Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bye Bye Ba-Ba

The bottle is gone! The bottle is gone! Praise be to the Lord, the bottle is gone!

To say that I have an extreme supply of bottles might be an understatement. When we made the decision to quit the torturous, neverending breastfeeding and formula feed EK, I tried every kind under the sun, desperate to find something that might stop her 9pm to 3am colic fits. Somehow, I made it through RN school and year on an OB/PEDS floor without learning that bottle nipples have different flow rates available. That caused a number of late night trips to Wal-Mart for slow flow nipples. Did you know that "Lento" means slow in the Spanish world of bottle nipples?  I didn't either. We finally settled on Playtex VentAire bottles.
  I woke up Saturday morning with a mission for the weekend: no more bottles for EK. She will be 16 months old on the 10th of May, and was still taking a bottle of milk (warmed!) every morning and always before her bedtime routine. It was getting a little out of hand. I mean, she could basically get one out of the fridge, microwave it, and screw the nipple back on independently.  To top it all off, she wouldn't even hold the bottle for herself while she drank it.
   Anyway, she threw a huge temper tantrum when she caught me making a sippy of milk rather than a bottle for the first morning. She laid down on the concrete floor, kicked, screamed, and growled. Yeah- growled, because that's how we do things here at the McCasland household, after all.
   But then, a miracle happened. She kind of forgot about bottles. I left the sippy sitting on the floor, and when she was done with her fit, she picked it up and went on about her day, drinking milk like nobody's business. We haven't looked back! It was way easier than I expected.

What kid experience have you had that went smoother than expected?


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