Friday, May 19, 2006

Yet Another Conference

I'm back from yet another conference. We tend to bunch our conferences at the end and beginning of the semesters which usually causes faculty members' heads to pop right off their bodies.

Conor is doing very well with my traveling. Apparently, he was a bit upset the first night, but adjusted very well by the second night. It really helps having our friends here who can keep him on his after-school routine of play, food, play and night-night. I actually think it's going to be really, really tough on Conor (most of all) when they move out. My boobs continue to get a bit full when I'm away from him, but a friend lent me her hand pump, so I can keep them from exploding while I'm away from him. I have to be honest that I'm not nearly as full as I used to be and in comparing last conference two weeks ago to this conference, the boobages took a lot longer to become uncomfortably full.

Speaking of Boobs and sleep.....

What is happening on both of those fronts in the crunchy granola house that we call home? Well, we are slowly weaning. Conor still nurses at night and in the morning and usually once he gets home from school, but none of those nursings are long. We can even skip one or two of them and he's ok. I don't see the end of our nursing, but I do see that we're at the beginning of the end.

And honestly, I'm fine with that. I think I'd be sad if we'd already stopped, but I'm really happy that the brakes are starting to go on. It would be nice to have my body back for a little while.

The much more exciting news has to do with sleep: ohhhhhh, it's so good now. He sleeps completely through the night most nights now. And the times he doesn't he seems to have some sort of medical thing that a dose of Tylenol clears right up. He's also going to sleep on his own now. (oh, joy!) We read books and nurse a bit, and then just a few minutes later, he's in his bed on his own and we're out the door while he talks to himself (or thrashes about) and goes to sleep.

A year ago, I would not have believed either of those events were possible. But oh my joy and happiness, yes, yes YES! Sleep! It is good!!!! For those of you parents with young children out there reading this, yes it is possible for your kidlet to sleep through the night on his or her own without any sleep training. It may take a little longer than you like, but note that Conor is not heading off to college next year. He's developed better sleep patterns sooner than our worst fears.

OK. I'm just back from the conference and must figure out what the heck I'm doing today. The weeds still taunt me.


OneTiredEma said...

Ok, now I have to edit my last post. But so happy you are sleeping!!!

We are also in a similar place with M; she's down to three nursings, but I have to limit her timewise because of other, um, obligations. And as a result she's learned to put herself to sleep. Not entirely a bad thing. And also before college--heck, before pre-school!

Piratewench said...

Max is sleeping through the nights now too. I'm a bit curious about the thrashing about thing. He does it most nights before falling asleep. I haven't found any explanation in any books I have.