Jenn

Jul 292015
 

fish2I never loved eating fish. There are all kinds of ethical and political and environmental and spiritual reasons one might not like to eat fish. That’s some of the reason, but I actually don’t like that “fishy” taste. I don’t even like vegetarian sushi. But I discovered that fresh, white fish, doesn’t have a fishy taste. Even more so when you douse it in coconut and curry! This recipe is good for people like me and all the toddlers who also don’t love the taste of fish. Like all my recipes, this was an experiment that turned out so awesome. I use it every couple of weeks, and it’s pretty much the only way I cook fish any more.

 

Ingredients:
5T coconut flour
3T curry powder
3T shredded coconut
4 filets MSC cod, haddock
Coconut oil for frying

How to:
Mix flour, coconut shreds, curry powder
Heat a generous amount of coconut oil. Think shallow deep-fry!
Press each filet into the mix, covering both sides really well
Fry each side for 5-7 mins, being very careful when flipping
This recipe has just enough curry for parents to find it interesting and enough coconut to tone town the spice so the kids can enjoy it too.
Please let me know how your family likes it.
Jul 272015
 
Babe's offering, a crab!

Babe’s offering, a crab!

We recently took a family trip to the beach in Maine. We packed hats, a parasol, UV suits and Green Beaver sunscreen. We had planned on being on the beach for most of the trip, but I was also hoping to beat the heat and find somewhere to go hiking. With the huge Lyme disease panic in the media these days, and knowing how upset Babe gets when a mosquito “eats” her, I also (thankfully!) packed our new Dr. Fedorenko True Organic Bug Stick.

We never made it into the woods, but the Bug Stick sure got used. On this beautiful beach, there were pesky horseflies and black flies– pretty unexpected. Dr. Fedorenko to the rescue! Everyone, including our extended family, was very pleased with how effective this 100 percent natural, organic, DEET-free product is. We’d almost panic if it got forgotten or misplaced. It really was a lifesaver, and was nicknamed “the magic stick.” Never had I felt more useful.

There were four kids on the beach with us, who didn’t seem to be as interesting to the bugs as the adults were, but the parents felt good about putting the Bug Stick on the kids who were between the ages of two and five (although the company says it’s for ages 3+).

As soon as the stick, which comes in a deodorant-shaped container, was applied to our skin, the bugs bugged off. The product is supposed to stay on for up to four hours, which I’m sure it would have if we didn’t keep running into the ocean. We knew the product rinsed off because we were like fly paper again. Proof of the stick’s efficacy.

Not only is it DEET-free, it’s free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic colours, fragrances and chemicals. Free of dairy and soy, and smells good enough to eat!

Magic Bug Stick!

Magic Bug Stick!

The yummy smelling essential oils, which are responsible for the repelling of annoying bugs, are catnip, geranium, citronella and, peppermint, rosemary, clove, vanilla and atlas cedarwood. The Bug Stick is also made of shea butter, jojoba oil and beeswax.

These oils also have other helpful properties, including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory. It feels hydrating and not sticky.

There were 10 people using the Bug Stick while we were in Maine. It covered a LOT of skin, and there’s still over half left. We’re taking it camping in a couple weeks and I’m quite sure they’ll be more than enough for my family and the friends that we’re going with.

This product comes in two formats– a balm, which retails for $20 and $30. Please don’t let the price deter you. Yes, OFF or Deep Woods is way cheaper, but you don’t want that crap on your body or the bodies of your precious babes. Am I right? As I just mentioned, the product goes a very long way.

Dr Fedorenko is giving one lucky Mama Naturale reader the chance to win a Bug Stick. Just comment below and tell us where you’d use your Bug Stick this summer. Get a second entry by sharing and leaving the word “share” at the bottom of the post on the Mama Naturale FB wall. You can also

Follow on twitter: @drfedorenko

A winner will be picked next Monday. Good luck!

 

Jul 232015
 

Guest post by Bill Boland and Anita Halton at BodyFix Method

breathYou’re excited to feel your baby growing inside you. But you also feel the physical stress that extra belly weight is causing. Your body is constantly adapting and not always in good ways. You feel it in your back, your neck, and your legs. These aches and pains are the result of postural changes caused by the developing fetus. Along the way, your body’s natural alignment is being compromised.

Here are 4 potentially damaging postural changes to be alert to and a few simple exercises you can do to correct them and avoid pain.

