I've decided against weaning Emma, at least for now. She clearly still has a need to nurse, and also I really don't want her to start resenting Noah. I did tell her that I'm only ever going to nurse one kid at a time anymore, and that helps a lot. I can tolerate her nursing by herself much better than when she's elbowing her way in while I'm trying to nurse Noah. Nursing them both at the same time was just too many bodies on me at once.
Emma seems to take forever to do anything these days and I often find myself annoyed by her dawdling. Yesterday I came to the realization that I'm being way too grumpy and I should just get over it and let her be. We were at Wild Oats and she was pushing one of the little kid sized carts around while I shopped. I secretly wish they didn't have those little carts because the trip always takes literally five times longer when she has her own cart (and therefore refuses to ride in mine). She stopped (for the millionth time) at the area with the plants, and proceeded to lean over and smell every. single. individual. flower. I said, "Come on, please. We don't have all day to mess around." She ignored me and kept smelling the flowers and I realized what a dumb thing I'd said. We don't have all day to mess around? Really? I'm staying home with my kids so I actually do have all day to mess around with them, and if she wants to smell flowers then why am I not right there enjoying the flowers with her? So I walked over and asked her which ones smelled the best. She showed me her favorites, and as I sniffed them, she told me we should hold some of them up to Noah's nose while he slept so he could have dreams about flowers. After hearing her say that, I would have happily spent the rest of the day smelling flowers with her.