It's both happy and sad times around here. Well, mostly sad. You may recall that Tirzah and I had a tough start to nursing, and I felt like I nearly had to stand on my head to get her latched on and suckling. Then things improved rapidly and went great up until 4 months...when she got teeth. Ouch. After months of biting, dealing with my own health issues, and on into the long months of the spring, I was feeling done. Very done. As Tirzah approached her first birthday, I began asking my friends and researching, "What is the benefit of continuing to nurse beyond 1 year old?" Mostly I just wanted information to justify what I was already wanting to do: wean. The problem was that Tirzah really wasn't that interested in weaning. And she wasn't all that interested in eating many solid foods, nor in drinking milk. But over the past 2 months I have been very gradually weaning her. I use methods of distraction when Tirzah comes to me crying and very obviously wanting one thing--I change positions, ask someone else to hold her, take her outside, find an interesting toy, give her a water bottle or cup of milk, or offer her a snack. It has worked well. We first spread out feedings to approximately every 4 hours, and then longer. In the past week I've been able to get away with nursing less than 1 time per day, and my body is adjusting appropriately. Tirzah still asks to nurse occasionally, though, and it just breaks my heart. Why? I wanted to wean...was tired of nursing...but why do I feel guilty and sad? Mostly it's because of her response. :( She is doing better with drinking milk and eating solids, but not always. Tonight she refused to even touch her supper. (That said, it was tacos. Malachi had snarfed down 1/2 his taco before we prayed for the meal and after we prayed he refused to touch it any more. What's the deal?)
Tirzah is also on week 2 of diarrhea (3 or more stools per day), and I'm not sure what the trigger is. Last week I thought it may be a virus, but as it continues I'm not so sure. I'm now looking to other causes, including food intolerances. I already know that my children get diarrhea in response to fruit juice, so Tirzah does NOT get any of that. I offer her tons of bananas, applesauce, and yogurt, as well as rice, and nothing seems to be helping. So my next obvious guess is possibly a milk intolerance. I don't want to cut milk out of her diet, but I'm not sure if I want to try a more expensive soy or rice milk yet. Ugh! Any of my readers have experience with this and know how to recognize it in children?