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NEW PARENT

SURVIVAL

KIT
Having a baby is hard work, not to
mention trying to keep up with the
rest of your life. Read on to learn how
to stay sane, ask for help and raise a
healthy baby BY ELLEN RANTA OLSON

The a u
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baby, hor with he
Edwin
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They say pregnancy lasts for
about nine months so you have
time to prepare for parenthood.
"They" have obviously never had an actual
baby. No preparation is sufficient.
I confess: I was a smug nonparent and
an even worse pregnant lady. I had grand
illusions of days spent lounging in bed
with a sleeping newborn, catching up on
reading and Netfl ix. I fi gured my free
time (free time!) would be spent cooking, cleaning and getting back into shape.
When it came to prepping for actual

childbirth, I felt ready, and after 25 hours
of grueling labor, I met my beautiful son
and reality hit: He was mine. I was a mom.
I had to figure out how to keep him from
screaming his head off. I just wanted a
snack and a nap.
While I thought a lot about having the
baby, I hadn't really thought through what
the next few weeks and months would
look like-and what I might need to do to
keep this tiny human alive. Here are the
things I wish someone had told me before
we became a family of three.

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