I have very mixed feelings about weaning my daughter. While I do love the bonding time and the moments spent sniffing round her neck and forehead for that infamous infant smell, I sometimes get a little irritated at having to whip my chest out for the 100th time within an hour.
My goal is to have her weaned by her second birthday, which is fast approaching, only 2 months away!
Well today I feel a little triumphant, we must celebrate these small victories as it adds to the bigger goal ahead. I got Sara to nap without breastfeeding her, que fireworks and back-flipping dancers in my head.
I hear you asking me how we managed this achievement. Well I have been busy all morning preparing lunch for my husbands guests later, in the middle of the madness I thought it would be a good idea to feed myself as I know preparing all of that raw meat and chicken would dampen my appetite for the day.
Around the same time Sara was fussing and the sleepiness was apparent in her eyes. Sara managed to resist asking for Booboo long enough to scoff three pieces of fried plantain off my plate!
Then the demand started, Boobie please, "I'm eating" was my reply to which she hopped onto my lap and listened to my chest, impatiently waiting for me to finish.
I noticed she was trying to be patient so I gently swayed my body as an attempt to sooth her.
As soon as my plate was put down on the bed the plea started again. Hmmmm how was I going to tackle this?
Should I just give it to her and continue anticipating the moment I would actually attempt to start the weaning process?
No, I picked my plate back up and held it above her head gently swaying and saying "mummy eating" and she impatiently waited until she fell asleep.
Ok, was she really sleeping this time? I held my breath as I rolled her off my arm and onto the bed. Yessssss!!!!!!!! It finally happened.
My first victory!
I know there are many more moments to overcome, but for now I will revel in this victory, I will revel in her contentment, and I will also go and check what my other children are doing as it's a little too quiet at the moment.