When E came into existence I always thought that her nap times would be the perfect time for me to sit down and actually attempt to write up something that makes sense. Now, I’m having trouble even just getting myself to write. I would much rather nap or play video games. Mostly nap.
Meh. I’m here now. Typing. Staring at my screen. Trying to think of what has happened in the last month and a half since I last posted.
E is 7 months now and still a teensy little thing…at least according to the growth charts. At her 6 month check up (5.75kg), the doctor was concerned that she wasn’t gaining enough weight so we started giving her solids twice a day (she’s been eating one a day since 4 months because, again, the doctor was concerned about weight gain). We’ve also stopped supplementing those feedings with milk and just try to shove her face with the sloppy, gelatinous goodness until she wants no more. Interesting fact about E that we figured out when we started doing this:
She’s a beast.
We don’t really have much of anything else to compare her to but she devours food like nobody’s business. I would say she eats the equivalent to her two jars of baby food per sitting. That’s 258ml or 8.66oz. Now that I’ve actually looked at the numbers, it really doesn’t seem like it’s a whole. We give her a 9oz bottle of formula before bed and she downs that but I always thought that solids took up more room.
But enough about food. Let’s talk about sleep. We did a week of sleep training over Christmas break so both D and I would be around for naps and overnights. Getting her to nap was always the hardest and it took 40 minutes for E to calm down the first day. By the fourth day, she was a pro at settling herself. We even transitioned her to two naps. She also stopped waking up in the middle of the night to feed. Except, then she had a growth spurt. And then she re-discovered rolling over which threw everything out of whack. She started doing it with naps – rolling back to front. And she’s not overly fond of sleeping on her stomach. Last week, it took much longer than I’d care to admit to get her to nap. Friday, however, was a day of happiness in the regards of rolling in the crib: she fell asleep on her stomach! Her stomach!!! She cried and fussed a little during the first nap after she rolled over but she fell asleep. Her second nap, she rolled and fell asleep immediately. It’s been hit and miss over the weekend but I was am stupidly happy at the possibility of not having to go in there what seems like every five seconds to flip her.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure at least one tooth is about to sprout which can’t be helping with the sleeping thing. Last night, E was super gassy and this morning her gums look all swollen and white and drool just seeps out of the sides of her mouth. Well, I hope the swollen and white gums are just symptom of teething. I’m having difficulty getting her to open her mouth so I can check. We’ll find out soon enough.
On a different subject, I believe I mentioned in a previous post about visiting my grandmother Thanksgiving weekend. Sadly, she passed away this month. We drove out and spent the night so we could attend the funeral. E was about the only thing that could cheer up my mom. I’ve found that babies have that effect.
And now I’m doubting whether I used “effect” correctly and whether or not I should have used “affect.” I think that’s a sign that I should stop writing.
Until next time!