Ooooh, sweet Baby #4.
Not only is she just precious, and fun, she definitely knows what she wants! Unlike her older sister, #3, she has been a very vocal, more demanding baby. We are entering Wonder Week 50, or Leap 7.
Last month we went on a family trip to the south; while we were gone C cut a new tooth (it literally cut through on day 2 of our trip), and ran a fever with it. She was not feeling good; by the time we got to my family she was miserable- we don’t know if it was from teething, the travel, new people and places, or what … Probably a combination of it all.
As she is starting to enter the territory of toddlerhood, I am finding tantrums abound! I’ve never had a baby throw fits like this one; she gets so angry, and I am hopeful that as she gets more words and mobility, the tantrums will subside.
C is a strong girl! She is a little copycat, and will say just about anything you say, at least once. She repeatedly uses the words: hi, Huck (one of our dogs), Max, Mama, Dada, Up, dog, toes, and Ma for more. She likes to play peek a boo, itsy bitsy spider, pat a cake, and will move your hands off your face to find you.
She is signing for more, but that’s about it. *insert eye roll here* I am so ready for this wonder week of development to be done so we can move beyond this phase. It is hard!
She wants to move, but refuses to crawl. She likes to walk around the house, with me holding her hands from behind, but isn’t yet walking on her own. So, I brought in the big guns today. Hopefully using the push toy she will begin picking up her feet and becoming more comfortable standing and moving on her own. I really want her to crawl, but after hours and hours (combined, not all at once) of blood curdling screams and her banging her head no the floor in anger, she just isn’t wanting to crawl. So, I think we will begin moving in a way that makes her happy, and then hope she will crawl and walk on her own.
Sleep and Schedule
We have dropped her first 2 bottles of the day-no more bottle at 7am, or 11am after nap #1. When we wake at 7am, she goes straight to breakfast with some of her homemade milk in a sippy cup.
- 7am wake, snuggle, wake up siblings, breakfast, play
- 9am first nap-this will drop soon and we will move to one nap from 12-3
- 1030 wakes
- 11 lunch
- 1:30pm nap #2
- 3:00pm wake, bottle, snack, play
- 5:30pm dinner, bath, play
- 6:40pm bedtime bottle, bed
We tried switching out of her transition swaddle a few months ago, and it was a disaster. This usually isn’t the case, but C sucks on the sleeve of the swaddle blanket, right on the seam. So when we took it away she freaked out! She would not accept her lovie, which she’s slept with since about 4 months old, as a substitute.
So, on to a Zipadee-Zip we went. Yesterday we tried it for second nap and it was devastating for her. =( But last night she did fine, and this morning for nap she did great!
I like the Zipadee-Zip because it allows more movement for her in bed, which should help with her physical development (because we all know babies practice development in their sleep). In the transition swaddle (which is AWESOME, until they need a little more room), she just couldn’t stretch and move that one arm, because she wanted the sleeve zipped on for sucking.
In the Zipadee-Zip, she is able to put her arms into full, unrestrictive sleeves, which she can also suck. But she also can open and close her hand very well inside, so if she wants to grab a rail, a lovie, etc she can. When I opened the Zipadee-Zip it looked HUGE. C is about 23lbs and almost 12 months old, so I went with the large. After I washed and got it on her, it fits great, and has lots of room for her to grow. It is comfy, soft, and really nice. I am so thankful we decided to go with it, because it is a perfect fit for our needs at this time.
I am excited to see what the coming months bring; hopefully more words and mobility for her, so she can express herself and feel more confident. She is so much fun, and so full of personality!
Just for fun =) Baby #4, and me when I was a baby
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