Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's been a long day

I did something today I don't normally get to do. I left the little one with a baby sitter and went to get my hair done! This meant that I would be gone from her for about 5 hours. She nursed a lot this morning and then took a good nap. She slept right up until it was time to go. I didn't nurse her until we got home tonight around 8:30! She was totally fine with playing all day and didn't have a hard time. I enjoyed myself and got some much-needed "me time". It was truly a win/win situation if I ever saw one!

Back when she was a newborn, I knew there would be days like this, that I would get a break but back then, I couldn't really see it. When you are in the immediate newborn/post-partum fog you can't see your way out. Everything looks overwhelming and you don't really think that there will come a day when you can go longer than 3 hours without nursing. But, that day does come! Don't get me wrong, I am loving nursing still but it's also nice to have the tiniest of breaks every now and again.

Let me tell you though... after a day of seperation, it was so very nice to snuggle into bed with her and feel her close and get to nurse her until she drifted peacefully off to sleep. There's no better way to end a busy and hectic day than like that, for me anyway.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Twiddler

My daughter, who is almost 17 months now, loves to twiddle when she nurses. Wondering what twiddling is? Check this out: Twiddling If I don't automatically undo both sides of the nursing tank, she will weasel her fingers in there to get at her goal. She takes such sweet joy in it. Some kids have a 'blankie', some have a 'lovie', she has her twiddling.

In a time when she is growing and maturing so quickly and is on the run constantly, nursing has become my break. It's my chance to sit down and snuggle with my little baby. It's nearly the only time she will snuggle in close and stay there for any length of time. I understand why, her life is fun and she has amazing new things to learn everyday. But, it's nice to know that she knows she always has me to come running to. She can nurse and get re-centered and then go back to her play. I can't imagine not having this time with her.

Weaning anytime soon? Nope.