Before Cullen was born, Casey and I swore up and down that we would make our marriage a top priority -- even with a new baby. And then he ... more
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Find a good babysitter (and use her!)
Before Cullen was born, Casey and I swore up and down that we would make our marriage a top priority -- even with a new baby. And then he arrived and we fell into survival mode -- too many mindless nights in front of the TV, too much sweatpant-wearing, and not enough date nights. Find a babysitter that you trust, and take the time to nurture your relationship. Now that we get out for some one-on-one time alone, we are both more refreshed, our communication is better, and we're happier at home. It makes a huge difference.
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I have made it. I have crossed the threshold into toddler-hood, and I am still alive. I worked really hard this first year to stay present. To pay attention. To take an 30 extra seconds to grab the video camera and send his first steps to his grandparents. Of course there are many things you should do during the first year -- but here is my list of 7 things that are a bit more abstract -- the types of things you don't realize you should have done until it's too late to go back and do them! - By Emily Malone