Thanks everyone for your good wishes!
So far so good. Sort of.
If we measure success by the fact that Bean hasn’t had any feeds since we began, then we have 100% success rate.
IF however, we measure success on how much sleep I’ve had as a result, then…. well, we’ve still got a way to go!!
The problem that we have is the problem I was expecting to have. It’s not that little Bean is sad and resistant to giving up his ‘mim mim’.
No, that was always going to be something we’d just have to get past.
The problem is that when little Bean gets upset, he gets hot and bothered. And when his skin gets hot, he gets eczema. Terrible eczema. Eczema that sends him into a spin of scratching and clawing at his skin, all over his body. And eczema that means sleep is impossible.
So, we’re taking this kind of step-by-step. Once he starts to scratch, I’m not pushing the cause of self soothing to sleep. Instead, we’ve been getting up to watch middle of the night episodes of Maisy Mouse or Teletubbies.
Yes, I am sure Supernanny would massively disapprove, but I feel confident enough that I know my little boy. Once he’s used to the fact he doesn’t need the mim mim to get to sleep, he will also get used to the fact that middle of the night Maisy is not going to be an ongoing treat.
So yeah, I am feeling pretty good about how we’re going so far, but I really could do with some more sleep myself. And I am so sick of Maisy. It’d be so much more fun if I were weaning a teenager and we could watch Rage or old Friends episodes and eat popcorn in the middle of the night .