Every day since Radar was born... that's 349 days as of today... he's had the following things:
1. many, many kisses from his mommy
2. at least one nap
3. mommy's breast milk.
#1 has not tapered (and although I don't keep an official tally, I believe the kiss/day average ratio has continued a consistent upward trend). #2 and #3 have both tapered in volume and frequency. As for #2, some days Radar only takes one nap (which is usually a monster nap of 2 or 3 hours) and some days he takes two shorter naps. Yesterday he took two very short naps and then conked out at 6:30pm, not to be heard from again until 6:30am (Hallelujah!!!!) That makes me pretty happy!
But #3 makes me sad and as of tomorrow, I'm dropping #3 off the list. It was a pretty good run though, for a working mom.
- Although he wouldn't touch the boob for his first 5 weeks, mommy kept to a 24 hour pumping regimen to make sure he always had boob juice, every day.
- At exactly 5 weeks he magically discovered the boob and mommy's life got so much easier! Now instead of pumping at 2 am, I just rolled over and stuck the boob in his mouth, every night.
- At 3 months, mommy went back to work and every day at the designated hour, she'd close her office door, whip out the boob and place it in the device!
- For the first 5 1/2 months, Radar only ate breast milk. Most experts recommend that you give only breast milk until 6 months, but Radar was ready to eat other things sooner... he was getting hungrier every day and he let me know it.
- At about 9 months, he had top and bottom teeth and the real games began. Breast feeding wasn't just for milk anymore, it was now a sport. I tried all the tips (don't smile, speak firmly, take away the boob, etc.), but to no avail. Every day Radar bit down and when I'd speak firmly, he'd flash a very amused 4 toothed grin... So, except for late night feedings, direct feeding came to a halt and I spent more time with my friend, the pump.
- At about 10 1/2 months, I noticed that my supply was really dwindling. I thought trying direct feeding again might help, but toothy promptly chomped down and smiled big. So I used up my frozen supply and started supplementing with formula - but still, he had a couple of my boob juice bottles every day.
- For the last week to 10 days, it's become obvious that the time to say goodbye was near. I have continued pumping, but my supply keeps dropping... from 4 oz per pump, to 3, to 2 and now, I barely get an ounce. I pumped this morning and I'll pump this evening. Maybe I'll have 1 1/2 or 2 oz for the whole day... and I'll give it to Radar tonight and he'll have his mommy's breast milk like he has EVERY DAY since he was born.
And then tomorrow, he won't.
Bye bye breast feeding. I have loved you and I will miss you! Thank you for taking such good care of my little monkey.
Lots of love,
Titi and Radar
PS - Prima Sara... do you want an electric breast pump? She's been great to me!
PSS - For anyone who's curious about the whole walking thing... Radar doesn't like walking. If really coaxed, he'll take a couple of steps, but he much, much, much prefers crawling. I thought that once he took those first unassisted steps that he'd be hooked. I was wrong. I guess some day soon he'll just start running, but for now, I guess I'm happy that I can still keep up!