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I’m getting to the point where I really don’t want to continue feeding D now, yet the more I feel like that, the more he wants it. He’s ok when he’s actually feeding, but more often than not he just comfort sucks and when he does that, he tends to pull his head back so he’s got me in a better position for that. That’s great and all, but it means the latch goes and after several weeks of this, I’m in agony. He wants to do that for hours at a time and if I take him off, as I do frequently (because… OW) he cries and screams and is generally inconsolable because his source of comfort has gone.
D doesn’t talk much yet, but he does have his favourite words. He repeats some of them, but for the most part he just likes hearing them. So far we have car, wheel, batman, mop, fan, van and phone. He gets the last 3 mixed up since they all sound a bit similar, and for some reason he gets batman and mop mixed up as well.
So far he can comfortably say (and identify): mop (“bop”), bum (which he says when he wants changing), fan/van/phone, ball (“bah”), no (“naaa”), maow (“mah”; nickname for our cat), duck (“dut”) and probably other things which I’ve now forgotten in addition to his favourite, which has always been “dat!”. We’re getting there :)
We got him a new car seat over the weekend. We went for a group 1/2/3 deal we saw in a local shop; it’s an own-branded item but it had decent reviews online, much better than the Britax I had been considering instead. It’s not rear-facing as I had wanted, but those were a bit out of our price range and the one I had been considering didn’t look like it would have fitted in my car anyway :( We’ll be keeping D in his current seat, a group 0+/1 (the Britax First Class Plus), until baby #2 is here, then we’ll be putting that back into newborn mode for their use. D’s still well within the range to still be rear-facing in it, so we’ll be continuing with that until the seat is needed once again and switch him over to his new seat then.
The new seat, by the way, contributes to his current obsession with batman: when we had the seat delivered, it came with a free catalogue which showed that there was a similar seat for sale with a batman design (as in, it looks like you are actually sitting with batman). D has been opening the catalogue and pointing at batman ever since :P I think it’s because it sounds a bit like his word for mop (bop) that he gets the two mixed up… Who knows. It’s quite funny, he now thinks the mop is batman XD
D is 16 months old as of today. He’s still co-sleeping (our nightmare period over the last few weeks have made me quite thankful for this), still breastfeeding and still being worn.
However, the time will shortly be coming for that to change as we prepare for the arrival of his sibling. I don’t plan to stop feeding him, but I do plan to try and encourage night weaning – my bed isn’t big enough for 2 children, and I intend to have the new baby in D’s current side-sleeper when it is born. D has a toddler bed ready and waiting for him (well, I say ready… We haven’t put it up yet because of lack of room/time) and the plan is that he will go into this soon. Ideally, I had wanted him to be in it already, or at the very least having his daytime naps there so we can gently encourage him to sleep there during the night, because as it is, this will probably be too fast a transition. This all depends on how well he’s getting over our challenging times of late. It’s been better these past few days, but we’re not at all out of the woods yet and I wouldn’t want to start the transition until I’m sure this period’s clearing up.
The other, hopefully easier, transition we plan is to stop wearing D. I haven’t been able to wear him since he turned 4-5 months or so (too heavy for little me!) but my husband has still been doing it until recently. However, husband is now also finding it difficult to carry D – he’s getting too big for the front carry method, but has never liked back carry much. Because he can now walk quite happily, we tend to let him do this rather than carry him much now. I think we may get a cheap buggy to pop him in for long walks and/or when he’s tired – we borrowed one a couple of weeks ago which D loved (compared to the pushchair which we have, which he’s always hated), although he did get very annoyed every time we stopped moving :P I’m not too keen on the idea of a pushchair since I’ve never really liked them, but I think this might be the best thing for us at this stage.
I hope it all works out and that we can get D prepared for and settled into his new ‘big brother’ routine for when his sibling arrives. Right now, that doesn’t look overly promising, but we have 2.5 months or so for things to fall into place. Let’s hope they do…!