Ever since we found out about our new Belly Baby, we’ve been thinking more and more about weaning Lucy from nursing. And, surprisingly, the whole process is going much more smoothly than I would have expected.
Our August trip to Cedar Campus moved us along on this goal, since Mama wasn’t available for a before-bedtime snack (and for several others). Mornings were easy to skip since Papa usually is the one to wake up with Lucy, and then we all have a hearty breakfast together. Dropping to one nap changed things enough that we lost yet another feeding.
Right now we are down to just one post-nap nursing, which has recently become more like a “half” nursing, since we only get to one side before becoming distracted by all of the interesting things to discover in the world. She’s also a prodigious wiggler during nursing, now more than ever, taking special delight in sticking her butt way up in the air without breaking her latch (see photo). But since Lucy often wakes up quite cranky, we need something to cheer us up. Maybe this last nursing can be replaced just with a Lucy-video watching marathon for a while….
Weaning brings mixed feelings:
- I miss those snuggly times with Lucy.
- I miss having time to read magazines and books while Lucy is happily occupied.
- I miss the regular routine of our old nap and nursing schedule.
- And I think I’ll miss having so simple a “reset” button for those frowsty, crabby, just-up-from-the-nap moments. (Do you think the Lucy videos can handle the pressure of this job?)
But naturally there are a lot of benefits, too.
- It is fun to have Lucy joining us for meals these days (even when she throws food on the floor, with a purposeful “uh-oh”).
- It is fun to have more flexibility in our schedule to participate in new activities like morning playdates, book clubs, and nature outings.
- It is fun to see Lucy taking care of her own needs — asking for water or food when she is hungry, falling down and being able to comfort herself, sleeping 12 hours solid at night.
Looking at old photos and videos can make me feel a bit nostalgic for those tiny-baby days, but it is even more fun to watch Lucy grow into a big person. Besides, as for my love for a tiny baby, isn’t that part of the reason Belly Baby is on the way?