Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Week Of Surprises

The first surprise was that we said goodbye to Elliot's crib this week.  Completely disassembled, removed from his room, and his room rearranged to make way for his growing toddler self.  He'd been sleeping on and off in the twin bed on the floor in his room lately, always during nap and sometimes during the night, but as of the last week or so he'd slept in it 100% of the time.  So Andrea took the plunge while I was at work on Friday.  Just like that, no more crib.  And Elliot is happy as could be.  He sleeps really well in his bed and never wakes up fully crying like he used to in his crib.  He'll just sit up and call for us until one of us gets to him.  It feels like such a huge "growing up" transition.

The second surprise--coming home from work to this amazing table of yummy treats!--was actually a celebration of the biggest surprise of the week... Elliot completely weaned himself this week.  Talk about growing up.  Just like that.  No more nursing.  He was already down to only nursing just before nap or before going to bed for the night (and only two nap-nursings a week since I've been at work) so he wasn't nursing that much anyway.  But as has always been true for Elliot, that little bit of nursing was a really big deal for him.  This boy has always like his nursing.  A LOT!  I thought for sure that weaning him was going to be an all out battle.  But slowly, over time, little bits fell away until we were down to just a bit before sleeping.  Then, one night about a week ago, Andrea just said they were going to go read books in his bed before he went to sleep, and off he went.  Straight to his bed to read, hear some Old McDonald, and have his back patted.  Then he was asleep.  And asleep for almost the whole night!  And then again the next night.  And the night after that.  And now even I can be the one to read, sing and pat him to sleep in his bed and he doesn't even mention nursing.  Just like that.  Weaned.

What a surprising week.  And it's also been a week with a lot more sleep in it--which helps everything.   So cross your fingers for us and hope for the best.  We think this is going to be our ticket to long-term sleep and a happy and healthy child.

5 comments:

meguire said...

You know I hear Vodka helps to get kids to bed. But it looks like you already know that from the picture....
LOVE you Malia.

The Big Love and other stories... said...

yeah baby. i mean...yeah big kid. i do so believe that the weaning will help the sleeping, M. nice work, Elliot. he's participating in your effort to make the big changes that you ALL need, for a happier, healthier mama (and family). xoxoxox. m

amuma Deb said...

You and Andrea are the best moms Malia. Elliot is such a happy, fun, smart toddler. He definitely has a mind of his own and he is just as likely to decide to snuggle with Amuma for a while after his nap as run around : )

His family in Hawaii will be amazed by all of you. Well done, well done on the transition to toddlerhood Elliot and Malia and Andrea!

Merin said...
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Merin said...

Amazing! Congrats to all of you on the fantastic development!