I have a deep, dark secret. It’s not racy or anything, so don’t get too excited. I’m not sure how to reveal my secret without just coming out with it, so here goes nothing…
Avery, at nearly 3, still has a bottle.
Two, in fact. A pink one and a blue one. And she still “requires” one before she’ll even think about sleeping. So that’s one before nap when she has one, which isn’t very often anymore, and one before bed. There is barely more than a sip in them, which was my lame, abandoned attempt at weaning her from them months ago, but she won’t go to bed quietly without it.
I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to realize that she’s WAY TOO OLD to have a bottle. Maybe because with the second, you’re in no hurry to have her grow up? She’s still in a crib, too. Eirinn got rid of her bottle and went to a big girl bed the very same month she turned 2 (as well as stopped taking a soother and getting potty trained – it was a busy month). But with Avery, I’m just in no hurry to do anything.
So, is this weird? I mean, I know it’s not “normal”, but is this really, REALLY not normal? She never has it at any other time, other than before sleeping and it’s very little milk (says the mother who’s getting defensive against herself). It’s just a comfort thing, more than anything. Like thumb sucking or something.
I don’t know what to do because her voice is REALLY SUPER LOUD. And she’s got a temper. And she’s unreasonable. So, I don’t know what to do.
BUT! There is hope! On the weekend, she actually ASKED to have a nap and when I went to get her bottle ready, she ASKED to have a nap WITHOUT a bottle! She said she was too tired and wanted to go to bed right away. And then she slept for almost 2 hours. Every sentence in this paragraph should include one million exclamation points to illustrate just how unbelievable and out of character the whole incident was. I don’t for one second believe this will become a regular occurrence.
Anyway. Uh…the end? I guess…