McKenna Baby Summary: Week 44

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Well, despite the lamenting I did last week, 10 months old came and went.

Things are still going well and we are still nursing 4 times each day.

Things are still good here with no news. She is a great and adventurous eater. She likes everything.

Things are all good here, too.

We are still in the weaning process but not dropped yet.

I was thinking about McKenna and her lack of signing things to me today. Kaitlyn was and is always a very good and early communicator. I try to not compare my children to each other–I know, impossible right? I really haven’t mastered this and if I find a good trick for it, I will let you know. Kaitlyn was signing ridiculously young, and by 10 months was a very good signer and saying several words. Communication is Kaitlyn’s very strong point. She is still amazing at it and ahead of her time. McKenna is just more average.

However, I also realized that I have not been super diligent with the signing. I came to this realization because my husband has taught her to give fives and knucks–and she does it. He worked with her. I sign in front of her, but don’t work with her because I didn’t have to with Kaitlyn. I have decided today I need to put more effort into the signing. I will let you know how it goes 🙂

Are you wondering where her second tooth is I talked about weeks ago? Yeah, me too. It is still bothering her, but it has not made its appearance. She is not happy. She moans a lot. Poor little thing.

We started working in a more official sibling playtime this week. You can read about how I do it in detail on my sibling playtime post. Basically, when starting, I first observe the children playing with each other and try to slowly become more of a fly on the wall than a mommy in the room. This week, I started to move out of the room for about 5 minutes. I stay about two steps away and in ear shot, but I let them play alone. I walk in on some cute moments 🙂 Today, McKenna and Kaitlyn had their heads together looking at a book.

8:15 AM–wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal). This is when we do a bath and independent playtime. We then do sibling playtime.
10:15 AM–nap. On Monday, she needed the nap at 10 since she had missed a nap at church.
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. This is then free play with me in the same room.
2:10 PM–nap
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.
6:45 PM–nap. Some nights, she stays up until 7:00. Since most of this week included this nap, I am including it in our schedule.
7:45ish PM–wake, nurse, PJs, story, prayers, bed
On nights we dropped the third nap, we did:
7:15-7:30 PM–nurse, PJs, story, prayers, 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. Mary Ann
    February 2, 2010 / 8:08 PM

    Thinking about your comments re: signing: My baby is also 10 months old, and I notice that I did such a wonderful job talking to her sister (almost 4) that the sister talks ALL THE TIME, quite fluently, and so when I don't have to talk to anyone when sister isn't around since the baby can't yet ask me questions, I don't put forth nearly as much effort as I did with her sister. I console myself by thinking that she certainly hears more conversation and books read than her sister did as a baby.

  2. Joel, Laurie, and Caleb
    February 3, 2010 / 8:27 AM

    Thanks so much for all the work you do on this blog! It has been so helpful to me. My little boy turns 11 months old this week, and we have been doing Babywise with him since birth. He began sleeping through the night at 10 weeks, but over the last few months, he has begun waking at night again. Now he is to the point where he wakes up almost every night and will not go back to sleep unless I feed him. I've added a fifth feeding back into his schedule, even though doing so is totally messing up his naps, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference. His pediatrician is very concerned about his weight (2nd percentile) and actually advised me to feed him TWELVE times a day! I want to feed him if he is hungry, but it seems like an 11-month-old shouldn't need to eat in the middle of the night. He doesn't wake at the same time, so I don't think it's just habit. Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!

  3. Liz Koors
    February 9, 2010 / 3:52 PM

    First of all, I LOVE your blog. Thank you! Although I don't follow BW 100%, your knowledge is inspiring (as is your organization). My almost 10 month old daughter is in the process of dropping her 3rd nap (I think). Typically, she wakes around 6:30am and then has a 1h 35 min waketime and takes 1.5 hours naps. The last few days, she's been refusing the 3rd nap (despite sleepy signs, she just plays in her bed after I put her down). The problem lies in the fact that if she doesn't take her 3rd nap, then she sometimes goes upwards of five hours until bedtime (usually around 7pm). Sometimes she goes down easily then, sometimes she puts up a fight. Yesterday I lay with her at 3:30pm for a nap in order to get her some rest, but she only slept for a 1/2 hour and then was wide awake until 8:15pm. Her sleepy cues come and go, so it's hard to know if I'm missing anything and sometimes I think that I'm imaging that she's clingy just b/c i THINK that she may need a nap… Please let me know what you think – thanks in advance!

  4. Plowmanators
    February 13, 2010 / 9:53 PM

    Mary Ann, Kaitlyn is my most verbal child, and she is my second, so I am sure that the hearing other people talk helps a lot in learning 🙂

  5. Plowmanators
    February 13, 2010 / 9:55 PM

    Laurie, BW says to follow pedi's advice when dealing with weight loss. There is the possible reasons for waking in the post "5-8 month sleep disruptions." Also, "nighttime sleep issues–revised and updated". Does he eat solids well? Does he have reflux?

  6. Plowmanators
    February 22, 2010 / 9:21 PM

    Liz,10 months is kind of a transiton period, but if she won't sleep, I would probably not put her down and try moving bedtime up. She should sleep at least as long through the night even with bedtime earlier. She might even sleep later 🙂

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