While I am sitting around taking in a little me-time, catching up on some blog reading and Pinterest browsing, I came across this post from Simple Simon And Company with a quote by J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan.
“Young boys should never be sent to bed.
They always wake up a day older.”
– J.M. Barrie
I have started to seriously make some effort to wean Lil Mochi off nursing to sleep at night starting several nights ago. It took him an average of an hour longer to fall asleep. The first two nights were pretty rough, with him crying and begging for nai-nai (nursies) almost continuously. The third night sounded alright when daddy had to put him to bed (because I was out). Then, the next 2 nights, he did not really cry too much, but I gave in after about an hour of him sitting back up repeatedly, not wanting to fall asleep. The fifth night, he even said towards the end, “I can’t do it!”
So for those five nights, he had been going to bed late. Much later than I would have liked. As a result, I believe, he has fallen ill. Since two nights ago, he had a low-grade fever, and last night, his temperature went up. He did not have much appetite at dinner, had a bit of diarrhea and threw up in the middle of the night.
So, I am evaluating if it is worth it to wean him right now. Is he not ready? Can I let him wean at his own pace? Why am I really doing this?
I think about how every day, I see him grow up in front of my eyes. He will say new things or phrases that I do not know he learned. Like the other day, he was imitating somebody (probably daddy) saying “oh man!” He even used it in the right context! I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was SO CUTE!!
I do not want him to grow up too fast. I hope that he has a chance to enjoy his childhood because real life is not all sugar and candies. So, should I leave it to him to let me know when he is ready to grow up? At least in regards to weaning? I am conflicted, mostly because of what people around me will say or have said about this. In any case, he is still waking up a day older every single day, and that is something I cannot change or control. I already miss the days when he was younger. When it is done, I know that I will miss nursing and having him close. In the meantime, I want to treasure each and every moment I get with him.
Share with me: What is your weaning story? Are you going through it or are having difficulties?