Tuesday, January 5, 2010

McKenna Baby Summary: Week 40 {9 Months Old}

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This is a big milestone! Week 40! She is 9 months old! She did really well even with all of the disruptions going on around her.

NURSING
This is still going well and we are nursing four times each day. I feel like my supply is better with her than it was with Brayden and Kaitlyn, which is funny because I was concerned with her. You hear of milk supply being lower when you have more kids because you are busy taking care of children. It wasn't ever bad with the other two, it just seems like I have more. Maybe she just drinks more? Whatever the reason, I am not complaining! It is nice to know supply is good.

SOLIDS/FINGER FOODS
Still great. McKenna's pincer grasp just gets better and better. She loves to eat!

ECZEMA
Her skin is awesome. The Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment - 3 oz. is wonderful. I have to put it on her at each diaper change. I tried just doing it at night, but her bottom got a little irritated, so we put it on at every diaper change. Her scalp is no better, but it also is no worse, so I think that means it is better :) Hopefully we will start to see improvement.

We got our water softener working last week (our house "came with it" but it turned out the tank was cracked. Rude), so I am hoping that will help with the skin irritations also.

DROPPING THE THIRD NAP
This started off going really well. She couldn't drop it every night, so we were on a weaning process. She started having her fussy time in association with the 37 week wonder week (she was born three weeks early and you go by gestational age). She started to cry when going down for bed at night, and at first I associated that with the wonder week, but then I thought it might be due to the dropping of the nap. So I decided to reinstitute the nap until the wonder week was over so I could be more accurate in assessing it. She doesn't need to drop the nap, I just thought it would be nice to have her up more :)

I did notice that the nights she was crying were nights she was in bed later, so it might have just been that she was overly tired those nights and not that she isn't ready to drop it. I just need to give her a chance to get over the wonder week and get our lives settled again before we go back to trying to change it up.

WONDER WEEK
McKenna was a bit cranky this week. It is right on time for the wonder week, so that is what I am attributing it to. She was impatient and cried easily while awake, which is totally not her. She definitely wasn't bad. Her pediatrician commented on how happy she was, and that was on her worst day, so she is still happy, but just cranky for her. This one didn't affect her sleep at all; it just affected her disposition.

PERSONALITY
I bring this up just to point out what a happy, lively baby she is since people like to say Babywise babies are inattentive and non-interactive.

McKenna's pediatrician commented on what a ham she is. And she is! She loves to make people laugh. She isn't looking for attention, she is looking for reactions. Every time I take her out in public, literally every time, I get comments on how alert she is and how funny she is. Also, how cute she is (mommy plug!). Even each week at church. I have someone new each week commenting on these things. People comment on how much personality she shows. She is quite a joy, smart, observant, and loves to laugh.

DADDY'S GIRL
My husband was around all week, and McKenna was so happy about it. This week she decided she was Daddy's girl and if he was around, he needed to be interacting with her. I thought it was very cute.

DOCTOR'S VISIT
In case you are wondering, all is well :). She looks great.

OUR SCHEDULE
8:15 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal)

9:45-10:00 AM--nap
12:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix with blueberries or cherries).
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

On nights we dropped the third nap, we did:

7:15-7:30 PM--nurse, PJs, story, bed.

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11 comments:

angie said...

Hi there. I just wanted to let you know that my daughter is just 4 weeks older than McKenna and she had a pretty bad scalp issue for a while. I guess it wasn't exactly cradle cap, but it was very dry, peeling skin. I took someone's advice and started rubbing olive oil on at the end of her bath. Sounds weird! But after I'd wash her hair with aveeno, I'd rub in on with a wash cloth and massage it into her scalp with my fingers, let it sit for a bit, and then rinse it off. It doesn't come out ALL the way, b/c it's oil. After her bath, I'd put some aquaphor on her really bad spots. I'd make sure to do her bath at a time when we weren't going out soon b/c obviously, aquaphor on a baby's head looks a little greasy. But it went away withing a few weeks, I want to say, and that was a few months ago - it's never come back!
Anyway, just thought I'd suggest it, if her little head isn't getting any better :)

Diana said...

I was going to say something similar to angie about dry scalps. My twin boys also just turned 9 months and they have been getting dry skin on their scalps. For two days in a row I put aveno baby cream on their heads during their bath for about 10 minutes, and then gently scrubbed their heads with a soft baby brush. I then washed their hair to rid it of the lotion. After two days the dry skin is almost gone!

Daisy said...

Hi Plowmaster -- just curious what your take is on baby classes (music, gym, etc). Are you sending McKenna to anything? Not sure if these classes have an impact (e.g., sitting around in a circle with a bunch of babies listening to someone play the guitar). Just curious to know what you think.

Thanks

Devin said...

I noticed that McKenna sleeps to 8am. My daughter goes to bed at the same time as McKenna but wakes up at 6am. She's 9 months as well and takes 2 naps a day. Some days her naps are great others she wakes up early. Do you have any suggestions on getting my baby to sleep a little more. She's a pretty happy baby, but I do notice that she still seems tired in the morning.

steph said...

my DD is 22 weeks old and her pediatrician always comments on how happy she is (even when i think she's cranky at an appointment!). BW babies are happy and thriving!

Novi said...

Hi valerie :)

my son is actually 2 weeks older than your baby but until now he is still having his 3rd nap. I thought this is because he is a very active baby ( he has started cruising, crawling everywhere, etc) and that makes him tired. I need to put him to bed every 3 hours.
Is it okay for a 9 months old to still be having 3 naps a day? and do I need to train his body to adjust to having 2 naps or just let him tells me if he's ready?
he wakes up from his 2nd nap at 2.30pm and I really don't think he can make it to his bedtime at 9pm if he skip his 3rd nap. FYI, he sleeps better at 9pm than 7pm. he used to sleep at 7pm but since he is 7 months old, he hasn't been sleeping through again if we put him to bed at 7pm.

your advice is so much appreciated :)

thanks

Plowmanators said...

Angie, thanks! That sounds great! Well, not great, but effective, which is great :)

Plowmanators said...

Thanks to you too Diana!

Plowmanators said...

Daisy, I don't go to them. I don't think there is anything wrong with them--but I think they are more for moms than babies, which is fine.

I wouldn't do something that interfered with sleep in such a way that McKenna ended up a mess, but I think if you could go and baby didn't fall apart, then it could be fun for you, which makes life fun for baby :)

Plowmanators said...

Devin,

Does your LO take a third nap late into the evening like McKenna does? If not, then your daughter is likely over tired and thus waking early. If so, it might be time to drop the third nap.

Also, my other two didn't sleep until 8. Kaitlyn might have, but that has never been part of Brayden's disposition. So you might want to do earlier bedtimes in order to get the sleep she needs if she will still wake early.

Plowmanators said...

Novi, yes it is definitely okay to have the third nap if baby needs it.

You might have to train at some point. I did with Kaitlyn at 11 months. But most will just naturally be ready on their own.

Since his bedtime is so late, I would definitely stick to the third nap. Most babies who are at two naps are also going to bed in the 7 PM hour--so that would make up for your son's third nap.

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