Friday, June 17, 2011

Fidgety Nursers

When Sasha was still an infant and even a bit older, I recall being thankful that she had no specifically annoying fidgety habits while nursing. I was also disappointed for a bit that she didn't do that adorable thing Tyler did where she would just hold the edge of my bra. It was somehow very sweet. I was glad she wasn't much of a nipple-tweaker or anything. She did go through a phase where she wanted to bury her hand in my armpit! I'm ticklish and couldn't stand it!

Anyway, fast forward to my nursing toddler. It is a whole different world. I, of course, get the nursing acrobatics sometimes. The main thing that is driving me crazy, though...

Sasha has always played with and pulled her hair when she is sleepy and breastfeeding. Recently, she has started playing with mine. In fact, if it isn't down where she can reach it, she fusses until it is. She will gladly pull a fist full of hair down for herself! So, if I actually have my hair up in a pony, this makes a mess of my hair. If I just wear a clip, not a big deal. Except when I forget to fix it and wander around with half my hair hanging down in the back.

SashaSee her arm reaching up?

My hair has quickly become her security blanket. She has never latched onto a single object for comfort with any regularity. If we're out and she feels uneasy about something (say, a giant bookworm walking around the library, giving kids high fives), she latches onto my hair. I am okay with this. Actually, I'm tickled that *I* am her security. I think this is a healthy arrangement!

Now for the "kicker..." When drifting off to sleep, holding and twirling my hair isn't enough for this little bundle, oh no! She must run her toes through my hair! This seems counter-productive to sleeping, but she manages it. Her foot occasionally deciding to lodge in my throat, however, is counter-productive to my sanity and comfort!

What crazy and/or annoying things have your children done while nursing or for additional comfort?


  1. I love that you are her security blanket. That is what's supposed to happen imo.
    My daughter is a nipple twiddler and it drives me up the wall. I now say to her (in the tone of Dora the Explorer) Twiddler! No Twiddling! Which gives us a few moments of laughs before she gives me a break. Nothing else has worked.

  2. Too funny! The toes in hair is a hilarious image. Annabelle has started insisting that I remove both my shirt and my bra when she's nursing to sleep lately. She does not want any fabric in her way! So, yeah, I put my kid to bed topless every night. Whatever works, huh?

  3. @Gwenllian ~ That is brilliant! What an original idea. I recently caught myself wanting to say "sniper, no sniping!" when my husband was complaining about players in an online PS3 game. :-)

    @Melissa ~ When our house isn't full of guests, I prefer to wander topless anyway. I've recently dug out my nursing camisoles, though. Sasha recently brought me one and had me put it ON before nursing. lol We have this little joke lately, though, where she goes for milk while fabric is still in the way and we both laugh. :-)

    I *love* sleeping topless and it is one of the main reasons I couldn't tell you how many times she wakes at night... I rarely wake up enough to remember!

  4. Oh wow - I just don't think I could deal with that. Kieran did go through the acrobatics stage, but he never got crazy or attached to any of his moves.
    I will say that one of the reasons I'm glad that he has calmed down on the twiddling (re: my recent post) is that I wouldn't want to be breaking that habit after the baby got here. In fact, that's one of the motivators I used with him - "hey, pretty soon there's going to be a baby on that side, it will need to be available!"


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