Okay, so I never wrote a blog post titled Weaning: Part 1, but this technically isn't the first "step" in this whole weaning process. I've been dropping feedings throughout the day based on what Jack wanted once we started giving him whole cow's milk (WCM). So dropping the mid-day feedings and 1st morning feedings were very easy. I guess I would say that would be Weaning: Part 1. So, that left us with just two feedings left; the one right before his nap and the one right before bed at night. Notice a similarity? Jack doesn't nurse to curb his appetite, but rather uses it as a tool to calm down before bed. Some people say "shame on you" for getting into such a bad habit, but others say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. I like how Kellymom.com says: "Many moms feel guilty for nursing their baby to sleep. Nursing your baby to sleep is not a bad thing to do! It's very normal and developmentally appropriate for babies to nurse to sleep. Many children, if given the choice, prefer to nurse to sleep through the second year and beyond. Nursing is obviously designed to comfort baby and to help baby sleep, and I've never seen a convincing reason why mothers shouldn't use this wonderful "tool" that we've been given."
Jack just turned 15 months old and I personally think that we've reached the point where we should end this beautiful chapter. I am not that excited about no longer having my nightly cuddle sessions with Jack, but I will just be sure to give the kid SOO much more attention at all possible moments throughout the waking hours.
Tonight Kyle bathed Jack as normal, but instead of me sitting with him, Kyle read Jack a few books, he drank some milk from his sippy cup, kissed him goodnight, and placed him in his crib. Of course Jack began to cry hysterically immediately. This went on for a good 10 minutes until Kyle went in again to console him. He left, and Jack cried some more. Kyle went back in once more, picked him up, rocked him for a few minutes, put him back in his crib, and the most incredible thing happened. Jack began to cry again. lol, okay, but it was only for a few minutes because he then stopped and drifted of to Jack's Dreamland. Hopefully the rest of the week will go a lot more smooth. It was very tough to sit back and hear him cry and know that I couldn't go in there. It should be interesting during nap time! Updates to follow..