I know we've already talked about this but I could use a little more hand holding. I'm finding it very hard to bring myself to wean. Maybe it's because the boy is coming up on his VERY FIRST BIRTHDAY and I'm desperate to infanticize him but I'm really having trouble making the switch from bottle to cup. It just seems so sudden. Not to mention the fact that the babe is nowhere near being able to handle a cup effectively, which yes is my fault and yes he's never going to learn if I keep helping him, but let's be real - it's damn dark at 5:30 am. Handing him a full glass of cold milk... There's no way that scenario ends well. Right now we have a cozy little starter, a nice bit of simplicity that eases us both into the day. (Well, it eases me into the day. The boy is full speed ahead from minute one.) We curl up on the loveseat in the dark, toasty bedroom while he drinks his bottle (no lights - I'm practically vampiric that early in the day) then we have mama/baby cuddle time and play "Dat!" for awhile ("Dat!", "Window.", "Dat!", "Bookshelf." It's about all the mental energy I can expend that hour of the day) before I release him to play independently, which is becoming more and more interactive now that he's learning to climb stuff.
I know that I'm supposed to start with a less ingrained feeding - say, the ever-tedious lunch - but I need a better sippy. The one we just bought (a $13 BPA-free jobbie) is some sort of no-spill sippy/bottle hybrid and about as easy as getting milk from the friggin' cow. The amount of effort it takes to get a few drops is ridiculous. Little Dude will be in college before he finishes 8 oz. Maybe I'm just being stubborn and soft-hearted. It's the last vestige of baby. I already had to wean once and it broke my heart. I see so much boy in him already, it's hard to give up the baby stuff because once it's gone, it's gone forever.
I'm tearing up. Time to drink more wine. Any tips for making this easier?