Tuesday, March 2, 2010

McKenna Baby Summary: Week 48

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Okay, I have lots of little things I keep forgetting to add to weekly summaries. Hopefully I remember to add them all in.

NURSING
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.

PERSONALITY
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.

BLANKET TIME
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 :)

CRYING
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 :)

WONDER WEEK
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.

FAVORITE TOYS
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.

OUR SCHEDULE
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.
10:15 AM--nap.
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.
2:30 PM--nap
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.


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30 comments:

Linds said...

She sounds a lot like my Brayden. He is VERY stubborn and will literally throw a temper tantrum if you take something away/close a door/restrict access to what he wants. It's a nightmare! He doesn't listen very well to verbal commands, although I know he understands what I am saying. He generally laughs if I swat his hand, so I have had to spank his bottom. Not really even hard enough for him to feel through his diaper, but I think it shocks him so much that it makes him realize I mean business. I am always wondering if I am handling his independent/strong-willed spirit correctly. All of the things I am dealing with combined make it very hard to know what to do!

Sara said...

How to you have time to do any housework when you are constantly engaging with your children? I tried the schedule for one day from toddler wise and I was so exhausted! I spent all my time w/ him (which is good I know) but the house was a mess at the end of the day. You definitely must be super mom!

Jenni said...

I know this is a bit unrelated to this post, but I thought you might find it interesting. We found baths, even with oil added, to be unhelpful for our baby's eczema so we only bathe her twice a week (she's only 6 months old at the moment). The doctor also told us that the length of the bath can also affect the eczema, so the bath or shower should be less that 3 minutes.

Thanks for all the work you put into this blog, it is very helpful.

MKJH said...

What do you plan to do when she tests boundaries? My son is 11 months old and I am at that point with my son. He listens very well to verbal commands and he knows when he isn't allowed to do something. The other day he climbed up onto the back of the kitchen chair. I told him he needed to keep his feet on the ground. He stepped down. I went back to the dishes and heard him laughing - he had climbed back up. I stopped what I was doing, repeated he needed to keep his feet on the groud and took him to play in the other room. I leaned into his toy bin to grab a toy and when I looked up he was running back into the kitchen, climbed up on the chair - looked for me and when he saw me looking, he climbed down. How would you handle? I don't consider it a problem by any means, but don't want to do anything that could lead to a problem :) Other things, if I tell him "no touch" to something he doesn't touch and doesn't go back. It seems like certain things he is determined to touch/do (like the computer too). Thanks!

McMel said...

this has nothing to do with this particular post, but it does have to do with your summaries. i planned on implementing babywise before i was even trying to get pregnant. read the book during pregnancy and found your blog shortly before my due date. my son will be 6 weeks old tomorrow and your newborn summaries are very helpful!! my son has been having a lot of trouble w\ naps the last 3 weeks, and i usually read ahead- last night i read week 7 where you mentioned the 4 s's. i know i'm late getting in on it, but WoW! we're on the 3rd feeding today and he has gone down for each nap only using 3 S's!!! I cannot thank you enough! i've had lunch and done all of my laundry today!! wooo!

JenD said...

Know this is detailed, but how big of a blanket do you use for blanket time?

Thanks for your blog, I read it every day!

Mary Ashley said...

Can you like to your post explaining blanket time?

Redheads said...

There is a post about blanket time already. It should come up in the blog index. Toddlerwise recommends a 4 x 4 blanket. I tried this the other day for the first time with my 13 month old DD and it worked great. She only tried to get off once. I was pleasantly surprised. My DD is very much like McKenna in that she is very hard to distract from her "goal" or object that she is trying to get. She definitely gets fixated and will not just "forget" about. This is a good quality, as long as she also learns the quality to submit to Mom's leadership! It is definitely challenging!
Amy

Jessica said...

Oh, yes, my Avery has a very similar personality to McKenna. It is fun, isn't it? Hehe! And quite challenging. Generally, Avery is very obedient, but she has a few areas where she is just stubborn and we are finding it challenging to curb the unwanted behavior. For instance, she loves to eat dog food, drink from the dogs bowl, spit water on the floor for the dog (hey, at least she likes to share ;) and get on top of of the end table. Fun, fun!

davidsarah311 said...

I noticed the Wonder Weeks website has taken down their calendar....at least, I can't find it anymore.

Summer said...

http://www.thewonderweeks.com/images/stories/Book/WW_info_chart.pdf

HTH!
summer

Aanika said...

Hi! My DS is an early crawler - 6.5 months! I'm wondering if it is too early to expect him to understand that he needs to stay on a blanket - even though he has the ability to get on and off it? What age do you think it is realistic to expect them to understand?

Victoria said...

I can't wait to try blanket time! The beginning of your post made me laugh, sounds just like my son. We say he is resilient (sp?) and very determined. He does not give up easily, but does well (most of the time) when I tell him that's a no and he needs to leave it alone. I am thankful for your blog because now I know to anticipate him testing boundaries. God bless!