 1. Swayback (Hyper-lordosis)

This is excessive curvature of the low back spine. We all have a natural amount of lordosis or curve in our low back (lumbar) spines, but when this curve becomes exaggerated, or hyper-lordotic, we are at risk for lower back pain, disc herniations, or sciatica. Pregnancy exacerbates the natural lordosis or curve of your lumbar spine. The added weight of your baby in your belly is pulling your pelvis into a forward pelvic tilt; this puts the back into a position of hyper-lordosis.

In order to keep your spine in the most neutral curve possible, focus on these things alignment principles and try these exercises:

a. Butt Strength.  A strong butt is critical to keeping your pelvis from going into more of a forward pelvic tilt. Muscles in front and in back need to balance each other and keep the pelvis level.
b. Thighs Too Strong. The big thigh muscles, known also as quadriceps, are the strongest muscles in the body and they will easily pull the pelvis into a forward tilt if they are too tight. The tendency is going to be for your quads to get tighter and tighter as your baby grows and as you gradually gain weight during pregnancy, so you need to stretch them!

c.  Supple Hips.  Hip flexors are muscles that bring the knee to your chest. The psoas is a deep hip flexor, the only muscle that connects your lumbar spine to your legs. It gets tight when your knees are turned out and you walk with your hip and thigh muscles instead of your leg and butt muscles. It’s easy to do when you’re pregnant. When the deep hip flexor, the psoas muscle, is tight, it will pull your pelvis into an increased forward tilt, making delivery more difficult. It is very important to stretch those deep hip flexors.

This Simple Lunge is safe to do all the way through your pregnancy.

 

2. Abdominal Separation

Abdominal separation (diastasis recti) is a separation between the left and right side of the muscle covering the front surface of the belly (rectus abdominis). Pregnancy puts so much extra pressure on the belly that sometimes the muscles in front can’t keep their shape, causing a separation of the abdominal muscles. You’re also more likely to have the problem if you’re over 35, or if you’re having a heavy baby, twins, triplets, or more.

This condition can occur if your abdominals are either too weak or too tight. What’s your best strategy? Avoid compression in the abdominal area (no crunches!) and keep your abdominals long, strong, and supple. Avoid planks, or sit-ups, swimming or any positions on all fours.

Do these exercises, instead:

a. Standing Overhead Arm Extension

b. Hero’s Pose (Virasana with block)

c. Backbend over Bolster

d. Abdominal Corseting: Imagine that you are wearing a corset and practice engaging your abdominals and holding them while breathing for 10 breaths. Then release. This will gently strengthen your deepest abdominal, your transverse abdominal.

 

3. Rounded Shoulders, Forward Head Posture & Shallow Breathing

Forward Head Posture is a postural condition that affects millions of North Americans and pregnancy only increases your chances of suffering from it. The added weight of your growing breasts can begin to create a tendency to round your shoulders and sink your breastbone. As your shoulders come forward, your head follows and you wind up slouched. There’s a lot of fatigue in pregnancy, but sitting in a slouched posture will only add to that when you diminish your ability to breathe. Oxygen is a primary source of energy. You need more energy now than ever, and you will need more energy after your baby is born for sure, so here are some exercises to help you stand and sit tall, breathe more easily, and relax.

These exercises will keep your chest open and your breath deep and powerful.

a.  Standing Chest Opener

b. Standing Arm Circles

c. Seated Shoulder Blade Squeezes

 

pillow

Seated knee pillow squeeze

4. Turned-out Feet and The Waddle  

Because your belly is growing out, there is less room for the legs to find the ground straight ahead. Your legs and feet will have the tendency to point out or “evert”. This alignment habit will result in a gait pattern of the pregnancy waddle.

If you are accustomed to walking straight ahead, you will now somewhat roll side-to-side because your toes are no longer pointed forward. This alignment pattern will tighten the hip flexors and contribute to a sore low back. A waddle is also inefficient way of walking. It can be avoided.

Do these exercises daily:

a. Seated Knee Pillow Squeezes

b. Walking in Place

The Body Fix Method creates custom plans for therapy clients. If you’d like the full descrption and photos from this post, Anita has offered to send you a copy. Just contact her at anita@bodyfixmethod.com
Jul 162015
 

okra3Okra is a pretty cool veggie. It’s appearance alone is an entire blog post. The texture, a second post. It’d had been a while since I used okra and was honestly a little worried my non-picky kids would dislike it. It can be slimy. So before introducing them to this new vegetable, I took slime-reduction measures, and soaked it for a while in some water and apple cider vinegar.

