In the past five months, I have not left Cullen for more than three hours in one stretch. Now don’t get me wrong – I love the boy. Probably more than is healthy. But that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes, eeeeevery rare once in a while, mama needs a break.
We started solids two weeks ago, and as I watched my husband spooning oatmeal into my son’s gooey open mouth, it suddenly hit me. This was going to give me some freedom.
For whatever reason – and trust me we have searched for every answer and solution – Cullen will not drink from a bottle. This has drastically limited my ability to leave or be away from him for any more than a few hours at best. I know that at his point, solids aren’t a nutritional replacement for him, and that’s he really just eating for the experience and sensory exploration. But his oatmeal is mixed with breast milk, and while it may not be enough to replace an entire meal, it is something my husband (or someone else) can feed him if I’m not around.
It is nice knowing that if needed, I can leave for a little while and my poor husband won’t be sitting at home with a ticking time bomb. I’m hoping to get him using a sippy cup sooner than later, but in the meantime, at least we have something to keep him from starving!