are on weekends. Use the “search by zip code” feature on the […]

First birthday parties are for the parents {Rookie Moms Challenge #52}

SMASH CAKE: First birthday parties are for the parents #rookiemoms #babies #birthday

I can’t believe it’s been a year! Beyond the fact that my son morphed from an amphibian-like newborn to a caveman toddler in 365 days, I can’t get over the fact that I’ve survived and kept him alive through all of those changes! Rookie Mom’s Challenge #52, “Celebrate Your Way” is aptly named – I’m […]

Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges

Rookie Moms Challenges: weekly adventures for new moms

Why these challenges? Our own experience with unstructured time and a small baby tells us that having an activity planned or a project for the day is tremendously helpful in passing the time. When your partner gets home from work or you hop on the phone with your sister, instead of talking about length of […]