For the first three weeks of Bonnie’s ninth month of life, she was incredibly sick. She was not herself at all. She couldn’t sleep, wasn’t eating well, had a terrible runny nose, inflamed throat, cough, raspy breathing…
She was not herself, we were not getting any rest, and even during the day when she was awake she was upset and uncomfortable most of the time. After ten days on an antibiotic she is back to herself.
We were so worried about her, and I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever have our sweet, happy girl back.
But she’s bounced back beautifully, and my fears have finally eased. Last week we had, truly, the best week together. Every single day was just a dream. At the end of each day I went to sleep feeling so relieved to have her feeling well again, and so refreshed after a day full of cuddling, reading, smiling, playing…
Now that we’ve decided to jump right in to weaning her, I’ve cherished each second of nursing her. I get emotional every single time now, and am even emotional typing this. She’s blown me away by how quickly she is adjusting. There have been some really hard moments, that have had us both in tears together, but those have been few, and far between.
Since she is only nursing in the morning and at night now, she is eating a lot more during the day. She still feeds herself lots of finger foods, but I’m also helping by spoon feeding her when she needs it.
I spent my evenings in the kitchen last week, and made several things Bonnie has really seemed to enjoy:
1) Crock pot whole chicken- Bonnie’s quite particular about her poultry, and only likes it when it has been cooked certain ways, so the fact that she scarfed this up was a major victory.
2) Toddler Smoothie Drops- These were a huge hit!
3) Roasted Sweet Potatoes- Sweet potato in any form (other than pureed) is always a hit.
4) Pumpkin-Zucchini Muffins with Coconut Flour- Judging by how many she ate, I’d guess these were Bonnie’s favorite thing she ate last week!
5) Homemade Almond Milk- Since Bonnie was loving store-bought so much, I finally decided to try my hand at making this at home. It was really easy! Took a long time, but she is drinking it, and I have so much more peace of mind about her drinking this instead of store-bought.
As gratifying as it is to breastfeed, and to know that you are giving your baby the best possible start in life, and providing the absolute best source of nutrition for her, it is also gratifying to spend evenings in the kitchen, preparing meals and snacks that you know are going to benefit your baby. I’ve never found much joy in cooking, but it is incredibly fulfilling and invigorating to use quality, healthy, whole, organic ingredients to prepare food for your baby. I’ve enjoyed it far more than I ever thought I would.
Even apart from watching Bonnie learn to eat and enjoy wholesome, nutritious foods, I’m just relishing this stage in Bonnie’s life. She has finally learned to crawl, although I have to admit she’s kind of a pathetic crawler, and doesn’t like doing it at all… Still fun to watch though! And she’s finally learned to wave/say “bye bye.”
I seriously fall more in love with her every single day.
(Believe it or not, this is one of her happy faces!)