Claire was sleeping through, think we had 4 nights in a row and now she's back to waking once during the night and will not settle without a feed. I wanted to wean at 12mths but I don't see how that will happen because if she wakes during the night she will not settle with a feed and the same goes during the day she has feeds before sleep. I have tried to settle without but she just screams hysterically which when abby is asleep not something you can keep up for long. Also CHN is to wean straight to a cup rather then bottle, would I be making more work for myself by using a bottle first?? She's not so keen drinking water from a cup (no matter which one I try), how are the others babies doing with cups atm??
I understand where you are coming from Mel, some days I really don't cope with the 2 kids here, I'm so frazzeled by the end of the day I really wish for work. DH always asks at the end of the day "are you sure you don't want to put Abby in another day at daycare?" which really doesn't help. I'm really looking forward to starting study in July when I can start doing something just for me, I think Claire is starting to become very aware that there are other kids out there, other places to play and is getting bored at home. I will be starting her in daycare soon, I'm hoping after easter and I will start to wean her onto cow's milk so there's not so much pressure on me to express and just keep booby feeds for morning and night.
When I said that I didn't want to go back to work before I had Claire everyone I told was shocked and simply said I couldn't afford not to go back (my MIL telling me that a family with 2 kids and mortgage HAD to work simply to stay ahead) but now that I am going back in January everyone I tell is shocked once again but for the opposite reason. I do admire those who stay at home with their kids for every single moment but in my individual case I really need more. It's been nice to see how the other half live but it feels like I'm nearly getting back to reality now. I feel very isolated at home since all my friends and family work. I hope that helps Mel, I do understand.