Monday, January 2, 2012

A New Year Brings... the Weaning Process

First of all, I can't even believe that we are at this stage. Charlie will be eleven months old on Thursday and I have a freezer full of breast milk. As a result, I have decided to cut back my pumping sessions at work. Currently I pump once in the morning at home on the side from which Charlie doesn't nurse. Then I pump before school, at lunch, and after school. I come home and nurse at 5 on one side and at bedtime (between 6 and 6:30) on the other. This week, I'm going to eliminate the after school pump and see how it goes. Charlie will still get his three bottles (well, two bottles and one straw cup) of milk at day care. He hasn't indicated any signs of wanting to stop nursing though, so I don't have any plans to go cold turkey. While we were home together all last week (which was so great, btw) I wondered if I might notice a decrease in interest - but definitely not! The boy loves his milk. :) So last week I cleaned out the freezer and turned this...

into this...

All neat and organized now! Ironically, on my first day of less pumping, I still pumped enough for tomorrow without having to go into my freezer stash. I'm sure that will change as my body adjusts to the new supply/demand schedule. It was nice to have the extra time after school to work and clean up the classroom, but I felt really weird not pumping. I almost felt like I was doing something bad or wrong for Charlie, even though I know I can't nurse him forever. I think it will be tough to let go, but I'm excited to see my baby transition into a little boy.

And for your viewing pleasure, here are a few photos from the holiday season:

Official Christmas Card of 2011

He's very serious about Santa

Picking out Charlie's first Christmas tree!
And a quick little video of Champion Charlie who's almost ready to turn one...

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