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Despite all my qualms about breastfeeding, after 10 months it seems to have come to a natural end for me and Niko. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy I nursed him and it worked out really well for us, but our time is over. I had planned to breastfeed for one year, but over the past few weeks it seems to have just naturally tapered off. I didn’t really feel like I was producing enough milk and little Niko was often frustrated during and after feeding, so I introduced more bottle feedings and he seemed more content and satisfied.

Another sign that it was the end for this little guy? Even though we’ve been tapering off, sometimes I still try nursing him when he seems fussy and I don’t have a bottle on hand. (And let’s face it, breastfeeding is more convenient than preparing a bottle.) When we gave it whirl yesterday he went for it, for all of about 10 seconds, then stopped, looked up at me and started giggling, showing off his six white and ever growing teeth. (And trust me, the fact that those chompers are in there doesn’t make it any easier either. Let’s just say I’ve bared the brunt of a few bites.)  Anyway after the bout of giggles, he pulled himself away and focused his attention elsewhere. Yah, I think that’s pretty much a sign that he’s done. I’m done. It’s over, but also the beginning of a new era as well. After all aren’t all endings just the beginning of something else anyway?

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When Niko was born my friend Danielle gave me a homemade keepsake of quotes that she found useful as a new mom. You know those days where things just don’t seem to be going quite right? Well, these quotes help to remind me about what’s really important. And you know what? It’s not the clutter that invades my table on a daily hourly basis.

One of the quotes suggests recording your baby’s laugh on video, and I love the idea. When I first started coaxing laughs from little Niko, they weren’t too powerful. But now that he’s getting older his laugh is adorable, contagious and such a wonderful sound to hear!

See and hear Niko’s laugh by checking out this short video: Baby Niko’s Contagious Laughter – CUTE! (0:30)


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