Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spotting that makes me happy

It's weird that I'm happy about spotting, but I may actually be getting my cycle back!  I'm not going to fully wean K anytime soon, but I am trying to offer milk or water first and trying to keep her from getting bored to try to cut back a bit.  The little girl is quite persistent when she wants something though.  I'll update again soon with what happens on if I get my cycle back soon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

To (partially) wean or not to wean?

K is still nursing probably 10 or more times in a day, even though she eats solid food great generally and is pretty much night weaned. I'm not planning to completely wean anytime soon, but I still haven't had a period and we want to start trying for baby #2 and have wanted to for a while.  I'm not sure how to gently reduce her nursing.  She is pretty persistent and know where the milk comes from.

 She nurses right before bed between 8:30-9 pm, and then usually wakes briefly between 6-7 am to nurse and generally goes back to sleep for another hour or so.  She nurses again when she wakes for the day between 7-8 am.  Once she up, I make our breakfast and she generally eats some fruit, an egg yolk and some yogurt.  Then about 9 we go to take our shower and she nurses again.  She then nurses before nap about 11, but sometimes she will even nurse before that.  She nurses again after her nap (between 12-12:30 pm).  Then we have lunch (meat, veggies, maybe rice, etc.).  She usually nurses again after lunch.  I do try to offer water when I remember, but a lot of the time she just wants to nurse.  She nurses again before her second nap usually between 3:30-4 pm.  She nurses again when she wakes up between 4:15-5 pm.  We usually eat dinner around 6-6:30 pm and she usually has a slice of cheese as a snack before that.  She usually nurses once or twice between finishing dinner and getting ready for bed.  She has a cup of kefir (cultured milk, kind

She seems to tend to nurse more when she's teething (she's getting 3 top teeth right now) or when she's bored.  She also wants to nurse when she is sitting on the potty.  I've started to take her on more walks to keep her from getting bored.  I definitely want to continue nursing before bedtime and naps and first thing in the morning.  Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

K at 1 year old

I just finished my class yesterday except for the final exam so I actually have some time to post.

K's doctor appointment last week went well.  K weight 17 lbs 14 oz, which is up over 2.5 pounds from her 9 month visit when she was 15 lbs 5 oz.  The doctor was very happy with her weight gain.  She got one of her shots, and only cried for a second.  She didn't really cry when they got blood from her finger (they test all kids at a year for anemia).  The only problem we had was that she almost immediately took the bandage off and got blood on her dad and herself.  They ended up wrapping her thumb and the palm of her hand so that she couldn't get it off.  I have pictures, but I'll have to post them later since they aren't on this computer.

K still isn't quite walking yet.  She climbs stairs and will even scoot down the stairs.  She cruises like crazy but just doesn't seem to be ready yet for independent steps.  When she walks holding our hands, she practically falls over because she seems like she's trying to run and she can't get her feet to move fast enough.  She has been standing independently a bit more, but she reminds me of a Looney Tunes character, when she realizes that she's not holding anything, she falls down.  

We have been working some on K using the potty, but we've had a pretty crazy schedule in the last couple weeks and we haven't been able to do much on that front. 

K is starting to talk some.  She says bye a lot and waves too. She's says some other words, but not very consistent.

Despite the fact that she's only about 18 pounds, she is wearing 12 month clothes.  She even has a few things that are 18 month size.

We went swimming this past weekend at my SIL's house, and she just loved it.  It took her a little while to get used to it, but after that she was in for probably an hour.  I'm glad she likes to swim so much, because we both like to as well. 

Sleeping has generally been better.  K now goes to bed between 8:30 pm and 9 and I don't go in to feed her until she wakes up between 6-7 am. Most of the time she goes back to sleep for another hour or so.  Her naps are so-so.  Sometimes she naps well in the morning taking a 1.5 hour nap or so, but about half the time she only sleeps about 30-45 minutes.  Her second nap is generally shorter and is about 30-45 minutes most of the time. 

K loves being around other people, especially babies.  She did really well with everyone on Easter for the party and everything.

Monday, April 9, 2012

K is 1 and Happy Easter!

My computer broke on Thursday, so between that, working on my class and getting ready for Easter/K's birthday, I haven't had time to post.  I'll try to do the big detailed 1 year post tomorrow after her 1-year appointment but here's a picture.