The first year of baby’s life is a year of firsts, for the baby… and… for me as a first time mom. With the second baby… I bet it’ll be all different. Not so first anymore… “oh look… she’s shuffling backwards on the floor now… been there… I know it won’t be long now till he/she will be crawling.” Those will be my words with the second, but with my first now it’s all a first. I always wonder how long it’ll take for her to learn a new skill. I know that every baby is different, but it will be roughly the same.
Mila will be 9 Months old on October 2nd, 2013! Crazy isn’t it? I feel like three months ago I just told you that my little baby girl was born, but no… she is almost 9.freakin.months.already! Eek!!! It won’t be long anymore that she’ll go to daycare while I’ll have to be at work somewhere…and actually work, and try not to worry too much about her. Oh my… I have a feeling that it’ll be harder for me than for her. Sigh.
I think the first 8 1/2 months of her life we did pretty well. We managed to get through the colic times which was actually not TOO bad. I think the chamomile tea that we mix(ed) her formula with has helped lots with that. And here and there we had to use gripe water too. But we didn’t have too much fussy times with that. And yes! Baby is allowed to have chamomile or fennel tea! I hear that a lot from other moms… “tea is a no no for a baby” Really? Who told you that? Feel free to Google about that. You’ll be surprized to find out how good chamomile and fennel tea is for those little guys. And besides… I’m German and all German moms give their babies chamomile and fennel tea, since many generations. For a good reason.
She learned how to sit and roll over, we successfully started with feeding pureed solids, then went over to textured purees, she learned how to crawl, we started on finger foods, her first two teeth came through (she has 6 right now), she learned how to shake her head, how to clap, how to pull herself up on things, how to open doors and drawer, how to say a few words or half words etc. etc. … soo many first. And now, at 8 1/2 months of age… she got her FIRST ever cold. One of the “not so good” firsts. She doesn’t like it, I don’t like it (she got me sick too btw.) … so as we’re sittin here at home, both sick… I’m learning how to deal with her cold and help her be a wee little more comfortable and she learns how to cope with it too.
It isn’t easy… and it is hard to watch. My heart hurts knowing that she is in pain and uncomfortable and not knowing how to help herself. I cough, I blow my nose and I drink teas and take medicine and do this and that… little babies don’t know how to blow their noses and how to get rid of the mucus in the throat. There isn’t anything I can give her to help with that! The doctor prescribed some antibiotic liquid because her throat was/is full of yellow mucus/puss and I give her Tylenol and Motrin, I also rub her chest, neck, back and feet with baby Vicks Vaporub. I put saline drops in her nose and try to suck as much mucus out of her nose as possible by using a suction bulb and I wipe her nose when needed. After so much wiping and sucking though, she hates it.
Naps and nights are horrible… well..it could be worse but she keeps waking up here and there and crying because it freaks her out that she can’t breathe or the mucus in her throat when she swallows freaks her out too.
I can only hope that it’ll be over soon. Today was day 7 and a common cold usually lasts 10 to 14 days. But after I read that an average baby gets about 8 colds in their first year alone… I’m honestly happy that this doesn’t seem to be true for my girl. Unless she’ll get sick 7 more times in the next 3 months. NOOOOOO…
Anyways… that is an experience I really don’t want it to repeat all too often, actually never again.
I hope you are doing well and I wish you a great start for the new week.