A Midsummer Night's Wean: A Natural Term Nursing Celebration

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Edie woke up at 6am on Wednesday, a solid two plus hours earlier than usual.

"Mama, it's my big girl day! Is it time for my fairy party now?"

"Almost, Sweets! It starts in just a few hours, but yes it is today!"

"Oh, Mama, I am just so excited to wear my pretty fairy dress and play with my friends! I am just so proud!"

I was physically exhausted from the night before--I cried off and on in bed after nursing her for the last time--but her enthusiasm was contagious and I knew our journey was worth celebrating. I got both girls and myself ready and we headed down the highway. I chose Terra Studios outside of Fayetteville for our gathering after finding out they had a fairy garden and it was probably more magical than anything I could have set up at our home, and it exceeded all of my expectations! We really had the loveliest time brunching picnic style beneath the trees, exploring all of the cute play houses, admiring the art and greeting all of the gnomes and dragons spread throughout the park. We finished our day in the labrynth, sweaty and full of gluten free donuts and kombucha--Edie's choice of treats. 

It was the perfect way to close out this chapter, which lasted almost four years! I really can't believe it's over, but I also can't believe it lasted that long. The whole thing just feels surreal. I will have more thoughts on the whole experience in the near future, but for now I am still trying to process and just feel thankful. 

Was weaning your child a big deal to you? Did you consider nursing to natural term? It was not at all easy, but now that it's over I can confidently say I am so thankful I will never look back and wonder what it would have been like to let her decide she was ready. But I also know there are so many factors that can determine the length of a nursing journey, and they vary from family to family, from child to child. It may look very different with my second, we will see. For now, I will look back fondly and also focus on being present as I nurse just one babe for the first time in almost 15 months!