Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[Shortcakes] Toddler Tuesday

Likes:
Playing peek a boo by standing behind me while I pretend I can't see/feel her then sneaking up and giving me a kiss (it's the cutest thing in the world!).  Raspberries (the fruit), chasing the dogs, smacking her toys on the hardwood floors, trying to get to the dog toy bin, and pulling things out of cabinets.


Loves reading, she'll pull out books and then sit in my lap.  Too cute.


Sleep:  
Around Ashlynn's birthday she started waking during the night freaking out.  It would be any time, 8pm, 11pm, 4am, but usually just once.  She just needed to be held for a bit to settle down and given her paci.  Luckily, after 5 or 6 days of that it went away and we are back to sleeping through the night.  The only issue is the wake time.  She's been getting up at 5:30am more days than not.  She once slept until 7am which was a huge treat, but she's generally up by 6am.  I just wish we could get it to 6:30-7am, I would be down with that.  5:30-6, oy!  Too early baby girl!


Diet:
The biggest change is we've full blown added dairy!  Ashlynn is still pretty much refusing to drink milk of any kind.  I tried offering almond milk for close to two weeks before switching to whole as recommended by our pediatrician despite her previous milk protein intolerance.  She'll barely drink an ounce before refusing her cup, so I've been giving her yogurt, the smoothie pouches, macaroni and cheese, we shared a grilled cheese sandwich and I made a creamy italian crockpot chicken recipe that she gobbled up.  So far she's in the clear for any issues, so I'm trying to make sure she's getting enough calcium and healthy fats to make up for the milk she's refusing to drink.




Social:
This past weekend we headed to our friend's annual Derby Day party and had a blast.  The party also doubled as a Sprinkle to celebrate the impending arrival of the 3rd boy to the group!  This is their second baby and first son, so it was fun to see all the little boy clothes and goodies.   The weather was gorgeous and it was so fun seeing all kids play together.  Ashlynn had the most fun with little Sophie, who's 10 months and Baby Caden who is 7 months, but already bigger than Ashlynn!  His daddy is 6'6" so he's destined to be a big boy.  They were adorable together... little love birds.



Not much else, we've hit up storytime and been running lots of errands to break up our day.  We also have been walking the neighborhood like crazy enjoying the warmer temps.


Words:
Still mainly only saying Mama, Dada, Mub (pups), Mah Mah (mickey mouse), ball, and duck.  Sometimes I wonder if she's saying more, and I just haven't figured it out.  The Mickey Mouse was another "mub" where I though she was just saying Mom before really hearing it and seeing the context.


Milestones:

Officially ended our nursing journey on Sunday night.  I dropped the midday feeding the last weekend of April, and by Friday May 3rd, skipped the morning one too (that was day she slept until 7am).  Once those feedings fell so easily without Ashlynn even missing a beat I realized she didn't need it.  I knew she physically didn't need nursing anymore as she gets plenty of nutrition from table food, but I thought she still might be connected to the routine and possibly the emotional attachment of it.  Looks like that was only me.  So while I was going to go another week of just nursing before bed, I figured I might as well just quit while ahead as she puts herself to sleep without much problem anyway.

So far with dropping these feedings, I haven't noticed any physical effects myself.  We'll see what happens in a few days, but hopefully I'm in the clear.  I plan on writing a big long post of our journey since it really was a roller coaster with a pre-term baby that later needed me to change my diet, so hang with me while I get the motivation to write that up!

10 comments:

  1. Congrats on nursing that long!!! I hope I can make it to a year with Waverly Maye!!

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    1. Thank you! We had a rough start and a bit of a rocky road, but it really became so easy. I'm so happy it ended easily, though it is said we marked that milestone!

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  2. I wonder if its the season because my early riser has also started waking up earlier at 5 too! Momma is NOT a morning person either, it's rough.

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    1. maybe! We had another 7am today so that was awesome... I'm trying to put her down later at night, but not sure if that's really working or not.

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  3. We're just a few weeks behind you and this sounds very similar to what's going on with my little man. Refuses milk, woke up in the middle of the night last night (today's his 1st bday) and we're starting to wean with nursing too. Oh- and I copied your smash cake idea with the dots. Loved it! Thanks for the cute inspiration!

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    1. Happy Birthday to your little man! And congrats to you too momma ;) Thanks for sharing that we aren't alone in our current battles!

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  4. B does the middle of the night freak out scream sometimes too. we just go in and love on her and then lay her back down without a peep. weird. looks like we're in the same boat with no more nursing. :(

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    1. Yes! She goes right back to sleep, just needs some snuggles. Congrats on finishing your journey!

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  5. Congrats on nursing that long!! Can't wait to read more about your journey! We are at almost 9 months and I am sad to think it might be over soon! My little guy is refusing solids so I'm hoping my supply hangs in there as we figure that out! As always love A's weekly updates! Xoxo!!

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully his refusal is short lived, A went through a phase around that age, now she eats everything!!

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