Mac and the Milk
Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:59 PM
I have a confession to make. My 2 year old still drinks a bottle and I am his enabler.
Somewhere between 12 and 18 months we heeded the advice of the pediatrician and various parenting books and ditched the bottle for a sippy cup. Dropping bottles one by one (as opposed to going cold turkey) seemed easiest (and kindest) and it worked just fine. Mac had long since given up the bedtime bottle on his own and daytime drinks moved to a sippy cup in a matter of days. It was painless… however 6-9 months later I am the one who can’t give the last (secret) bottle up!
Why do I still indulge him when he’d probably be just as happy with a cup?
Each morning before we go off to work, Mac joins us in our bed for a quick “snug” and bottle of “moke”. He lies quietly (sort of) and looks up at us like the baby he once (just!) was. When he climbs into the crook of my arm, pats my husbands back and wraps his arms around us both - its the best! As a working mom there are nights that I miss his bedtime, but I know that we always have this great morning time together. Maybe I am indulging my guilty-working-mom side by trying to keep him a baby for just a little longer and hang on to parts I may have missed. Maybe every mom feels like this. Maybe I will still be tying his shoes when he’s 15 :)