Everett has been breastfeeding for 18 months and 6 days. My first son Fletcher weaned at 18 months and 5 days old. I can still vividly remember the moment I realized he would never nurse again. We were rocking together in the glider and each night I would nurse him while doing so to get him to fall asleep. That night he didn’t need to nurse to fall asleep and he never did again. I shed a few tears as an important chapter of our lives came to a close.
Today means I have been nursing Everett one day longer than his brother did and weaning seems like a faraway concept and there are no plans in place. He is still my baby! I still wear him in my ring sling, I still nurse him many times a day and night, he still sleeps in my bed, and he even still looks like a baby to me! When Fletcher was this age he seemed so much older. I believe part of this is because he had quite a bit more hair and part was that he was my first and I wanted him to be “older” because his little brother would be earthside soon.
With no plans for another baby I want to keep Everett mine as long as I can. I don’t know how long we will nurse but I don’t think it will be initiated by me. We both find a great deal of comfort in our nursing sessions and he is easily soothed when a boo-boo happens or his brother hurts his feelings.
I’ve put together a gallery of my favorite photos from our nursing adventure so far starting with a photo from his first latch all the way up to yesterday. (I did the same for Fletcher to celebrate our 1 year milestone) You might see a boob (or two)- be warned.