Nursing is continuing on well. I was thinking about how it is interesting she isn't ridiculously fast at it. She isn't slow. She just isn't as fast as Kaitlyn was at this age. In reality, that shouldn't surprise me. Kaitlyn was faster at birth (Kaitlyn took 20 minutes and McKenna took 30). At any rate, she is faster than Brayden was! It isn't a problem for me; I love to read while nursing the baby. She also does the thing where she holds my shirt while she eats, which I just find cute :)
There is a funny thing that McKenna has developed recently. She is at the point where she starts to fuss when you put her in front of you to prep to feed her. Every baby I have seen consistently over time develops this at some point. The baby is perfectly content--until you put her in front of you. Then she is suddenly starving and can't wait another moment!
Something great is that McKenna is at the point where it is really easy to burp her. She basically burps herself. She either burps while she is nursing (in which case I still try to burp her when she is done), or she burps as soon as I move her into sitting position.
Waketime length stayed the same this week.
There was a development with waketime this week. McKenna is no longer ultra-sensitive to her waketime length. She has probably a 5ish minute flex in her waketime length. Previously, it basically needed to be down to the minute, so having some flex is really nice.
McKenna has started the weaning process of dropping the fourth nap. She can't skip it every day (in fact, most days she can't), but she can some days. I continue to just keep her up unless/until she needs the nap. If not, we skip it.
Nighttime sleep started extending out again and by the end of the week she was back to waking close to our waketime most days.
For five of the seven days this week, McKenna didn't have any solids. We were traveling and I didn't want to mess with it. But the first day she had it again, she was very excited. She even got to be really good at using the spoon.
She has one tablespoon of cereal mixed with one tablespoon of breast milk and one tablespoon of water (purified). I decided I had better use breast milk to mix with the rice. It has enzymes to help break it down, which I think is good.
Right now I am just using milk that I pump on Sunday. I feed her a bottle of formula on Sunday while at church. This way I don't miss any of the meetings while nursing her. It also makes it so she regularly gets a bottle each week. It also makes it so she can have exposure to the taste of formula. I like to be prepared--you never know what lies ahead. When we get home, I pump out the amount she ate at church. That milk lasts me all week!
I decided to start trying to have one arm out of the swaddle for all but her morning nap and overnight. It went really well. She did take longer to fall asleep, but still took a really good nap. She was very happy to have one arm out. This weaning process is going quite slowly, but it is going.
For this week, our day started a bit earlier than I would prefer, but late enough to make me happy :)
55 minutes later--nap
10:00 AM--nurse (if she ate closer to 7, she will often go until 10:30)
60-65 minutes later--nap
60-90 minutes later--nap (I try to watch for cues for this nap
6:00--usually a nap
7:00--nurse then bed
10-10:30--dreamfeed (there is no real reason for my dreamfeed to be any later other than I just don't get around to getting her until later sometimes ;) ).
The weekend of this week was marked with another family reunion. McKenna slept really well, which is nice. She got lots of compliments on how good of a baby and how alert she is :) We did family pictures while there, and the oldest cousin, Brayden, and McKenna were the only children to not lose it at some point :) Kaitlyn can be forgiven since she had missed her nap (as can the other grandchildren for the same reasons).
- On Becoming Baby Wise
- What to Expect the First Year
- The Wonder Weeks. (and a link to their site: http://livingcontrolsystems.com/)
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
- Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
- The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior--Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
- Super Baby Food
- baby summary (blog label)
- newborn summary (blog label)
- traveling (blog label)
- dropping naps (blog label)
- solids (blog label)
- spoon (blog label)
- Swaddling (blog label)
- Dropping Naps: A Quick Reference : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/11/dropping-naps-quick-reference.html target="blank"
- Poll Results: What age did baby drop 4th nap (approximate)? : http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/03/poll-results-what-age-did-baby-drop-4th.html target="blank"
- Dropping Naps: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/01/dropping-naps.html target="blank"
- Dropping a Nap: A Weaning Process: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/dropping-nap-weaning-process.html target="blank"