McKenna Baby Summary: Week 34

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Another good week overall. There was a bit of fussiness, which coincides with Wonder Weeks for her adjusted age. This is a time when they say baby starts to realize mommy can walk out of the room and leave baby behind and might be slightly fussy. We had some of that this week, but nothing bad.

Things are still good in the nursing department.

McKenna slept well all week long. She is getting even better about moving around now that she is in footed pajamas instead of the sleep sack. When she is awake and playing, she will roll to get from point A to point B, which I find quite funny.

I didn’t introduce any new foods this week. I did make a bunch of prunes, though. Prunes are not as easy as I thought they would be. I first tried them in my inexpensive little mini-mixer, but it didn’t do a good job of mixing it up, so I moved on to the Cuisinart. It does a great job (but is a lot more of a clean-up, so I avoid using it when I can). I also didn’t add enough water, which I didn’t realize until they didn’t freeze solid. Despite that, she likes them, and making them is a lot cheaper than buying them.

FINGER FOODSShe is getting better and better about eating finger foods. She does a nice chewing motion. My head is telling me to let her have more real finger foods (as opposed to the kind that disolve by Gerber), but I am just cautious. I think once she is 8 months old, I will be a little more daring. 8 months just sounds older. But in my head, she is still 6 months old :).

SIPPY CUPI haven’t been great about being consistent with the sippy cup with her. This week, I started giving it each day, and she got really good at it! I also used a different cup because I couldn’t find the one I usually use. I used an Avent Sippy Cup. This is the kind Brayden learned on, as well. She seems to prefer it. Either that or she coincidentally started getting better at the same time she started using the Avent sippy.

8:05 AM–wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches and oatmeal)
9:35-9:40 AM–nap
12:15 PM–wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix in blueberries)
2:00 PM–nap
4:30 PM–wake, nurse, solids (yellow veggie and bananas or pears)
6:30 PM–nap
7:45ish PM–wake, nurse, PJs, story, bed



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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. RunLikeMama
    November 25, 2009 / 12:46 AM

    Hi there–I HIGHLY recommend the KitchenAid immersion blender. I use it for everything–all of my 7 mos. old's solids; smoothies for us; everything. It works great on prunes, too. I find that if I steep the prunes in boiling water for a few minutes, and then blend (with water) they turn out nice and smooth (though you can leave some texture if you want) and the clean up is easy easy! Here's a link: Thanksgiving!

  2. The Culbertsons
    November 25, 2009 / 1:24 AM

    Do you just use the dried prunes in the produce section? I want to make prunes, but I'm not sure how or if I should use fresh prunes, but the grocery store didn't have them.

  3. Sarah
    November 25, 2009 / 1:15 PM

    Hi, I was wondering what your thoughts would be in this situation. I have a baby boy, Jack, who is 1 week younger than McKenna. He has been having playpen time for the past month and doing great with it as long as I am out of sight and earshot. This week, he has REALLY had a hard time with independent playtime in the playpen. We've gotten up to 20-30 minutes. As I write this he is going back and forth between playing and screaming for me…his mad scream. 🙂 I don't want to do anything to harm him by not answering his cries, but I do think he needs to know it's okay to play alone, even though he is going through separation anxiety. I don't want to make him a child who has to constantly be entertained or with one of us. Any thoughts on this? I would appreciate it!

  4. rachelhockey
    November 27, 2009 / 1:35 PM

    I had the same problem when I made prunes – they didn't freeze solid! So I kept them in the ice cube tray in the freezer and scooped them out when needed.

  5. Shelton
    December 1, 2009 / 11:26 PM

    Hey Valerie,I was wondering about the prunes also. What kind didyou buy to make the purée? Dried? Individually wrapped. I want to make some but not sure how. Thanks for your help. 🙂

  6. Plowmanators
    December 9, 2009 / 4:30 AM

    Thanks Runlikemama!

  7. Plowmanators
    December 9, 2009 / 4:47 AM

    Culbertsons,I found my prunes in the baking section of my grocery store.

  8. Plowmanators
    December 9, 2009 / 4:56 AM

    Sarah,McKenna went through this recently, also. I suggest you take your length down to five to ten minutes, but continue to do it. He should get better over time. McKenna got better in a few days.

  9. Plowmanators
    December 9, 2009 / 5:01 AM

    Rachel, that is what I have been doing, too. I eventually scooped out the prunes into plastic babyfood containers and put those in freezer bags.

  10. Plowmanators
    December 9, 2009 / 5:03 AM

    Shelton, yes, all prunes are dried (dried plums). The ones I got were not individually wrapped. They were all in a container. You should find them by the chocolate chips, nuts, and raisins in your grocery store.

  11. Amanda Meadows
    October 9, 2014 / 8:14 PM

    First of all I love your blog and refer to it often. Thank you!! My daughter is 34 weeks old and we have done baby wise since she was about 6 or 8 weeks old. We have had success with sleeping through the night since 12 weeks old and sleeping 12 hours through the night since 16 weeks. Until recently… she started waking early. She has been waking up around 5:15 and her normal wake time is 6. I have tried everything and this has been going on for about a month now. Any suggestions? Also we are having trouble transitioning to a 4 hour schedule. Her naps don't last long enough. My milk supply isn't able to handle 5 feeds a day anymore, and she eats much better when it's just 4 feeds a day. Thank you so much!

    • Valerie Plowman
      October 14, 2014 / 12:26 AM

      It could be sickness, teething, or a wonder week. Those would be the first things I would consider. It could also be hunger or needing to drop a nap. You should check out the 5-8 month sleep disruptions post. For the four hour, you can try just feeding her at four hours even of she woke before then. Just play for a bit before feeding if she will wait. Sometimes once the metabolism is used to it, sleep will follow.

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