The kids loved to hold and feel the okra before I chopped it– we decided they looked like ogre fingers and named the recipe ogre stew. Of course, no ogres were harmed in the making if tonight’s vegetarian meal. I love the way it looks when cut open– like little mandalas.
Not only did they not hate it, the whole family loved it. I hope yours will too.
Ingredients:
okra23tsp ginger, peeled and grated or finely chopped

okra13 cloves garlic, chopped
One small onion, chopped
Coconut oil or replacement
1t cumin, turmeric
1T curry powder
1 big can diced tomatoes
2 cups chick peas, soaked and cooked, or one can
Handful of kale, washed and broken in bite-sized pieces
Salt and chili flakes to taste
A few cups of okra (I had 30 pods) chopped in less than one centimetre rounds
  2 T ACV
How to:
Wash and chop the pods. Leave them to soak in a big container of water and add the ACV. If you can do this ahead of time and let them soak for at least an hour, great.
okraMelt oil, fry onions, garlic and powdered spices
Rinse the okra. Rinse it again and again and again. I wasn’t able to get rid of all the slime. Babe watched it oozing out of the strainer. Definitely added to the ogre factor!
Add to the pan and fry a little while
Add tomatoes and chickpeas and let everything simmer until the okra is desired consistency
Add kale in at the very end and steam it until it wilts
Enjoy!
Jul 132015
 

The Best Baby Food, 125 Healthy & Delicious Recipes for Babies & Toddlers
By Jordan Wagman & Jill Hillhouse, BPHE, CNP
Published by Robert Rose Inc. 

Guest review by Pascale Buist

I am not a big recipe follower. I mean, I love recipe books, with their beautiful pictures and the promises of exquisite scents and flavours that come with them, but I rarely follow a recipe when cooking. Just because I am a free spirit!

babyfood1My son is now seven and a half months old. He started eating (or shall I say, experimenting with food…) two months ago. It was supposed to help him (us) sleep. It totally failed in that aspect (still sleeping 2h at a time); but he loves eating and is willing to try whatever I fancy to introduce.

I have been making my own purees, thinking it is pretty simple: fruit or veggie, water, simmer or steam,then puree using an immersion blender. But after a while, I started thinking this was bland and boring. Yes, he eats and seems to like it most of the time, but there doesn’t seem to be such an evolution in his eating because I have made large quantities of frozen purees, so the same flavours and textures come back in rotation frequently…

And then I received this book to review and it opened a new world of possibilities! The book is built as a guide for a journey of taste buds stimulation and palate awakening. Elements can be introduced alone, then combined, then seasoned with fresh herbs and lemon… It all makes sense!

As your baby grows up, soups, chunky dips and sauces replace smooth purees. It is suitable for those who spoon­feed their baby; but also works for those who prefer baby­led weaning (don’t puree, serve soft). The recipes are simple, do not require a lot of preparation and dish washing, and the results are fresh, vibrant, full of taste and colours.

Let me start by saying the book is beautiful. The pictures are gorgeous, mouth­watering gorgeous (how’s that for a book on baby food?) The sections are relevant, user­friendly and timesaving. There is a section on general nutrition facts to consider while feeding a baby; one on equipment and storage and then the recipes. Starting Solids (6 to 9 months); Establishing Preferences (9 to 12 months); Food for Toddlers (12 months +) and guilt­free tantalizing Snacks and Desserts final section, with smoothies, ice pops, macaroons and the likes (notice no age recommendation… It is totally okay to eat them yourself!)

With each recipe come nutrients per serving info and a few tips.

Here is a sneak peek: Apple and Fig Brown Rice Cereal; Peach, Chive and Basil Puree; Chicken with Butternut Squash and Leeks; Soft Polenta with Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli; Oven­roasted Duck with Red Cabbage and Frozen Mango Mousse…

babyfoodThere are additional great sections on:

  • making your own whole grain cereals
  • fruits and veggies that contain the most and the least pesticide (so you know which you should buy organic if you are on a budget)
  • healing properties of herbs and spices
  • raw and vegetarian options (with lots of beans, lentils, peas)
  • good sweetening options (to replace white sugar elsewhere)

The only (minor) disappointment: although nutritionists emphasize the need to introduce meat as soon as possible, there is only five recipes with meat (three of them using chicken) in the section Starting Solids… And there is no option to introduce fish before 12 months.

