“When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother. And then God puts the idea into the mother’s heart, and she puts it into the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” ~ET Sullivan

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Chocolate Juice

Leah wants to be a baby a little bit longer: sucking a pacifier at night and drinking from a bottle. That is until Thursday. For some reason, Thursday I decided to box up all the bottles and put them away for good. Since then Leah has refused to drink milk from a sippy cup, so of course she's not had hardly any milk at all; up until this point she was drinking 15-20 ounces a day, a significant part of her diet. I still want her to drink milk, of course, so I keep offering it to her in a variety of forms hoping she'll give in to the hunger. We've tried at least 4 different kinds of sippy cups, I've tried giving her a regular cup, trying it with a straw, offering milk cold and warmed, etc. So far the only thing that has remotely worked has been chocolate "juice" which she has taken a few tentative sips of from a regular cup.

It's now been two nights that she's gone to sleep on an empty stomach, and she's actually slept just fine. But I feel extremely guilty and cruel. I also need to be sure to give her plenty of other fluids so she doesn't get dehydrated. Perhaps my concern for Leah sleeping hungry was what initiated my dream about hytugit, for fear that she'd reach that level.

Any advice on growing up cold turkey?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Leah maybe you and one of your baby dolls could have matching sippy cups to drink from. That way it might make it more interesting and fun to drink milk, juice, water and whatever from your sippy cup if you and your baby doll could do it together. Just a thought mommy. Love ya a bunch Leah!

Aunt Joy,