Lesson #95: Food Tricks

Apparently you can trick a baby into eating what she doesn’t care for much at all.

Mila's first tasting of apples.
December 18, 2011

On the third attempt with peas, I added in sweet potatoes and Mila gobbled it up. No problems at all!

Mila's first experience with peas.
February 5, 2012

That was a while ago… today, I mixed kiwi with banana oatmeal and Mila gobbled it up! She had kiwi with regular oatmeal the other day and made the same faces and coughing noises.

Mila does really well with new foods, not that you’d know it from these pictures. I tried Gala apples the second time around and she liked those much better. The peas are fine as long as they’re mixed with something. And the only thing I haven’t gotten her to eat yet are avocados. Maybe it’s the greasy texture…but those came right back up!

Lesson #94: Shoes – Another Function

For a child that won’t keep socks on, shoes are great!

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I always thought it was crazy buying and putting shoes on a baby that doesn’t walk or spend any time on his feet. Then there was Mila.

Mila hates socks and kicks and kicks and kicks until she can get them to fly off her feet. Most of the time I can’t find one of them so she now has several half-pairs.

Because it’s winter, (or at least when I was originally writing this), when we go out, I put socks on her AND shoes. The shoes are to hold her socks on so that her feet don’t freeze. I can’t say she really likes this idea much better, but at least her feet are warm.

Word of advice: get soft shoes. Her hard-soles hurt like crazy when she kicks my shins!

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Update: As the weather is getting nicer, even though Mila’s not walking yet, we put shoes on her still. We use her walker outside on the concrete patio and if she didn’t have shoes on, her feet would end up all banged up and dirty. She tends to drag her feet a bit, so it’s safer to put little shoes on her. I just picked these up.

I had to go hard-soled so that she could walk on the pavement. 🙂

Mila’s 1st Easter (2012)

There wasn’t much Mila could do on her first Easter. She was, afterall, not even 9-months old.

Like Christmas, we got Mila and Ella together for a picture. It was chilly outside so before we reached the bunny Kim and I changed the girls out of their bundled outfits and into little spring dresses. Unlike Christmas, we couldn’t get both girls to smile at the same time.

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I like coloring eggs, even though this year no one would be hiding nor finding them. My brother, Ryan, came over for the fun while Mila sat in her highchair and watched.

April 1, 2012
8 and a half months.

And of course, Mila had Easter baskets filled with candy, (that mommy and daddy ate), money (that went into Mila’s piggy bank), bubbles and stuffed animals.

Don’t Wait!

I’m so glad we lowered Mila’s crib last month, (February 28th, really – at 7 and a half months). We didn’t want an accident and with her moving around so much and it was just a matter of time before she figured out how to sit up on her own or pull herself up and out of the crib entirely.

This morning, as is our typical routine, I got out of the shower and went into my room to dress. Mila is usually asleep still, and this morning I saw her on the monitor wake up and begin to move around. She wasn’t fussing, just moving around on her belly. I watched her as she sat herself up, (oh my goodness – that’s a first!!), leaned over, grabbed a stuffed bunny and stuck it in her mouth. She sat there, (as I sat in the other room watching), playing and talking to herself and waving to the dim and quiet room. I thought it was so cute I couldn’t tear myself away from the monitor to get ready!

When I was ready, I went into her room to get her ready. She still wasn’t crying or fussing at all – just sitting there playing. This is what I found:

My good little girl…

Sleepyhead

Mila’s 8 and a half months-old now.

Breaking The Habit

Mila never really wanted to be in our bedroom and for that, I’m thankful. At about 2 weeks-old, Mila fussed until I moved her from the little cradle next to my side of the bed into her crib. Once in her crib, she gave me no problems. I think it goes back to her not liking to be strapped or confined into anything. Either way, I’m happy that wasn’t a problem. Getting her to sleep, on the other hand…

It’s been one week since I started an attempt at breaking Mila of her sleeping habits. She’s used to getting a bath, a bottle and then being rocked to sleep before she goes into her crib. Her naps are sporadic and are usually on the couch or on us. Now that Mila rolls over very easily, we can’t just lay her on the couch and walk away.

I’ve written about it briefly before: Mila doesn’t like to nap, especially in her crib. Since last Saturday, (March 25), I’ve been trying to get her to nap in her crib or in the pack n play downstairs.

Licking the pack n play. Guess it's better than screaming!

I’ve also been trying to get her to sleep at night without rocking her. I don’t want a 7-year-old that I still have to rock to sleep!

So, I read an article about breaking sleeping habits and decided to put it to the test. First, and foremost, I had a lot of convincing to do to get my husband on the same page. His biggest offense: holding Mila while she napped. He would spend an hour or more sitting on the couch holding her while she slept. BIG no-no.

Next, I tried the crib for naps. I already have heavy curtains on the window to block the sunlight and I put on her radio, since we usually have this on at nighttime, too. I rocked her just enough to calm her down, then laid her in her crib. She, of course, cried and fussed because it wasn’t bedtime, darn-it! I soothed her for a bit, then left the room.

The hardest part with this tactic is letting her cry. She got hysterical and attempted to climb out of the crib, using her bumpers to lift herself. As a new mother and never having experienced this before, I was a little freaked out.

After 5 minutes, I came back in, soothed her and tried again. This went on so often that I finally gave up and brought her back downstairs.

Mila 1, Mom 0.

That night, I gave Mila her bottle then rocked her for just a bit while I burped her. Once she was good, I put her in her crib. She screamed, I soothed, then after 5 minutes, I left. I let her cry for 5 minutes, then came back in and soothed her. I did this, on the first night, 3 times until she finally fell asleep.

The next night, I did this routine and re-entered her room twice until she fell asleep. On the third night, I didn’t even have to go back in! I didn’t want to jinx this, so I kept the results quiet. As the days went on, I have not had to go back in to calm Mila and in fact, she’s getting to sleep faster and calmed down within 3 or 4 minutes instead of 5. I was shocked. I think she’s just so tired come 8pm that she doesn’t have the energy to fight sleep. She may cry a little after I first leave the room, but she’s asleep after only a minute or two.

Mila 1, Mom 1

On the nap front, however, we’re still working on that. Dan has gotten Mila to nap most often in her pack n play. I’m ok with that. He’s also getting her used to it by letting her play in there. She even fell asleep on her own one day!

I’m excited this is going so well and I really hope I don’t jinx it now!