Nursing nutritionally is going well. We are still nursing four times a day.
The biting, however, is still in full force! I have tried to anticipate the biting to see if I could curb it as directed by my lactation consultant friend. Well, McKenna is a tricksy little hobbit (yes, I do love LOTR--if you don't know what LOTR is, you don't love it) and I can't figure it out.
For the most part, her biting is very gentle and doesn't hurt. But the anticipation of the biting and the knowledge that it could, and likely will, hurt someday is like watching a horror movie (which I don't like).
I think she pretty much uses me as a teether of some sort. And her biting is sometimes borderline painful.
I am now gleefully anticipating that one year mark so we can start weaning. I do not like biting, Val I am.
At the beginning of this week, I got sick with something. I talked about this on my recent post "When Mom Is Sick." I lost 7 pounds over night and landed in the ER.
It was short lived, but my supply definitely took a hit. Within a couple of days, however, it was back to normal. What an amazing thing the body is!
Another frustration for me this week! I am a slow and steady type of gal. I typically like to start with a few minutes and slowly work my way up. But things were not working well this way. I wanted to give up. If I wasn't so incredibly stubborn, I would have. I didn't know about blanket time when Brayden and Kaitlyn were this age. They have turned out great so far...but it is something I see value in and I want to make it work!
I vaugely remember length of time being talked about in the past, so I brought it up on message boards. Some moms told me they needed to start with longer intervals. So on the last day of this week, I started with 10 minutes. It went much better than our previous time of 4!
So, we have another week ahead. I will report on the use of 10 minutes next week.
I think by the end, I will have a great post full of tips for blanket time.
McKenna broke two teeth this week, which I am guessing contributed to the biting of the Mommy. She has one more on the brink and another showing pressure under the gums. The poor girl is getting hammered! I kind of prefer it, though, to one every so often. Let's just get it over with. She isn't any more upset with several teeth than she is with one.
8:20 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal). This is when we do a bath (four days a week) 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.
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