It is here.
The time has come where I no longer have a baby boy. He is a little kid.
He no longer fits perfectly in the crook of my arms.
He has outgrown the beloved rocker in his room that we have used for nursing since the beginning. Daily use before naps, bed, in the middle of the night.
His head is no longer shielded from the wooden armrest by my arms because he’s too big. His feet push off of the other armrest because he thinks he’s funny.
As much as I have loved (and hated) our time nursing together, I feel the time has come to put away my nursing bras and actively start to wean.
My first thought was to switch him to whole milk. Once we do that, I figured it would be easy to cut out a feed here and there.
Before we know it, baby is off of breastmilk and mama can go shopping for some new clothes!
Unfortunately for me, he has never been big into dairy, and he’s never liked cow’s milk.
He would take a big gulp of it, then open his mouth with a smirk as it would pour out onto his shirt.
This week I thought I would try again. He took a drink and swallowed it very slowly, thoughtfully.
Score! He didn’t spit it out!
I offered it to him again and with his big old smile, he gently pushed away the sippy cup.
My husband tried again the next day, same exact thing. One drink, then pushed it away.
Time to tweak my plan. I mixed equal parts of whole milk and chocolate almond milk (about 1/4 cup of each). If this goes the way I want it to, I can give it to him everyday lessening the amount of almond milk and he would be none the wiser.
Will this work? No idea. I do know one thing though, he really, really likes that chocolate milk.
I’m also going to try warming up the milk a bit. Perhaps it’s the cold that he’s opposed to?
I will consider this first week a half step forward.
Anyway, after writing this post, turns out I’ll need the time too. I didn’t expect to be so emotional.
Hear that buddy? You take all the time you need!
Are there other types of milk I should consider giving him? Any other tips? Please share in the comments!