Dio's two top teeth are coming in. We've noticed an increase in crankiness over the past few days, while the teeth are just cutting through the skin. It's the top teeth that make nursing less comfortable for me. One of those markers that infancy is coming to an end.
Dio is almost crawling (and how long have we been saying that?). Now he'll get up into a crawling position, rock back and forth, then plop back down on his stomach. Pretty soon he'll figure out the forward movement part and he'll be off! He likes to stand and cruise the furniture and walk around holding our hands, so I don't think he'll crawl for long. Zari was exactly the same way: crawled at 8 months and walked at 10.
Zari is now nursing once every other day or so. She'd happily nurse a lot more if I offered, but I don't. Eric has just started putting her to bed every other night. His original plan was to put her to bed every night but it kind of devolved into us trading off every othernight. I still let Zari nurse as part of our bedtime routine. She only nurses for a minute or so before I take her off. I count to 10 to signal it's time to stop. Eric has been pushing me to wean her. He's feeling that she's getting too old to nurse and that she's overly attached to me (and that the nursing is the root of the attachment). I think that the attachment is more rooted in the fact that I'm the primary caregiver during the day. To me, the nursing is less the cause of the attachment than just a manifestation of it. Weaning just seems so final and abrupt. I know that Zari would be very upset if I told her she was done nursing. On the other hand, she doesn't nurse all that much anyway. I limit how long she can nurse, because if I didn't, she'd just keep going for who knows how long, and it's not that comfortable with a mouth full of teeth and a lazy toddler latch. I fully admit that both Zari and I are still emotionally attached to nursing. For me, it's the last part of what used to be an inseparable physical relationship. So the thought of weaning is a big deal and I don't know if I'm emotionally ready for it yet. I don't know if I'm ready to let go yet.