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.
Still great. McKenna's pincer grasp just gets better and better. She loves to eat!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In case you are wondering, all is well :). She looks great.
8:15 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal)
12:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix with blueberries or cherries).
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.
- 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