Brinley Summary: Week 26

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This is a summary for Brinley’s 26 week; she was 25 weeks old.

WONDER WEEK 26

This is the big one–the big wonder week 26. Well, A big one, not necessarily THE big one. The thing I have noticed most with my kids at this wonder week is just being grumpy. Her first day of this week she was very, very grumpy. Grumpy for a Brinley. She was not content or happy for long with any of her usual favorites. She mostly just wanted to be held when it was play time. 

Another impact was that she would have a noisy transition mid-nap. Some babies just won’t transition mid-nap, so that might be the case for your baby. Brinley would go back to sleep, but there was no question when her transition was. She would talk very loud and angrily, like I mentioned last week.

NURSING

The big news this week is on the chocolate side of life. I tried some chocolate in a larger dose–a piece of chocolate cake. I have found I can have a little piece of chocolate here and there and not really notice an impact. I thought I would try the cake.

She spit up a lot once the chocolate reached her (through my milk–I want that to be clear–there seems to always be someone who reads it wrong and thinks I am giving her the cake–no, I am eating the cake and it is getting to her through my milk).

She doesn’t seem bothered by the spitting up, and it happens when she awake, not when she is asleep. I will still continue to avoid chocolate for the most part just because I can and I don’t feel the need to knowingly create a spitting up issue with her.

SOLIDS

This week, we re-tried peas. You might remember we tried them last month and she got a bad diaper rash after. I, however, also had some runs, which was likely caused by some Fenugreek.

She has done just fine with the peas. No rashes at all.

She is eating her veggies much better. I started putting a couple of baby spoonfuls of the fruit in with her veggie, and since I started that, she eats it all up. I even mix pears and green beans–it seems odd to me, but she likes it and it works 🙂

I mix:

  • Pears with green beans
  • Pears with peas
  • Applesauce with butternut squash
  • Bananas with sweet potatoes

Oh, and I have I mentioned that Brinley prefers her food warm? She very much wants it warm. Not really even room temperature. She will not eat it cold. She will eat it room temperature. She will inhale it warm.

SIPPY CUP
I forgot to mention that about a month ago, we started letting her try to drink water from a sippy cup after meals. She likes it, but she basically just chews the water out, not sucks.

ROLLING OVER
I have always been the type to just sit back and wait for my kids to reach their physical milestones on their own. I got thinking, however, that I should work with them. I have a good friend who is a physical therapist and she often works with babies and young children. Her job is obviously to help children learn to do things physically. I thought if she can spend her career doing that, surely there is merit in me helping my baby figure out how to reach physical skills by doing more than just “tummy time.”

So I put Brinley on her back and took one leg and crossed it over the other. She then tried to roll over [note–I later asked my friend if this was a viable way to do this, and she said yes]. We did this once a day. The first day, she could not really get close, but she worked and worked until her face was red and she had a bit of sweat on her brow. She loved it. She obviously worked those muscles because the next day, she was remarkably stronger. She could roll over, still with my help in moving her leg over.

After a couple of days, I just gently pushed her leg in the direction, then she moved it herself and tried to roll over. Again, the first day she couldn’t do it on her own, and by the end her efforts were resorted to her basically arching her back and hoping for a miracle ;). But the next day, she rolled over on her own, 100% her effort. I cheered and cheered. She was so proud of herself. By the time she had rolled over, she was facing away from me, so she was straining to look at me, with a huge smile on her face. She now loves to roll over and look at me for a nice cheer.

Even though she has long rolled from tummy to back, she isn’t good at it. She would just go into supermans and, again, hope for a miracle. She has gotten better at it, but she needs to be not very tired to do it without becoming “super Brinley.”

GRABBING TOES
Oh one of my favorites! Brinley is starting to grab her toes. McKenna was a major toe-grabber and sucker, and I just loved it (which I realize is really an odd thing, but I think anyone who has watched a baby do this will agree). I love watcing Brinley grab her toes.

TEETHING PAINS
Brinley had some teething pains this week–as though the Wonder Week wasn’t enough on its own. She would be much happier if I gave her some pain killer. I am okay doing this for a day or two, but the reality is teething pains last weeks and I don’t want to destroy my child’s liver in the process. So I typically do pain killer for the first two days, then let them learn to cope unless they seem to be in a lot of pain. This strategy has worked well. I don’t think the teeth are about to break through–they are just causing trouble.

NAPS
Like I said, transitions were noisy this week, but I won’t complain because I know some babies have a difficult time going back to sleep so I am grateful she was able to do so. There were a couple of naps I put her in the swing for the second half of her nap, though.

SWADDLE WEANING
This week, I kept her arm out for her morning nap. She did great! She is now taking all of her naps with one arm out. The next step is night, which is always scary when the baby sleeps through the night. You don’t want to mess with a good thing. But I figure if she can nap all day with one arm out, she can sleep at night with one arm out. My biggest concern is her being warm enough with one arm out, so we have changed the temp at night to be the same as we keep it in the day (we previously lowered it by four degrees at night).

STRANGER DANGER
I forgot to mention a few weeks ago that one day, my mom came over to watch Brinley while we all left. Well, she totally lost it (Brinley, not my mom). My mom said she seemed terrified. Happily for both involved, it was about Brinley’s nap time and we were back before she woke up.

That week, my mom came over a couple of times and visited with Brinley with me around. The kids played with my mom in front of Brinley. Later in the week, she again watched Brinley and she was just fine. My mom now watches her about once a week for a few hours and she does great!

SCHEDULE

Our schedule typically looks like this:

7:30–feed with solids–2-4 T prunes and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in

8:45–nap

11:30–feed with solids–4 T of pears and 2 T of oatmeal mixed in and 2 T of green beans OR peas with 1 T oatmeal mixed in and some fruit

1:00–nap

3:30–feed

5:00–nap 

6:00–feed with solids–half a banana mixed with 2 T oatmeal OR 3-4 T applesauce mixed with 2 T oatmeal and sweet potatoes (1-2 T) OR butternut squash (1-2 T) and some fruit

7:30–feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00-8:10

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