Thursday, December 09, 2010

Got Milk?

Yesterday, I went out and got organic whole milk to introduce the baby to sippy cups (we do straw cups with water).  I was kinda hoping to lead her towards weaning.  I really want her to lead the process, but I thought she might like a new option. 

So, I gave her a traditional sippy cup with milk...hated it.  Then, her straw cup with milk...nope. 

I just gave her a snack and some water and hoped to try it again tomorrow. 

An hour later, she came up to me and laid her head down on my shoulder.  There are many things my girl is: brave, strong, resilient, smart, curious.  However, she is not cuddly.  She likes to be held but rarely does she lay down on me.  Instead, she wants to look around and explore.  She has always been this way.  So this sudden cuddliness was sweet but accompanying some moaning and whining got me thinking...what is up, Cdubs? 

All the sudden it hit me...SHE WANTS TO NURSE!  She has never been really vocal about it because we have a schedule and on a rare occasion when teething and I'll nurse her to help a girl out.  But it really hit me hard.  SHE WASN'T READY!

I think part of it is because she doesn't really have a lovey or attachment item.  So, I guess it is me!  Nursing is her safe base, her comfort, and her constant in a very changing world that the three of us live in.

I didn't think we'd nurse this long...but on we go...nursing past 12 months!