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.
2pm. 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!