Friday, 15 January 2010

Bye, bye, Bottle Monster!

A number of you have been asking how it's going with Jesse's eating. Or lack thereof. And whether or not we have managed to hang onto our sanity from the trauma of it all! What with my propensity for sticking my head in the sand and pretending that everything's ok and all finding alternate amusement while the food is hitting the wall. Or escaping to Cape Town for a galavant with my friend while Robin attempts to food-train our kid.
My timing's always been great that way.
I was SO happy to escape! My child has been known to throw a hissy fit or two that would take a few years off of your life. And I seriously wasn't looking forward to the pillava when we would need to get Jesse to sleep without her beloved bottle!
Anyhoo, what I didn't tell you the day we took Jesse to the doc, was that when we climbed into the car outside the doctor's rooms, Robin sat Jesse down for a heart-to-heart and said something like this: "Jesse-Lolli, you are a big girl now, see. No more bottles. Only babies drink bottles. Jesse's a big girl now, so Jesse's going to eat lots and lots of yummy food, ok? Bottles are for babies and Jesse isn't a baby anymore. OK?" All the while, Jesse listented intently, nodded here and there, then proceeded to wail heart-wrenchingly for a good few minutes after the speech. As if she actually understood!
And she hasn't ONCE asked for her bottle since then! Seriously. Who is this little girl, and what has she done with the real Jesse-Lee?
She now eats as if there's an impending famine (She gets that from me!), and sleeps. RIGHT THROUGH the night! Without waking up three or eight times asking for a new bottle! No more wake-ups all night for me! Woot!
Needless to say, there's a whole lot more happiness in the Hillbilly Household. Less bananas. Less pasta. But who's counting?


Kelly said...

That is great news! sleep is the best thing.

dandee said...

Isn't it lovely when they seem to just figure it out?

Thank you for stopping by my little blog + for your kind comment!

Have a lovely weekend, friend!

Ms. J said...

MOST impressive! I was wondering how it was going, but sorta afraid to ask (for fear of stirring the pot).

Umm, can Robin come speak to my Lil Pumpkin about potty training, now?!

I bet her improved sleeping and eating will make a HUGE difference in your life, too.

Two Shades of Pink said...

I am SOOOOOO happy for you! That is amazing!
I remember sweating the paci thing and I stalled on that until my oldest turned 2 1/2. Finally hubby was like...the girl has gotta lose that thing.
When we did it I thought I would go into cardiac arrest. But she asked for it only once or twice and the world did not come to an end as we know it. Unbelievable. I think I was the one who needed to get schooled but whatever.

Sharon said...

YAY!!! So excited for you and your little sugar-booger... I love it when they surprise us like that!

Lots love...

Jair, Hanlie, Isabella and Joshua said...

ah, so happy for you. Sometimes all it takes is a little heart to heart. Joshua is no longer using dummy or milk to go to sleep. And all we had to do was tell him it's over. We sometimes underestimate what they do and don't understand. clever little buggers...