L in LaLa Land

September 18, 2010

My Son is my Alarm Clock

Filed under: Daycare,Eping,Motherhood,Work — L @ 3:58 pm
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Ever since I started working at the hospital (630am-3pm), my son switched his schedule along with me and wakes up at 5am for a morning feed. It’s almost like he is making sure that mommy is awake. Unfortunately though, before I started at the hospital, daddy threw his back out. Like super bad. The doctor doesn’t even want him to lift our 13lb son! Thank goodness for family who has been a big help. I love being able to take care of my husband, but its starting to be a pain, and it’s only been ONE WEEK! Sometimes, I wanna nap but I can’t leave him alone with the baby. God forbid if he falls or even drops the baby when he has a muscle spasm.
In other news, I’m still hating the daycare. For one, they fed my lil man rice cereal because he hit 4 months old. I asked them not to and they want a doctor’s note (since she said closer to 5-6mths). What is THAT craziness?!? Then, when his teachers speak of him getting solids, they tell me “he won’t want your milk anymore” or “how will you keep up??”. My response has been, “we’ll do just fine thank you”. Luckily for me, the hospital has been very accomadating with my pumping situation (it IS a hospital). Other than that mess at the daycare, everyone loves my son. I hope they don’t spoil the mess out of him!
Working at the hospital has been awesome. I felt weird asking for breaktime (which I can work with the ones already provided) and a place to pump. My director (a man) went straight to a nursing mom and asked her for the info and showed me the way! There are a lot of mothers that work there and its cool to hear stories about the different stages. Plus, I’m geting to do something I love, and that is working in the lab!

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September 2, 2010

Time to Make the Cookies

Filed under: Eping,Motherhood,Work — L @ 12:28 pm
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That’s what one of my students at my job said to me the other day. “Time to make the cookies”. He was referring to me taking the walk to my curtained room to pump my milk. I actually liked the phrase. Better than what another student told my boss, “oh she is milking” LOL. While I sit here “making cookies”, I am reminded of how my job, coworkers, and students helped me accomplish 4mths of breastfeeding. It wasn’t easy, but a little bit of determination and a good attitude will help you a lot. Everyone thought I was crazy for going back to work at 4wks. Even crazier for going back to school at 6wks postpartum. I was warned about nipple confusion and failing at breastfeeding. Thank goodness I have a thing about proving people wrong. When I home, my baby gets all of me and he truly loves his “daddy time” when I’m not there. Now that my schedule has changed, he’ll ignore me and look to daddy cuz I’m trying to get in on their time! Putting my 2wks in at work was really hard for me but I’m excited for the changes that are coming with it. Lil’ man just has to be ok with mommy being home from now on! 🙂

August 9, 2010

Ack! I Sprung a Leak!

Filed under: Eping,Motherhood,Work — L @ 8:00 pm
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I've Sprung A Leak!

“You need the BP engineers over there to help cap it off?” ~my husband

I’m all for emptying the boob during a pumping session.  However, I don’t like to take up too much time during my “scheduled breaks” since I am supposed to be working.  So you can imagine my surprise when my super producer (the Left side) decided to fill up 2 bottles!  I can get anywhere between 4-6oz on the left side, today was 7.5oz.  At 20min in, I wrote my husband (yes, we have text convos while I pump to pass the time) saying that I didn’t think I was able to stop anytime soon.  To which he responded with the above quote.  When one bottle was full, I stop and restarted the pump on a new bottle.  45min later….well, you get the picture.  Maybe my LO is going through a growth spurt…or I just need to lay off the fenugreek.

August 2, 2010

Adventures in Breastfeeding

So my son started daycare today.  I was hurt slightly, I think dad missed him more since he is the WAHD (work at home dad).  I knew even though my mother works at the daycare, the staff in the infant room was not well versed in bottle feeding a breastfed baby. 

