Supply was good this week.
During this week, for three days in a row, Brinley would not eat for her fourth feeding. I initially fought her to eat for it, worried she would be hungry in the night if she didn't eat. I also worry about milk supply if she were to skip that fourth feeding and sleep all night. That would be a lot of hours without eating. But since I have the pump, and since fighting her is not fun, I decided to just let her go to sleep without eating if that is what she wanted.
She slept fine! She didn't mind. I know some people go to three liquid feedings at this age (though I don't know if they are breastfeeding), so I thought maybe she would do that. But after three days in a row of not eating for the fourth feeding at all (not even one sip), she started eating again. I am not sure why she did it, but she did.
SLEEP--DROPPED THIRD NAP
This week, Brinley dropped her third nap. She just dropped it and never looked back. She is young enough that I thought she would do a weaning process, which is most common. This is when a baby will not nap one day, then need it the next couple of days, then not need it the next....but she just stopped.
It is so exciting! Oh how I love just two naps! I love having evening totally open and free. She is my youngest baby to drop this nap. Kaitlyn was 11 months, and I had to force it out of her. Brayden was about 9 months? Maybe 10? He was easy to drop (his was a story of me re-reading babywise and realizing he likely could be at two naps instead of three and just dropped it one day). McKenna was 10-11 months? The range tends to be mostly 6-9 months. Maybe 6-10. Most babies seem to drop it as an 8 month old. There is definitely variation to age from baby to baby. Anyway, this is one of my favorite milestones. Two naps.
I will talk more about the impact of dropping this nap on our day and other naps in the next summary (should go up tomorrow). See this for more now: Dropping 3rd Nap Impact
This week, I moved the pack and play into her room to be a permanent feature in her room so she could easily have independent playtime in her room each day. I took her swing out to make room for the pack and play. It has been at least a month since we have used the swing, so I figured it was safe to retire it.
Brinley has gained enough balance to sit and play pretty well. She still isn't perfect, but if she starts to sway, she can usually straighten herself up. Her downfall right now is going for dropped toys.
I didn't start anything new this week. Brinley is getting really good at chewing. She has a very sensitive gag reflux (like, she would gag on the pacifier if I ever tried to give her one...sometimes she would gag on me when she was nursing). My husband has a very sensitive reaction to his babies gagging ;). I try to tell him about baby led weaning and the gagging goes on initially with it, along with the foods babies eat with it, but he is just paranoid about the gagging baby :) (just one reason we don't do BLW here--wonder what that is? See this guest post: baby led weaning).
She is gagging less and less with her finger foods. I like to give her a banana (I peel it, then run my finger down the middle of it--this splits it into three pieces. Then I break it into small pieces from there. It is less slimy that way and easier for the baby to pick up--did that make sense?).
Did I ever mention that I do some signing with her? She will sign "all done" back to me and tries to day "all done." I could probably accurately say her first "word" is "all done."
8:30--nurse with solids (fruit, cereal, yogurt)
12:30--nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, cereal)
4:45--nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, cereal, finger foods)
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.
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