Family Alive

Brian, Kristine, Analise, and Josiah Toone

Lovin’ Labor Day!

6th September 2004

What a great holiday – I get to spend the ENTIRE day at home with my sweet little one. I love 3 day weekends!

As Analise was nursing this afternoon, I was thinking back to how far we’ve come. We just barely managed to catch onto this breastfeeding thing. Days of finger-feeding her, trying to teach her to suck correctly, then the pressure of travelling to Wisconsin when she was just 10 days old… I was ready to toss in the towel and bottles were so easy (and not painful!). Someone asked if I’d miss the “bonding experience” of nursing her. I was so stressed and sore that I felt much more bonding as she contentedly took a bottle after I pumped.

But we stuck it out, amazingly, and on the plane to Wisconsin as she was crying and a bottle was out of reach, she latched on perfectly for almost the first time and hasn’t looked back since. It used to take all kinds of positioning and time to get settled and get her fed. Life revolved around feeding times. Now, Analise snuggles in and sucks contentedly, sometimes trying to smile and gurgle up at me with her mouth full:)

I have to say, all the pain and perserverance were worth it!

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