I really enjoy this age. I really do. It is kind of like she is my little buddy. She is just adorable and likes to come with me wherever I go :).
All is still well. We are still nursing four times a day.
Everything is good with sleeping.
SOLIDS/FINGER FOODSI am now meshing these categories together because they are coming to me more the same. Yes, I have finally decided to allow McKenna to be 8 months old :). I started letting her have lots of different finger foods this week. I gave her cheese. When she took her first bite, she looked at me and shook her head no with a disgusted look on her face. But she made a perfect chewing motion, so I felt more brave about giving her things. The second day she had cheese, she loved it and ate quite a bit for her size.
She really wants to eat everything we eat. One night, we had a Mexican food night, including Spanish Rice. She really wanted it, but it is kind of spicy so I was hesitant. However, I decided I needed to just let her try it. I gave her a spoonful, and she loved it! She ate a lot.
I also gave her homemade bread this week. She really likes peas. I am just letting her try anything she can easily gum if she shows an interest.
This is our second big thing this week. I have been researching and trying things for her eczema. Thanks to all of the many wonderful tips! Once I have dealt with this for a while, I will do a post just on eczema, and I will be sure to include all of the reader tips. My neighbor is an RN and has twins who have eczema, so I have also been getting tips from her.
As in all things childcare, eczema is something that has lots of varying opinions on how to treat. Traditionally, it has been believed it is not good to take many baths. There is new research suggesting daily bathing is actually best. One thing "they" agree on is that lukewarm baths are best, not hot. My thought is that you just need to try out both ways and see what is best for your child. I have really dry skin (not eczema, just dry. I even need lotion in Florida and Eastern Texas!). For me, a daily shower is best. Daily lotion right after a shower is a must. Lotion without a shower just doesn't cut it.
As I mentioned last week, hydrocortizone cream works well for her. If there is a flare up, that will get it down right away. There are lots of different kinds of lotions/creams/washes available for eczema. I decided to start with Aveeno. There was good one recommended from Target, but I live 45 minutes away from a Target (yes, sad!), so I wanted to get something right away. I also have lots of aquaphor, so I will try that, too. So far, I am very happy with Aveeno. It's good stuff. I got both the wash and the lotion.
One reader suggested fish oil capsules. She suggested I take one pill each day. There are many benefits with fish oil (Omega 3), so I have no problem doing that. I took it while pregnant and usually do, but haven't since McKenna was born. One study I found found children who eat fish lower their eczema. It is too soon to know what if any affect this has.
McKenna has her nine month appointment this month, so I will be talking to her pediatrician about it all then.
I wanted to point out that McKenna is back to her great self with independent play. I am glad I didn't stop doing it :)
I have shifted her schedule back a bit to make mornings a little less hectic.
8:15 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches and oatmeal)
12:20 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix with blueberries).
4:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (yellow veggie and bananas or pears). Finger foods.
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