First steps

Kirianna is now officially a walker! Well, technically. She will walk about two steps at a time and then plant it, but she’s trying really hard. We practiced with some Walking Wings about a week ago and she finally was brave enough to try it without help earlier this week.

We are also all done with breastfeeding. 13 months isn’t bad, and her transition has been positive. I was out during Kiri’s bedtime and her dad managed to get her to sleep. This meant that there was no last feeding of the day, but she managed to get to sleep. We took that and ran with it – we’re also working on getting her to sleep in her bed without needing to be sneaked into it asleep. Since the routine takes place in a different room, she’s handling it very well. (For the first time ever, both of us can interchangeably put both kids to bed! This is big.) She’s also been sleeping much better since that point, knock on wood.

And then there’s the “what the hell?” which is that Kiri has had hives all over her body for a week. We’re not sure why; the doctor thinks it’s a virus and it’s a natural possible symptom. The hives improve with Benadryl, but we try to give her periods of break from the drug. We’re also wondering if there’s something causing her allergic symptoms, such as laundry detergent or food.

Sleeping possibility

Kirianna’s sleep has been all over the place. Sometimes she sleeps through the night, sometimes she’s up for a few hours unable to get back to sleep, sometimes she wakes just once and will doze off while being held.

One commonality is that we’ve been unable to put her in her bed and just have her sleep. I do not want to drop her in and let her cry it out – it might buy us time now if it works, but it feels like doing wrong by her and also is no guarantee against future issues. In fact, big brother Tristan slept very well after being dropped in his crib and crying for 5 minutes, but he had issues from the moment he could climb out of his crib until he was 4 years old. Not only that, we have big brother Tristan’s current sleeping to think about, which would be quite disrupted by a screaming baby. So nursing to sleep has worked thusfar, but we’re getting ready to cut that out (which will end breastfeeding, as it’s the only time she gets a boob since we’ve cut out the last feedings).

However, I managed to get her to sleep in her own bed tonight! She was quite obviously very tired, but unable to go to sleep on the breast. I put her in her bed and put on a projector music box thingie. At first she wasn’t having any of it, but she was able to calm down while I petted her, and then while my hand was on her chest, and she finally turned over and went to sleep. I really hope that this starts the precedent for one baby sleeping in her own bed.

Food has been accomplished

Kirianna has suddenly figured out how to eat actual food! It’s kind of freaky. It clicked about a week ago when she saw me eating a chocolate covered graham cracker. She solicited a piece, I handed it to her, she put it in her mouth and chewed, and now she can be fed pieces of food. She will try most of everything put in front of her. She still prefers strongly flavored foods (ginger and garlic crunchy noodles seem to be her favorite) but she is trying so much freaking food that it’s amazing. I am so glad that she can eat. I can handle picky eating but she was beginning to scare me there!

We’ve also been having some success with milk again. Granted, it’s flavored chocolate and vanilla milk, but I’ll take it. Drinking is a lot faster than eating, and it gets very tiring (and she gets very poopy) when she needs to eat every hour because she only drinks water. She’s still reliably and independently drinking water from a toddler straw cup, which is very useful since water can sit around all day without compromising anyone’s health so it’s really easy to pack and have on hand.