I'm so glad this new thread was started. This way I can familiarize myself with everyone and feel more "in the loop".
Quick rundown on me again...
I'm Karen, 29 (and holding!) SAHM to 3 dd's. Haven is 3 1/2 (9/4/00) and Lillie and Faith are almost 16-months (12/16/02). Haven bf'd until she was 25-months which was also the beginning of my 3rd trimester with Lillie and Faith. They are still nursing. We plan on ttc again in a couple of years.
Island Mommy - In the last thread you asked about night weaning/weaning Haven. I got pg again when she was 19-months-old and she was still VERY frequently night and daytime nursing. When I found out I was pg I knew that sleep was going to be essential to me so I decided to night wean her. I read Dr. Jay Gordon's method on night weaning the co-sleeping toddler. I talked to her about what was going to happen for a couple of days building up to night 1. I would tell her that she could nurse to sleep but that if she woke at night that I would do other things to help her fall back to sleep. She could nurse again when the sun was in the sky. On night one she woke to nurse and I rubbed her back, sang to her, etc. (tried not to pick her up). She fussed, tossed and turned...that kind of thing for a couple of minutes each time but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The second night was a bit tougher. I think she was hip to what I was doing.
She got angry when I'd try to sing or rub her back and kept asking for "ga-ga" (her word for nursing). I just kept telling her how we'd nurse when the sun was up and kept doing what I was doing before. She did cry that night but I never left her side, never stopped comforting her, she was never alone. She also never cried longer then 2 or 3 minutes...which seems like a lifetime in the middle of the night. On night three she would barely wake (and it was much less then usual) and was easily put back to sleep. Night four she slept over 12 hours straight! After finding out at 9-weeks that I was carrying twins, I decided to slowly wean her over the course of the pregnancy. My OB was completely supportive of me continuing to nurse her (I would have done it anyway). If I had not been carrying twins I wouldn't have weaned her at all. She stopped nursing the day I began my 3rd trimester...she was 25-months old. She was 27-months when her sisters were born. She did ask to nurse again in the hospital and I let her but she didn't actively nurse....just sat on my lap in my arms with her mouth on my nipple. She asked again once or twice after we came home and I let her then too. She hasn't asked in at least a year now.
*mamajaza* - It is funny that we keep running into each other! I do remember your message from the BabyCenter board. We both have great taste in names.
My girls are getting their first haircuts today!! I'm just getting a little trim for them and am thinking of having bangs cut (not sure though). I have to buy film and make sure to take my video camera...I'm a sap for "memories". By the way...check out their webpage if you want:http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/l/lilliefaith
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