Week One Of The Rest Of My Life…

5 Mar

I know, I know…you all have been waiting for the update.  Well, here you have it: I’m tired.  Really, really tired.  In all the anticipation of this week, I have only been thinking about Little Man–leaving him, how he would do, how he would eat (more on that later), etc, etc…  I forgot that there was a whole nother person in this equation–ME!  I didn’t really remember to think about me, and so the fatigue has caught me a little off guard.

I will tell you that you were right: the anticipation of the day was worse than the first day itself.  Not to take away from it, it sucked, I was sad…but we made it.  And then we did it again the next four days.  But now I feel like I have 3 jobs.  I am still a full-time mom.  I am a part-time (but really?  30 hours is still a lot) physical therapist.  And I am full-time breast-feeder.  Wait, doesn’t breastfeeding fall under the mom umbrella?  Well, I would say it did when the only job I had was being a mom.  Now that I am working and HAVE to pump, I would argue that breastfeeding (or maintaining breastfeeding) is another full-time  job.  When I have to wake up earlier to pump and schedule time in my work day to pump, it turns into a job.  And having 3 jobs is HARD WORK!  There is significantly less “down time” for the grown-ups in this house now because when Carson is napping, there is definitely something that needs to be done, be it showering for your second job, or getting your pumping gear together for your third job, so you can bring it to your second job….you can see where this is headed.   Where I was dreading weekends before, because it meant another week gone, now I cannot wait for them, because I have two full days with Carson.  Two full days of breastfeeding, two full days of normal length naps (Carson’s naps seem to be a little truncated at daycare)….ahhh….two full days!!!

Carson hit it out of the park this week though!  Eighteen weeks of refusing the bottle…resulted in him taking 3 ounces FROM THE BOTTLE on day one.  Yes, I said “bottle”, not “sippy cup”.  I KNOW, WTF RIGHT??  Today (Friday) he took 3 1/2 ounces in one feeding and 3 ounces in another.  FROM THE BOTTLE.  Guess I should have crossed that one off my list of things to worry about a long time ago.  Huh. 

I love daycare! Look how happy I am!

We are really looking forward to the nice weather this weekend.  Probably going to try the park with Little Man, maybe try a swing or two.  I didn’t think it was possible to appreciate the time I have with him anymore than I already did…but I was wrong.  I am soaking up every second I have because each one is precious.


5 Responses to “Week One Of The Rest Of My Life…”

  1. Tara March 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Yeah! I am so happy for both of you. Enjoy this weekend.

    So true about the pumping being a 3rd job. It is sooooooooooooooo hard to keep up with it, but sooooooooooooooo worth it. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we made it 18 months with Cyrus consuming formula for only one day of his whole life. Think of the money we saved and the bond we built! It’s a job that pays for itself!! LOL

    Talk to you soon…don’t forget to schedule a shower for yourself this weekend!

    • michgal18 March 5, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

      I know, I have already thought about how great I will feel and how happy I will be when I make it to a year b’feeding. It is really such an accomplishment–and you are right, the time and effort put in will pay for itself in so many ways–money, bonding, health/immunity…I just love it so!

  2. Helen March 6, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Well I don’t want to say I told you so about the bottle, but I distinctly remember telling you that he might just take it from daycare even if he wouldn’t touch it from a family member. Welcome to the world of going to bed as soon as your child does so that you can get enough sleep. But, believe it or not, it does get better and as you already know – it’s soooo worth it!

  3. sherry March 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I have been going through an almost identical situation with my 3 month old refusing the bottle and me spending hundreds of dollars on different ones. After reading your tommee tippee sippy success I sent my husband to get one immediately-but she doesn’t like it. So, I have to ask-which brand bottle did he end up taking at daycare? (My little girl won’t eat a thing for nine hours while I’m at work)

    • michgal18 March 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

      Well now I feel bad about Tommee Tippee!! 😦 He takes the VentAire at Daycare & the BornFree from the MIL. I am sure you have already tried those though.

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