He's just turned 13 months. Already they're telling my granddaughter to take away his bottle. Bethany thought it a bit extreme, given the fact that soon he'd have a baby brother usurp all the attention in the family. But maybe it won't be so hard an adjustment as we all think.
He's already rejecting the bottle before lights out at night. He just takes his pacifier and lies down on his pillow and goes to sleep. And he sleeps the entire night--ten to twelve hours (Yeah, he's a parent's dream-child). Some babies are like this. When it is time to give up the milk and move on to solid food and break habits and form new ones, they do so without any encouragement at all from us. It's like they have a second nature that wants to discover new things and leave behind the old.
Conner did that with walking, too. He just stood up in the middle of the room and started taking steps. All on his own. No coaxing or prodding. Last week he took two steps. Now he's buzzing around the room looking for the next step in his developmental growth.
There's a lesson here for we who want to hold on to our habits and security blankets in life. We cannot grow and mature if we keep drinking milk. We need more. We need to give up the bottles to make room for the meat. We need to stand in the middle of the room and boldly take the steps necessary to walk on in Christ. selahV