I've been offered the job I've been waiting for since I started working as a nurse - a Monday to Friday that will mean NO MORE SHIFT WORK!! So it was a big decision, but I've decided to go back to work full time after all. Considering the long-term, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. But I'm still very sad and nervous to be leaving my little monkey...
This also means that the time has finally come for me to face the challenge of weaning my son from breastfeeding. It's been almost 16 months, and aside from the initial HELL of the first week or so (you breastfeeding moms out there know what I'm talking about), and a few ignorant remarks, I've enjoyed every day of it. This part, however, I'm dreading.
You know how they tell you right from early on not to let your baby get in the habit of nursing to sleep? Yeah well they obviously didn't have babies that woke up during the night. When his eczema or ears are bad, my little guy can wake up as many as 7 or 8 times a night. And let me tell you, when you're that sleep deprived you don't give a shit what the experts say, and you will do whatever it takes to get your child to sleep. Consequently, he won't go sleep without it (or without me). So clearly this change is not going to be easy.
So far though, he's been pretty readily accepting soy milk in a bottle (since he's allergic to dairy), and I'm hopeful that things will continue to go smoothly. I will miss breastfeeding dearly, but I am REALLY looking forward to being able to eat dairy again, not to mention indulging in a few glasses of wine. I'm also looking forward to wearing a normal bra again. Because lets face it - this is not sexy: