Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Milking It

It is time for us to make the transition from formula to milk for the babies. It is not going smoothly. For one, they just don't seem to like it. They will reluctantly drink it, but not with the same zest ot volume as formula. Two, poor Mina who has suffered with chronic constipation from birth is having a hard time digesting it. We had switched to a lactose-free formula and had been doing soy milk and that had seemed to really clear it up. Now that we had added whole milk to her diet it is back. I have put in a call to the doctor to see where he wants us to go from here. The other problem is that they are just not ready to give up the bottle completely. They will drink out of a sippy cup, but they still need a bottle to go to bed with. Noah especially will cry for a bottle when he gets tired. Now I am not in too big of a hurry to get rid of the bottles because they were 5 weeks early and so I figure it doesn't have to be as soon as they turned a year old. Also, these are my last babies and I am so sad to let go the bottle phase.

These are the things I will miss the most.

-Noah always leans n my chest, holds his bottle in his left hand, and grasps my shirt in his right. The whole time he is doing that, he lifts his right foot and twirls it in a circle. It is so sweet and I will miss this snuggle time so much.

-Mina lays in my arm and holds her bottle in her left hand and reaches up and lightly touches my face with her right hand.

-When Noah is done with his bottle, he snuggles up close and holds my shirt and just has the most contented look on his face. He just acts like being in my arms is the best possible thing that could happen to him at that moment.

-When Mina is done with her bottle she lays back and starts cooing and babbling at me. She will coo and then laugh at whatever she babbles and just flash me the most heart-melting grin.

This time is so precious to me, even if it falls in the middle of the night. I will miss it so much when it is gone, so I am in no hurry to wean them off of the bottle. The doctor said in most cases, the baby will let you know when they are ready. I know my nephew Zach did that. So for now I am just not going to rush it. I am just going to sit back and milk it for all that it is worth.


Shannon said...

so sweet to hear the memories you will treasure, and writing it down will keep those memories fresh! so sweet. my kiddos struggled with constipation also, when moving to different foods. frustrating. glad to be able to comment!