The first 72

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Last night was the third night that Ava bug went down for bed without nursing and without co-sleeping. While the first night was most definitely the hardest (which really wasn't all that hard), the third night was a cake walk and I'm thinking that it's only going to get easier from here. My last blog post listed all the steps we took that assisted with easing Ava into this new routine. We did the same thing all three nights and the amount of time that it takes our girl to go down for bed has decreased from an hour and a half to ten minutes. I literally stayed by her bed for about six or seven minutes before I noticed that she was already passed out. That was the moment I knew that everything was going to be okay. Nap time has proven to be even easier than bedtime. Ava never looked for comfort nursing while napping, but then again she only sleeps for 1-2 hours during the day. Night time is when she would want to comfort nurse, and it's a 12 hour stretch, so it makes sense that bedtime would be more challenging.

I still haven't been emotional about this change and I'm extremely happy about that. We had almost 21 months of nursing and I don't feel as if I missed out on any type of connection, bonding experiences, or nourishment with my child. In fact, this entire experience has made me even more excited for trying to conceive our second babe. I've realized that I am not the type of mother that would be able to tandem nurse, or potentially revert back to nursing once I fell pregnant. I really needed to close that door in order to get my mind, heart, and soul ready for the journey I am going to embark on (again). I've also realized that the amount of toddler-wearing going on around here has increased. Just because one form of attachment parenting has ended for us, doesn't mean they all have to. I'd like to wear my daughter as long as she'll allow.

Another added bonus about our change in routine would be the added alone time I have had with Justin, and our eagerness to try and implement the "princess potty" more. I can't say that it hasn't been nice to snuggle my husband without an extra body in the bed. I know Justin doesn't really miss getting kicked in the face in the middle of the night, or pushed to the edge of the bed. I'm trying to find all the good that is coming from our decision and so far it is working. Because her second birthday is around the corner (literally three months away), I really want to dabble into potty training a little more than before. I know she's not completely ready yet, but I'd like to see what type of results we can get if we actually implement the potty into our days. Cloth diapers have become a saving grace again, as we don't have much of an expense associated with diapering. For 4 months of diapering, I literally spent $28 on supplies needed. You really can't beat that, and that's why I'm more than okay with taking the potty transition slow.

Hopefully some of this information is encouraging or helping another mama out there to confidently wean (if that's what they want) or end a co-sleeping relationship.

Happy Tuesday all!

♥- Leilani

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