Hi, i'm Kirstie. I am nursing 3. Adam is going to be 5 in april, Boyd is 3 1/2, and Cali is 11 mos. (I have an AA, BB, & CC with no plans for DD). The boys nurse on average about 3x a day, while my girl nurses round the clock. I did nightwean the boys gently (flame me, i'm fireproof) during my 3rd preg, for some very good reasons (which i've discussed on other threads). But, 15 mos after they are still enjoying "ninners" which is even better than chocolate and icecream (that's both boys that say that)! Breast milk must be some good stuff!
Adam mentioned a few times last spring that he'd wean when he gets his driver's license.
I never really believed i'd be a mom, i never did any preparing (like before i got married/my 20's). my mom died when i was 14, so i felt like i would have nothing to guide me. but, i was so tickled when i got pregnant (kinda unplanned). i assumed i would bf, but i knew too many woman who couldn't, so i prepared and expected to have to work at it. especially when i found out the horrible secret that i was ff because juandice in 1967 was caused by mom's milk !!! and when i began i set small milestones (though i never planned to ff, i just didn't want to set unrealistic goals? i read about all the benefits and prayed i'd be successful). as for co sleeping, i had never heard of such a thing (i told you...i had no clue). my dh told me that when they put that babe in my arms i would never let him/her go. boy, was he right!
so i had a clean, clueless slate. not tainted by what was supposed to be convenient (bottles, disposables, cribs, strollers, etc). and this was the best thing for me. i went totally on instinct (i read too, but only stuff that backed up what i wanted to hear).
i remember the seconds before Adam was born, i thought the pain, i could never do this again. and then seconds after, i thought, wow, i could do this again and would. and the way i felt when i first saw Adam....
i could not wait to have another baby, but i did not want to deprive Adam of breastfeeding. so when i got pregnant again (kinda unplanned again) i was so happy, then so sad. several in laws made a point of telling me that i would have to wean Adam. but, i did my research and viola, found out that there was tandem nursing. i knew then tandem is what i wanted to do. and when Boyd was born, i've been tandeming ever since.
CLW is a phrase i never heard of until i came to MDC which was when i was preg with #3. i wish i had known of this place sooner. it's so nice to share nursing story's, encouragement, and get support. So, i never set out to CLW. once i got going nursing 2 i just kept at it. taking each day as it came whether it was good or bad. i couldn't wait for #3, but it took along time for AF to come back and then i waited another 6 mos (2 boys close in age and nursing soooo much was alot for me). Cali was planned. I hope she never quits nursing! And i'm savoring every moment with her as she is my last.
i don't know when they'll wean. it might be a group thing. but, i do know, that my mom is looking down at me and is so proud. because i learned that i did learn a lot about mothering from my mom even though i didn't get to know her for very long. and i treasure my children so much because i know that it can all go away in an instant. i want my children to always know how much i love them. and i hope they remember being nursed until they day they die (at 100).
sorry to get mushy at the end.