Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bottles

In the fall of 2008 I posted pictures of all the baby things that were new around my home: burp cloths and nuks and bottles and monitors and diapers.

And now here we are 2 1/2 years later and we're done with bottles.

It's been four nights since Lauren had her last one.

I'm sad.

She turned 18 months on March 13 and I knew the end was nearing. The pediatrician said at her 18-month appt that we should think about stopping the bottle.

But Lauren really loved her bottle. Really. Really. She asked for it every night and recently had been asking for it multiple times a day when she was sad or tired or needed to be comforted. We always said no unless it was bedtime.

We couldn't even spell bottle anymore because she knew what we were spelling - smart girl!

Lauren didn't need her bottle anymore. It was only 3 oz of whole milk warmed as part of the bedtime routine. But we loved holding her and cuddling her and trying to keep her small for awhile more.

And then Sunday night she ate dinner late and we got busy and she never asked. And off to bed she went. So I tried again on Monday and she didn't ask.

And now it's been four nights.

I nearly cried when I put away the bottle drier that had been sitting on my counter for 2 1/2 years. No more bottles means no more babies in my house.

And that's a hard realization for a mama who loves her babies. 

I also love this stage of learning and growing and laughing and talking and playing and pretending.

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was picking out Dr. Brown's bottles to use with Samuel. And now they are packed away.

It goes by so fast. Some nights the bottle-washing seemed endless. The rountine exhausting. The counter space lacking.

But now we're done with bottles and I'm sad.

At least I still have sippy cups. I don't think I'll let Samuel and Lauren give those up until they're 10.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I still have sippy cups in my house - tried to give one to my 11 yr old the other day without thinking. That didn't go over too well! But the 6 and 5 yr olds still use them in the living room! :)
You are just hitting the great stage of "why?" and potty training and no diaper bag! Enjoy every minute :)

stacey

Mrs. Mike said...

I hear you. Only I allowed my boys to have bottles way later than I should have...for the very reasons you describe. Though I rejoice in each new age/stage of development, I deeply mourn the waning of their babyhood and smallness. Bottles, paci's, diapers...they all have such meaning in a home that ached for so long to have these things around.