All is well with no problems.
Everything went well with sleeping, also.
I didn't introduce anything new, but I did try to make some peas out of frozen peas. They didn't really turn out how I had planned. She was not a fan of them. I think I might stick with store bought peas and just move on to the frozen once she starts eating them whole. Which I will allow her to do as soon as she turns 8 months old in my head :)
I also made a bunch of sweet potatoes this week since they are on sale due to Thanksgiving! I am sending my husband to the store on his way home from work today to see if they are even cheaper.
Oh, I just remembered. McKenna had red potatoes for the first time this week on Thanksgiving. She wanted a bite, so I gave it to her. She made her classic grossed out face, but wanted more. I love that face!
FINGER FOODSMcKenna is getting quite aggressive about wanting to eat what we are eating. I call her the praying mantis. You can be holding her and she just sits totally still. Suddenly, she leaps forward and grabs a fistful of whatever she happens to be eyeing at the moment. If you eat close to her, she opens her mouth in anticipation for what you are eating. She loves finger foods and is getting better at feeding herself, but she still does the fist thing. She doesn't have her pincer grasp down yet.
One day, my husband was playing with McKenna and taught her to blow raspberries. He was very proud of himself. A few days later, he was feeding her dinner and she started blowing raspberries at him. I had to turn my head and hold in my laughter! He told her not to do that, btu she kept on going. I told him that is what he got for teaching it to her. Just then a neighbor came by to talk to my husband, so I took over. She tried blowing a couple of times. I put my finger to her lips and told her, "That's a no. You keep your food in your mouth." She stopped and hasn't done it since. I am sure we will encounter raspberries in the future; I will just handle it the same way.
A great thing to do when your baby starts doing this is tell them no, we don't do that at the table, etc. etc. and then distract them. Don't stare them down waiting for complaince. Express that the action is a no, then start singing a song, jabbering, making silly faces, or whatever works to distract your child.
I still haven't ever given McKenna juice. I gave it to both Brayden and Kaitlyn on their 6 month birthday. Neither liked it. Brayden will drink it sometimes today, but Kaitlyn still hates juice. I really prefer it that way. I have a feeling McKenna would really like juice, and I don't see any real need for it, so we still don't have it.
I noticed a rash on McKenna's back. It looked strange and almost like she was being rubbed raw from being held. I showed my husband and he said it looked like Eczema. It runs on his Dad's side. My niece has it (his sister's daughter). My sister-in-law said she used hyrdrocoritzone cream on it, so I did that and it cleared up in a day! But if your baby has it, be sure to consult with your doctor before doing anything.
My father in law also has eczema, and he says it is just miserable. It itches and is painful. The poor girl! She never complained, though. I also remember in the past that readers have mentioned Aveeno baby products for Eczema, so I will be purchasing that.
Continuing her bought of mild separation anxiety, McKenna suddenly started hating independent play this week. It all started one day when I walked into her room and she was across the room. I still have been putting her at her gym where she has stayed. She isn't crawling, but she is rolling to get from point A to point B, which I find very amusing. Since she was across the room, I decided it was time for the playpen. I put her in it the next day along with her gym.
She was not pleased. The gym was a bad idea. It made things too crowded. The next few days, she protested independent playtime. I had her do it still, but for a shorter time. After a few days, she stopped protesting and went back to playing happily. I was *this close* to stopping for a few days, but this is close to the age when I did that with Brayden. It was a mistake to stop with him, so I told myself to press on, and it paid off.
GROWTH SPURTI think McKenna had a growth spurt this week. I have never noticed one in my kids between 6-12 months before. I know they have them, I just don't notice. This week, she ate TONS more solid foods. After a few days, she went back to eating her normal amounts.
OUR SCHEDULE8:05 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches and oatmeal)
12:15 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix in blueberries)
4:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (yellow veggie and bananas or pears)
7:45ish PM--wake, nurse, PJs, story, bed
- Super Baby Food
- On Becoming Baby Wise
- On Becoming Baby Wise: Book II (take note that this is a link to the 2001 printing; there is a 2008 printing, but Amazon doesn't have it).
- 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