As for me, sorry I have been MIA lately...Ben has dropped the afternoon nap...and it SUCKS! I just have so little time now to catch up with you guys or check my email now. He's 3 and a half, and definitely done with the nap...it's been a couple of months now. But it is still a hard change to accept.
As for my thyroid issues...my second round of bloodwork came back, still high on the TSH, though only 4.9 instead of 6.8. I don't know why it would vary so much, but my doc said that the test isn't highly accurate and you can get fluctuations like that, but that since I had had 2 results consistently putting me in the hypothyroid range, and was post-partum, he suggested we go ahead and start treatment, with a scheduled re-test in 6 months to see if things had changed.
So about 3 weeks ago I did start on Levothyroxine, and didn't notice much change at first. But one morning, about 2 weeks in, I woke up and felt decidedly different...as if a dark cloud that I hadn't even realized was constantly with me, was suddenly gone! And I was actually rested! I felt that way for 3 days, then woke up on the 4th day with the cloud again. Since then, it has gone back and forth, but things are trending toward fewer "cloudy" days. And my fingernails have stopped breaking and being brittle all the time.
It's remarkable, really. I didn't even realize how fatigued and blue I was, but now that I am supplementing the thyroid, I can't believe how crappy this past, most-recent period of my life has been, and I can't believe that I never would have caught it had I not gone in for the random blood-work. The symptoms were mild enough that I knew I wasn't "clinically depressed" so I never even though about calling in for feeling "generally blah"!
We'll see how things keep going.
And in other news, we have begun night-weaning Molly. Really she wasn't having too hard a time at night, but a variety of things all contributed to the decision, and she is a month older than Ben when we night-weaned him, so I think it is something we will all survive
Last night was the first night, and it wasn't too bad. We'll see how tonight goes.
Carrie, this is how we do it:
It's a 2-step process.
Step 1: Mommy leaves the house before bedtime and Daddy puts LO down, so baby knows mom isn't around. Then, daddy gives good bedtime snack and puts LO to sleep. Every time LO wakes, dad goes in, offers comfort and/or sip of water, and babe goes back to sleep. Then, when LO won't go back to sleep, or it is bedtime for dad, dad goes and co-sleeps with LO. Mommy sleeps on a mattress in the other room during this whole stage. After a good part of the night has been achieved, 3 a.m. was our goal last night, dad brings LO to mom on the mattress, and LO and mom nurse and co-sleep like before, only not in the family bed.
We do this step for as long as we like, moving the time line for going to mom back some each night. Some people do this whole stage in maybe 4-5 days, we tend to do it for several weeks, gradually moving back the "go to mom" time.
Step 2: Again, mom leaves before bedtime, several days in a row, so babe "knows/thinks" mom isn't in the house. LO doesn't come out to mom until morning, and then at that time mom gets up off mattress and the first day nurse happens in a "daytime" place, like the couch in the living room. Once this stage has begun, mom never nurses LO in the family bed again or on the mattress again. Once this stage has been set for a few days or even longer if you think it is better, mom moves back into the family bedroom and everyone sleeps like normal, but the nursing-at-night part of things has been removed as a connection, and mom is really careful to only ever nurse in day-time locations, so as to not bring back the thought of night-nursing.
That's what we do. It's a little long of a process, but it seemed really gentle on Ben, and so that's why we are doing it this way for Molly, too. We got the general approach from a highly respected sleep specialist here in St. Louis who is a fan of family bed, and is completely against CIO for LO's, so we trusted the advice, and I'd be happy to give you any more details should you be interested.