What happened to my sweet baby girl?
Let me give you some key milestones since Berean has turned one:
*snarling at strangers
*shaking her head "no" violently when offered food
*refusing to open her mouth when offered most food (lest you think that the violent shaking of the head is just for dramatic effect)
*pointing at things that she wants, even though when she gets them, 9 x out of 10 she immediately discards them
*screaming when I leave her
*screeching when her brothers come near here (I would too, I guess)
*sleeping a lot
*just drinking sips and then throwing her cup on the floor
*when she does put food in her mouth, we often find it chewed up and spit out
Here are some key events:
*she turned one
*she is getting her first molars
*had a fever off and on for 2 weeks
*I took her to the MD and she doesn't have a bladder infection,ear infection or anything respiratory going on
*lost 2 ounces in the past month (and she doesn't have much to lose)
I have so many questions...
*is the loss of appetite related to her teeth?
*should I quit nursing her in order to get her to eat more?
*did she have a virus and is just still off?
*are these behavior/personality changes and she is just developing an attitude?
*she eats a lot less than the boys did, but she is also smaller...does she just not need as much? (I do remember a time when Deacon was super picky and we let him have waffles and stuff instead of eating the regular food because I was worried about his weight. I swore I wouldn't do that again, because it made him more picky, but I gotta tell you- I am tempted)
*keep a close eye on her intake this week
*try a different sippy cup
*offer frequent drinks
*insist she sign "please" when she wants something
*make sure she is getting plenty of uninterrupted nap time
*if I feel the need, take her back to the doctor and have her tested for strep or something (does it hurt to swallow?)