Sometime between July and August, Warren decided drinking from a bottle was beneath him. My initial thought was, great, he's supposed to have moved on from the bottle long ago. This child has always loved his bottle and would struggle to nurse for days after we'd give him one. But, here's what I didn't see coming...he decided the cup was beneath him as well. Hmm...no bottle, no cup with a straw, no sippy cup, no open cup, no cup shaped like a bear, no cup with a special straw mechanism so you literally pump the milk into his mouth. Nothing. For months now, this child has refused liquids.
I don't get it, I don't know what suddenly changed. In July, no problem. In August, not going to happen. He's fully capable of drinking and coordinating his suck/swallow. He does it every time he nurses. He did it for months and months before August. So now he goes all day without a drop to drink, and by dinner time he's a wreck. He's grumpy. He's thirsty. And yet, he throws his cup and pushes away the straw. Stubborn runs deep in this child. And how do you treat stubborn in a 1-year-old?? I'm not sure anyone knows the answer to that one just yet. But if you do, please let me know! We thought dropping day nursing sessions would get him drinking, we thought a weekend away would surely push him over the edge. Nope, this child will not break. We'll see what happens when we're away for several days for a family wedding they can't attend (darn isolation). I'll be returning to one very proud, very excited Warren. Or the grumpiest child there ever was. So sorry to my parents the babysitters...good luck with that one!