Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Brinley Baby Summary: 52 Weeks Old

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Not too difficult of a sickie :) But look--she has rock candy. How can you be upset with rock candy? (she actually didn't like it)
This is a summary for Brinley's 52 week; she was 51 weeks old.

This week, we were just nursing in the morning, but she wasn't happy laying down. 

She wasn't eating very well for meals this week, either.

Sleeping was normal for the first part, then halfway through the week, she woke in the night. We went to her and rocked her for a while before putting her back in bed where she finished the night out. 

The next morning, I called to get a doctor appointment for her. 

She had started out the week with a low fever (as I mentioned in last week's post). It is past time for her top teeth to break through, so I figured she had a low fever to go along with it. As the few days passed, however, her fever was climbing, her eating was decreasing, she didn't want to lay to nurse, and the waking in the night was the final thing that told me something is wrong.

Turns out she had a double ear infection :(. Poor girl. 

This was a week of family reunion activities with my husband's family. She was in the peak of her sickness through it all and was such a trooper. She was mellow, but pleasant. 

Independent playtime has been going well. This week, it felt like the right time to move her to "room time" instead of "playpen time." I am able to watch her on the video monitor and she has enjoyed it. This is on the young side for moving to room time, but Kaitlyn was just about the same age. I just move when it seems right. McKenna was quite a bit older--closer to 2. 

8:45--nurse with solids (fruit, cereal, yogurt, finger foods). Independent Playtime happens in this block.
10:30-11:00--nap starts
12:45-1:00--wake up, bottle with solids (veggie, fruit, finger foods)
2:30-3:00--nap starts
5:00--wake up, bottle with solids (veggie, fruit, finger foods) 
7:30--bottle, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00-8:30.



Laura said...

Can you post a little more about what finger foods you are feeding Brinley? I linked to the finger foods sections and didn't really see what I was looking for. My little girl, Zoe, is almost 10 months and some days are good with finger foods and some are just horrible. I feel like she will never be able to feed herself! She knows the motion (she can pick up her cheerios like her life depends on it) but everything else is just "meh" to her. We've tried bananas, peaches, black beans, pasta, sweet potatoes, and all are hit or miss. Thank you! I love your posts by the way :)

Valerie Plowman said...

Don't be worried about it. Some babies have more of an interest in self-feeding than others--she will get there.

Basically just feed anything that she can safely eat. I have read to try out a food and smash it with your tongue against the roof of your mouth to see how easy it is to eat without teeth.

For her age, really the only things not safe are whole nuts and honey, so everything else if fair game if it can be gummed--so a cooked carrot works, raw carrot doesn't.

She regularly eats frozen peas, canned green beans (I can my own from my garden--if you don't, see if there is a low-sodium canned bean you can buy), black beans, olives, cubed cheese, and pieces of bread.

Try giving her samples of whatever you are eating at that meal. She will soon be eating whatever you are eating at meal times, so get her used to it.

Also, give very small amounts at a time. They seem to do better with 5-10 frozen peas than a 1/4 cup, even if they age 1/4 cup eventually, just a few at a time seems less overwhelming.

Stephanie Kirby said...

So sorry to hear of her double ear infection. Does it make you like paranoid from now on that she will have another? My daughter had 2 back to back ear infections in April/May and ever since I have been so paranoid that every fever and fussiness or night waking is another infection. It drives me crazy. For a while there she had something wrong constantly between the 2 ear infections and then a really bad cold that lasted over 2 weeks and also getting a pair of teeth. I never wanted to let her cry at night when she woke for fear she was in pain. I'm afraid I created a monster. She had been sleeping through the night beginning at 11 weeks old, but that run of sickness/teething set us WAY BACK!! I recently began to do CIO again because it was so out of hand. It only took her 2 days, but now she is crying again. I am once again scared of letting her cry if she's in pain. She had a fever today, but her naps were ok, then she cried and cried at bedtime. She is cutting molars, so I am blaming the fever on the molars. She only has 1 more to go before she has her first set. What do you think? Is CIO again ok to do? By the way, when she runs the fevers I give her some pain medicine at night to help her sleep. She has had diarrhea and fever with all of the previous molars. I am so exhausted with the night waking. Any advice?

Valerie Plowman said...

Stephanie I am very paranoid about future infections, especially because she hadn't had a cold before these infections came along. She was perfectly healthy. I am afraid tubes will be in her future...

Your situation is tricky. Ultimately, you are going to have to go with what you think is best. I don't like them to cry if they are sick or in pain, but sometimes some crying for a few minutes will lead to falling asleep and getting the much needed sleep to get better, whereas holding would mean fusssing in arms and not sleeping.

You might get a tool you can use to check and see if the ear is infected. I think I will. You can get them at walmart or Amazon (search "ear checker"). You can use it to see if it looks infected or not.

Stephanie Kirby said...

That's a good idea. Have you used one before? I looked at them but the reviews were mixed so I hesitated. I would hate to think she didn't have one when she really did just because the "ear checker" wasn't reliable. So, I am curious to know if you have experience with one...

Valerie Plowman said...

I haven't...but I want to get them. I haven't looked into one, either.

A tricky thing with the reviews on Amazon is some people post negative reviews when really the issues is "user error." I know my favorite thermometer doesn't have the best reviews, but I have tried a few different kinds (including the one that has the best reviews on there) and always come back to my favorite. So it can also just be personal preference.

Read the reviews--you can usually tell if the person reviewing is someone who is really having trouble because of themselves or the product.

Lindsey said...

I have had good luck with Hylands ear ache drops for preventing ear infections. At the sign of ear pain or a cold, I follow the directions and do the drops a few times a day for a few days and my son hasn't had an ear infection After three back to back!

Lindsey said...

I have had good luck with Hylands ear ache drops for preventing ear infections. At the sign of ear pain or a cold, I follow the directions and do the drops a few times a day for a few days and my son hasn't had an ear infection After three back to back!

Valerie Plowman said...

Thanks Lindsey! I hadn't ever heard of those.


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