Saturday, September 19, 2009


I've been writing this post in my head for several months now, it was supposed to be about all the big changes around here, but things keep changing. In July, I weaned baby E. She was 21 months. I was both proud to be nursing my child to give them a good start in life and at the same time ashamed to be nursing a toddler. I know why this is, and I'm sad to have felt shame at doing something very natural. E and I are seriously close-attached, she amazingly affectionate and confident. I know nursing had a lot to do with that. The pediatric association says to nurse a minimum of one year and that three years is best. They also say you should get vaccine for diseases like polio and chicken pox. People like to pick and choose what they support. They agree with vaccines, but if a kid can ask for milk, they should be nixed from the boob! My rule, was that if they ask for it politely using a complete sentence, it's time to wean, but it's up to you.

I spent the last 5 years either pregnant or nursing (with a three month break in the middle). I decided it was time to let go, over drink, eat unhealthy food, drink an extra cup of coffee, go crazy-take drugs for a headache! I promptly gained 10 lbs. I'm guessing at the amount, I don't have a scale but my jeans are no longer comfortable! Time to run some more.

The other big change was going to be sleeping habits. E is in a full size bed, she just never did like that damn crib! She is sharing a room with Butters which is not easy. They wakes each other up, but we don't have many options in a 2 bedroom house. Butters was sleeping through the night in his own bed, then he wasn't, then he was, it goes back and forth. E will sleep all night in her bed a few times a week, but lately she's been on a nap strike and went 4 days without a nap. On nap free days, she's asleep by 7:30 which is nice, but up by 6 am, which is not so nice.

All is clear on the cancer front, Ty had a cold a few weeks ago and I held my breath until he got better. I'm not sure when things will feel normal again, or when I will stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. For now, we are all healthy and happy, except for going to preschool if you are 4.

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