As of three weeks ago, we have officially and successfully weaned. I started the process back in September when my goal was to gradually get down to three nursing sessions a day, then two, then one, then nada. Well to my surprazz, we went from three sessions to one session within a few days and Gabe didn't even flinch. He didn't have grabby hands towards my shirt or even make any signs of wanting to nurse at all during the times we were essentially skipping. We continued to nurse in the morning when Gabe would wake up, around 5:30 am, and go back to bed until 7 or so. We did this for a few weeks, mostly for my sake. I wanted the cuddles and I wanted the extra sleep. I was terrified that once we stopped nursing in the AM that Gabe would be up at 5:30 and be ready to go. But finally, I decided enough was enough and that we had to cut out the morning nursing. It was getting uncomfortable and I wasn't able to fall back asleep...which defeated the whole purpose.
So one Saturday morning, when Gabe woke up, John took him downstairs and gave him breakfast. From that day on, we were done. And you know what? Since then, Gabe has been sleeping in a bit later, sometimes even until 7:30, which is freakin awesome. We've gotten through a bad teething period and the past couple days have been smooth sailing. Of course, any parent knows that as soon as you talk about it, it will change, so I'm just enjoying the relatively easygoing little guy we have right now and a sleep schedule that totally meshes with mine. Plus, I'm having zero emotional issues, which is a nice break. I feel like I've been on a hormonal roller coaster since giving birth. So, I'm crossing my fingers that Shannon is back to being Shannon. Life, right now, is good.
Putting my still present milk supply to good use...
Meanwhile, the normal thing for kids to do once they are done with breastmilk or formula is to start on cow's milk. So I picked up a gallon of whole milk and proceded to give Gabe a taste. He responded unfavorably...you know, which the blechhhhh face. I tried again and again. I tried different temperatures, different flavors, different varitties all together. He refuses to drink them all. The only thing he drinks these days is water. Of course, I've been pumping him full of yogurt and cheese and mixing milk into his food whenever I can to get his dairy in but it's baffling me as to why he won't drink it. Has this happened to anybody else? In my head, every kid drinks milk. But in reality, I'm pretty sure that's not the case. So short of shoving a bottle of YooHoo* in his face, I'm at a loss. Suggestions?
*I know YooHoo is not milk. But I did not know that YooHoo is a social network. Did you? Should we all join?