My little nurseling has been going through something. He is farting like a man and really fussy. I introduced rice cereal last week, to his delight. Unfortunately he then started waking up at night. Now it's up to twice a night, and he isn't wanting to go back to bed. This morning I heard him whine, then heard him rip one, so I know it's his tummy. As a result, he's wanting to nurse much more often. I think he'd stay attached if I let him. Kind of like having a newborn all over. I'm trying, so far in vain, to work back to that sweet sleeping through the night thing. I stopped offering him the cereal earlier this week, but so far, not so good.
So as I'm nursing him for the fourth time in about as many hours, it occurs to me that there are just some truths about nursing that nobody tells you before you start. Especially when you have an infant and a preschooler. Let me inform you. :)
1) Your preschooler will absolutely wait until you are nursing your infant and then decide he has to poop. Yes, we're working on bathroom independence, but still getting streaks if mommy doesn't follow through, so to speak. Never fails - the only times RJ has to poop are the times when T is latched on and half asleep. Ever been faced with the decision to wake your sleeping baby, try to wipe one handed, or let the preschooler be on his own? Yeah... I can't stomach nursing in the bathroom, or cleaning up streaks, so option 1 it is.
2) Your preschooler will strip from the waist down to go potty, and he will forget how to put his own clothes back on. It's okay though - you will learn how to sort out clothes with a baby latched on. Ambidextrously.
3) Your nurseling will sense when you are trying to be productive, and he or she will find a way to thwart you. Yes, that's all kids, but my nurseling seems to be especially good at it. Like today when he was screaming while I tried to clean out the ferret cage, and then the bottom fell out of the 20 lb bag of litter... I think he did it. I know he's just a baby, but his "FEED ME NOW" powers just took over and caused the whole thing to rupture. I took the hint.