Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weaning

It's time.


Elliott has been a nursing baby for 18 months. I decided long ago that I loved being a nursing mom and she definitely loved being a nursing baby. Over a short period of time, I have become less happy with the arrangement. I am not sure why. I think I just wanted my body back - and that little girl was getting pushy! Putting her hands down my shirt in all kinds of inappropriate places.

So, I consulted with a few friends, a few random strangers and a doctor and we are ready (well, I am ready).

The plan is to only nurse before bed.

Elliott is not pleased. I know she can handle it. She goes all day with out compaint when I am at work on monday. I know my baby for sure, and her cries and whines of complaint are not that of torture; but she liked things fine just the way they were.

As a result, she is a handful!


This morning she was up at 5:00 Jer took the am shift. No nursing. It was rough and she was cranky for about an hour and a half. At 6:30, after a little breakfast but still moody we left the house still in our PJs and went for a drive. Distracted, Elliott enjoyed it. We then went to my parent’s house for a change of scenery.


As you can see – we were pretty desperate.


The remainder of the day was filled with playgroup and a play date which helped tremendously.

We are being very sensitive to her loss and providing lots of attention, distraction and love in order to help ease the discomfort.


It’s a loss for me to, change is hard. Our little girl is growing up.


I was happy to end our tough day with a long nurse and Elliott blowing us kisses good night.




3 comments:

Meredith said...

I have to congratulate you on nursing for this long, you totally beat me, props! I remember falling out of love with nursing and knowing it was time for quits.
My experience with weening was just telling Emerson "all gone,no more". I know every kid is different and it'll take some time, but you can do it momma!

NoSurfGirl said...

My little boy had to be weaned at about this time and it was much harder for him than it was for my girls. :( He still drinks a few "bottles" (the toddler water-bottle type things) of liquids a day and I think it's a comfort object for him. He's over two. I'm not sure when it's going to end, to be honest! But at least if he's drinking a water-bottle it's sort of less babyish... at least that's what I tell myself. Maybe he'll be drinking milk water bottles when he's a teenager. :)

gvsharon said...

When Michael was born, I decided that I would nurse him for as long as we both enjoyed it. I think that's fair. When one of the pair wants to quit, it's time to quit. It sounds like you are doing a good job and the timing is right, as well.
I love that she blows you kisses at bedtime. What a sweetheart!
Love,
Mom