Baby's First Year: Week 20 (Teething and Growth Spurts)

Sona Charaipotra

Kathryn Grace
Photo by Starburst168
Meet first-time mom starburst1680 . She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up to Kathryn Grace's first birthday.

Week 20:

It is amazing how something so little can make me so proud of my little girl.

This week I watched her see something, reach for it, grab it and pull it towards her. Usually she does this with clothes I'm about to put on her that are sitting near her head while I change her diaper. All she did was grab something and pull it towards her -- but I thought it was so cool the first time I saw it and I still get excited when I see her doing it. It's the little things that mean so much. I guess I'm a mom. :-)

New on the menu this week was green beans and bananas. I'm not sure she likes the green beans much. She eats them, but it seems like she is pushing more of them back out than with the other foods. The bananas on the other hand, she LOVES! I think they are by far her favorite food so far. I was debating whether to do bananas or sweet potatoes after the green beans. Since she didn't really seem to like them, I went with bananas because I love them and have heard a lot of babies do. Next week we'll add sweet potatoes.

Kathryn's healthy appetite means lots of growth. She's almost outgrown her 3 to 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. I feel like she hasn't been in either one very long at all! Her separates -- the pants with onesies and dresses -- will fit longer than her sleepers. I just can't believe she is almost in 6 to 9 month clothes already.

Challenges & Concerns:

This week's biggest challenge: Kathryn started teething. She'd gotten a bit crankier for a few days, was putting more things in her mouth and I can see two little bumps on her bottom gum. The bumps are not the front two teeth though; they are off to the side a bit. One of her new favorite things to chew on is her burp cloth. We usually use plain cloth diaper-type burp cloths and she loves to chew on them. To help her, I wet the corners of the baby washcloths and freeze them. I also used Orajel once or twice but she doesn't like the taste of it. So I'm going to get some teething tablets and see if those help.

Is your little one teething yet? What do you use to relieve the discomfort?

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)

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