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This is a summary for Brinleys 45th. She was 44 weeks old.
|enjoying Kaitlyn’s tee-ball game with her Papa|
We continued on.
I didn’t write down any food I introduced this week…not sure if I just didn’t write it or if I didn’t do anything new.
All was well here.
She is getting better at signing! I still haven’t started a new sign. I guess I am being so lazy about it! I need to get moving on that. She does know how to give high-fives now, though…
I was thinking about something ironic. Brinley has been my baby who has stayed home the most of any of my babies–she has missed far fewer naps and has rarely napped anywhere but her bed. Being she is my fourth, that in and of itself is actually ironic. I have just worked hard to keep it that way (see my ideas for meeting this goal in this post: Managing Baby Plus Older Kids’ Activities. But that isn’t what I find ironic.
What I find ironic is that she is so flexible. I never would have thought a baby who was so used to a set schedule and sleeping routine would be so flexible about being late for naps or napping in different places and circumstances. We had a baby blessing to attend and we just put her in some strange (to her) house she hadn’t been in and she slept great! Brayden was my child who was toted around the country and put in different beds constantly, and he was my most inflexible sleeper! He was great about different beds, but he couldn’t be ten minutes late for bed or his nap would be way thrown off. If Brinley is 30 minutes late, she just sleeps 30 minutes later than usual.
Braydne and Kaitlyn are doing a summer camp. It starts at 9:00 AM–which makes it tricky since she gets up between 8:45-9:00 AM and this camp is a 15 minute drive. Rather than get her up early, I just get her up, change her diaper, put her in her carseat, and go drop them off. I take a biter biscuit or something for her to eat along the way. Then we get home and I nurse her and feed her breakfast. I am shocked she will spend 30 minutes in the car in the morning without breakfast and wait for her food so patiently. Again, she is flexible.
This leads me to believe a lot of what makes a baby flexible is personality. But it also leads me to believe that a huge component of flexibility is having that stable foundation from the start. I have often mentioned that, and Babywise talks about it. To be flexible means you leave “normal,” go out of normal, and return to normal. So perhaps having such a solid normal makes her more able to go with the flow and take the disruptions in stride.
My big goal right now is getting independent playtime longer. It has been only about ten minutes–it is pretty much all I can squeeze in there. But I am moving it up on the list and this week have worked her up to 15-20 minutes. I don’t have a time slot with all we have going on to really go much longer than that. I just want her to be in position to move that up once she goes to one nap (which I am guessing will be 14-18 month with her–big range but that is my guess).
8:45–nurse with solids (fruit, cereal, yogurt, finger foods). Independent Playtime happens in this block.
12:45–nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, finger foods)
5:00–nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, finger foods)
7:30–feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.
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