Weaning Phase II

Monday, May 3, 2010

My first day at the new job is today! Whoo hoo. Let me just tell you, I'm digging it. Although, I really need to tone down the use of the word awesome. There are better adjectives to intersperse and yet I always come back to awesome. That said, my new job is awesome! No more phone reports, queue calls or ridiculous situations!

In addition to my floor move and new responsibilities, there is another huge change occurring. Phase II of weaning. Last week we transitioned Isaac to whole milk after a progression of mixing cow milk with breast milk to the point that he now drinks straight cold cow milk. FYI: when you say cow milk people look at you funny, but it needs to be said because after a year of saying breast milk I'm using the other option now!

This weekend worked out great as well for weaning, as I 2nd shot a wedding with Gina Saturday and we ran ragged yesterday. I did not nurse Isaac once during the day either day, nor did I pump. These two girls were going on 12 and 14 hours by the time we were settling in for the night both days. I will say that this weekend definitely left me wanting quality time with my son. I missed him. He's not a snuggler, so our time to nurse was my point to reconnect with the little guy.

Phase II of weaning is actually pretty difficult on me right now, as I'm no longer pumping at work. I felt positively light as a feather walking into work this morning lacking that ugly brown bag, but at the same time I haven't been able to shake the feeling that I'm missing something or that I'm supposed to be doing something. Isaac will now drink cow milk and my milk is not needed, so I'm working on leveling out my supply slowly. I think that after a week or so of this, we will try to transition Isaac to the crib.

Yes, I just broke out into a cold sweat and achieved the impossible as my stomach is now up in my throat. Just typing that Isaac will not be in our bed and half the house away from us upsets me terribly! If only there were a bed room just across the hall, but there is no hall let alone a bedroom and so it must be . . .

8 comments:

Kristal said...

Hang in there mama.

And I'm glad to hear the new job is going well!

julie said...

I broke out in that same cold sweat when Brayden started sleeping in his crib across the house. Hang in there!

Leslie G said...

Transitioning to the crib is hard (emotionally speaking)! We did it quite early, and even though his room is literally 2 steps from ours, it was still very hard and sad. But once you and Isaac get used to it, I think that you'll find it's a great thing for all of you. Hang in there, girl!
PS- congrats on BFing for a whole year! That's such an accomplishment and you should feel proud!

Julia said...

congrats on successfully weaning! I still think it's awesome you BF'd for a whole year. And sorry the crib transition is stressful. We are very lucky to have such a small place with the nursery literally steps away from our room. Good luck!

Sarah said...

I just finished weening my son mostly for medical reasons and I broke my heart! He is barely 3 months old so I am so glad you were able to go an entire year! Also, he has been in his crib since he was 4 weeks old and it was the best move we made as parents at that point. It will be good for all of you, while hard at the same time. Good luck!

Erin said...

Woo hoo! So glad the new job is going well so far :) And I really look forward to the day that I don't have to lug that dumb pump in to work - I don't mind the act of pumping, I just wish I didn't have to bring it back and forth!! It's heaaaaaaaavy :) How sad that it has only been 7 working days and I'm already sick of it?!

Meredith said...

What an amazing thing to breastfeed for a whole year! I'm glad that you've had busy weekends to keep you occupied while you're going through the weaning process...and I'm glad that your new job is going well!

fallgirly said...

I'm doing the weaning thing now too. I think because we breastfed for so long it's ALOT harder on us. I went for an annual physical last Friday and when the doctor asked if I was okay, totally broke down crying because of this sadness I've been feeling. She said it's the hormone levels and it's very common to be sad about this. I'm still nursing before bed and the first feeding in the morning but the rest is cows milk too. I can't even imagine what life will be like without those two feedings, they're the best part of my day! Are you still nursing at all?

 

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