Yep...FINALLY weaning my baby...started working on it over Mark's Christmas break because I knew the nights were gonna be BAD!!! At least I anticipated them being bad...but they really weren't as bad as I expected them to be. The first night, the little guy cried for about 45 minutes before he decided to give up! After that, he'd whimper for about 10 minutes and then cuddle up and go back to sleep with me. There have been a couple of nights in the last week, that he's slept from 8-9 pm to 6:15 am!!!! OMG! ALL NIGHT LONG! Of course, I still wake up, but I'll get over that soon. It's just so hard for me to let my baby grow up!! I swear, since he started walking 2 months ago, he's grown sooooo much!!! He went from baby to big toddler in an instant!!! I'm definitely gonna miss that bonding and cuddle time I've had with him...and all my kids! I just have to come to terms with the fact that this is a chapter of our lives that is coming to a close! Breastfeeding is such a miracle and a joy...I'm so glad I had the chance and was able to give that to my children!
The only side effect we've noticed...he now will hold saliva in his mouth (and sometimes food!) for HOURS!!! It's sooo aggravating because we think he's got something in his mouth he's not supposed to have, so we literally have to pry his mouth open to make sure there's nothing in there! Esp before bedtime! I don't know what he gets out of it?!?!?!
I've met lots of wonderful women through my involvement with La Leche League...friendships that will continue long after I've stopped nursing! If you are reading this and you are pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant, know someone who's pregnant...I encourage you to breastfeed! It's a beautiful thing...only made ugly by idiots in the US that think the breasts are only sexual organs and have marketed them that way! And if you are/will be breastfeeding...find a LLL group near you and learn and grow in your nursing experience!!
Off my soapbox now!