One Giant Boob Doing the Goat

At a time when it seems some babies are starting to wean….I am feeling like a giant boob ALL the time. Im thrilled that they love to breastfeed so much….but it’s a little problematic that they want to do it SO much.

These days, when I walk into the room, they shriek and crawl to me. When I’m down on the ground with them, they rip at my shirt and cry until I lift it up.
I’ve perfected what we call “doing the goat”. As I’ve mentioned before, now that they can crawl to me to eat, I feel like I am feeding baby goats.

Well, now I have figured out that I can sit in my Lazy Boy with one baby on my lap facing me, the other baby has now crawled over to the chair because he KNOWS it’s goat time and he’s not going to miss out on the booby, I lean over–while holding on to the first baby–and somehow lift up baby #2. Now I’ve got them both on my lap, their legs are straddling mine and they–quite literally–dive in with great gusto.

There is a lot of diving in, pulling off, examining the nipple with great concentration usually in the form of twisting, diving back on, reaching over to make sure the brother is still there, poking a finger in the brother’s ear, pulling the ear, pulling the hair, slapping my chest, pulling off, looking around, smiling at me, diving back on again…
You get the idea. It is anything BUT calm, but damn it’s cute!
They also know the words “goat” and “magic booby” and you don’t want to say those words out loud unless you mean it!

Here we are doing the “goat”. You can’t even tell I’m breastfeeding, can you?

I’ve also started a bad habit late in the game….I’ve been (sometimes) nursing Whoop Whoop to sleep for his morning nap. He was having such a hard time with the standing in the crib I felt so bad for him…then came the virus last week (they are all better now, it wasn’t that bad thank goodness) and now, well, um…

He likes it! I like it! He naps! I nap! It’s a win-win situation.

We put them both down for their morning nap around 8:30 (yes, they are still very early morning risers) and while Grunter usually ‘gets it’ within 10 minutes and is fast asleep, Whoop Whoop sometimes does and sometimes doesn’t.
Since I can’t nap in the room with them anymore (they are too aware that I am there and just cry, cry, cry) I sometimes take a nap on the sofa. But, if W2 is crying too long, I just go in the bedroom, scoop him up and take him to bed with me.
We snuggle in, he nurses happily and if I’m lucky I nap, too.
He takes a much longer nap this way and I love that he’s so content. There’s nothing like a baby in your bed waking up, smiling at you with sleepy eyes and opening his mouth wide for more booby. This kid has turned into quite the boob man. He wants it all the time and I admit, I just can’t say no.

They are growing up so fast and I just want to hold on to as much baby snuggly goodness as I can, any way I can.
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  • Reply glamcookie December 6, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Love the pic! So cute! We call it “the puppy” as I also feel like a mama animal feeding her young. It is adorable and strange all at once.

  • Reply Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I hope to be just like you! :) Melissa

  • Reply For the Long Haul December 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks for the pic–I am fascinated by how you manage to breast feed two babies at the same time–especially at this age! And you’re right about growing up so fast. My daughter is 19 months old and even though it’s only been a couple of months since she stopped nursing, I still miss it! Enjoy!

  • Reply Laurie December 7, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I love this post :) I am curious… do the boys nurse differently? If you weren’t looking, would you be able to tell which one was nursing?

  • Reply AdventuresInBabyMaking December 7, 2010 at 3:05 am

    This is so sweet. It made my day! :)

  • Reply K J and the kids December 7, 2010 at 4:27 am

    One giant boob. :) That’s awesome.

    Ok, so you do things that work now that you worry might be problematic later….but if you didn’t do those things now, they might be problematic later any ways.
    You do what you gotta do (period)
    GREAT job napping.

  • Reply Marcia (123 blog) December 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Sleep is sleep! And my motto with parenting is… whatever it takes to survive.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic!

  • Reply anofferingoflove December 7, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    i *love* that picture! how beautiful!! :)

  • Reply SP December 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I have to say that the photo makes me weep with jealousy–quite literally. I have twin girls and only make milk on one side; so I can never breast feed my babes at the same time. I love love love the scenario you describe: nursing and sleeping in bed! It is the lovliest, most powerfully bonding experience. Congratulations for being able to perform such a beautiful tasks with your boys. I envy you.

  • Reply SP December 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I mean loveliest, not lovliest.

  • Reply somedayisnotadayoftheweek December 9, 2010 at 1:25 am

    so cute! sounds demanding but so very rewarding.

  • Reply luckylittle13 December 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    This is such a sweet post. I read and then re-read it (maybe a few times). It made me laugh and then tear up. Your boys are so sweet. And getting so big. The time just passes too quickly. xo

  • Reply Andrew and Brooks December 12, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I often feel the same way, as my son is 2 this week and is not slowing down in his love of the boob. Since there is only one of him, I deal with the ripping up my shirt, and wanting to play with the other boob while he nurses :) Totally ok, unless we are in public and then it becomes problematic…

    Napping and nursing are 2 of my favorites things. I would do it everyday if I could….

    Love the picture! Glad after all your hard work with nursing, that you seem to be in a place of (active) peace with them.

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