My DD is going to turn a year old next week! After dealing with two bouts of thrush and other complications, she nurses like a champ.
There's a problem, though. My DD went for her birthday check up, and it turns out that she has mild anemia. I knew we were WAY behind with giving her solids, but it still came as a bit of shock.
We weren't purposefully delaying solids, but I think we just offered her fewer foods because she didn't seem interested (my ignorance) and my husband and I were/are just so exhausted. I thought iron fortified cereal and some fruits would be fine.
We both work full-time, we have no family, and my daughter is up at least eight times a night! We don't want to CIO, and my husband has always been against co-sleeping, so we will be talking to a sleep consultant later this month.
In the meantime, though, I feel so overwhelmed. I feel incredibly guilty about the potential effects of anemia/sleep deprivation on her cognitive development, not to mention the effects of having two parents who are zombies. My DH and I constantly bicker now and I sometimes wish he'd go away. I question why I tried to parent this way, when maybe my daughter would have been better off the traditional formula/CIO parenting style.
I don't know how I'm going to get her the nutrition she needs when I can barely function (she is on a supplement--which she hasn't been able to take the last week because of a stomach bug).
Not sure if this is even a question or just a chance for me to vent. I was thinking about taking a week of vacation, the last of my vacation, to do some kind of food boot-camp and sleep during the days while she is at day care. Would this even work?
Thanks for listening.