Winter…Walking…Weaning…

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I am terrible about keeping up with blogging these days.  Life as a stay at home mom is the busiest life I’ve ever had!  Time for a few updates before 2014 ends…

Winter turned 1 in October, and there are 2 things that DIDN’T happen that I expected to happen at that one-year milestone: walking and weaning.  Expectations don’t always get met.  Let’s talk about walking first:

WALKING–ehhh, or lack thereof…

The doctor told me that the normal range for a baby to reach the milestone of taking her first steps is between 9 months and 18 months.  That’s quite a range!  That being noted, I notice that most babies typically take their first steps around their first birthday, so I had a big expectation for Winter to walk at age 12 months.  She didn’t.  For a few weeks, I started to feel really down about the fact that she wasn’t walking.  As a mom, I feel nothing but proud of my daughter, but I didn’t like that I was feeling less than proud because she wasn’t “meeting MY expectation” for her.  After a lot of tears and prayer, I finally let it go.  I stopped putting the pressure on her and I.  I didn’t know if she’d walk in 2014 or if it would finally happen in early 2015.  Well, Christmas came early at the Lute house!!  Winter took her first steps on December 18, 2014, exactly one week before Christmas (14 months old)!  It was an exciting and joyous evening as Eric and I watched her walk back and forth between us.  Seeing her joy as we celebrated her achievement was priceless.  Within the next few days, she really picked up on walking quickly.  She is getting more and more confident and within a day or two could walk across the room without any assistance.  14 month walker, just like her momma:)  My first steps were also at age 14 months.

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WEANING…ehhh, maybe at 15 months?

My plan from day 1 was always a goal to “breastfeed for one year.”  Never did I fathom that at age 12 months, neither Winter nor I would be ready to wean from breastfeeding!  Here we are, 14.5 months, and she is still happily nursing.  I foresee weaning in our near future as she seems to have a dwindling interest in the past few days.  And I’d be ok with that.{I think!} I will miss breastfeeding and the bond we have shared these past 15 months, but I know that someday there will be a sibling for Winter who will get a turn at the whole breastfeeding thing.  I’m so happy that breastfeeding, which started out as a scary and VERY HARD situation, ended up being a beautiful 15 month journey.  I love breastfeeding…. So glad it turned around from it’s very harsh beginning!image

WINTER…we say goodbye to 2014

Winter is getting to be such a big girl.  She loves kitties, reading books, giggling, and she has the sweetest disposition.  She is spunky and can be a drama queen at times.  We love her and can’t picture what life was ever like without her.  2014 has been a great year, and we are looking forward to many great years ahead!

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