OMG Silas looks like Ozzy. The reddish hair, the big pretty eyes, the awesome chubby arms :D He is a cutie.
And LMAO at this: "I know that here on this wonderful AP forum, people think it's child abuse to wean before 2, but I feel like it depends on the baby" It depends on the baby and it depends on the mother. I don't extended breastfeed (past one year ish). I think EBF is great, but not for us.
With my firstborn, we started nightweaning at right about 11-12 months, and nightweaned before day weaning. I felt like getting sleep was more necessary at that point (hell I was about 5 months preg with Ozzy and exhausted). We did Jay Gordon, modified (about a week for each "stage" instead of 3 days)-- if you haven't heard of it, google Jay Gordon night weaning. It's very co-sleeping / AP-ish friendly. After she was night-weaned, and was eating regular food meals, her day-nursing really regulated itself-- iirc, it was first thing in the morning, right before the nap (she was down to 1 nap at that point, she hates sleeping), right after the nap, and before bed. So we started cutting those sessions out, one at a time, once every week or two. I think the first one to go was the after-nap... instead of nursing I would just cuddle her for a few minutes then get her a snack right away, then we'd go on with our day. Then the before-sleep-- she was always a rock-to-sleep baby, so I would just rock her like usual but would give her a sippy-cup of milk (the kind with the soft "nipple" so that she still got some sucking urge satisfaction) and hold her and snuggle and rock until she was asleep. I forget when we stopped doing the sippy-cup of milk... it phased out gradually, probably a month or so after the weaning was done. I think that "gradual" is the key word for anything weaning... there's no rush. But yeah, you don't have to nurse for any specific set of time just because some other chick does, just as you don't have to stop at any specific time just because other chick already weaned. :D You'll know when it's right for you and him.
Oh-- and Ozzy just got his top two teeth (3 and 4). They were stretching and bulging at his gums for well over a week. It was awful.
Originally Posted by nilatti
My friend Rebekah is a professional photographer. She got this picture of Silas a few weeks ago.
He's doing the rocking and scooting, but no crawling yet. He REALLY wants to crawl. Still lots of sounds and squeals, but no new words.
He's cutting his top two teeth. He is a biter! Sere, I'm totally thinking about weaning. I know that here on this wonderful AP forum, people think it's child abuse to wean before 2, but I feel like it depends on the baby. I'm not going to do hard-core forced weaning, but I have moved into the "don't offer, don't refuse" stage. When I first started that, I realized I was nursing way more than I needed to. I was offering the breast whenever he started to look fussy or peaked, and only after that didn't work did I try the potty or a different toy or other things. Offering the breast AFTER trying everything else, I've discovered I'm only nursing about 4-5 times per day (he gets a bottle of breastmilk in the mornings when I'm at work), but a lot at night. I hope to have him day-time weaned by 12 months, but I think we'll be night nursing up to 18 months. What DO people do when they want to comfort baby but don't want to nurse? I'm at a loss.
Does anyone STTN yet? Silas sure doesn't.
But he's cute and interesting and getting more fun every day. So there we are. It's so fun to see everyone's babies growing and developing--and all so different.
Oops, he's fussing. Got to go!