Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.


Bye Bye Bottle

This week we have finally successfully taken away Abigail’s bottle. We were told at her last check up/shot visit that we should start trying to ween her from the bottle. Well, this was way easier said than done.

That was months and months ago. We tried and gave up and tried again then gave up again. She just seemed so miserable without her bottle that it was too difficult to take it away from her. That made me think. If it’s that important to her then what’s the big deal? Kids grow out of things at their own pace as long as we aren’t suggesting it. If we don’t ask her if she wants a bottle she doesn’t ask for one.

We had already taken away her night time and nap time bottles which are the important ones. She only asked for one in the morning and once or twice throughout the day.

Well we finally decided we needed to push her along in the quitting process. Mainly because she drinks fine from a sippy cup and can even drink from an open glass on her own as well as water bottles. Also, they don’t give her a bottle at daycare so we know she can make it without one.

So, we woke up and when she asked for a bottle we gave her a sippy cup. She cried for about 5 minutes and then got side tracked and drank from her sippy cup the rest of the day. We are on day 3 and she still hasn’t had a bottle although she does still ask for one in the morning.

I am so excited about this because it’s a huge freedom. Now that she is on just sippy cups I don’t have to worry about having a bottle near nap time (when she normally asked for one).

Do you have any suggestions for moms or dads trying to ween from the bottle?

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