Weaning Update

I just wanted to share a weaning update, since it’s been awhile since our last one.  My nipple tenderness from being pregnant was still making me squirm every single time Jake would latch on, so one night I asked him if he wanted a cup instead because mommy’s milk-milks had boo-boos.  He was very worried about them, so he agreed to just take a cup with some water that night, and asked for a cup instead the next night too.  On the following night, he once again asked to nurse, and I said yes.  So that pattern kind of continued, and Jake had gotten down to only asking to nurse to sleep every 2-3 nights and he would just nurse for a few minutes and then roll over and go to sleep.  Other nights he would ask for a cup sometimes, but not usually.  

After a few weeks (maybe 2?) of the every couple of nights routine, he had asked to go spend the night with my parents (his first night ever away from mama!!).  He did great and didn’t ask for milk at all!  Then, after he came home, he didn’t ask either…  Sometimes still he will ask if he can hold the milk-milks, which is fine with me for now.  But he doesn’t really request to nurse.  

It’s bittersweet, but honestly, probably good timing since he is almost 2 1/2 and our new little one will be arriving in a few months. I probably miss it more than him, because it was so easy to get him calm and get him to sleep when we were nursing.  And I miss that my baby isn’t such a baby anymore.  But, overall, we are both doing fine.  No engorgement or anything like that for me, which I hadn’t expected since our nursing had been gradually decreasing for some time.  Also, the breast and nipple tenderness that showed up with pregnancy is less aggravated, although still present, since we’ve stopped nursing.  My hubs is happy that Jake is done nursing, because he was really worried about how Jake would handle the baby needing to nurse all the time when Jake wanted to also.  

So, now I have officially nursed (and weaned!) a child for 28 months!

17 Month Update

It’s so funny to me, that even though it’s bittersweet watching him grow up, Jake is more fun to me at every new stage than he was at the one before.  His personality has grown so much in just a few short months.  And his vocabulary is quickly following.  He can now easily let you know yes or no by head shakes (and also a rather sassy face, sometimes accompanied by the word no), sign for food or milk, and point out just about anything he wants.  He knows lots of his body parts, as well as some animal sounds (woof! meow!).  He is so sweet and kind-hearted, and he loves other children (Aww! Baby!).

Breastfeeding is still awesome.  He’s definitely not nursing nearly as much, and he’s come a long way with using his sippy cups in the past month.  I am really trying to get him off of bottles, but am facing some resistance (from my MIL who watches him, not from him). I’m still pumping.  I’m officially back to having a menstual cycle, though, so we will probably start trying for baby #2 in about 6 months or so.  Overall, Jake is doing absolutely amazing, and he makes our life so joyful!

16 Month Breastfeeding Update

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, but what better way to come back than with a breastfeeding update?!

16 months finds us still nursing fairly successfully.  Jake still doesn’t sleep 100% through the night, so nighttime is when we nurse most.  We still nurse a good bit during the day too, though, because someone doesn’t like to take more than about 3 sips from a cup… Needless to say, that means I’m still pumping so he can drink from a bottle when I’m at work.  You know how people tell you to never say never in parenthood?  Yeah.  I was that mom who was like MY baby will NOT be sucking a bottle after 12 months.  But I also thought I’d wean at 12 months, so now I know that I don’t know anything.  Parenthood.  So now that I’m down off my high horse, I’ve purchased literally 10 different cups, and he hates all of them.  Boo.  And I’m struggling with the pumping at this point, though, because it takes so much effort and I’m getting so little milk.  Double boo.
Also, possibly TMI here, but I think my menstrual cycle may be coming back after 2 full years, which isn’t helping the milk dilemma.  I had some light spotting for about 3 days, so we will see…  My hubby is really wanting another baby, but with my history of PCOS, who knows how that will turn out?  I’m cautiously optimistic because of how quickly Jake was conceived, but I’m not getting overly invested in the idea of another child just yet.  I don’t think I’m quite ready yet, anyway.

14 Month Update

I know I always say this, but time flies.  It’s already been two months since his birthday?  Really?  Anyway, here we are, 14 months.

Jake is a happy, healthy bundle of love and laughter.  He is about 30 inches and about 28 pounds.  He has 8 beautiful teeth, and almost no hair.  He says mama, dada, hey, hi, bye, yeah, no, and wow.  He nods yes and shakes his head no, waves bye bye, give kisses, pretends to snore, plays drums, and dances anytime there is music.  He will point his finger at things he wants, or take you by the hand and show you what he wants.  He loves books and baths and being outside.

So, I know I said I was going to quit pumping, but I still haven’t.  He wasn’t ready, and neither was I.  We are really struggling with this bottle-to-cup transition, and we are still working it out.  I have purchased approximately 139873578 different sippy cups, most of which he had no interest in.  He loves drinking out of a regular cup, so we’ve tried finding spoutless sippies and he seems to prefer those.  He still nurses when we are together, usually only when he’s tired.  He still doesn’t sleep through the night, but we do okay.

He is possibly the world’s easiest child.  He is almost always happy and we’ll-behaved.  We are so lucky.

12 Month Breastfeeding Update

So, here we are. Can you believe it’s already been a year? I can’t. Well, maybe when I’m attached to the breast pump I can. (J is 53 weeks old today, which means I’ve been pumping for 48 weeks.)

Breastfeeding was a really big deal for me as a mom. I wanted to make it work until his first birthday come hell or high water, and I actually did it. I have to say, breastfeeding as a working mom is so hard. There are a lot of challenges that stay-at-home moms just don’t have to face (unless they have to pump and bottle feed). I don’t want to discourage anyone from breastfeeding in any way, because it was an incredible experience, but it was tough at times.

I’m happy that I was able to nourish his body with the best thing I could offer him for his first year of life, and honestly, if I didn’t have to pump, I would want to keep doing it for longer. But as it is, working full-time, not even getting a lunch break, having to pump while I work, standing on my feet 14 hours a day? I’m ready to quit. My body is just so tired.

In an ideal world, I would nurse until he was about 2 as long as he wanted to continue. I would settle for continuing for the next 6-ish months at nap time and bedtime. If I can swing that without having to pump while I’m at work, I totally will. We are going to work hard at getting rid of the bottle, since it isn’t good for his teeth and I don’t want to keep pumping much longer. He was with his dad for 9 hours, and only had food and a cup with water/organic apple juice, so he can definitely do it. I just have to get the kid drinking some liquids! I read that toddlers between 1 and 3 should be consuming a liter of liquids a day, and he definitely isn’t since he’s started slacking on breastfeeding. His poop is getting hard, and I’m convinced it’s because he isn’t drinking enough liquids. He just isn’t interested in a cup. He will take a few sips and then he throws it across the room – water or juice. It’s so frustrating!! Maybe trying breastmilk in the cup will help? We just hesitate to do that, because he wastes most of whatever we give him in the cup, and I don’t have extra breastmilk to spare.

To sum it up, breastfeeding = good, pumping = pain in the butt. The US needs to get on board with the rest of the civilized world and give longer maternity leave benefits. Actually, so does the company I work for… Anyway, we have definitely had an awesome, if sometimes challenging, successful first year of nursing!