My littlest one turned a year old over the weekend. Pardon me if I need a few moments to let that sink in.
My tiny little 5lb 11oz preemie is now a crawling, jabbering, little troublemaker.
He loves being chased, dancing, chasing after balls, and drumming or banging on just about anything that makes noise. And climbing…the boy LOVES to climb. He especially loves to climb on furniture that’s likely to topple over.
One of my favorite things is to hear him ‘talk’. Cup is “mup”, and more is “MA! MA!” I started signing to him six months ago, but he chooses not to participate. Instead, he looks at me like I’m crazy and shouts “MAAA!” again.
He’s sporting 8 teeth in the front, 4 molars in back, and at least one little nub about to sprout. No wonder he’s spent so much time this last year drooling like a Saint Bernard. It’s almost surprising that he eats so much with those sore gums. His favorite foods include greek yogurt mixed with peaches, cucumber slices, fresh bread rolls, or french fries, and he’s a happy camper.
The boy is a ball of trouble. Aside from the climbing, he’s also a biter and a puller. The girls are always complaining that he pulls their hair, and it’s not uncommon to hear me scolding him after biting my arm or shoulder. Thankfully it’s only whenever he’s got a new tooth coming in. Apparently I’m a teething toy.
Some of my favorite moments from his first year include the time he crawled right out of his shorts, the way he cracks up whenever T plays with him, the time he peed all over both of us…and then he laughed about it, the day he came home from the NICU, and the night he first learned to wave,
Yes, his first birthday is bittersweet. He’s made so much progress from those early days in the NICU. The hazy days of pumping and nursing around the clock seem like they were just yesterday. And now, we’re starting the weaning process. As much as I love the sweet moments together in the nursing chair, I’m ready to have my body back.
I’ve been through the weaning process twice already, but since the girls both attended daycare, it was pretty easy. This time, my little one is always with me. I am synonymous with food and comfort. I am his lovey. I am his pacifier. Whenever he buries his face in my arm or chest, I know exactly what he wants. Other times he just cries and gives me that pathetic face that says ‘comfort me’. This may take a while.
7-Step Process for Weaning off of Breastfeeding
- Start by offering cups of milk or water at normal nursing times during the day, but continue to nurse afterward.
- After a week or two, Gradually drop one daytime feeding. After drinking from his cup, distract the baby with playtime or storytime.
- Continue to drop one feeding per week until you are only nursing in the morning and at night.
- Continue or begin to establish a regular meal routine.
- Next, eliminate the morning feeding by having a cup of milk ready first thing in the morning. Greet your baby with a big hug and smile to keep Establish comfort with a nice hug and a big smile.
- If you’re nursing right before bedtime, move nursing sessions outside the bedroom and instead, put baby to bed after another calming activity such as reading a story.
- When the time is right for both you and baby, drop the last feeding.