Today is one of those “real” posts when you let it all out there…it’s one that shows the ups and downs of family life, but I hope with me sharing this that some of you other mommas know you are not alone!
Backing up a bit… I have mentioned the past few weeks have been rough, mostly because we listened to the pediatrician’s advice and decided it was time to wean Caroline from the bottle before Carson comes. We knew it was going to be a difficult transition to rid her of the “nankie” as she lovingly called it because it has always been her comfort, her security blanket of sorts.
Well, my little headstrong darling of a girl fought and fought us on this, and it’s been REALLY emotional to watch her get upset/cry/throw tantrums just because she wanted her milk from a bottle, not a cup. We made the decision to quit cold turkey and put away all the bottles, and finally after three long, exhausting weeks, she has taken to drinking milk from a sippy. Cue the applause!
I am sharing this because I want y’all to know I had to put MY big girl panties on and do things I didn’t want to do. I went to bed at night wondering if she was still hungry, wondering if we did the right thing, and second guessing myself and feeling like a complete failure…her molars were coming in at the same time, so we were trying to combat two monsters at once, which made things REALLY fun :/.
On the other hand, I had the support of a lot of other mom-friends and most family members, yet others fought me on this decision and made me feel like I was doing the wrong thing. Thank heavens for Mimi, who is always in my corner, assuring me she knew why we were making this choice, and telling me I was doing what I felt was right for Caroline in the long run.
Though most of us are venturing into this parenting territory with all sorts of helpful resources-books, internet, other blogs, advice from friends/family, etc-at the end of the day, we are the ones who know our children better than anybody else…we are the ones who cuddle them when they are sick, we are the ones who know when something’s just not right, and we are the ones who spend hours each day caring for them. We may not know best when it comes to everything, but we know THEM best, and we should follow our gut instincts…God made us parents for a reason. My best advice is to seek out information from the experts, to ask others who have walked down the same path before, and to pray about it…no one said this parenting thing was going to be easy, that’s for sure.
And today, I can say that we successfully conquered this tricky time. My girl is growing like a weed, she is happy, healthy, and she is drinking out of her big girl cups! Good job Caroline!!