After 5 days of my dyflucan, I finally started to hurt less. I still braced myself for impact, but I didn't have to hold my breath and grit my teeth. A few days after that, it was to the point that I didn't need to brace myself anymore.
McKenan's personality is just coming out more and more. She is apparently the type who just leaves the room if she is feeling bored. She seeks out more interesting things. I have never encountered this before. Brayden never voluntarily left my side and Kaitlyn always stayed right where I put her. This will be a new challenge for me :)
McKenna is tenacious. Very tenacious. You know how with babies her age it is very easy to distract them when they want to do something they shouldn't? Not McKenna. If she wants something, she is going to put forth 110% to get it. You can't distract her with another toy. You can't hide it and expect her to forget about it; she goes looking for it. Even if you hold her back, she keeps her eyes set on her goal and her arms and legs keep moving to get there. I think this is a trait that will be a great asset to her in life, but we also need to make sure we mold her well to be sure she seeks good things and is wise in her goal setting. I also obviously need her to learn to accept that some things are just off limits.
McKenna currently LOVES to challenge her boundaries. If something is a "no," she does it over and over again with a little smile on her face. She will do it, look at you, cock her head, and give you a cute smile with her tongue slightly out. She knows how to pull the cute card. I might just have my hands full with her :)
I am not concerned with her desire to test her boundaries. She is trying to figure things out and is learning. She also is actually quite good at obeying my voice the majority of the time. I think everything she is doing is totally normal developmentally.
In a post about blanket time, I shared that I totally missed the info about it in the books until Kaitlyn was pretty much beyond the age for it. They have turned out fine, but I definitely see the value in it.
When McKenna was younger, we did blanket time in a way, but she wasn't able to willfully move off her blanket yet, so it was more of getting in the habit.
Now that she is old enough and determined enough to move off her blanket, I thought I would start it up officially.
I set out the blanket. I put toys on it. I set the timer for two minutes. I told her to stay on her blanket. I sat right by it. She tried over and over again to get off it. Each time her hand moved off the blanket, I sat her back in the middle of it and said, "Nope. You need to stay on your blanket" and I would point to the blanket. She of course started to find the whole thing fun.
The next day, I started the same way. I told her to stay on her blanket. And she did! She played for a minute, then she crawled right to the edge of the blanket, looked at me, let out a pitiful "Ugh!", sucked her thumb for about 3 seconds, then went back to playing with her toys. She never tried to move off of it. I was very impressed with how much she understood so quickly about it. That was the last day of the week, so you will have to wait for next week for further updates :)
One night a couple of weeks ago, I put McKenna down for the night. She suddenly started crying. This was uncharacteristic of her. My husband went in first and spent 15 minutes with her. Then I went in. After I was sure she was fine, I left. She cried for about 5 minutes. I watched her on the video monitor and she literally fell asleep in mid cry.
The next morning, she cried again, but I could tell she was fine and was trying for a nice long visit again.
I am not sure what sparked her crying that night. I don't know if she was scared of something or if her gums were hurting from teething or what. Whatever it was, she is over it now :)
This week, McKenna started acting all restless again like she does during a wonder week. She is always a few weeks behind wonder week leaps, which is actually spot on because they say to go by due date and she was 3 weeks early. So, I looked at the website and sure enough, it was wonder week time.
I thought it might be fun to know what her favorite toys are at each age and I wish I had done that starting 6 months ago...oh well. Can't change that now. Her favorites are her nesting cups and her stacking rings. She also loves books and anything that she can use to make a lot of noise. Give her a spoon and a pan and she is happy as can be.
8:20 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal). This is when we do a bath and independent playtime. We then do sibling playtime.
12:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix with blueberries or cherries). She then "helps" me put Brayden in rest time (which just means telling him to go) and Kaitlyn down for her nap. We then do blanket time followed by free play with me in the same room.
4:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (yellow veggie and bananas or pears). Then time with Daddy.
5:30ish PM--dinner with family. Finger foods and what we are having. Then time with family.
7:15-7:30 PM--nurse, PJs, story, prayers, bed.
- NEW On Becoming Pre-Toddlerwise
- Super Baby Food
- 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