Just a quick post to tell you that I FINALLY weaned Amelia on May 6th. (Please withhold all "about freakin' time" comments, thank you very much!) She nursed for 20 months.
I was a little nervous to do it because I was afraid Amelia would fight it. Plus, I have really enjoyed nursing her and I was afraid I would be sad. But it was a pretty easy transition. Early in April she was nursing about 3 times a day (first thing in the morning, before nap, and before bed.) One night she just spurned the nummies, so I decided to go with it and just put her to bed. The next day I figured I'd better take advantage and just cut out her before sleep feedings and try to reinvent the before nap and before bed ritual. She is REALLY into books and loves to be read to, so I just started reading with her for 10 minutes or so before she went to sleep. She was happy to snuggle her woobie and suck on her binky while she listened to stories.
So by mid-April we were down to just one nursing a day, right after she woke up in the morning. That one was the last to go because that was our snuggliest time when I was still in bed and she was still mellow. Then at the beginning of May I started babysitting my neighbor's 5 month-old every Wednesday. The first day the baby came, I was already up and showered before Amelia woke up, so we missed our regular routine of the girls waking me up and Amelia nursing so I could squeeze a few extra lazy minutes in bed. We just got breakfast and went about our day. The next morning when she came in for nummies, I sprung (OK, that's perhaps a bit strong) out of bed and got her a sippy cup of milk and she was fine. Over the next couple of days there were only about two or three times, when she was tired and cranky, when she grabbed my boobs and cried, "Uh-num" ("I want nummies"). I just told her, "Nummies are all gone."
So now do I officially have to stop calling her my baby? I don't think I can do it. She's still so small and snuggly and sweet. Here she is in her typical sleeping pose: fingers twirling her hair (if you look close you can see she has a strand wrapped around her finger), snuggling her woobie, and sucking on her binky.
That's my baby!