Pregnancy Journal: Week twenty-eight: Happy birthday!

 

We’ve spent nearly every available moment discussing “the baby.” We’ve talked time and time again, about how Mommy and Daddy will need to hold and care for the baby. We’ve discussed how the baby will nurse, just like Jacob, and most importantly about how Jacob is still our baby too and that we still want to hold and play with him even when the baby is born. Jacob and I have discussed at great length the possibilities of him ending his nursing time. He’s still working on weaning himself and I’m not ready to push him. He’s down to about once a day and when we’re busy, not even that. With the chaos that was our life this week, he went nearly three days without any “shiggies” and he didn’t seem terribly upset by that, until he realized what he’d missed. For my part, I’m finding these “big boy days” a bit uncomfortable but not painful, so I’m not overly concerned. For the most part I’ve stopped offering and am just allowing him to nurse at his request. A call to our trusted lactation consultant (and the mother of six breastfed children) led me to the conclusion that at this point, even if we end the nursing altogether, Jacob will remember when the baby is born and may very well decide to start up all over again. It is my hope that if he comes to the conclusion that nursing is for babies and not big boys, all on his own and that he’ll be more receptive to allowing the baby the necessary time at the breast in a few weeks while he’s entertained by all the new foods and drinks he can have since his allergist appointment. Who knows? Perhaps I’m completely off base? Only time will tell.

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