Thursday, October 6, 2011

That Far-Off Day

At almost eighteen months, Baby Brown Eyes is still very attached to nursing. For the most part, I'm ok with this. It's when he's up ten times a night to nurse, or clamps down on me while he falls asleep, or decides my nipple is a fun toy that should stretch like a rubber band, that I tell Mr. Brown Eyes, "I am so weaning him."

I never do, though. Maybe because nursing is still a quick, easy way to dry his tears when he's grumpy and get him to sleep when he's tired. Because I know, deep down, that he will wean himself when he's ready. And there's really no reason to rush him into it now.

The other day, I thought that far-off time had finally come. When I came home from work, Baby didn't seem very interested in nursing. I tried to encourage him to because I was very full, but he started fussing. So I gave him a sippy cup of milk. And he toddled happily away.

Shocked, I turned to Mr. Brown Eyes. "I think he's weaning," I said sadly.

Mr. Brown Eyes laughed shortly. "That's what you've been wanting, isn't it?"

It was. But it wasn't at the same time. Even as glorious visions of sleep-filled nights and un-sore nipples flooded my mind, I felt deeply depressed. I realize this was probably mostly hormone-related, but all the same, I was slightly relieved the next day when Baby continued his nursing routine as if nothing had happened.

I always thought the day Baby weaned was so far away, but it could be closer than I think. As could all those other milestones that seem so far-off: speaking in sentences, potty-training, going to school, growing facial hair, driving a car, dating, going on a mission, going to college, getting married...

I think he will be ready to wean before I am.

Nursing another day,
The Brown-Eyed Girl


Kolena locksa said...

Don't worry, if he doesn't wean anytime soon you just have to make sure he goes to college nearby ;)
You're doing an awesome job! You are giving him a great start healthwise, a wonderful bond with his mommy and you are doing yourself a favor too by reducing the risk of cancer. Breastfeeding is amazing but it can also be frustrating. I feel ya sis!! This too shall pass.

Rachel K said...

LOL, ASU's a good school, right? Thanks, sis. I love ya.