Maybe you’ve noticed that I haven’t been on here much. Or maybe not haha
If I’ve been spending time doing something this summer other than being a Mom, it’s been my little Etsy shop.
I’m struggling to do both this space and the shop well. This is a little bit more established so I’ve been letting this take the back burner a bit.
But it’s also been me just slowing everything down. I’ve noticed more and more that I’m a better mom when I slow things down.
Pushing to go places stresses me out and then I rush my kids and kids won’t be rushed so it all just becomes a mess. Less yelling = happier everyone.
I’ve also been spending exponentially less time on social media. I guess maybe I haven’t felt the need to validate every little thing the kids and I are doing during the day on Facebook, Snapchat, or here.
We live fully in the moment of our nature hikes, gardening or whatever else we’re doing. But maybe I go a little bit too far the other direction because I have very few videos or pictures from our adventures.
The struggle for balance is real.
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The thing is, my babies are growing. I had one of those tearful “my babies are growing up” moments the other day.
You want to know what sparked it? Not nursing Hailey for 24 hours at all. For the second time in a week.
I left Hailey overnight for the first time last week. I went up to visit my parents and help them go through some things before they moved.
And yesterday, while were traveling for a good friends Ordination, Hailey went all day without nursing.
I don’t talk about extended nursing much. Not because I’m embarrassed, but just because that’s how it works out when we get to this point.
She only nurses to sleep for naps and bedtime. And usually first thing in the morning. She doesn’t ask to nurse when she hurts herself anymore or during the day at all.
But this is the second time in a week that she’s gone that long without nursing. The second time, I didn’t really get to cuddle with her because we were in the car during her naps/bedtime and she was transferred straight to her bed.
Weaning is happening. Not by force but by the natural progression of time. It made me a little bit sad. I love nursing. I love the time it sets aside to just cuddle and be with her.
I love how this time, I don’t have to rush weaning because of another baby. With Noah, it came to an end slowly.
But I had to push it a little bit faster than he would have wanted because I was nursing another baby. I was touched out and exhausted. But I was at peace when he was finally weaned.
I love how we’ve been able to let this slow down at it’s own pace for Hailey. I don’t mind where we are now. Jordan can get her to sleep if I need him to. But nursing her to sleep is so much faster and its still our little bit of time together during the day.
So yeah…I guess that counts as a little life update?
I’ve got other blog posts swirling around in my head, so obviously I can’t leave this place for long. Must.work.through.thoughts.
How about you? Have you done extended nursing?