Kicking the Bottle – Cold Turkey

Before anybody starts to judge my parenting skills, I just want to say that I often “know” what I’m supposed to do, but quite often follow the children’s lead and stick with some things way longer than is good for them.  That being said, today is day one of kicking the bottle habit for Katie.  I should have done this bottle weaning bit about a year ago, but due to moves and other excuses, I kept putting it off.  She will be 2 years old next week and I keep holding out hope that I will get a job soon as a teacher.  With those two bits of knowledge nibbling away at my brain, I finally decided it was time.  I went through the same thing with Andy when he was around 2 years old, but don’t quite remember it being this hard.

I don’t actually remember the whole process with Andy.  I just remember we threw all the bottles away one day and switched him to sippy cups.  I’m sure he was just as mad about it as Katie is right now, but I guess time erases the screaming fits from your memory so you don’t remember the bad times quite as much.  My concern with this whole transition of course has the added worry about blood sugars.  As much as my logical part of the brain keeps telling me she’ll be fine, there is still the nagging “what if she has a low blood sugar?” part of my brain keeping me from throwing ALL of the bottles away.  So 5 hours into the cold turkey day, I sit here blogging about it, with earphones in so I don’t have to listen to the blood curdling screaming because she is so mad that she can’t have a bottle for nap time.   This too shall pass and she will eventually transition to the sippy cup when she figures out there is no other option.  Oh, God give me grace to make it through the next few days.

Note:  By the time I had finished writing this post, she had fallen asleep.  All is quiet now in the house 🙂

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Christy Vacchio is a former teacher and now Science Instructional Coach in Cincinnati. She is an avid reader and researcher. While she has her bachelor's and master's degrees in education, she plans to get her PhD in Neuroscience in the future. She hopes to participate in research on Neonatal Diabetes and Developmental Delays one day.

2 thoughts on “Kicking the Bottle – Cold Turkey

  1. Hi Christy

    Let me congratule you for this blog. Reading it -all the´post in about 2 yours!!! – made me feel actually more relieved, if that is the word. Sorry for my english, since I am from Argentina and my language is spanish

    Well, my son has been diagnosed with neonatal diabetes, permanent, KCNJ11 mutation: H46L, intermediate DEND. He is now 3 months old and still taking insuline but expecting to change to giblencamide anytime soon. For now, he has been having highes most of the time and a little lows, and no detectable develpmental delay. I wished if you could help me about what studies should be done to detect the develpmental delay and if you could recommend me specializaded doctors. Even I have read about a neonatal diabetes group I would like to participate in, here from Argentina!!! Thanks a lot, Daniela

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