I asked Cian’s doctor this week when he’d give me the okay to start weaning him. “You can wean whenever you want,” he said.
Not a help, doc. Not a help.
I have about a month a half until Cian turns one (?!?!), which means, in the Leah Land of Breastfeeding and All Things Lactation, I have about two months left of nursing. I’m ready, as much as I say I’m not ready. I mean, of course I’ll miss the quiet moments, and the mommy-and-me time before bed. But once this baby’s old enough to help himself, I’m outta there. Milk cart, empty. Lactation Station, shut down. No more being hot all the time, and chugging bottles of water (ha, ha! You didn’t think I was going to say “water,” did you? Fooled you!), and the constant hunger (all the time, and everything, just gimme the FOOD). Now it’s straight on through to…menopause.
Oh, nevermind. Maybe breastfeeding’s not so bad, after all.
I was thinking back, though, on all the stuff related to new babies, and being the mom of a wee one–and all the stuff I wish I’d known back when I’d first had SK. I don’ t mean the spiritual aspect, or the “oh, cherish your children” one, or anything like that. When I say stuff, I mean the stuff. You know. The things that make this first year so easy that you may not know about. So, new and soon-to-be moms, behold. I give you tips.
(Please keep in mind that most of these are breastfeeding-heavy, but, like a child raised by wolves, it’s all I know).
So now that I totally sound like that annoying old college roommate you ran into at Target who thinks she knows everything and insists on acting like you’re still the neurotic, clueless freshman she knew way-back-when, I’m finished. Hope that helps a little.
Anybody else out there want to add to this list? What products or “stuff” would you insist a new mom not make it through that first year without?
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