I’ve been a slacker at blogging lately. There’s been some very consuming stuff going on and when it’s not going on, I like the downtime to just sit in the hot tub with B. We’ve done a lot of reconnecting this week, and for that, I’m grateful. I have lot to write about though – like the PAIL monthly theme post, a weaning summary, pool photos, milestones (new teeth), etc.
Keeping my weaning log updated takes some time. Not a lot of time, but it’s important to me and I like to do it every night. I’ve also been planning, and planning, and planning out my frozen milk supply until it’s used up. What’s been going on with that is trying to make sure that Matthew does not get TOO MUCH dairy once we are done weaning. Between his yogurt, nursing, and frozen breast milk, he was getting too much for a few days so I had to dial it back and then re-figure how long our frozen stash will last. I am going to give him around 12 ounces of breast milk a day and then 4 ounces of yogurt and then some cheese, if he wants it. We are not to exceed 20 ounces of dairy total, and the doctor says that includes breast milk. The target is 16-20 ounces a day. I was originally planning to give him 16 ounces of breast milk a day, so you can imagine what this shift did to my spreadsheet!
OMG my spreadsheet! HA HA! I’m happy to report that it is all updated now!
We are not the biggest believers in dairy after a certain age. There are studies that have proven that most humans become lactose intolerant sometime after the age of 3. So when a doctor tells me to keep the dairy intake limited to 16-20 ounces a day, I listen to her and tend to want to end up on the lower end of the spectrum. All of this re-figuring, and then sorting out how to introduce whole cow’s milk to Matthew (which I’m not comfortable with but I guess we have to do it), got our frozen stash stretched out to October 10th. OCTOBER! That means he’ll be 15.5 months old when he switches solely to whole cow’s milk (we are transitioning him over a 15 day period). I am so pleased that he is able to have breast milk exclusively for the first 15 months of his life! I told B the other day that I’m really proud of this. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been prouder of anything in my life, besides having my son.
The other thing that has taken my time each night is keeping my “favorite things about Matthew list” updated. I just love doing this little piece every night – and I hope we all enjoy re-reading it over and over again over the years of Matthew’s life!
So that’s where I’ve been. I have some craft projects to do next week but will try to make more time for blogging. I’m still waiting on my birthday party photos, but I’ve seen them and they’re really good 🙂 I’ll post some as soon as I have them.