Leif’s 2nd Birthday Party and a Weaning Fail.

Last weekend we had Leif’s birthday party.  All the grandparents were in town, including his great grandma (Grammy) who jet packed home from the East Coast just to be at his party.  It was a sweet and simple birthday party–just the way I like it.  Sadly, Leif was not feeling his best with congestion, cough, and a mild fever.  Gee, I’m sure glad we just have small simple, family centered birthdays.  Its nice to just let Leif do what he needs to do (which included some quiet time in the bedroom and nap sprawled between both of his grandpas on the couch).

Speaking of being sick–Leif made it to his second birthday without any major bouts of illness.  Sure, he has a pretty constant drippy nose…but what toddler doesn’t.  He has been free of antibiotics and only needed relief from over the counter medicine a handful of times.  His little body is pretty awesome.  That is why I have decided to postpone weaning until he’s feeling better.  I’m even letting him nurse in the middle of the night in an effort to comfort him, boost his immune system, and quite honestly–get some sleep myself.  Between nursing, wellness tea with coconut milk and elderberry syrup and some 3 AM cartoons about buses (his current obsession), we’re surviving.

I’m so glad I am able to relax a little about weaning and do what I think is best for Leif right now.  I whole heartedly believe that my milk is one of the contributing factors to the lack of infections he has had and his bodies ability to fight off germ (I’m also giving credit to the lack of diary and animal products and his love for healthy foods).  I’m not going to take it away when he needs it the most.

What 2 year old doesn't love a vegan hazel nut torte for his birthday?  It was SO GOOD!

What 2 year old doesn’t love a vegan hazel nut torte for his birthday? It was SO GOOD!

Leif helping Grandma Christine make fruit kabobs for his party

Leif helping Grandma Christine make fruit kabobs for his party

Leif's campsite--complete with a hedgehog and a sampling of books about the beautiful outdoors.

Leif’s campsite–complete with a hedgehog and a sampling of books about the beautiful outdoors.

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You can't go camping without some yummy trail mix

You can’t go camping without some yummy trail mix

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Ants on a log!

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