Two years, one month. Not at all what I set out to "do" but that's just how it worked out for us. Either way, Friday, November 13 was the last time my little girl had her milkies. Every day of her life, we'd had those quiet moments together so it was bittersweet to kiss them goodbye. If you would have asked me even when breastfeeding Troy, I would have said that's great other people like to breastfeed into toddlerhood, its just not for me. Things were just different with Cassidy from the get go. We had to fight to make this thing work in the beginning and once we got over that hump it never felt like we needed to stop until we did. That's just how parenting is in so many ways though, isn't it? You do something that feels right and you can't even explain it until all of a sudden its over and you're on to the next thing, never to go back to the way things were. I am so thankful for how things went and how they wrapped up that I will always look back on breastfeeding with such fond memories.
Below, the last photo I have from a nursing session with her, about a month before we stopped. She would only nurse for a few moments just before nap and bedtime (most days) and then she'd either be ready to lay down or she'd pass out in my arms from time to time. I loved soaking in this sight for a few moments before placing her down and rushing on to the next thing :) I mean seriously, those eyelashes!?
One of the photos from her first 24 hours of our early breastfeeding sessions in the hospital. She did latch on right away no problem - it was several days later when our problems arose.
When she was about six months old, we were on a trip to Indy as a fam. Mike snapped this photo of me at 500 Acres park nursing her in this beautiful spot. I'll always remember that moment. My nursing relationship with her was simply uncomplicated and I just fed her discretely wherever and whenever she needed to. I was less concerned with what others thought and just followed my gut so many times.