Things are still going well and we are nursing 4 times a day.
This week, I did something I never did with either of my other children before age one: I gave her meat. We had BBQ chicken sandwiches. The chicken was very, very tender and we had shredded it up, so I have her a bite. And she loved it! She wanted more and more.
I have been much more adventurous about offering McKenna a variety of foods. With my other kids, I thought they would prefer more bland flavor and I worried about them getting hooked on flavorful foods and ignoring the less flavorful foods. This time around, I am just trying to let her try everything we eat that is safe for her to eat.
He skin is still great. We have gone down to lotioning once a day instead of twice. My friend is a lactation consultant and RN. She told me about a new study on vitamin D3 that found it helped minimize (or totally eliminate) eczema. She said if I took it, it would get to McKenna through my breastmilk. So I gave it a shot.
Two weeks later (it takes some time because it is fat soluble), my skin is softer than ever (I don't have eczema, but do have dry skin)! And McKenna no longer needs to be lotioned twice a day!
Another bonus of D3 is that it will increase the fat content of your milk! Talk to your doctor if you would like to try this.
DROPPING THE THIRD NAP
We are still in the weaning process. She has it some days and not others. She rarely can go two days in a row without. She usually is on an every other day schedule.
EARLY POTTY TRAINING
The Baby Whisperer talks about starting early potty training at 9 months. She says to eat, sit baby on potty, then play. This helps baby learn to potty on the potty.
For Brayden and Kaitlyn, the biggest obstacle with potty training was just figuring out how to pee/poop in the potty (we are still working on pooping with Kaitlyn). It is a new way of doing things. So I thought I would give it a try.
Well, that is a no go. I did it on one potty chair and McKenna really cried like I have never heard before. I gave it a couple of days and tried on a different potty chair. Still a no. She was terrified--and it was just a little potty chair. So we won't be doing that for a while :)
McKenna is still taking baths in her little tiny tub. I tried moving her to sitting in the big tub, and she was so scared! It is so weird. I even tried it one day with Kaitlyn in the tub. I am not sure what it is, but maybe she doesn't like sitting on things with a bare bottom (related to the potty chair). I don't think it is a fear of the tub itself because I always put her little tub in the big tub. She just prefers to take her bath that way.
McKenna's second tooth is close to making its appearance. She has handled it better than she did last time. I can tell it bothers her, and she will be a bit more fussy during playtime sometimes, but naps are not disrupted in the least.
I have to tell you about a really great teething toy. At Christmas, I was trying to figure out a good gift for McKenna. She is our third child and second girl, so we have lots of stuff for her already. But I still wanted to give her some gifts. We got some books, which she loves. But what else? I searched Amazon and found Sophie the Giraffe. I was looking at their best seller list. Sophie is number one and has been in the top 100 for over a year. It has 444 reviews and a rating of 4.5 of 5 stars. I wondered what it was about this toy. It had great reviews. So I tried it.
She loves it! Really, really loves it. It is easy to hold, light, and soft. It squeaks and is a great teether. I very highly recommend it.
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