Will we make it?

Here’s my Lilypie ticker as of today…


The wording was tough:  I wanted to make it clear that I have not been nursing the SAME child for 6 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 2 days, while still taking full credit for every second of that time.

I have been thinking about nummies a lot lately as we get ready for Gavriel Zev’s big 4-year birthday next month (the day after Yom Kippur).

I would be so, so happy to be able to continue nursing into his fifth year.  But then, as with Naomi Rivka, it’s all over.   That particular milestone still lurks over a year away.

For Gavriel Zev, nummy time is an opportunity to think about his day or just bliss out – whatever he prefers.  He stops sometimes to ask me questions or talk about stuff, but mostly, I think he just curls up and assumes I know what he’s thinking.

I don’t have any illusions about prolonging their babyhood.  But there is something amazing about continuing to nurse, about sharing my body and personal space with a child old enough to be exquisitely aware that it is a VERY special intimacy.


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