(*reaches for a tissue)
I've been reading up on "one" and it turns out, Toph will officially be considered a toddler and no longer an infant. That means there are a few baby things that needs to go, and all of them have to do with sucking. You can imagine then, how I feel about the situation. It sucks. The book in question is this one:
At first, I would hang on to every last word in this book and obsess over everything it said. It didn't help those baby blues at all and finally, hubs hid it. Now, we use it as an occasional reference but that's it. So now, I refer to this book and everything that is supposed to be taken from the baby at age one.
Ah, I remember my naive days when I thought I would wean from that thing at four months. Now, a year is approaching and we're nowhere closer to getting him off of it. Sometimes I am racked with terrible guilt about that; but then I realize that while I might be going against baby literature, I am in no way breaking the law by letting him have a pacifier to soothe him. We have set some ground rules to start the weaning process--only at bedtime and naps. We'll take it away during naptime first, then tackle bedtime. Raise your hand if you're looking forward to that.
|Please forgive the horrible quality; cell phone shot taken by the husband.|
No one in this house will have a big problem with getting rid of the bottle; in fact, hubs and I are doing a happy dance because it means no more nightly cleaning, sanitizing and prepping of the bottles. Toph never LOVED the bottle, but he realized it was a necessary part of survival when he started daycare. He's already down to no bottles a day and doing just fine. Moving on, he says.
|A good nursing session always conked him out.|
This last one is the biggie. No one wants to see this part of babyhood go away. Toph loves it, I love it and Matt loves it (simply because it's his free time when I'm nursing). And you know what? I thought about it and again, no laws will be broken if I nurse past a year. It's certainly not bad for him, he gets comfort from it and it's a huge part of our wake up routine and bedtime routine. I now only breastfeed at night and in the morning and I no longer pump (hallelujah). We'll probably stop completely by June or July, when we're not working and devote a lot of time to fully weaning him. Until then, this part stays the same.
My baby is growing up and the big year mark seemed pretty traumatic in terms of things that must be taken away (I realize that's not how anyone put it but in my head that's how it is); as a mama, I'm just trying to make it as easy as possible on my boy. That's my job.