Monday, May 3, 2010

The Biter

This Little Bit has become quite a biter over the past few weeks. With a fourth tooth soon to make an appearance, she is very effective.

And so it is with much sadness and lots of tears (on my part), that in the midst of Friday's noon biting nursing, I made an immediate decision she HAD to be weaned. For my sake. We've made it past ten months and with what we have frozen, she'll make it another month, and then I suppose the supplements will begin. Too bad my neighbor's freezer unknowingly went kaput, with a TON of my milk in it. Ugh.

It's been an emotional (I am embarrassingly and unreasonably teary) few days. I am sad and will miss those sweet times with her. And as much as I hate to admit it, it's a pride issue, too. Funny how God has a way of working on a prideful heart.


  1. ME TOO! Well, I'm still pumping for now, but Rhodes is NOT allowed up to me! I screamed so loud the other week and was almost in tears! And he has NO teeth! He just CHOMPED!

    So very painful!

    And I know what you mean about hating to stop! You are still a great mommy even if you're not nursing!!!

  2. I'm trying to wean Lily and it was been truly a nightmare. She got over the biting thing around 10 months, but we are going on a trip and leaving all the kids with Mom for six days. I have to be done by the middle of May.

    She has screamed and screamed when she doesn't get to nurse.

    I can no longer sit down, because when she sees me, she wants to crawl up and nurse, when she can't she ends up screaming unconsolably. I try distracting her, feeding her all to no avail. She ends up on time out until she calms down. I pick her up out of her crib and then try to put her down after a few minutes and it starts the whole thing over again.

    I nursed her once yesterday morning and made it all the way to this morning. At night is the hardest because she wakes up the whole house at 5:00 a.m. with her screams. I don't know what to do!

    Can you tell I'm frustrated? She is 13 and a half months now. I've never nursed this long. It's been wonderful up to now.

  3. You have done a great job and been a faithful mommy to that sweet deserve a few tears! It's bittersweet as you mourn the passing of one stage and celebrate the growing on to the next. At least it is for me. Never imagined the kind of emotions motherhood has brought!

  4. Ugh. I understand your heartache. I never imagined it would be so sad to stop. Little Bit is so precious and growing up! :) love y'all

  5. Thank you for your sweet encouragment on my blog! I understand how you feel about nursing! I know I cried both times I stopped. It's funny how I wanted Briggs to learn how to have integrity without ever being tested or failing. I want humility without my pride being hurt in the proess! God always knows what we need, even when it seems painful at the time! So glad we have friends to bear each other's burdens and encourage each other! I will be praying for you too!

  6. Oh, J, I'm so sorry! Weaning Andrew earlier than I had hoped to was a very tearful experience for me. No need to be embarassed of your wistfulness. That time is just so precious. But you have to look out for yourself! And Little Bit will continue to thrive! :)

  7. oh dear, weaning has always been emotional for me. i expect that it is more so this time for you because it's so sudden... and the biting, that bites, ouch. praying for you.

  8. Sweet angel! I understand, even though Emma has been getting pumped milk, I get really emotional when I think about running out of breastmilk-it is about to happen. I am just not making enough anymore. It is so special and you just want to do what is best for her! It's ok to cry!!
    (Thanks for your comment-I am feeling lifted up in a BIG way!)

  9. I wanted to tell you, I'm down to one feeding in the morning now. It has been a bit better.

  10. Dear J ~ IF you are still not done...I can give a suggestion that may help with the biting during nursing. Mine did it too, but I was told how to stop it. While nursing, if the baby chomps down, you pull their head into you and at the same time say "no!"...I found it only took a couple of times and they didn't return to the habit again. They really don't like that feeling and rarely does a baby want to repeat what they don't like. :) I trust you will enjoy these last days of nursing your little one...they are precious!

    With Love,

    P.S. I have been "out of the loop" with visiting my blogging friends these last couple of are one of the first I have stopped in on. Hope you are enjoying your day!