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Old 12-02-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Wife and I just had a little girl and I couldn't be happier, it's incredible how fast you can love something so new.

Here's my problem, I'm an Outdoors kinda guy, I have a few hobbies I like to do every now and then. I'm used to getting home everyday getting the dogs and going outside. Our little girl is only 3 weeks old tomorrow and she still needs alot of out time. My wife stays home all day and when I get home she basically hands her over until it time for her to feed. I'm having a really hard time sitting on the couch for the few hours I have during the evening. I know I'm being selfish and things have changed and I need to step up and take care of my girls and do what needs to be done.. But I'm having a hard time rigth now.. anyone have any suggestions? Good thing the beer fridge is only downstairs!
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:20 PM   #2
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Have you tried taking her for a walk outside? Put her in one of those carrier things and step out! That will give your wife the added bonus of having some quiet home time - and maybe she'll even get a nap in!

 
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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They call them strollers.

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Old 12-02-2009, 06:23 PM   #4
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Pro-tip: It only gets harder.

Take the kid out for a walk. 3 weeks is old enough to get bundled out for a walk as long as you don't go around other people (stores, malls, crowds, etc.). Good luck!
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:32 PM   #5
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Thanks Guys I thought about the walks and I plan on it.. I have one of those carrier things that go over my shoulders. This is it's dark here by the time we get home so taking the baby out for a walk in the woods doesn't really go well with the wife.. We are planing on getting a little sleigh for her this winter so she can come when we go snow shoeing..
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:46 PM   #6
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Take her outside and just walk around the house? And no i meant the marsupial carrier not a stroller.

 
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:13 PM   #7
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+1 on the sling carrier. They look super cool and allow a lot of freedom of movement.

Unfortunately, I also believe that raising a child requires giving up a certain amount of personal freedom. You may not be willing to go through the trouble of adjusting to doing some of these things with her along. I don't see any reason why you couldn't try anyway.

Just make sure she's warm and won't be dropped. She will probably be better off for it too.
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Don't let a kid keep you inside. People always told us, just wait, once that kid comes your running around will stop. Well, it didn't we just took him with us. He went out to eat with us at 2 weeks old for lunch, and I think his immune system is stronger for it. He's had a fever once in his 16 month life, and was cutting a tooth during that time so I say he's yet to be sick. Knock on wood. Get out there and keep living. Granted it was easier for us because my son was born in Aug.
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+1 on what Pulse said. Taking care of a baby is tough, but for the sake of your own sanity don't shut yourself in. It's more difficult in the winter with a baby.

Do you have any close friends or family close by that can babysit? Arrange for you and the Mrs. to get out once every two weeks (or more!), get some Mommy and Daddy time. Or solo time for both you and the Mrs.

Keep plugging away, the first 3 months are rough indeed. And congratulations!!

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:15 PM   #10
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I have 2 little girls under 4. Get a good sling carrier and get out there. Babies love fresh air. Maybe 3 weeks is on the young side, but not if she's YOUR daughter, right?

When a baby is in a sling under a slightly large coat they are as warm as can be, cozy, next to your heart, and getting to know your smell, heartbeat, and breathing patterns. It's very good bonding time for the two of you and gives your wife valuable personal time. And helps you, of course.

When the colic hits - or whatever - and she's up all night, remember that one of the best ways to calm an upset baby is to go outside for a walk. Babies love fresh air.

But she's your daughter, too, so make sure you show her the things in life that mean a lot to you.

Did I mention that babies love fresh air?

 
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