Tuesday, December 29, 2009

McKenna Baby Summary: Week 39

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This week was relatively uneventful, especially compared to last week.

NURSING
Nursing is going well still and we are nursing four times a day.

SLEEPING
Sleeping was back to normal this week.

SOLIDS/FINGER FOODS
McKenna is happily eating what we eat at meals. She still eats her babyfood, but she also has what we are having. She has gotten a lot better at her pincer grasp. She loves to eat! One night this week, she sat in her highchair for a solid hour eating finger foods. This was after her dinner. It was really nice because it was during our Christmas Eve dinner, so she sat and happily ate with the rest of us.

McKenna is wiser with food than Brayden and Kaitlyn were. With both of those two, so long as they were eating, they didn't seem to notice that they were eating something different from me. I could eat treats all I wanted and they had no idea it wasn't peas :) McKenna, however, knows. She recognizes there is a difference and she wants in on the action. I guess it will be good for me to not be able to eat treats in front of her (I am one of those moms who keeps sweets from her child for as long as possible. Brayden had his first M&M when he was 18 months old, and that was given to him by his cousin).

I forgot to mention last week that I gave McKenna some cherries mixed in with applesauce.

ECZEMA
Her eczema is still doing well other than her head. I have heard a lot of good things about Burt's Bees products for Eczema, so at the end of the week, we got some. We got the Burt's Bees - Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash, 8 oz liquid and the Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment - 3 oz. (by the way, this on Amazon is much cheaper than it was at the store). The diaper ointment is great for McKenna. Brayden and Kaitlyn both used Boudreaux's Butt Paste, Diaper Rash Ointment, Tube 4 oz (113 g), and I loved it. It was awesome for them. But it never worked well for McKenna. You might remember that the Lansinoh baby diaper rash ointment with triple protection - 3 oz worked well for her, but we were out of it and I couldn't find it in any stores around me. the cheapest I found on Amazon when I was looking for it was about $15, which I thought was a bit much. It is now cheaper. Anyway, the Burt's Bees is really good for her. It is too soon to tell on the shampoo.

DROPPING THE THIRD NAP
The big news of the week is our start to dropping the third nap. I decided to give it a shot while my husband was home for a while. If she was overly tired and thus woke early in the morning, I wouldn't be on my own trying to get Brayden off to school. We started at the end of the week, so more to come on that next week :)

OUR SCHEDULE
Our schedule did shift a bit this week.

8:15 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches and oatmeal)
9:45-10:00 AM--nap
12:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix with blueberries).
2:10 PM--nap
4:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (yellow veggie and bananas or pears).
5:30ish PM--dinner with family. Finger foods and what we are having.
6:45 PM--nap. Some nights, she stays up until 7:00. Since most of this week included this nap, I am including it in our schedule.
7:45ish PM--wake, nurse, PJs, story, bed

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5 comments:

jshrayber said...

Hi Valerie! I have followed your blog since my LO was born. I love it - thank you! He is now 7.5 months and has been STTN since about 5.5 months. I have read the 5-8 mo. sleep problems but can't seem to find an answer to my situation. He seems to be waking up overly tired every morning. It seems like this has been happening since he has been STTN which makes no sense to me. His first morning waketime before STTN was 1 hour and our first nap was always 2 hours. Now he literally wakes up yawning and seems overly tired which is causing our first nap to be bad. He goes to bed between 7 and 7:20pm, and wakes anywhere between 6 and 7 am. I have started putting him right back down after the 1st feeding. I then have to wake him at 8:15 or 8:30am. I wake him so that we will not start the day too late and to try and be consistent. He will eat again on one side only and then he has oatmeal. However, he is already yawing and fussy around 9:00 or 9:15! The nap has been a little better doing it this way but not always. He wakes at 11:00 (a good nap) then has his 2nd nap around 12:30. This one is normally good - he wakes at 2:30 and until about a week ago he took a 3rd nap at 4 or 4:15. For the last week he has not wanted to take that one unless we start his day at 7:00am. Since that pushes everything up so early (first nap at 7:45!), he will take a short 3rd nap. Should I be putting him right back down after that first feeding like I have been doing? I know someting is off because if he wakes at 7:00am he shouldn't be so tired and needing to go back to sleep ASAP! What do you think? It seems to me he is getting plenty of sleep for his age and should have a longer first morning waketime.?? Also 2 weeks ago his bottom 2 teeth came through but I didn't notice anything different in his actions.

Jamie said...

Val - for the eczema/cradle cap I found that a baby oil with borage oil in it was the best remedy for my son. I found one at Whole Foods.

jshrayber said...

Hi Val -
I have an update from last week so I wanted to write again before you responded. He has been waking around 6:20 or 6:30am. Also, when he wakes in the morning he cries pretty hard until I get him. I try to put him right back down after feeding like I had been but now he just lays awake and talks. I only let him do that for about 15min and then I go ahead and get him. He then eats solids and during that he starts yawning! At this point it is about 7:15am. I put him down around 7:30(way to early in my opinion for the 1st nap!) and he is waking at the 45 min mark. He will lay there and talk for about 15min and then starts crying. 2nd nap is still good and around 2 hours long. He is back to taking the 3rd nap around 3:30 and this is usually 1 hour. Bed at 7pm. I dont understand why he is overly tired first thing in the morning! FYI - he has eczema and the Cetaphil soapless cleanser works great for him. I use it for his hair also. You can use it in the bath or without water. We use CeraVe lotion after the bath. His skin finally looks great with this combo.

Plowmanators said...

jshrayber,

Actually, the shortest waketime of the day should be the one before the morning nap. I know it doesn't make sense, but Weissbluth also confirms this. He says "it isn't logical, it is biological." I like that saying :)

It sounds like he is overly tired. Have you tried working with bedtime at all? He might need an earlier bedtime, especially waking in the 6 AM hour.

Try going by his sleep cues for a week or so rather than worrying about the time on the clock and see if he gets to be better rested and able to handle longer waktimes, possibly. Also, try to evaluate if he is getting good quality sleep at night. Good luck!

Plowmanators said...

Thanks for the eczema tips gals!

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