The BURST.. for those of you who don't know what that is. Its and unexplained "burst" of random wakes for no rhyme or reason. Can be both naps and/or overnight.. its annoying and it makes you wonder "WHY OH WHY is my child waking?". You go through your head and run through everything to see if you have missed anything. Majority of the time you haven't, so your child really shouldn't be waking... but they are. Well rest assured that even we have burst in our home. We aren't immune to them and i can tell you, they do suck. Teething can be a major cause of bursts. Once you have offered pain relief there really isnt much else you can do but to train through them.
What not to do. A BURST is a really big test.. its kind of a make or break. At these times its when you teach your baby how things are going to be. If i abandoned my training and went in to pick DD up then i have failed my own test and she has tricked me.. the burst will turn into a habit. She just learned how to get what she wants.
A few weeks ago we were having some pretty tough naps.. DD is almost 9 mos and we were on the cusp of dropping to 2 naps a day. Im not one to want to move through my schedules fast as i really don't like change. I want set that she really needed the change and i felt she was testing me. She started this "burst" on a monday and woke early from her 1st nap, again from her 2nd but took her 3nrd fine. The next day she cried over an hour for her 2nd nap with my DH. He's normally pretty good with training her but he ended up ending her nap leaving me with a cranky tired baby. The next day she tried it with me... She didn't win. Even though my DH kept trying to tell me i was fighting a losing battle (a battle of wits i call it). Here's the thing... yes she could have been teething.. so i offered meds. IT STILL SUCKED! i was at my computer typing away trying to distract myself from running up there immediately and picking her up. My DH came down to kindly ask me "um, cant you hear her?". Yes of course i can, the monitor is right in front of me. Ive been watching it and rooting her on. I know she can do it. She's being stubborn like only MY daughter knows how. After 4 days of her TEST, she gave up... back to her normal sleep patterns. If her test lasted a week, i would have gone to a 2 nap a day schedule. Next time she tests me, i know it will be time.
In the last 9 mos my sleep training journey has been amazing. Amazing, but tough. I've experienced more hiccups with my daughter then with my son. Interesting because i knew NOTHING when i trained my son. I was a client. Nothing more. I know so much more now and thats most likely why i question everything.
This is just a reminder that bumps in the road happen.. EVEN to me. Its how we handle them that matters.
Sleep training is the initial process... after your child is trained... thats where maintenance kicks in... JUST like a diet.. once you lose the weight... you gotta keep it in mind always or you will just end up back to where you started.. keeping the weight off is hard... gaining it is easy! Its something to keep in mind when you experience your own BURST!
Stay tuned for my next blogs...
-Milestones being made... time to drop the crib (uh oh)
-WE HAVE TEETH!
-Why you cant compare children ... no 2 are alike (Especially mine)
Its been a few months since i started DD on solids. Sadly i just didnt get around to blogging about it.. i swear im not busy at all with 2 kids at home and the neglected dog. JK. When my DS was starting solids i was so excited to start making him homemade baby food. I LOVED IT. I was cautious, nervous, made things bland and never really strayed from single veg purees. Hes a good eater now at the age of 2. Not great but that could just be him. He's 35 lbs and a tall boy. He's definitely not starving.
Im a bit less cautious this time around.
What I did decide thought is that i will NOT be starting with cereal. Or doing plain cereal at all. If anything i use cereal as a thickener for purees that are too thin. I have always found that cereals (of any kind) cause constipation more then anything else. Yes theres the importance for iron so i will be more diligent on incorporating that into her purees.
Sweet Potato and Quinoa, Peas, lentils and brown rice, Veg or chicken broth...sure why not. In her 1 month of eating she's tried more flavours then my son tried in 3 months. One of her first foods was a french fry. Full form. No mushing.. I THINK she liked it.
Sweet Potato, Kale, Quinoa, Chicken Broth
Im considering doing baby led weening of puree onto regular food in a few mos. Im clueless about it but my good ol friend google and i will make a date.
Starting solids was a hard step for me. Its the first realization that a baby truly needs something MORE then their mother. Ive carried her in me for 9 mos. Laboured with her for 10 hrs (i know.. not long but i was lucky) and Breastfed her for 6 mos. Now she's wanting more then breast milk and will slowly need more solids and less of ..... me. Please dont get me wrong, a formula fed baby is still equally dependant on their mother. A moms main objective is to feed their child. Really doesnt matter which way you choose. Breast, Donor or Formula.
It took me a bit to get my head around her eating solids now, i may have even shed a tear. But look at her. She loves them I got her to the 18.8 Lbs she was pre-solid food, and thats a lot of boob juice.
I'll keep you posted on how our SOLIDS adventure go and am hesitantly excited to start baby led weening.
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