Monday morning I let him sleep in an extra 15 minutes (partially postponing the fit I was expecting when he realized he wasn't getting a bottle). He did protest a little, but it wasn't anywhere near the epic temper tantrum that I expected. We survived and made it out of the house without too much incident.
I had intended that this week we'd stop the morning bottle and then next week we'd tackle the bedtime bottle, but Monday night we ended up not doing a bedtime bottle either. I had Brian get one ready and leave it in the fridge until Eli was ready for it. Usually he'll get really cranky and irritable then just want to be held. But Monday night he played in the floor right up until bedtime. We tried a sippy cup with milk a few times but Eli just squirmed away to get back down and play some more. Right around the usual time that he goes to sleep (7:15 or so) he came over to me wanting to be picked up. When I picked him up he laid his head on my shoulder and whined a little, but he was definately trying to go to sleep. So we never even broke out our bottle. He was asleep within 10 minutes and slept through the night fairly peacefully.
Tuesday morning I had to wake Eli up from a sound sleep. Again I simply didn't offer a bottle though once he got his eyes open he reached out looking for it. Showing him his sippy cup made him angry and he pushed it away as if he were saying, "That is not what I want and you know it!" It's hard to have to tell him that he can't have his bottle, but I try to let him know how proud I am that he is being a big boy and drinking from his big boy cup. In any event, Tuesday morning he protested a little more than Monday, but by the time he got his eyes open he was a little better.
Tuesday night didn't go as well as Monday night, but we survived. Eli ate well and played pretty good up until a few minutes before 7:00. Then things turned a little ugly. He climbed into my lap and screamed while he tried to go to sleep for 15 - 20 minutes. It wasn't too bad, but he was definately protesting the lack of bottle in his life.
This morning Eli's Grammers (Brian's Mom) is on spring break and came to spend the day with Eli. We left for work early and Eli was still sleeping. I hope he doesn't put up too much of a fight when he gets up. Maybe getting to sleep in will help.
Last night (Tuesday) I did manage to get a few pictures of Eli while we were playing in the floor. He was almost too interested in the camera for me to get a real picture of him, but I did manage to get one decent shot.
|There's that camera again! Can I see it, Mommie?|
|Hey! You caught me off guard while I was playing with my barn door.|
We'll keep you posted on how the bottle transition goes. I'm hoping that by the end of the week it isn't as big a deal. Fortunately this is only big hurdle I see in front of us for a while. Eli's never really been much of a paci user and pretty easily goes to sleep most nights. He's even been doing really well going to daycare the last month of so. The bottle is the only thing that he's super attached to so if we can get past this we should be fine for a while.
I hope that whatever you are doing this week that it is going well and that you are looking forward to seeing the Easter bunny this weekend. I know Eli is!