Altogether, a great book that I recommend you buy before the baby is born. Why? Because then you will have plenty of time to read everything, mark pages, plan ahead, dream a little dream of love while looking up the adorable pictures of babies with puree all over there sweet cheeky faces… Because if the baby lottery of life gives you a non­sleeper like mine, you might fall off-schedule and end up buying a large quantity of bottled purees before you manage to find the time and peace of mind to cook, let alone read…

Congratulations on the little(s) one(s); hold on to people who make you feel you are the best parent ever, even when you feel lost at sea… Stay guilt­free as much as you can and enjoy the ride!
Pascale Buist is an International Project Management Consultant from Montreal. She is also the single-mother of one awesome little 7 month old baby boy. She is currently managing her biggest, most challenging and most rewarding project EVER… one sleepless night at a time! ;)

Jul 092015
 

in1  We came to see the fireflies. Beautiful light bugs. The most pleasant of childhood memories which linger decades later– camping and watching the fireflies. Sitting by the campfire, unable to differentiate between sparks and bugs.

On the way to the Insectarium, I imagined the Space for Life had created a space, like they do every year with Butterflies go Free. I dreamt of a pitch-black room, where just like my childhood camping memories, fireflies zoomed all around us. I felt four.

But this mama was mistaken. The whole thing was a fabrication I’d put together based on bits and pieces of misread press releases and emails. Luckily, I didn’t share my wild imaginings with my family, so no one was the least bit disappointed– sheer joy. in2I quickly got over my disappointment and we moved on.

The camouflaged bugs were a huge hit. We all spent a lot of time playing hide and seek with the insects that look like leaves and sticks. The aquariums are low enough that Babe and Bug could easily see in without being held up, and it also gives them a way different view than we adults. Papa and I found ourselves getting down to their level, where we could see the underside of the gigantic beetles.

The kids were excited about everything at the Insectarium. “Mom, come looook!” “Mumminou, look the bug!” “Papa, this one is HUGE!”

We also spent a good part of our time in the Bearers of Light exhibit. It was photos of this installation that is probably responsible for what I dreamt up.

in3The multimedia interpretation uses recycled light bulbs and lasers to mimic a natural ecosystem. Thousands of lightbulbs hang from the ceiling of this pitch blank room. You slide your hand over a box, which activates the lasers, and brings light to the bulbs. We became the Light Bearers. Both kids loved this, so thankfully there were two boxes!

Before we left the Insectarium and headed out to the Botanical Gardens, where a lovely woman named Marie-Eve taught us how to build a bug hotel, we of course went to see the ants. The kids were mesmerized and so were the adults.

Bearers of light is at the Montréal Insectarium from June 20 to August 30.

Jun 292015
 

Whether you’re a yogi, or a mama who spends her days in yoga pants (or like me—both!) check out these gorgeous tights made in Montreal by Cadeauté. And there’s a pair up for grabs!

 

cadeaute2The first time I noticed Cadeauté’s designs was at Happy Tree Yoga. The studio’s boutique stocks the brightly coloured pillows (for your bed and your eyes!) as well as the sweetest little notebooks. Every time I went into the studio, which became more and more frequent, I couldn’t keep my eyes off Barbara’s stuff. Her designs pop out at you, even when you’re looking in another direction. They’re unavoidable (in a great way!) I bought one of her little notebooks, which I still keep tucked in my yoga bag always. In it, I keep dreams, thoughts and inspirations for upcoming classes.

I started to quietly follow what Barbara was up to. I saw a successful indiegogo campaign. I saw lots of beautiful pottery. Then I saw she was going to release a yoga collection.

Inspired by a recent trip to India, Barbara came back with inspirations for designs that were very different from her florescência patterns, but they are unmistakeably hers. She told me the most inspiring thing about India is, “The joy of the people and their colourful way of living. All that beauty remains despite all the misery.” When the yoga line was complete, on Facebook, she released one new pattern of leggings at a time, leaving people more excited than they knew they could be about spandex! Myself included! I saw her table at the Yoga Festival Montreal, where she launched the collection, and I knew I needed a pair, but I wasn’t sure how on earth I’d decide which ones I wanted most. I picked the purple Peacock ones, and they’re perfect.

Cadeauté‘s leggings are so fun that it would be impossible to be grumpy while wearing them. They are my magic tights. I believe that clothing is supposed to make you feel good and make you feel more like yourself and these tights certainly do the trick. This morning, Babe asked me if I can save them for her when she gets older. I promised I would. I wonder if I’ll be wearing tights when I’m 60. If they make me feel this good than I just might be!

