Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Well here is the big news people. I'm sorry to say that judging from the relentless phone calls and emails wondering what the big news could be, many people are going to be disappointed and this will be more anti climatic than most tv season finales these days. But it is still big news for us as we have worked hard to get to this point.

There has been lots of weaning going on around here. Surprisingly, none of it involves CB. That girl has no intentions of weaning anytime soon, that's for sure. After 8 days of being away from her, she went right back to nursing as if I had never been gone, which was a welcome relief especially considering that I hadn't pumped for the 12 hours before we got home.

No, it's W and I who have done all the weaning. I have weaned myself from my Hot Tamales addiction. I don't know how I did it and honestly, I didn't even realize I was doing it. I think it happened because I have finally found food in a box that I can eat and that tastes delicious. Who knew rice flour and date paste could be so divine? I only wish I had known about it sooner, like 8 months ago perhaps. The brand is called Enjoy Life and they make a wide variety of foods (including some AMAZING cookies that I love) that are free of the top 8 allergens. I know it sounds impossible to make a food that is actually edible while avoiding wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish and even casein, potato, sesame and sulfites, but they have done it and deserve a medal or the Nobel Peace Prize, that's for sure. So no more Hot Tamales for me, for the most part. I've cut back to about 1, 7 oz box per week, which is a lot considering I was going through a a 5lb bag every week... how am I not 300 pounds?

And W has sucessfully weaned from the binkie. That is the HUGE news and what I am most excited about. I am shocked and amazed that it happened so quickly and seemingly peacefully. You have to understand that this was his ONLY security item and he was very attached. But it's gone and he hasn't asked for it in about 3 days. M and I took him and CB out for a couple of days and stayed in a hotel overnight. When we got there it was just about bedtime and we told him that the beds in the room were special beds and he didn't need a binkie to sleep in them. He fussed for a few seconds but then went to sleep. It might have helped that he was SO tired sleep was invevitable but that's besides the point.

The next day was pretty rough though, as he didn't nap and had spent about 3 hours playing on the beach AND we had a 3 hour drive home AND his stomach was extremely upset. He did fine until about the last hour of the drive and then started asking for his blue binkie... Blue Binkie... BLUE BINKIE!!!!!!!! Over and over and over until he was hysterical and nothing would calm him down. He hadn't had the thing for over 24 hours and I didn't want to give in so we all cried in the car until we finally got close to home and, of course, he fell asleep right when we turned on our street.

We had told him the day before that if he had no more binkies, we would buy him his very own blue fish, which he was seriously stoked about. Since he had actually gone 2 days without the bink, we went and got him his very own blue fish, and he named it Blue Fish. Although, the fish he chose wasn't actually a blue fish, but a white fish with blueish fins. He's happy though and that's all that matters to me.

So without further ado, meet our newest addition, Blue Fish:

Self cleaning and small, only eats once a day... I highly recommend this thing as a first pet. The best part is the thing was only $2.50. A VERY small price to pay for such a huge accomplishment. I'm so dreading the day when a fish won't satisfy him and he wants the $300 lizard or the $950 puppy that has to be house broken and walked and pees all over my floor and taught not to chew my shoes... So many things to look forward to. In the meantime, I will continue to revel in this milestone and silently cry that my baby boy is growing up way too fast for my liking.


Jenn said...

Yay, W!! That is a big milestone. And congrats on finding a Hot Tamale substitute. Welcome, Blue Fish.

clanelder said...

Congratulations, W!!! Oh, yeah, and to you and M. for being so creative in taking the first step - love the "special bed" rationale. Blue Fish is beautiful. I love watching the family grow! I think you deserve a red fish. You could call it "Hot Tamale."

Andrea said...

Congrats on the weanings! Exciting that you found a Hot Tamale substitute, impressive you're still on the diet. Impressive that you made it through the blue binkie hysteria. You're an awesome mom. Love your new "Blue Fish" I'm thinking that's what Cali is getting for her birthday. She insisted for two weeks that she IS a fish and would only wear her fish pajamas (all day) for a weeks straight. I had to address her as "baby fish" and I was of course "mommy fish". I hope Blue Fish has a long and happy life. PS I'm blogging again, just got busy and didn't keep up with it for awhile.