…and my mouse is about reading to run! One of these days she’ll gain the confidence and be on her way, although it will be sad, I do love to see her daddy chase her across the floor, and her dissolve in giggles as she can’t quite crawl fast enough!
But, 1 year will end some other things, too, worrying about food allergies, for one, whereas this morning I’m still doing an internet search to see if I can put brown sugar in her cream of wheat, because that’s how my mommy always made it. Brown sugar is made from sugar and molasses, and molasses is NOT honey nor is it associated with honey. Whew. Now I can stop worrying about that. Bring on the honey maid graham crackers and stop buying mum mums because they’re basically just rice flour and I think she’s starting to dislike them a little bit. She has 4 teeth and she’s eating everything but the toughest stuff, like hard bits of pear, apple, etc, she has a time with meat, still, so that is probably the thing that is the most worrisome, but she seems to do well with a lot of foods, so that’s good.
In the US, a year typically broaches the end of nursing/breastfeeding as well. You get funny looks if you don’t. My friend T weaned her boy at a year and didn’t have issues, however he’d been getting cups and bottles of milk at grandma’s I think and only nursed a couple of times a day as it was. Keeley’s still at 6 times a day, but luckily, she sleeps through the night (I consider her 6 am feeding a night feeding, I suppose, but she goes back to sleep most days), and although she can be distracted for a while (I’ve tried a few times), she is very insistent about still nursing. So there’s the dilemma, since she’s still so VERY attached to nursing, do I abruptly wean her at a year just because it’s frowned upon? I don’t know. I mean I HAVE to be with her all day, so it’s not like I can get away from her if she wants to nurse. She’s taking in a good portion of food every day and I imagine if I sat down and fed her table food from morning until night, she’d eat it, and still want to nurse. Plus, I know it’s guaranteed good calories and no matter what else she eats that day, she’s still getting enough good stuff so I don’t have to worry if all I have to feed her is applesauce and mum mums, she can nurse and be happy with that until later in the day… the general pediatric guidelines on weaning are now ‘six months of nursing, and up to a year or until mutually agreeable’ or something like that. I sure don’t want to be the mom with a 7 year old nursing (that IS a little weird)…
But I would like my chest back one of these days, to sleep without a bra, shower without letting down, leaking or spraying (sounds like a garden hose, doesn’t it?) milk everywhere.
Then there’s what to do with her all day long, as the nursing tends to usher in and close out naps. What will she be like? After walking and running, what’s next, the verbal skills, I suppose and starting to work on gross motor skills and fine motor skills, and before I know it, potty training. I kind of knew what to expect from a baby. Diapers, late night feedings, crying, I don’t know what to expect of a GULP! toddler.