Saturday, April 18, 2009

Major Changes

We have undergone some big changes in our household since last Thursday.

You'll remember that last Thursday was the day that I left Preston overnight for the very first time. This would be what prompted the first change. In a miraculous chain of events change number one created change number two.

Are you ready? Prepare to be amazed.

First...Preston has quit breastfeeding. Completely. As in cold turkey. He nursed for the very last time on Thursday morning before I left. And not once since then. Not a single time.

It's shocking how great he's done. He's attempted to convince me that he would like to nurse twice. And has calmly accepted my answer of no both times.

I guess he was just ready. Really ready. Not that I'm really that surprised. I was ready. Really ready too.

Even though I was ready, did I mention really ready, I'm still a little bit sad. I went away not expecting that it would actually work out this way. I feel like I should have made that last time special somehow. I should have remembered it a little more. Cuddled a little bit tighter. Something. Anything.

I've neglected to mention it until now becasue I wasn't sure that it was actually going to stick. Not that I expect Preston to cave in, more that I'm not entirely sure about my ability to accept that Preston really is growing up.

The second change is his sleeping habits. And not the ones that have occured involving naptime. I'm not so thrilled about that one. Because Preston isn't nursing anymore that leaves us with no way to get him to sleep for his nap. Enter either a car ride or a movie on the bed. Not the best way to get him to sleep, but we're working on it.

There I go veering from the point.

Preston is now sleeping through the night. I can't even tell you how incredible it feels to type those words. Words I never thought I'd be able to say. My child who woke up three to four times every single night. He is now sleeping all night long. The bliss of that statement. It started with four hours and then six hours another night. Last night it became completely official when he slept from 9:30pm-6:15am this morning. That is eight in a half hours of sleep.

Just in case you were counting. I know I am.

7 comments:

From Me to You said...

Way to go with breastfeeding and for that long!! I am still BF Boone for his nap and at night before bed sometimes during the day when he thinks he REALLY needs it..but anywho I hope to see you tomorrow I am wearing a pink shirt we decorated and some black leggins..so text me tomorrow

Holly said...

oh man Kim, you have gone a long time without adequate sleep. I don't think I could have survived that. wow! That really is a HUGE change!

Domrese Family Blog said...

I told you! As soon as I stopped nursing the boys, they slept through the night. It was a miraculous change! And now you're done nursing. Amazing! I still laugh at your 18-month cut-off date. Hehehehe. Funny how plans change. Congrats!

Marty, Rhenda and Anna said...

There is NOTHING better than being able to say that your child is sleeping through the night now. Of course, Anna has always been an early riser and it ranges from 5:30-7 am(on a good day!).
Congratulations!

coco-ono said...

Coongrats!! and it was really only 3 months after your cut off...not shabby at all!!

Tiffany said...

Yay for you and Preston! It's amazing when they start to sleep through the night. I'm working on getting Jaeden back on his schedule and last night he actually didn't wake up at all, so that was nice. :) And he still nurses sometimes twice a day (wake up, bedtime). What can I say, hes a boob man. But again, YAY for you guys!!!

Sheena said...

"Even though I was ready, did I mention really ready, I'm still a little bit sad. I went away not expecting that it would actually work out this way. I feel like I should have made that last time special somehow. I should have remembered it a little more. Cuddled a little bit tighter. Something. Anything."

I felt the exact same with my boys. They were both 18 months. With Sly, I came home from talking with an LC and said I was going to keep nursing. I never nursed him again!
We went to my parents for the weekend. It was just before Ellis hit 18mo, by about 2 weeks. We got home late as usual and the boys were sleeping. I just put them in bed. The next night, I put them to bed, sat down with hubby and realized I forgot to nurse him twice! I was so bummed! When I stopped nursing Sly, I was pregnant with Ellis. Not so with Ellis! Oh well. Just be happy you have your freedom. And I see that he is waking up in the middle of the night again :( crummy.