I’ve worn the leggings a few times now and I got compliments every single time. People come up to me to touch the fabric and remark at the thickness. They really are high-quality and thick. You know what that means? No one can tell if you’re wearing granny panties or a thong when you’re in Downdog. Moreover, unlike a famous brand of yoga attire that will remain nameless, no one can see the pattern on your underwear through your tights!

The real test, however, was to see how they’d hold up in a hot yoga class…

cadeaute3I admittedly don’t know a whole lot about fabrics. I tend towards natural materials like cotton, bamboo and hemp, but those don’t do so well when you’re sweating in Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana. So I end up wearing tights and a tank top to the weekly detox flow classes I take at Happy Tree. I usually walk out of those classes completely drenched and my legs feel disgusting. But my magic Cadeauté tights, a Polyspandex blend, didn’t have that effect. I hardly felt wet at all by the end of that class and there certainly were no sweat stains. I want to know when the shirts are coming out!

The pants also retained their stretch throughout the class, which many tights simply do not. As I told Barbara, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than baggy tights. Except maybe baggy socks. On that note, these tights are very special because of the option to slide the bottom over your heel. So cool!

For me, the best thing about wearing these tights in a yoga class is observing the symmetry. Maybe I was supposed to be focused on other things, but because these tights were brand new, in last week’s detox yoga class, I couldn’t help but notice with every posture how my legs always found their mirror image. Chair pose—symmetry. Forward fold, hey, look at that! Happy Tree has lots of mirrors, so I even saw how postures like butterfly matched up between my thighs! See, how fun is that? Too much fun, maybe. But clothes and yoga are supposed to be fun. All of the tights in this collection are perfectly symmetrical. In case you’re as excited by that as I clearly am!

The fabric is manufactured in Canada and they are printed with Eco-friendly water-based dyes that are both safe for children and the environment. They are also sewn by hand in Montreal. The sell for $70 which is an incredible price. The quality of these tights is way higher than anything I’ve seen and they are not made in a sweatshop.

cadauteI asked Barbara, who I am lucky to know IRL a couple of questions about the line and was thrilled to hear her answer.

“Cadeauté is the place where all the things that I love or inspire me and are part of my life meet. As a yoga student, it made sense to marry my love for yoga with my passion for creating. I also saw a huge gap in the yoga prop and clothing market in terms of finding colourful and unique designs. Most yoga pants and bolster cases are made with dark solid colour fabrics, and I find that the yoga practice should always be fun and joyful, so why not create a line that inspires people to have fun and feel joy?”

Thank you Barbara, for making clothing and accessories that are making people like me smile. Mission accomplished!

Bridal satin rose eye pillows and velveteen bolster cases with the same patterns are also available. You can check out Cadauté here.

To win your own pair of leggings, visit Cadeauté on Etsy, get the link to your favourite leggings and include it when sharing this post. Make sure to write on public mode so we can see your post. Extra chance to win if you share it on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CadeauteYoga. Contest closes Monday, July 6.

Namaste and good luck!

 

Jun 242015
 

salsaDo you ever find yourself scrambling to make a quick and nutritious meal? It happens to me all the time, and this time, my friend Cristina was over with her girls. We were talking so much (or more likely I was talking so much!) that I forgot about preparing dinner. Papa was going to be home for dinner soon! Nothing like a deadline to get creative juices flowing.

So, as we all munched on the always-yummy food Cristina brought, I threw this together in 20 minutes and it was de-lish!

Ingredients:
A few Tbsp coconut oil or similar
A pack of chicken thighs or breasts cubed
An onion, chopped
2 cups salsa (we buy Costco’s organic salsa but homemade fermented would be even better)
2-3 cups broccoli florets (I used fresh but frozen is even quicker)
1-2 cups already cooked rice–preferably in homemade bone broth
Fresh cilantro if you happen to have it
You could also top with sour cream and cheddar cheese of you eat dairy or Daiya if you don’t.

How to:
Heat oil and add onions and chicken. (If you’re like me and squeamish about touching raw chicken… Fry both sides of chicken then remove to cut into chunks. If you can cut clicked before frying, this will be an even quicker recipe). Return chunks back to pot

Add salsa, rice and broccoli, and simmer until chicken is cooked and broccoli is desired colour.

Told you it was easy.

Pro Tip: Do it in the crockpot.

Now please tell me if you’re family loved it as much as mine did.

