She GOT it! After introducing the idea of sucking from a hand held straw it took 4 days start to finish.
I'm so proud of her! And myself of course. This is the video that I watched. GO BETSY! How old to you think she is? It took our girl longer to master and I did model it myself much more than this video. I actually sipped from the straw cups and then made a sucking face (HYSTERICAL!!!) like fishy lips each time I handed her the cup.
Of course the straw is still a curiosity. I let her explore with it BUT I'm being more strict on the "no chewing/not a toy" limits than I was with the sippy cups.
Check out my earlier June Post "Wean Schmean" to find a link related to the benefits of using straws over traditional sippy cups. Now, this is a transition cup for younger babies and I plan to upgrade soon but she finally picked a cup- the winner is ...
We also have one by Munchkin that is BRILLIANT because it has a weighted straw so no matter what angle she holds it, the straw remains in the bottom. She is getting the hang of that one and I plan to look for more like it since she tends to title the cup WAAAAAY back. Share your favorite straw cups in comments below OR tell us your story.
Baby and I are thrilled to be home together for the summer! I have been thinking about these next few months all school year. I have been telling myself how good it will be for both of us and I really do believe that it is the BEST part of being an educator. I have been looking forward to these long days of just she and I. Then I realized these are going to be long days of just she and I. So I aim to find something fun and new to do each day. I admit it I am a Pinterest addict and I'm not 100% sure how to credit all the great ideas I find on there so unless i say HEY I MADE THIS UP MYSELF it's just my variation on someone else's genius.Confessions of a Mommy blogger.
What to do with your 1 year old all summer long.... (future posts with more ideas and Pinterest steals)
OMG its WAAAAAAAAATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, it's her first experience with a sprinkler. The joy, the excitement, the moment when she realized that she can't actually hold water streams in her hand well you can hear that in your own head, right? I found this at Marshall's of all places but its great and she loved it. Will definitely take up some of our sum sum summer time.
I breastfed my daughter until she was 10 months old. At that time my supply had dropped so much that I was constantly worried that she just wasn't getting enough milk. We already supplemented half of her bottle with formula so over one of my school breaks I transitioned her to formula. It was bitter-sweet. I miss the bonding but I didn't miss the tugging at my clothes, the feeling that I was her soul comfort, the anxiety of being able to feed her enough. I do miss my boobs now that it's over but that's another post. So here we are the first week of summer vacation and her year one well baby appointment is baring down upon us. I decide that I really want to transition to whole milk BEFORE the appointment to make sure it is going well in case I have questions. HOLY COW I have to say I didn't REALLY think about how hard it must be to give up that bottle. How much our babies have come to rely on sucking to calm them, satiate them, put them to sleep. I mean I did what I was told to and introduced a sippy cup at 6 months. I filled it with water. I gave it at meals. She sipped from it, she chewed on it, she mastered the ability to hold it open with her teeth so she soaked herself through her bib (even at daycare where multiple days she was sent home in a new outfit because she was all wet). I didn't really care of think much about it- until THIS week. Now I wish that I had taken it all a little more seriously.
See those cups pictured above. Its a small selection of the cups in our cabinet. Some are new some are old....she hates them all. OK I'm new to blogging so no one gave me any to trial and honestly I think they are all great she just HATES not having her bottle. We are at 50/50 formula/milk. We have done this gradually over the week an ounce at a time. OK maybe 2/3s milk at this time. Well of course this got me to worrying- what am I doing wrong, what if she gets dehydrated, what if she doesn't like milk, what if she doesn't get enough calcium, what if she doesn't get enough calorie. What did I find out. I should have introduced her to straw. I'm already late....
So I have been watching youtube videos. They make it look easy. Yes she will suck from a straw I am holding BUT the second it is placed in the cup---NOPE. She HATES it. At this point we have one cup that is working for her. Its the green NUBY. Sometimes. Wish us luck. Take sippy cups seriously. Its pretty serious business. Now baby girl please pick a cup.
You are joining us as we begin year two of this crazy adventure called MOM or in our house Momma. What will this site be? It will be a place where we share our adventure. It will be a place to share our experiences. It will be MY voice. It will NOT be a place of expert advice. It will NOT be a place that you find all of the answers that we are all desperately looking for (yes I know I know I know just how you feel!). But, please take from our experiences what works for you and your family and your child(ren). BE IN IT. LIVE IT. DON'T LET IT PASS YOU BY.
Our List of Firsts
first breath, first cry, first bath, first kiss, first doctor, first smile, first breast feeding, first NICU, first bottle, first pumping, first giggle, first year without a full nights sleep, first full belly laugh, first surgery, first day of work, first solid foods, first homemade baby food, first hug, first book, first puzzle, first Christmas, first day at daycare, first pneumonia, first nebulizer, first sleep training, first date night, first plane ride, second plane ride, first baby wearing (epic failure), first consignments, first roll, first wrestle with Papa, first sippy cup, first hand print, first hand knit sweater, first slide, first swing, first swim, first water table, first sensory bin, first fireworks, first Easter, first visit with Grandma's , first swaddle, first full nights sleep, first lovie, first 7 hour road trip, first barf, first cold, second cold, third cold, first ear infection, first crawl, first nap with Papa, first balloon, dress, first bow, first dog, first cake, first birthday