Little Selena is slowly coming up on being a one year old, but is still behind like she is only 6 months old. We have tried spoon feeding which is great, she is still learning new flavors and figuring out her taste palette. Our biggest transition is getting her prepared for cups, and learning how to hold her bottle herself.
We last tried a cup that was pretty set for a little ones who had the bottle nipple already leaned and is open to different styles. Selena had difficulties liking the change so we are now trying a new bottle that gives great features like the handles, and the two option nipples to help transition again at a later time.
Selena was able to comfortably drink her milk, and also try to hold onto the handles. She never got fussy nor did she refuse the nipple. This is a great bottle to cup option for any parent looking to teach their little one about holding and gripping. That was one of the biggest features I searched for in a cup but desperately wanted the bottle nipple too. So this was the perfect bottle to cup set I have found that she likes as well!
When you start to introduce foods to your baby, it is always in a puree consistency. This allows your little one to adjust to small bits and also new foods! Selena has started only on bananas for now. We are still teaching her to adjust to being spoon fed. I would normally use a fork to smash her banana but hated getting my fingers dirty and the time it took to get the consistency she needed.
New + Improved
Nûby created a Garden fresh Mash N' Feed set that includes: a bowl with lid, smasher, and serving spoon. This set allows you to prep, mix, store, and feed.
How it works
BPA Free + Dishwasher and Microwave Safe
We found the perfect stocking stuffers for little Selena. The first toy is a "Look at Me Mirror" toy from Nûby. This toy is perfect for Selena because it is colorful, soft, has textures, and allows her to see herself. It is BPA free, and will be great when she starts teething because, of the soothing surfaces.
The second toy is a "Squeeze n' Squeak" toy (also from Nûby) that is colorful, multi-textural, soft, has shapes, and squeaks! This toy is also BPA free and will allow Selena to have fun! She will learn more to hold, squeeze and feel different textures.
Being a preemie, Selena needs toys to help her grow, and develop her sensory skills more. These toys are small, affordable, and give my daughter a great way to learn and develop. My favorite part about these toys is that they can easily come with us on the go. I'm so excited for her to start playing with them!
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Emma and Selena both struggled with reflux. Thankfully after finding a good formula for Emma, her reflux settled out. Selena however has had to be switched to two different formulas, and still hasn't had any luck resolving her reflux. We sit her up, burp her, slowly feed her, and still no luck.
Thankfully Nûby has a Comfort 360 Plus + Starter Set available. This set is specifically anti-reflux and anti-colic. We started to use the bottles for Selena and since using the different bottle she has had better results in her reflux. This bottle is designed for upright feeding to reduce the reflux, and is BPA free. It is a bottle that she has adjusted to quickly and has enjoyed feeding from her new bottle. The advanced performance nipple to combat colic is a great feature.
I personally love the set too and everything that it includes! It comes with 2-5oz/150 ml bottles with slow flow nipples and a 360 straw, 2-9oz/ 270 ml bottles with medium flow nipples and 360 straw, and 2 naturalFlex pacifiers. It is a great set and I absolutely LOVE it and the benefits it gives my baby girl.
Being a baby means you always need some new things to help you get through the beginning stages of your life. Cuddly, bright colored, and pretty things are just a plus!
The natural Citroganix pacifier wipes are Vanilla Milk scented and are exactly like the previous wipes that we have used before. I absolutely love these wipes! The rabbit is a plush character pacifinder! It is able to hold on to your little ones paci without it being a hassle to find. The plush toy allows your little one to have a soft toy at hand to grab and look at. So far these things have been a great addition to Selena's everyday routines.
Today was a really hard and emotional day for me. Selena has been really difficult lately and she has now officially been announced that she is going through the "Purple Crying" phase. If you have never heard of this, join the club.
Mark and I watched a video over this right before we were able to bring Selena home from the hospital. The hospital is helping parents prepare for different scenarios and the "purple crying" video was one of them. I honestly didn't even take into consideration how real this was, because in my head I was thinking it was going to be a breeze like Emma. However I was so wrong. Selena is the complete opposite of what we went through with Emma.
I should have known, that every child is different but now it has officially set in that what we are dealing with is something hard to handle and cope with. Just imagine, your little one crying non-stop. Diaper is changed, you fed them, they are burped, you hold them, and absolutely NOTHING helps. She has gotten a lot better throughout the night but during the day, she is up all day crying. I have tried everything and nothing works. The only thing we are told is that it is just a phase that we have to ride out.
It's so hard when you are already tired, have another little one that you are watching, juggling the emotions of trying to help the baby stop crying but also not breaking down yourself. I get very frustrated because I want to do a good job, but I can't help her and so for me that means, I'm not being a good enough mother. It's hard to not loose my cool by just yelling and telling her to stop. It's hard to even admit that but I know I'm only human, and I have my downfalls as a mother. I know she doesn't understand and for all I know this time is confusing for her, and she is the one who is suffering. I pray so much. I ask God in the moment to give me peace, and help me help her. Purple crying is hard to hear, and hard to deal with, but I can't give up. Selena has a long way to go, and I know that she will hopefully get over this obstacle too, but until then I have to be strong for her.
When mark got home, I burst into tears. I felt like such a bad mom today. I knew that I needed to hold it together more, and I couldn't. Emma literally has no reactions to Selena. Even in the middle of Selena's worst crying, Emma will continue about her business as if nothing is wrong. I'm glad it doesn't because it would probably be ten times harder if Emma would start crying because of her sister. So thank you God we dodged a bullet on that one.
This was a hard topic to bring up, because it shows my flaws as a mother. I share my real emotions, and reactions because I know that I am not alone in this. I want to encourage the moms and the dads who deal with difficult kids to remember that we are their support, example, and always their go-to. We may not see that we are helping in the moment but I'm sure they feel comfort in not being alone. We have to love our kids daily, and by loving them we have to show them our patience, kindness, and ability to support them.
Today our little one Selena, has officially turned five months strong! INCREDIBLE. This 25 weeker baby has pulled through and has shown her strength daily. Selena has beaten the odds by leaving the NICU before her due date, being able to get off of oxygen support, and not having any serious health issues. (as of now)
Prayer, love and support has been by her side since DAY ONE. We are truly grateful. Today though she has also hit another milestone, which is being at her adjusted age of three months. You may think, "adjusted age?" Yup, because she was a preemie she has fallen behind two months and is barely starting to do what a three month old would be doing. Right now she can show that she recognizes us by smiling at us when we smile at her (mostly with daddy) and she has started to move her head back and forth to follow us or noise that she hears. She also kicks and moves her arms and legs a lot! These are all great signs of her development!
Selena has proven her strength and is still fighting to stay healthy and develop more daily. We are looking into programs that help her with developmental therapy and give us access to exercises and therapists to help her one on one. As parents we try our hardest to do what we can here for our little ones and sometimes that means seeking additional help. Mark and I are beyond proud of her and the progress she has shown. Getting her ready for the world to love, and for her to love the world.
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