Well, we've had the virus from hell here. I think we are about 3 weeks into dealing with it, as it's gone through the entire family. Poor Eleanor is coughing so much, I wish I knew what to do to help her. I'm dealing with exactly the same thing; I cough so hard sometimes, I want to vomit. I keep hoping that we're getting better, but it sure is a slow process. Anyway, Eleanor is enjoying everything I put in her; so far, she's tried applesauce, butternut squash, chicken, roast beef, chicken noodle soup, green beans, apple, banana, pear, sweet potato, carrot, and avocado. The only thing she really didn't like was the avocado, but I'm going to have a talk with her, because it's practically a requirement of being in our family that you have to like avos, lol.
I think I earned the "bad mom of the century" award this week. Eleanor crawled off the bed, landed on our hardwood floor, and received a bruise on her forehead and a terrific shiner. I feel terrible every time I look at her and see her eye looking so black and blue. I hope it heals really fast.
RE: biting while nursing. Deir had good advice. All of mine have tried biting when they started to get their teeth. I did just what Deir suggested, as well as looking them straight in the eye and telling them, "no biting. be gentle with mama." and they all seemed to get the message pretty quickly.
That said, I'm still dealing with Eleanor's latch when she nurses. Her latch has never been great, but since she has been teething, it has gotten worse. SIL (who is an OT) gave me some ideas for helping encourage her be more comfortable with nursing and developing her muscle tone. SIL validated what I've been feeling since DD was born, but haven't been able to put into words, and gave me some stuff to work with her on. I'm going to try to get my DD2 back into the OT, and have Eleanor evaluated at the same time.