Novi said...

valerie

have you started to feed her chicken, beef, pasta?
and if not, may I know the reason?

my son is 11 months old and I've started on chicken and beef for his meal but he doesn't like it :(

Anne said...

Hello. I was wondering...so when you're not doing blanket time, do you just let them wander aimlessly about? I would like to use less of the childproofing in my home, etc. but was wondering how to do it. Like, you can't exactly just have them do "blanket time" for all of the awake time, right?? Thanks.

The Cervantes' Spot said...

My son is a little older than McKenna (55 weeks) and does the same thing when I tell him no. I have seen "no" working over time as he doesn't consistently go back to things that are a "no." But, there are days when we get into a little battle and he will go back to whatever it is over and over and almost giggle sometimes when I remove him. Any thoughts on when to introduce some sort of discipline? Should I not be worried? I just wish I saw him respond to "no" and quit what he is doing. It's almost like he waits for me to move him. I want to be consistent and effective and I'm not sure what to do.

Plowmanators said...

Linds, it is tricky! The thing with McKenna is that she doesn't mind being told no--so thus far, we have no tantrums about it. She truly seems to be intersted in "entertaining" us. I think if she were the oldest child, she would be more tantrum-prone, but she loves to get a laugh out of people...even if she is the only one laughing :)

Plowmanators said...

Sara, see the post "how I get stuff done" for all about that :)

Plowmanators said...

Thanks Jenni. Dermatologists are now saying that daily baths are best--some even say at least two baths a day is best.

Most doctors are not up to date with this.

But obviously, some children do best with fewer baths.

McKenna takes a bath 4 days a week, and this seems to work well for her. But as a younger baby, she took daily baths and we never saw signs of eczema. I am not really sure what is "best" for her. Right now, daily baths really wouldn't work out, but I do plan on trying it again when she is weaned from nursing because I will line her schedule up with the other two more.

Plowmanators said...

MKJH,

Be sure to see the post "teaching your baby no" and other posts on the discipline index page under baby.

In that instance, I would say the climbing on the chair can be a safety issue for an 11 month old. For some behaviors, I try to ignore because the child is looking for a reaction from you, but when safety is involved, you definitely don't want to do that.

I would make it so the chair is not an option. I might even go so far as to put it up on the table or something to show the child it is defintely not available for climbing on.

I would say, "that is a no" but remain emotion-less so you don't bring up enjoyment for seeing a "reaction" from you.

I would move the child just like you did and get him going on something else.

And if your child is tenacious like McKenna, I would do that over and over again. And then some more :)

He might be old enough to remove to a playpen or crib for some isolation if he refuses to stop. For some, that works well. Not so much for others.

And when you are done, shake your head, have a good laugh, and keep persevering. Your hard work will pay off some day :)

Plowmanators said...

McMel, that is so great to hear! I am so glad. Thanks for sharing.

Plowmanators said...

JenD,

The blanket I use is precisely 41 inches by 41 inches. That is a little more than 3 feet by 3 feet, or 1 yard by 1 yard.

I do know some moms use much larger blankets, though.

Plowmanators said...

Mary Ashley, you can click on "blanket time" blog label on the list on the right.

Plowmanators said...

Amy, so true. It can be a good quality so long as we teach them to keep their eyes on good goals :)

Plowmanators said...

Oh, Jessica, that would be hard for me to stomach! lol. I remember as a young child, my neighbors liked to eat dog food. That grossed me out then! Lol. I guess at least you know you will be sure to keep your dog's dishes VERY clean :)

Plowmanators said...

davidsarah311, thanks for bringing that up!

And Summer, thanks for sharing the link!

Plowmanators said...

Aanika, I think you could expect it. He will mostly likely stay on there well if you have interesting toys that you switch up. I would sit right by him. I would also start with short times (2-3 minutes) and then evaluate from there if you should go longer or not.

Plowmanators said...

Novi,

I don't tend to feed my kids meat at this age.

The reason is I am paranoid and not fully convinced meat can be eaten without molars, and my kids have never had molars at this age. Kaitlyn barely had one tooth trying to come through. McKenna right now has 4.

That is the only reason.

Brayden and Kaitlyn are still not too big on meat, and I think it might have something to do with no exposure for so long. So with McKenna, I have given her some. She likes some, doesn't like others.

I don't stress about it because you can get protein in other ways.

Pasta...all of my kids LOVE pasta. McKenna does eat it when we have it for dinner.

Plowmanators said...

Anne, we only do blanket time for a few minutes, so definitely not :)

A portion of time is spent eating.

A portion is spent in the bathtub some days.

A portion is spent in independent play.

A portion is spent with siblings.

I do let her "explore" one room once a day--but she must stay in the room with me. I don't like my kids to be wander around without my supervision until they are old enough to do some wandering responsibly...but honestly they just don't. I am one who knows where they are and what they are doing.

Plowmanators said...

Ceraventes's Spot,

I suggest you see the blog index, then go to discipline. In that index, I have posts listed that are written specifically for baby. You might want to also check out "toddler" on that same post since he is headed that direction.

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