May I first take a moment to lament that my baby will soon turn 10 months old? Double diget months?!?!?! I just love every minute of her baby life. I know, I know. The future will have much fun. Enjoy the moment. Yes, I know. But I am taking my moment to lament. Okay, moving on.
Things are still going well and we are nursing 4 times a day.
Things didn't really change here this week. I did notice that her little pincer grasp is perfect now. She uses her little index finger and thumb to daintily pick food up.
She started to get some eczema signs on her forearms this week. I had her in a short sleeved shirt and she is an army crawler, so that might have aggravated the skin and caused a little flare up. I think another contributor is that it is hard for me to lotion that area of her body. She doesn't like her arms held still while I lotion, so I don't always do a great job of it.
Well, not anymore! This is one of those things where you have to do what is best for your child even when she doesn't like it. I put hydrocortizone cream on her forearm morning and night for a couple of days as well as lotion, and her skin is back to great now. She is also protesting the lotioning less, though she is still furrowing her brow at me while I hold her arm still. McKenna is a wiggly child.
DROPPING THE THIRD NAP
We are still in the weaning process and have no significant changes this week.
McKenna has a fun new thing where she waves to me every time I go to get her up if she is already awake. Little things like this just make me love this time in a baby's life.
She was great wtih independent playtime this week, but I forgot to write a couple of weeks ago that she started protesting it. I just kept at it with a shorter time period. I also started having her listen to children's hymns while playing. She once again loves it and doesn't complain at all. For now.
8:15 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal). This is when we do a bath and independent playtime.
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