I knew I should have written down instructions because I’m extremely attached to my “liquid gold”.  Instead, I measured out 4-4oz bottles as well as giving them an extra bag (thanks Lansinoh) just in case which would last until 6pm.  At 1145ish, they call my husband (who in turn, called me) for “more milk because we ran out”.  I freaked out! How did my child eat ALL that food in approx. 4hrs?!?!?  I know that breastmilk digests more easily than formula, but were they sticking a bottle in his mouth everytime he made a peep?  I called the hubby to freak out, but he was already taking my frozen stash up there and he was HOT so he didn’t want me to break that mood (did I mention I LOVE this man?!?!).  In the meantime, I pumped on the way home from school (yes, PWD).  I guess I was in panic mode and had suction on a little higher than expected, so I was sore by the time I got home.  When hubby arrived, he calmed me down greatly.  Turns out, my son likes to “nurse” his milk.  At about 2-3oz, he will pause (whether to burp, look around, smile, laugh) and then continue to drink the other 1-20z.  The lovely workers (yes, that’s dripping with sarcasm) fed him 2oz, laid him down and was wondering why he was screaming for more food every 45min-1hr.  So with him eating every hour, they freaked and thought they would run out.  He didn’t, and ate just the 4-4oz bottles by 6pm.  Thank goodness I know my baby and kudos to daddy!

July 21, 2010

PWD?!?!

So today I feared getting a PWD ticket on the way home from school today.  What is PWD? Well it’s Pumping-while-Driving! Weird? Yes. Dangerous? Probably. Extra Pumping Session? Definately.

How did I do it? Well thanks to Sam, I now know how to pump hands-free with rubberbands (although I may cut my sports bra soon and use that).  I wear scrubs to school so I had the horns strategically placed underneath my scrub top (the same HUUUUGE top I wore when I was 10mths pregnant).  I hooked up my Medela PIS Advanced up to the car adapter and myself in the parking lot of school and turned it on.  And off I went.  By the time I got home I had 4oz from each side!

Why I wouldn’t recommend it.  I’m still in that “euphoric” breast pumping state.  So, I TRULY couldn’t concentrate on the road.  Also, I was so nervous about people knowing what I was doing or being pulled over, I’m sure my stress levels and paranoia didn’t help too much with let-down.  Will I do it again? Probably.  Now that I know the whole mechanism, I can utilize my commute to and from school.  I will say a prayer tho (I almost always do when I get behind the wheel)!

July 19, 2010

My Love Affair

So those that know me, know that I’m PRO Breastfeeding.  However, because FMLA is soooo not enough (only 50%), I went back to work when my son was only 1 month old.  I knew early on that I would have to pump (actually I pumped in the hospital b/c they were giving my child formula and I was NOT having it! But that’s another story…) Anyhow, I sat down with my boss about setting me up a room to pump.  1st she offered me the bathroom (eww!), which I calmly explained how that was unsanitary and that by law she must offer me a room.  There was one little issue, all the rooms had full-length windows! So being the savvy mommy that I am, I bought a curtain for my work pumping sessions.

Me in my room with the curtain up

Well, I am also in school!  My teacher has been a total sweetheart with letting me use her office to get a short pump break (approx 8-10min) in during class.  My only issue is everytime she leaves me in the office, she runs and tells someone, “HEY! You know what she’s doing in there?!?!?! Pumping milk for her baby!” Yeaaaaa….thanks.  It’s not everyday that your whole class knows that you are sitting bare-breast in your instructors office attached to a pump…BUT, I digress.

So, where does this love affair come in at?  Well, I am having a full out affair with my Medela Pump-In-Style Advanced breastpump.  Yep, that’s me.  Let me put it this way, I’m gone Mon-Thurs from 645am-930pm Fri 10-7pm and Sat 8-2pm.  That is literally NO baby time, except his midnight feeds and definately NO hubby time!  Now here’s where you say, “Why don’t you try and jump hubby’s bone in the middle of the night or something?”  Which my response would be, TRUST ME I WISH I COULD!  By some freak accident, mother nature has decided to come back when I was 6wks postpartum…NO FAIR.  Then I’m on Implanon which could either TOTALLY ERASE your period, or have you spot constantly…lucky me, I got stuck with the latter.  So, the ONLY action this newly married woman is getting…the suction from her breastpump (ok, I lie…hubby and I do get some time alone here and there).  I wonder if hubby is jealous…  Either way our anniversary is approaching in a few weeks, so I’ll have something nice planned for him and leave my pump out of the bedroom!

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