On Monday we had Ramsey's 1 year check up and the Doc said to switch him to whole milk and take the bottle away. I said "Ok" but thought yeah right, you don't live with me and see the persistence of my child lately. So Monday afternoon I mixed half formula and half whole milk in his bottle and he didn't seem to mind one bit. So I decided Tuesday morning I would try his first bottle of the day with only whole milk and he took all of it, no problem. So we're off Formula completely!
Next challenge, wein him off bottle. So I knew he would take juice out of a sippee cup and I thought we'll I'll just put milk in it instead and he should jump on it. Nope. He obviously likes being held and wants me to still hold his bottle. I dropped one bottle feeding yesterday but he just held out for that nighttime bottle and refused his sippee cup.
I decided after much tossing and turning and pep talks from Cope (over the phone),and a call to the nurse at my pediatrician this morning. We decided that cold turkey method is really the only way to go with a strong willed child like Ramsey. So I put on my "brave hat" today and prepared for battle. It was so hard to see Ramsey frustrated and obviously hungry/thirsty and not fix it for him. He refused the sippee cup ALL day. I invited my mom and Morgan over for dinner and after Ramsey ate some pizza (and cried a lot) he picked up his cup and guzzled the whole thing. I refilled it immediately and again he drained it. I had tears in my eyes just because I was so proud of him. I know these next few days will probably continue to be hard on us both as we transition from a routine we've had for a year now. As I tell Ramsey, I also remind myself, "change is hard, but necessary".
I needed a change myself so yesterday I went to my friends salon "Cha Cha Salon" and we chopped it off. I do this every few years just so I don't stay stuck for too long. I think I'll enjoy the change for now: