I came across this poem recently, and thought it was so appropriate, considering our babies ages and their stage in the weaning process. It's so upsetting to me (surprisingly!) that Ava is starting to be less interested in nursing. She remains an avid nurser at night and before naps, but during the day, homegirl wants food and playtime! She also likes to nurse in strange ways, what I like to call "nursenastics". She likes to stand facing me bent over nursing, and sometimes picks a leg up, so that it looks like she's in Warrior III. My little yogi :) Anyhow, enjoy:
I know I look so big to you,
Maybe I seem too big for the needs I have.
But no matter how big we get,
We still have needs that are important to us.
I know that our relationship is growing and changing,
But I still need you. I need your warmth and closeness,
Especially at the end of the day
When we snuggle up in bed.
Please don't get too busy for us to nurse.
I know you think I can be patient,
Or find something to take the place of a nursing;
A book, a glass of something,
But nothing can take your place when I need you.
Sometimes just cuddling with you,
Having you near me is enough.
I guess I am growing and becoming independent,
But please be there.
This bond we have is so strong and so important to me,
Please don't break it abruptly.
Wean me gently,
Because I am your mother,
And my heart is tender.