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18 months of heaven.

Wow, I guess I'm stumped sitting here sipping my iced coffee, watching Goldie sleep in past 7:30AM. Stumped at how fast and how slow the last 18 months have gone. This is the age I always pictured in my mind when I imagined having "a baby". It's adorable to look back and think about how utterly clueless I was. I had honestly never even held a newborn baby.

I took to it well and gave my whole self to this little angel. We have had some tough moments in the last year and a half but also some of the happiest moments of my life. There have been moments when I fully realized that my biggest dream has come true and it's real and perfect and in that moment, I have everything I could ever need. Of course, I have many other dreams and the best part is that now Goldie can see me  achieve my dreams. I want so much for her to be proud of me.

The big milestone since my last post is that she is now weaned. This is the biggest milestone we have ever reached. HUGE for us. HUGE. I wasn't expecting the pain since she was only down to two nurses a day when we stopped. I can't imagine if someone were to quit from full time nursing all of a sudden. OUCH! Be prepared...that's all I can say. I was hurting for about 10 days just to let anyone who will go through the same thing know.  I was prepared for the emotional effect it would have on me and I was pleasantly surprised that I feel mostly happy and relieved. She was so easy to wean! Hardly a tear..and that was the biggest pleasant surprise. I feel so grateful to her for making it so easy on me. I will also admit that I had fears of her "not liking me as much" when I wasn't her ticket to sleepy town. We have actually had MORE cuddle time and more bonding time since I stopped nursing. Overall, it's just been amazing for us....

One direct result of weaning has been.....drumroll please....SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT. Yep, you heard me. It only took 17 months, but she can stay asleep all night by herself now (unless something's bugging her and I know that will happen for many more years) but the point is that on a good night when everything is A-ok, she will sleep all night. Thank you, JESUS!

She's definitely starting to talk more although she isn't saying too many words. She can now name her whole family in her own way and it's been so precious to see her asking for them or calling for them. Just indescribable, the preciousness of this.

Her favorite book is "Dream Animals; A Bedtime Journey" and her favorite song is still "Do the Propeller" by The Wiggles. Her favorite toy is any of her babies. She loves loading a bunch of them up in her doll stroller and stroller them around her room. She LOVES wearing purses and putting on Mama's shoes. Girly girl indeed.

Goldie's beautiful and wonderfully made dress is from Le Bees Knees!

XO, Coury

PS: I opened up comments on this post because I'd love to hear about your memories of your 18 month old or what your current 18 month is up too..or your weaning stories...or anything really. ♥

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