 

Jun 172015
 

bacon We’re all about the super quick meals these days. The weather is too nice to be inside (and it’s too hot to have the oven on). Papa mostly man’s the BBQ, so when it’s just me and the kids, we whip something together pretty fast. The other night, we created something that we all loved. Babe stirred while Bug added the 3 ingredients! How easy is that?

bacon2Ingredients:
Less than one pack of bacon, slices chopped in 3″ sections1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts, washed and thinly sliced
6 big muchrooms washed and chopped
1/2 cup of homemade broth

How to:
Put bacon in a pan.
Once it’s cooked for a while add Brussels then mushroomsFry until mushrooms are cooked then add broth and simmer
Salt and pepper to taste

Easy, right?

Jun 102015
 

tandemYears ago, if someone told me I’d still be nursing my four year old, I’d have argued. I didn’t see myself nursing beyond the “recommended” two years. When our first few weeks felt disastrous, I didn’t think we’d make it to 6 months.

And if someone told me I’d be tandem nursing…! Hahaha! What kind of a crazy person does that?! But here we are. Bug is two, Babe is four. They’re both still nursing.

What does nursing a four year old look like? I assume it’s different for every child/mama dyad. I suppose the frequency of nursing sessions depends on any number of things, including childcare arrangements, bedtime routines and whether there is a sibling in the picture.
What does it look like in my case? It’s pretty infrequent but very important. We recently experimented with weaning and I learned just how important nursing for Babe.
Her need/want to nurse is way stronger than my need/want to wean, so she wins!
There are a number of things Babe does not need milk for. While I guess there are still nutritional, immunological benefits, she eats a wide variety of food– she’s way less picky than many of my adult friends! Breastmilk is not keeping her from starving.
Up until pretty recently (it’s actually remarkable that we didn’t put it in the calendar!) Babe had always nursed to sleep. What a milestone! Maybe you’ve been there, or you will be there one day, when it feels like your child will never sleep without a boob in her mouth– hang on. You’ll get there!
Now, she sometimes still nurses to sleep, but she has so many other tools in her box. She falls asleep in the car, while reading with Papa, with me, while listening to music, or even simply just closing her eyes. She still usually falls asleep in someone’s arms but is far from needing milk to do it. She (and Bug) even fall asleep while their babysitter reads to them!!
She used to expect/want/ask for milk with every booboo. That’s no longer the case. Often, a kiss will do the trick. She even managed to fall out of a cart at Canadian Tire the other day and we got out of there with cuddles and the promise of arnica and frozen mangoes when we got home.
So what does she need milk for? You wonder. I wonder. I ask her. She tells me she needs milk because she loves it. I get that. Nursing has been one of the constants in Babe’s life. Do does she need it or want it? What does it matter? It might not be super common in North America but it’s biologically normal.
We’d always said Babe could have her ears pierced when she stopped having milk. Recently, when my mom came to visit and Babe skipped a nursing session before bed (and slept with Nana instead) I thought it was the perfect time to wean. So I pushed a little. Four days later, we did a celebratory ear piercing.
At her friend’s I overheard her say, “You know Jackson, I don’t have milkies anymore because I have earrings.” He looked up at her with his mama’s boob in his mouth. He said nothing. She looked devastated.
In the days that passed, Babe was very, very sad. She said she hated her earrings and she wasn’t ready for them.
I found myself doing a solo bedtime one night and Babe was trying her best to sleep but told me how much she missed milkies. I asked her, “Would you like to have some milk?”
She didn’t know the rule could be broken. She didn’t know Big Girls with Earrings could have milk. But we broke the rule and I feel very good about it. When I decided to try to wean Babe I talked to a couple friends who’d weaned their 4/5 year olds and for them, it was because they were at their absolute wit’s end. I, however, was not. The frequency at which Babe nurses is nothing. The hard part of tandem nursing is behind me. If I was going to put my foot down it would have been two years ago when Bug was first born and I was losing my mind. But we got through it.
In talking to Papa, I realized that sometimes a situation is not ideal but it is opportune. Like when he and I became roommates after 6 months of dating!
But as it turned out, the weaning thing was really not opportune for Babe. She still wants milk, so she’ll still gets it. It wasn’t really bothering me anyway. She nurses once a day– 2 minutes before bed. A big deal for her and a small one for me. Do I know when Babe will wean? No. Does it stress me out? No. I could call it at any point, couldn’t I? I believe in Child-Led Weaning like I believe in Baby-Led Weaning. I’d like to come to an agreement when we finally call it quits, not make a decision which affects both of us, all by myself.
Also, one of her earrings got infected so she’s walking around with only one. Some right if passage!
Did your nursing plans change? Did you nurse longer or less long than you thought you would?