My goal all along was to nurse until Parks was one year. Lately, he has had other plans. He started getting so fidgety and impatient when it came to nursing and it became a difficult process instead of what it used to be. It got to the point where one day I offered him a bottle of formula instead and he just happily gulped it down! The next day, I gave him another bottle and he took it without skipping a beat. I thought, "This baby is ready to wean." It kind of took me by surprise since he is only 10 months but I guess 10 months is still a long time to nurse.
I'm so glad that this isn't a difficult process for him and he truly seems ready to take the bottle. It would be heartbreaking if it was difficult for him. But I never anticipated how I would feel. It's not so much the actual "nursing" that I'll miss...it's just what the nursing represents. To me, nursing meant I had a baby and now that he won't be nursing anymore, I know that he's quickly becoming a little boy and no longer my baby. I cried last night giving him a bottle! Haha...poor Jackson couldn't quite understand why I was so emotional. I just told him to keep reminding me about all the good things that will come from weaning like making it easier for babysitters, us being able to be out for longer periods of time, maybe even an overnight trip in a few months!! Yeah!! Those are all great things that I will be looking forward to. Sometimes I'm so excited for the new freedom and other times I'm so sad that this chapter in Parks' life is ending. It's an emotional rollercoaster.
I think he will be completely weaned in about 2 more weeks. I tear up just thinking about the last time I will ever nurse him. Did anyone else feel sad when they weaned their baby? Or just complete joy in the newfound freedom?