11 months actual and 8 1/2 months corrected…. and we finally hit 15 lbs. And 4.5 oz to be exact! This puts her at 10% according to the WHO (World Health Organization) and 5% per the CDC (Center for Disease Control), both using her corrected age. So still small, but on the charts! This Thursday are her next round of all day appointments at the University and I’m guessing they will get her length. I’m anxious to see how tall she has gotten!
I’m still struggling with Nora to get her to sleep at night, and keeping her sleeping. Although I’m beginning to wonder if she is more normal than I realize and that this is just 8 month sleep regression. Anyone familiar? I feel I shouldn’t complain, I don’t work, so I can relax most days even if I don’t get a lot of sleep at night. But since she isn’t the greatest napper, rest during the day isn’t always possible either. Thankfully she plays well on her own, keeps herself busy with her toys most mornings while I clean the kitchen, make her bottles for the day, fold laundry, etc. Nora is definitely becoming more and more curious. She likes to play in the cabinets, look in the garbage, tip over our stash of pop next to the fridge, etc. Kona’s dog bed in front of the sliding glass doors is usually where I find her, there or behind the toilets. Why the toilets??? It might officially be time to child-proof the house, as to date I haven’t done much beyond move the plants to higher ground. Cords are her absolute favorite. Ugh. I fear the plugs for said cords will be her obsession soon. For words I’ve really only heard ma-ma and da-da so far. One thing that does worry me is that Nora doesn’t respond to her name. I swore I read somewhere that at six months baby start recognizing when you are referring to them. Well, I know Nora doesn’t have hearing issues, as due to her meningitis, we’ve had her hearing tested 10+ times, and it will be checked again Thursday. So, is she just ignoring me?? The only other thing I can think of is her name is so close to Kona, which we yell all the time, maybe Nora has chosen to ignore both.
I’m still stressing about Nora’s first birthday. Still no clue if we should keep it small with family at home or expand to friends and rent out a location… I must start focusing on this, time is ticking!
Question to mothers with more experience than me… Talk to me about how your baby eats and tell me if this is normal… I usually give Nora a bottle first thing when she wakes up, some mornings she will drink up to 6 oz, other morning she’ll take little to none, pushing it away. This morning she woke at 7:30am and drank only 2 oz. She went down for a nap mid-morning around 9am and I offered her another bottle while I rocked her to sleep, she took another 2 oz. She woke around 9:40am, so not the greatest nap, but didn’t want a bottle then. Around 11:15am I offered her some Gerber strawberry yogurt, of which she took maybe 15 small spoonfuls of, so didn’t nearly finish the container, and then ate a few handfuls of puffs. By 12:15pm she was super cranky already, so I laid her down for another nap and she slept for 2 hours. That’s as far as we’ve gotten today. So my questions… How much baby food fills up a child weighing 15 lbs? Is half a container of yogurt and puffs enough to hold her over for several hours? I feel like I’m always trying to force the bottle on her… Maybe she just really isn’t hungry. Daily she is taking 18-20 oz of fortified breast milk plus any solids I can get her to take, which really isn’t much most days. I usually offer her solids again when we eat supper, and then offer a bottle before bed, but again, it’s hit or miss if she takes any of that. If she wakes in the middle of the night I offer a bottle and it’s these times when she is most likely to drink a lot, sometimes up to 7 oz, which is a lot in one sitting for her. I hate getting in the habit of night feedings being she was sleeping through the night prior to the past few weeks, but since we want her to gain weight her doctor keeps telling me to offer her the bottle whenever I think she might take it.
*** I’m going to write a separate password protected post, I think tonight maybe, or perhaps tomorrow. If you know me in real life please don’t request the password. I really need to get some feelings out and perhaps gather some advice from others, but I’m just not ready to share with everyone I know just yet. If you would like the password, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to share it. I really do want some input and advice from others who might understand. Thanks ladies! ***