Ms A has gotten to the fun stage of breastfeeding. She has always been a very engaged eater making sure people knew she was still in the room,getting upset if I spoke to others,or even just hitting my other breast.
I got a beautiful necklace for Christmas from Brandon with all of our kids’ names on it.It has four hearts with two names on 3 and only one on the other heart. Thankfully,it is very sturdy because it has been Adrienne’s favorite thing to hold onto while nursing
(thanks goes to the Rusted Chain for making me such a beautiful “nursing necklace”)
Until lately….now she likes to nurse while shoving her whole hand in my mouth. I have no idea why this is even comforting to her,but it is. The kids think it’s funny because they will ask me questions and try to get me to answer with my mouth full of hand.
Her latest breastfeeding trick though totally caught me off guard the first time she did it.She has done the motorcycle kick with her foot,she has attempted to hold onto my other breast while feeding,she has even managed to get up on all fours….and then,out of the blue,the other night….
She sat back on her knees,took one good look at my breast,gathered up all of her gusto,and…..
The look of pure joy on her face made me crack up in my crazy cat lady laugh.This of course led Squishy to think she was the greatest thing ever(which duh she is.),and practice it repeatedly. Both of us were thoroughly worn out in giggles,as she would dive bomb,feed,then unlatch to try again.
Of course now that she has perfected her technique on the left side,she is trying it out on the right side as well. I know I’m in for it when Squisihy gets up on her knees and starts to bounce with that big ol gummy grin.I can almost hear her shouting:
***Do you have any fun gymnurstic stories of your nursling?If so hop on over to this week’s breastfeeding blog hop with sistersncloth.***
I haven’t posted with the sisters n cloth breastfeeding hop for awhile. Mainly,because the topics were covering problems as well as other uses for breast milk. I have encountered neither of these,so well, I haven’t had anything to say! I know, I know me? Quiet? Nothing to say? Unbelievable right?
This week’s topic however is right up my alley! The topic is nursing past one.
When Adrienne and I first ventured on this breastfeeding journey together my first goal was to make it to 6 months. Well,Adrienne turned 7 months on Monday!
7 months and she still prefers breast milk to anything else. She has had some baby cereal,which she quickly grew tired of. I now offer her up the food we’re eating,but a couple of bites later she is really only still interested in nursing. Which is fine by me. She is using s sippy cup with water about once a day,but we have totally skipped the whole bottle thing. What Adrienne needs during the high paced day of being surrounded by 6 older siblings,is time to just sit and cuddle with mommy and detach from the rest of the world. HEY,I GET THAT!
So why would I even want to go over a year nursing?
With my other kids I learned that babies and kids will move on when they are ready. I”m pretty sure Squishy will not be sitting around the table schooling,stressed out about learning multiplication,with a boob hanging out of her mouth for comfort.
Now though,she not only nurses for nourishment,but also for comfort. So why wouldn’t I continue that into her toddler years?
I’ve had friends and family members ask when I plan to switch her over. Or tell me I can’t baby her forever. Well trust me she is not the temperament that can be babied. As much as she loves to snuggle and nurse,she is extremely independent and curious about the world around her.
I have become to think of myself as a “homebase” for Squishy.
Also what better way to ensure she is getting her vegetables,fruits(which she does not care for in eating),and other vitamins than by nursing? I know in time she will start eating more foods and nursing less,but right now she is a healthy,nursing,7 month old who is ready to take on the world.
This week has been so busy! Not the run around till you drop kind of busy,but the buckle down at home and get back into our studies busy!
We have pulled very full days of school and thankfully we get today off where we get to meet up with some other homeschool families and play. Well the kids will all play,the teen age girls will “hang”,and us mommies will get to sit and breathe for a bit!
It’s also Friday which means it’s time for sisters n’ cloth’s breastfeeding blog hop.
The week’s topic is I breastfeed and……
Well I’m sure you can all guess what I’m going to say. I breastfeed and I homeschool. We started this practice right after we started back to school after baby was born. Homeschooling for the last 8 years I have learned how to adjust to things pretty well.Although I do like to stick to schooling in the morning so I can help my other two with their homework when they get home from school.
My favorite time though homeschooling now that we have baby here is when we start by reading our book. We largely do literature based unit studies and right now are working our way through the Narnia series. So in the morning when it’s time to read. I grab Ms Squishy get her settled and we read a chapter and discuss the questions,all from the comfort of our couch,before moving on to do the days activities.
Usually,Adrienne falls asleep before we’re done with the chapter and by the time we’re done with questions she is totally out!
Well earlier this week Kenna was giving me a break and when I walked into the living room this is what I found:
Squishy sound asleep snuggled up to her sister,as Kenna read out loud to her the Guardians of Gahoole guidebook.
These are the moments that I know I’m doing something right…..
Dare I say it? Since Saturday Squishy and I have slept in our bed and she has only woke up for a quick 10 minute feeding here and there! I am so thankful. Most of my babes have not done this until 6 months!
On Thursday Squishy turned 2months old. She is so full of personality and happy most the time.
I had Kenna snap some pics of her on Fridat while I was holding her. She took the photos and I edited them….all from my phone. I love my phone.
Happy Two Months Adrienne Danielle
Kenna did a great job. Here are a couple more of our sweet baby.
And it’s hard for me to believe I have been exclusively breastfeeding for 2 months. This from a girl that if a baby even once looked at my boobs I shuddered in pain.
I can’t even imagine anything more beautiful right now.
Happy Two Months Squishy we love you!