I swear, It's only Wednesday, and it feels like we have been weaning FOREVER. & by weaning, I mean, not nursing at all anymore, and helping Emily adjust to her new life and schedule without the boob.
So, Day 2, was yesterday - & honestly I was in shock as to how smooth it was going! She didn't ask to nurse first thing in the morning - I was shocked. So, the morning was easy peasy! I, finally, can enjoy some time out of the house without my kid. I asked my cousin to come over and watch Emily so I could get some work done. I had been so apprehensive about leaving the house previously, because I always wanted to be available to nurse her. So, the morning was super smooth. She was great for my cousin.
Nap time is still a struggle. I CAN NOT sit down in the rocking chair in her bedroom. That is our nursing spot - it would only upset her. So, how else do I get her to take a nap? She's not a good napper, on a good day, let alone when I take away our "routine." So, we go for a drive. Before we even leave the neighborhood, she's asleep. Is this ideal? ABSOLUTELY NOT! But, she sleeps for 2 hours, I get "me" time, in the car, and she isn't grumpy the rest of the day. Whooo!!
EXCEPT, yesterday, she decided she only "needed" 45 minutes of sleep. So, girl was an emotional wreck when mom needed to come inside (because if she naps in the car - we sit in the garage with the car on, garage door open) and pump. Oh, watching me pump turned this happy little girl into an emotional wreck. I am pretty sure she cried for an HOUR. She would begin to calm down & she would bump her head, or her toy wouldn't do exactly what she wanted, or who knows, she was upset at the WORLD. Poor thing! Thank goodness our friends came over for a visit to distract her. Distraction has been KEY! She even drank some of my pumped milk from a bottle (that hasn't really been happening)!
We made it to bedtime without her asking to nurse or without another breakdown. THANK GOD. This mama heart was hurting for this little girl. We continued our "new" bedtime routine & I slipped out of the bedroom before she really realized it was that close to bedtime. She did great! She went down for her dad & we successfully made it through another day without nursing.
OH, but this morning was a mess!! I will update you more tomorrow!!
Thank you all for your positive vibes and kind words!
Until next time, much love,