DS is about 3.5. About 3 weeks ago, he went to only nursing at "sleep times". Then, about 2 weeks ago, he starting falling alseep once in a while without nursing at all. Even when he did nurse, it was literally, 2 seconds. On, off. It was SO interesting, because it was like a switch was flipped. The kid who was ALL about nursing all of a sudden, it seemed like he just "didn't get it"- what all the fuss was about before. He'd nurse for 2 seconds and kind of have a strange look- like he was wondering what this was, or that he was trying a new food. He quite honestly would take 2 half-hearted sucks and move on. Now, some days he'll not nurse at all, some days he'll remember that it was really important to him at bedtimes and then again, 2 seconds or less and he's off with a look like "Hmmmm.... Not really interested. Wasn't what I remembered...". He'll tell me he "is a baby" and wants to "nursie", kind of trying to figure out what this change is about, but it is clear that something profound has changed and it honestly, "nursie" no longer has an appeal for him. DS might be a little curious as to what happened, but it is more like why he found nursing so great in the first place (and this kid was a CHAMPION nurser until about a month ago!). DS is happy and absolutely fine with all of it. It is clear he does not feel a loss about it and all. My husband is a veterinarian and when I told him this he laughed and said "That's what happens with the animals! The need and desire just "turn off" when they are ready to wean! Isn't it all amazing?" Yes. It is.
I'm really proud of myself that I let it happen this way. A few months ago, it was impossible for me to EVER see this kid weaning and I joked that I was going to have to go with him to college. But he did! On his own, comfortably, naturally and happily. In his time. It is the last of "the baby" to go... no more diapers, he sleeps in his "big kid bed", going to pre-school... But it is right and it is good and I'm happy.
I have to say, it was nice, but I'm ready too. This is a good thing