LIFE: Week 20

sleeping beauty

  • Daddy Dom has been sick! He had a fever last weekend and wasn’t allowed to go near his daughter…which broke my heart. BUT…I’m not ready yet for Mia’s first illness.  Not yet, please.

sleeping beauty2

  • We celebrated my mom’s birthday this week with a delicious dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. On the menu: Ahi Tuna on a bed of fresh spinach with carrots and potatoes, flan from Porto’s for dessert.  Happy Birthday, GRANDMA! What a special lady, my mom is. She’s faced a number of hardships throughout her life but has worked hard and persevered, despite them all. She has sacrificed her own wants and needs in order to ensure her family’s happiness and well being. She is my ultimate definition of what it means to be a “Super Mom,” and even though both of her kids are grown and out of the house, she still wears her Super Mom cape. Honestly, now that I’m a mom, I really don’t know how she did it all.  I have no clue how she managed our family so well. She was the mom who made us breakfast, packed our lunches with a healthy sandwich and little post-it note with a sweet little message, made our family delicious home made dinners, drove us to and from school, in elementary school she walked us to and from school, did all the laundry, washed the dishes, cleaned the house (spotless!), helped us with homework, took us to and from soccer practice and soccer games on the weekend, made the time to be our soccer team’s “team mom”, took me to and from flute lessons, she was on the PTA in elementary school, she did all the Christmas shopping for our presents, made sure that we had the school clothes and materials that we needed and wanted (for the most part)….man, there’s so much more that she’s done for us, the list would be endless. She’s done everything for us and BEEN everything to us.  Her life is truly one to celebrate and Mom, I hope you know that we love you and are very thankful for you. I mean this when I say that I hope I’m half the mom to Mia that you have been to me.

bday dinner

  • I’ve started a new project. It’s a gift for my boss/the school I work at. I’ll be posting pics and a little tutorial on how to make this when it’s done.  Here’s a little preview…

dr seuss

Mia, this week you:

  • Started eating Oatmeal Cereal. Hopefully there’s no reaction to it.

 

  • You think you’re a dinosaur.  You’ve been making high pitched squeals and screeches that sound like a Pterodactyl…my Mia-dactyl. For the past 2 days you’ve been making these noises from morning till night.  You’re a pretty funny baby.

 

  • Have been skipping your middle-of-the-night feeding.  I’ve been testing your little tummy by NOT giving you a bottle when you wake up (around 2am).  Instead, I put your pacifier back in your mouth, pick you up and rock you back to sleep in my arms.  So far you’ve knocked right back out without complain. When you wake up in the morning (around 6:30-7am) you’re not even hungry.  Not for like…another 1-2 hours! I don’t get it.  Now if only we can get you to STAY asleep all through the night, that would be stellar.

 

  • You may be teething! We don’t see any teeth yet, but that doesn’t mean they’re not working their way out. We’ve noticed some drooling again, you’re always putting your fingers in your mouth and feeling your bottom gums, you gnaw on my finger aggressively, and you’ve started crying for no reason at times in the day (when I know you’re not hungry or tired) and refuse the pacifier to calm you down, and you’re totally fussing while eating! This one is the tough one because I know you’re hungry and you grab for the bottle but after a few seconds of sucking, you bat at it with your hands and turn your head away. You’ll fuss, then reach for the bottle again and drink some more.  This same behavior continues through the whole 6 ounces. You even cry/scream during the feeding, squirming and wiggling your whole body until I walk around the house while feeding you. We think the “sucking” of the bottle may be hurting your jaw/gums.  Poor baby. I have a feeling this is going to get worse, too. Any parents out there have any thoughts, advice or experience on the matter??? I’m all ears!

 

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Comments

  1. Could be teething but she could also be frustrated that the milk doesn't come out fast enough for her anymore. This has happened with Abby twice. The first time switching to bigger nipples wasn't enough. We had to switch to a wide mouth bottle (from Dr. Browns to Born Free). The next time (just a couple weeks ago) we went up to #3 nipples. At first milk was pouring all over her while she ate but I didn't care because she was finally eating in peace. Now she's got it figured out and guzzles her bottles down… might be worth a try.

  2. Sorry that Dom was sick :( Not sure on that last one… My answer is probably going to be a severe answer compared to others, but I'll share it. All heck broke loose for us the minute we introduced cereal to Mac's diets. Her allergies freaked out and my life was rocked. I'm hoping that's not the case for her. You may try removing the cereal and see how she does with her feedings again. For us, it was too late once I introduced it. A lot of babies are not able to tolerate the grains so early because their GI tract is not fully developed yet. Good luck.

    • Oh great. I hope it's not the cereal. we tried rice cereal for a week and have now given her oatmeal cereal for another week. it's weird, she's fine during the day except for feedings. maybe i'm just waiting too long to feed her, until she's too fussy to eat? lately she's had to let me know she's hungry and is usually all flustered by the time the bottle reaches her mouth. and i will get her to eventually finish the bottle and she gobbles up the cereal. she just can't make up her mind between fighting the bottle and shoving it in her mouth. it's like she's split-personality.
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