Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Brinley Summary: 39 Weeks Old

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This is a summary for Brinley's 39th week; she was 38 weeks old.
Exploring the outdoors

My sister is getting married in a month and a half in Las Vegas. We decided to just fly down and leave our kids with my in-laws. We will be gone overnight...well...this is fine and dandy until you remember the Brinley who will now take a bottle from me (yea) but not anyone else (boo). 

So I started giving her a bottle every night at her last feeding to get her very used to it. Initially, I did it after her last nursing, but she soon decided she liked that a lot. It also happened to be my week of my period, and if you remember my supply drops OR she doesn't like something it does to my milk, so she doesn't love nursing. She went to just wanting a bottle before bed and no nursing. She still is nursing three times a day and then a fourth bottle of 4-6 ounces. I am pumping a "dreamfeed." I use that milk the next day in her food or in the bottle.

Our new food adventure this week was frozen peas. I just give her a few on her tray still frozen. She loves them! 

Sleeping is the same and going great.

She is a really good walrus crawler! Sometimes she gets on her tip-toes and holds a plank like that (seriously...that is hard). Sometimes she pulls herself along on her tip-toes. Crazy kid. I really hope this isn't a sign that she is a "do things the hard way" type. I guess it is making her super strong, though. 

She LOVES to crawl around and explore. She is so happy just crawling.

She also loves the outdoors. She doesn't mind grass at all. All of our other babies (or for sure Brayden and Kaitlyn...I can't remember McKenna for sure) were a bit freaked out by grass initially. Brinley doesn't mind at all.

It is nice she loves the outdoors since she gets to go to about four soccer games a week :). The weather has been much nicer for that.

8:45--nurse with solids (fruit, cereal, yogurt). Indepenedent Playtime happens in this block.
12:45--nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, cereal)
5:00--nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, cereal, finger foods) 
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.


Janelle said...

My son wouldn't take a bottle from anyone other than myself either. I started giving him his bottle in his high chair (which reclined back). He wasn't a big fan of it at first but eventually he would take the bottle from my hands and feed himself in his chair. Then we had him take the bottle from my husband with me standing right there. Then we worked up to him taking the bottle from my husband with me across the room. Finally he would take it without me being around. It took a little while but it was worth the trouble!

Valerie Plowman said...

Janelle thanks for sharing that! I am sure that will be helpful.

Julie Meyers said...

That picture of Brinley reminds me of my 7 month old. She's not afraid of grass, either. She definitely tries to eat it. :)

I'd love some advice if you get the chance. I remember your post about Brinley when she was 7 months and the issues you were having when she was practicing her rolling skills during naps. Our daughter is starting to do the same thing. She is also teething. And I'm pretty sure she hit a growth spurt recently too. (Lots of eating + busting out of her 6-9 month clothes.) She's always been a GREAT sleeper at night, but for the last couple of weeks she has been waking anywhere between 1 and 3 times a night. And nothing seems to work to get her back to sleep. Except nursing. And for the sake of having everyone get some sleep, I've been giving in. :/ I have to wonder if there are times she's waking at night out of habit/hunger because her body is now accustomed to it. But at other times I know it is teething pain. (I saw another tooth popping through just this morning.)

Sorry this is so long. I welcome any words of advice you might have! Thanks again for your blog.


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