Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weaning: The Beginning of the End (But not really)

The once dreaded, now desperately needed process has begun. Weaning, that is. As uncomfortable as nursing has been at times, I always looked past that to see the joy and comfort it brought my baby to "eat eat" with mommy. It was something that only I could give him. It wasn't all for his enjoyment either. I loved the snuggles, and how it was an instant boo boo soother when a kiss from mommy wasn't enough. Even in the aftermath of breaking his leg, he was calmed by it. It is an amazing gift from God, that is for sure. But the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things. Of shoes and ships an.....oh, sorry. I got carried away. That has nothing to do with this. In fact, what the heck does it have to do with.....anything?

Anyways, as I was saying. The time...has come. I want it. I need it! I can't take the weight of a 32 lb+, half body casted child resting on my 6 1/2 month pregnant belly anymore. And my nipples! Oh my poor nipples! They have been so sore for months now. I have to hold my breath and bite my lip every time he latches on. The water in the shower hurts them. I can feel them when I get a chill. With him nursing at least 3 times a day, they have had no relief from his 16 chompers. Not to mention the fact that I will be starting the nursing process all over again in less than 3 months.

I. Am. Ready.

Here is how it is going so far...

Sunday, September 12th, 2010. Aprox. 7:30am. I nurse Will for what will hopefully be the last time. He is clueless. We leave that morning
for 2 nights/3 days, and we ship him off to grandma and papa's house.

Tuesday, September 14th. Aprox. 8pm. He never napped for grandma, and he is completely exhausted. He falls asleep almost instantly. He still has a binky. No nursing!

Wednesday, September 15th. Aprox. 6:45am. He wakes up too early. I can tell he is still sleepy. Typically I would nurse him back to sleep, but this time we just rocked. He wanted it, but didn't put up a fight when I said no. He goes back down until 7:30am. At which point he usually comes into bed with me and nurses for a good 20 minutes. This is the only part I will miss. The extra time in bed. He wants to nurse, but we watch videos of himself on my phone instead. He laughs.

We rock. He falls asleep, and goes down fine. No nursing.

I was planning on keeping this week long record of how the weaning was going, so I could have it to read for future reference. But he has been perfectly fine without it! Every once in awhile he will point and ask for it, but I say no and that's that.

So, I would say it has been a total success! No tears were shed. We still have snuggle time, and you know what? Even without nursing there is still that certain something that only I can give him.

Now, onto the next challenge.....

Getting him to sleep in his new big boy bed! I decided the other day that it would be best to get Will accustomed to a big boy bed before the baby comes in about 2 months. So, I looked up toddler beds on Craigs List, saw one I liked (for a decent price in a good location), e-mails were sent, and the bed was picked up the next day! I spent the day yesterday cleaning and organizing what will be both of the boys bedroom, and we will set it up tonight (somehow, someway we will make it fit)! I am thinking it might be a good idea to start him in it asap (at least for naps) while he is still in his cast, and can't climb out. Then maybe once his cast is off in about 2 weeks, he will be comfortable in it.

Is that wishful thinking? Perhaps. Time will tell. I'll keep you posted!


  1. Way to go! I just weaned Ava totally in the last couple days and she has done fine. Hasn't asked for it in a couple days. It took a couple weeks for her to let me just rock her to sleep at nap instead of nursing but now she falls asleep very fast and does fine! Jeremy started doing bedtime with her and that goes great too. I'm encouraged! I thought it would be a harder process. I can't say I miss it but I know I will! I did it very gradual with her so she knew it was coming, it was about a 2 month process. I'm leaving town this next weekend and will leave her overnight for the first time so that was my deadline to have her weaned.

    Hope the big boy bed transition goes well!

  2. I remember when we switched our eldest son to a big boy bed. I was also pregnant with our 2nd son and we were advised to dismantle the crib and hide it until the new baby arrived so that the eldest didn't think he was being forced to give his "beloved" crib to his younger sibling. Just food for thought!
    Hope the weaning continues to go well. My first son weaned himself but my second son held on for as long as possible ... even though I was ready to stop.
    You've brought back lots of memories for me.
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