Taking "selfies" (as I believe the young folk call them) is an easy way to keep Dulcie entertained for a few minutes. Here are some I took last week. We kept having the same facial expression in them, but it wasn't planned. Must have been some sort of mother-daughter ESP, right? I seem to have no shame with regards to posting terrible photos of myself lately. Feel free to look away!
You might notice Dulcie's hand is down my top in all these pictures. She is boob obsessed these days. BOOB OBSESSED! Well, she always has been really, but I think she's getting worse rather than better, and she's still really reliant on breast-feeding for sleep. She usually has me up every hour or two all through the night (after an initial spell of 2-6 hours in her cot - progress!) and has been particularly bad for it since the hot and clammy weather started. I don't want to stop feeding her altogether yet (I was quite determined to let her keep doing it until the age of two if she was happy to) but I think it might be the only way to sort out her sleep problems. It's just that feeling that there's no going back once I stop and it means those days are well and truly over :( I'm so tired right now though, like literally falling asleep on my feet. Something's got to give. For now, I think I'm going to keep feeding her to see if things improve once the weather calms down a bit. The long-term of breast-feeding is really not panning out how I'd imagined and most people I know with babies of a similar age gave it up ages ago (my weird shifts meant I had the luxury of being able to continue quite easily after returning to work) so I don't have anyone to compare stories with. Has anyone reading this fed a baby to 18 months and beyond? Can you tell me if this love for the boobs is normal? And should I be discouraging it or going with the flow? I'm fairly confident in my slapdash, haphazard parenting skills nowadays (the make-it-up-as-you-go approach hasn't failed me too badly yet) but I think perhaps I go with the flow a bit too often. Maybe I should be laying down the law and drawing some lines now that Dulcie is getting a bit older. Bah, I don't know. Feel free to chime in :)