Staycations and Weaning

Judging from the photos on my Facebook and Instagram feed, most of the people I know as well as those I would like to know (read: stalk), went out of town for the holy week break. While I would love to fly to Japan and frolic under a canopy of cherry blossoms, it's sadly not possible this time or any time soon. And so it's a staycation for us. But before you start sending cards offering your sympathy, let me make it clear that I actually enjoy staycations during long breaks. 

I love how quiet and peaceful our condominium compound gets once the students go on their summer break. Also, I don't like to point fingers but the whole compound and our building also become cleaner with the students gone, with no biscuit wrappers littering the streets or empty take out containers stashed along the stairwell.

With the holy week vacation about to end real soon, I find myself raring to go back to work and plotting out the things that need to be done, which for me means that this was a successful vacation. Aside from getting some R&R, I finally got around to weaning our son from breastfeeding. He'll be two years old by May but still demands the boob, particularly before his bedtime and in the middle of the night.

I originally  thought of letting him initiate the weaning process since that's supposed to be the more gentle method, but if I wait for him to wean himself, then we'll still be breastfeeding up to his elementary years. Definitely not acceptable.

The long break was the perfect time to wean and the plan was for my son and his yaya to sleep over  at my sister's house for a few nights, and then my husband and I would pick them up the following morning. We began last Monday and I was surprised at how his absence at night really affected me. I thought I would be kicking up my heels and enjoying my first full night of sleep without a squirmy child beside me, but after his first night away from home, my husband and I were at my sister's house even before 7AM, anxious to see our baby. As it turned out, he was a total champ about it and it was the parents, particularly the mother, who needed to be comforted :p

It's been six days since I  last breastfed my son and he's been super chill about it. He still asks for dede but it's so much easier to distract him now with a book, a bottle of milk or an impromptu song and dance number. However, just last night when he finally slept in our house again, he threw a massive, earsplitting tantrum at 1AM (sorry neighbors!) and I ended up carrying and rocking his 25lb self back to sleep. 

I know that his need for breastmilk is not really about nutrition as it is about trying to be close to me, so we spend a lot of time cuddling while he's watching TV and do a lot of things together. In fairness though, even with last night's major cry-fest, I noticed that he's no longer as insistent with getting his milk fix and he gave up way easier in trying to pull my shirt up as compared with the weeks before we began the   weaning process. Hopefully our nights will get easier in time.

Let me end this post with some happy staycation photos around our starter home neighborhood:

We're off to the pool ourselves in a few minutes to take advantage of the sunshine before Chedeng makes her presence felt. Happy Easter everyone!!


edelweiza said…
Happy Easter, Jill! Naku, andami ko rin nakita sa IG feed ko na cherry blossoms. Made me want to visit Japan pronto. But I know it's not the most logical and practical thing to do at the moment. Nakarami rin kami ng bonding ng family and in-laws ko kaya enjoy din.

Ganda rin kaya ng swimming pool sa condo nyo! Kung may swimming pool siguro sa club house ng village namin, baka parati ako don, kaso wala. Haha. :)
Jillsabs said…
Happy easter to you too Edel!

I really appreciate the swimming pool in our condo compound. It's very simple and is often filled with kids, pero ang saya2x niya. Enjoy palagi after every swim and pagod pa ang anak ko afterwards, so mahimbing ang tulog :)
grace said…
Happy Easter mam Jill, natuwa naman ako sa anak mo na hanggang ngayon nakabreastfeed style ang habit bago matulog, paglaki nyan super duper close pa rin sa inyo.
wow ang ganda pala sa condo nyo mam jill, may swimming pool, kahit di na lumayo para maghanap ng resort oks na. mukhang enjoy na enjoy pa ang anak nyo :)
We stayed at home din... Naglinis, naglaba,nagluto, namalantsa at nag alaga ng bata. hehe. Happy Easter Jill!
Startup Mommy said…
Ganito rin kami ni bebe..... But as it turned out, i'm even more affected when i realized that it was A-OK for him to stop nursing. ;)
Jillsabs said…
"Naglinis, naglaba,nagluto, namalantsa at nag alaga ng bata", in short, quality time :P
Jillsabs said…
How old was your son when you weaned him?

We've gone through two straight nights without my son looking for a nighttime feed! Yay!
Jillsabs said…
Yeah, ang laking tipid nga ng may free pool malapit. No need to go out to have fun.
Startup Mommy said…
He was around 3 years old. Paminsan-minsan humihingi pa rin pero kapag nadistract ng ng book or toy or tv, ok na sya. Minsan ako na nga nag-offer, just to see what he'll do, at tinatalikuran na ako!!!! HUHUHU!!!
rach said…
Seeing your pool na it's so close by... makes me want to get a condo (just for the pool!) hahahaha...

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