I honestly never thought this day would come. I mean, I knew you would stop nursing, but I always pictured it in my mind as something I wouldn’t know about. I would nurse you, and then not know it was the last time cause you wouldn’t need it again. Like I didn’t know it was the last time you’d sleep on my chest, or the last time you’d crawl across the floor because the next time you’d walk.
But nevertheless, here we are, my little Aletheia, the last nursing session.
Our journey with breastfeeding has not always been easy. We had a great start, but there were 4 weeks when you were 3 months old when you flat-out refused to nurse. You would only nurse if I was bouncing you up and down or walking around the house. But, somehow, we got through it.
And we continued as you’ve grown to share this special time together. Talking about our days, rubbing your little feet, comforting you when you’ve fallen.
Now we’re here. The last time. I have to say, I’ve been dreading it all day. Tears have already come several times… in the car, reading books, just sitting on the couch with you. And I know they’ll come again.
But I wouldn’t want it any other way. This time nursing you has been the best. The sweetest, tenderest moments of motherhood have all been with you in my lap at my breast. I have loved it!
So as I pull you close for this last nursing session, my eyes are filled with tears, but my heart is filled with thankfulness. Thankful that we’ve lasted this long, that we’ve grown closer as you’ve gotten older through this time together. Thankful that you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have (so it seems).
But what I am most thankful for, is that nursing you has showed me more of the tender love of Christ. I do not love you perfectly, but God does. He loves us in all tenderness, gentleness, richness, and holiness. He is our Father and He will always care for us in this way.
And I pray that you will grow to love and trust Him.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ.” Ephesians 2:4-5
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