This precious Angle is 8 months old! Such a fun age! She is sweeter than sweet y'all! I don't know if an easier baby exists, which means I am doomed for her toddler years.
She is such a big girl , but still feels so skinny compared to peebs when he was her age. She consistently weighs 2 lbs less than he did at each Dr. Visit. Her feet are so tiny I don't know how they will ever hold her up when it is time to walk!
She still has hair ( yay) and the pedi gave me a prescription for her cradle cap recently. I do not know why he has been holding out on me as Peebs STILL has some left. Must be some genetic deal but it drives me crazy! The prescription has dramatically improved the situation.
She is also getting dry skin bumps on her knees and forearms which he said are excema related and to slather it in aquaphor and only bathe her every few days to avoid drying out her skin.
Weight: 21 lbs 9 oz.
Clothes: 12 months is a good but tight fit so 18months any day now.
Sleep: 6:30 pm- 6:30 am.
Naps: Sporadic! sometimes 3 shorts naps and sometimes 2 long ones.
Teeth: She finally has her 2 bottom teeth breaking through. you can only see the tops of the teeth so they are barely through the skin.
Food: I am really nervous about transitioning to solids with her. I feel like Fenn's eating issues are our fault, because we fed him baby food too long, were so worried about him choking and just didn't know what we were doing in general. I never knew how complicated feeding could be and that all those texture and development issues were at play, but BOY have I learned a lot from him!
With Sister our goal is not just hat she eat healthy, but also eat WHAT we EAT. I don't want to fix 47 different meals for everyone! Everywhere we go, I always have to keep in mind that Fenn likely won't eat anything there and I have to always carry food for him and endure the silent judgment of others ( or not so silent advice and suggestions) about what I should do or give him. It's maddening. Traveling and going anywhere would be easier if everyone could and would just eat anything.
So ... I say all of that to say, This time around we are going with Baby led weaning, which is a really confusing term in my opinion, but basically means, you offer them regular food at 6 months or so and let them choose what they eat and feed themselves. Sister is in no way interested in feeding herself, I don't even know if she can, but she is happy to eat food off our plate. I also read somewhere that since she does not have any teeth, just make sure that I can mash the food between my thumb and fore finger and that means it is OK for her to chew with her gum. I still give her purees, but also offer her food from my plate with every meal, even with spices etc. She really enjoyed sweet potato fries that I made that were sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice and salt. When she has more teeth, it will be all table food and no purees. I don't worry so much bout how MUCH she eats since she is still nursing.
Another thing we started as a NY resolution is actually sitting at the dining room table for supper every night. We never did that in the past because Erik and I didn't want to eat supper so early , but after lots of life experience and reading we decided it was best and it has been great. We all have supper together at 5pm at the table. This will get the kids used to sitting at a table for meals without getting restless and acting terrible ( practicing for eating in restaurants together, something that causes me great anxiety). Since we started this we have seen a real improvement with Fenn in his table manners and how much he eats. No one is required to EAT anything, but they must sit at the table and visit, which generally turns into eating. HA
I also learned recently about how prolonged sippy cup usage can cause problems with speech. I had no idea. Also straw cups are great for speech. I mean obvi Fenn is too old for a sippy cup, but I love the idea of letting him have a drink in the car without the anxiety of him spilling it everywhere and just had not thought too much about the whole thing till I read this blog of an SLP. She is full of good info, and does baby led weaning . Click here to read.
- Clapping. She loves to clap and does it all day.
- Trying to Wave. She has learned a lot from our most recent trip because all of that riding public transportation , people always waved and talked to her so makes this crazy face of concentration and tries to wave back.
- She has been rolling over for a while but just started rolling over in her bed. Fenn never did that. like ever. so it scares me!
- Sitting up pretty steady these days. I still put pillows behind her but she for the most part is good!
She loves her brother, and is always smiling at him and watching him. She also loves the dogs! She keeps trying to pull Ralphie's furs, but he is a good chap and lets me teach her how to pet without getting upset. Floss stays out of the way! ha
She has had another ear infection, so that now makes 2. She picked up a germ 2 weeks ago , the doctor said it was similar to RSV. Lots of snot, a nasty sounding cough every now and then, weak eyes, fussy, Fever, and then an ear infection. She has been on antibiotic for 10 days. She does NOT like any types of medicine. Fenn would gobble up whatever we gave him and she cries through out he entire process :(
Challenges of having 2 kids:
Everything is still going well. Maybe the hardest part os when they are both popping off at the same time, while the dogs are barking and the TV is blaring.. that makes me crazy! ha and I am much busier. Eating in restaurants is harder with both of them, because generally someone needs me for something and I can't get to my own food. Over all though, it's all good and really fun, and funny. Lots of funny these days.