Monday, April 26, 2010


Since Ezra is now, umm...  *about* 19 3/4 months old, many of you must assume that surely I must be talking about the profession.  But no - this post is about why I am still nursing my man-child.  I felt like I had to do this as almost a confessional - but I am just getting over a bout of mastitis and my secret came out.  Yes, I am still nursing.  And I know that I must stop soon.  But for now - this is why:
a)  He is such a cutie and when I ask him if he wants to nurse, he says through a closed mouth this high, soft "um-hum"with a raised intonation at the end.  It melts me!   it is so freaking cute, it gets me.  Every. Single. Time.
b)  He doesn't talk yet!  He has a couple words, but for the most part he is just a happy, easy going baby who lets his brother's and sister do all the talking for him.  (The doctor said he has fluid in his ears and may need tubes... but I don't know any more details yet.)   And if he was to come up to me and say, "Mom, would you please let me have some breast milk" I just might barf.  No words=not gross.  At least not yet.
c)  It doesn't slow me down or impede on my life in any way.  I get a couple extra minutes of snuggle-time/sleep in the morning - and who would object to that?!?
d)  The AMA and CPA (American Medical Assoc., Canadian Ped. Assoc and pretty much any other Assoc. that has anything to do with kids) all recommend that you nurse "to 2 years and beyond".  Ok, really????  It is crazy to think that is what they recommend.  I am feeling weird enough that I am still nursing him and he is still less than 2.  But whatever.
e)  Have you seen me in the last 6 months?  I have lost 40 lbs!!!!!  Not entirely sure how - it may be a combination things, but I am pretty sure nursing has had something to do with it.  Seriously though - I am more than a little nervous to be completely done!  I am loving my skinny jeans and am quite sure I am not wanting to open up my Big Bin again.
f)  He isn't my last baby (at least I don't think he is), but I am recognizing that this time is limited.  So very, very short.  Maybe that is why I have nursed him for about 4 months longer than any of my other kids.  
g)  Those eyes...

It won't be for much longer, but for now I just had to say it.  

My name is Maja Russell and I still nurse.


Sharon said...

Hi Maja... thank you for sharing!
You are hysterical!! I don't think a mother should ever have to defend her parenting style (as long as it isn't abusive!)
all i have to say is good for you. i don't think i'd be able to resist such a cutie either!

Janine said...

Funny...and I nurse all my kids until at LEAST 18 went well past 2 years....

It's so great - why stop??

Vanessa said...

I don't think you have anything to be ashamed about! Besides, those eyes are wonderful and would be terribly hard to resist. As long as he isn't asking for it in sentences, I don't think it is weird :)

PS You look fantastic (though it has been a couple of months since I last saw you, it feels like)

stone's eye view said...

40lbs!!?!?!? I knew you looked great, but didn't realize "how much" you looked great. If nursing Ezra can do that, could I please borrow your kid??

b.liz said...

Wow...40 pounds? I need to be on the nursing diet too!

I think it's great and you should nurse as long as you both want to.

missLaura said...

I don't care if you don't care ;)