In which we may or may not make progress on weaning Miss Mouse

October 25th, 2009

At the gentle recommendation of our pediatrician, we are attempting to get serious about weaning Miss Mouse off her bottles. She transitioned to cow’s milk a couple months ago with no problem and at that time cheerfully gave up all day-time bottles. She drinks from a cup at school with no complaints. But she’s held on the bedtime and wake-up bottles.

Part of the issue is that Miss Mouse wakes up starving — much like her mother. I am usually ready for food within seconds of opening my eyes and she seems to be the same way. I marvel at Day Care when I’m dropping her off and there are moms with their babies saying: “Now, he ate last at about eight o’clock last night so I’d imagine he’ll be hungry in the next hour or so.” What? Your kid hasn’t eaten yet this morning? How do you do that? The second she wakes up, my little pig demands sustenance.

But we’re going to have to change that form of early morning nutrition from a bottle to a cup or a meal. And the good news is that this morning, she didn’t have a bottle. She had three sips from her cup, decided that was no good, made the sign for “hungry” and allowed me to take her downstairs for a banana. Not bad.

The bad news is, she woke up at 2:30 am and had a bottle then, shattering a very impressive sleeping streak that had lasted more than a week.

So I’m not sure if that’s progress or not.

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