So I’ve been back to work full-time now since May, and have left these little nuggets
In the capable hands on my mother-in-law.
So far I’m managing OK with not really sleeping the past 4 (almost 5) months. With Hunter, I remember sobbing because I was so tired and felt like the torture chamber of sleepless nights would never end. Could be an attitude readjustment on my part, but if I remember correctly, Greyson is doing a far better job of sleeping than Hunter did at this age. At 9 weeks, I was getting him down around 7:30-8pm and he would sleep until 3:30ish and then awake again usually around 5ish before waking up at 6:30-7am. At almost 5 months, he doesn’t like to nap much during the day (who can nap when big brother is having a ball?) and has two lower front teeth poking up (!!), so it is early bedtime at 6:30. He nurses sometimes at 11pm, then 4ish, before being up around 6 to 7:30am. Whatever. I have faith we will sleep through the night regularly soon. The one time he did do it was amazing.
I love getting to be a mom again for a newborn. So many differences between the two, but also so many similarities. Greyson is just a big smiley roly poly. He has been trying since 4 months to crawl, rolls all over the place, has two teeth now, and has rolls upon rolls of chunky cuteness. James told one of my girlfriends that Grey is a chunk because my milk is better this round. HAHA! Oh my god, isn’t that great? Since going back to work I’ve actually been traveling a fair amount. I’ve pumped in an airport bathroom with a lady throwing up next to me, in a car outside a manufacturing plant with dudes on their smoke breaks, almost missed my flight because of TSA screening my ice packs, and had to ask for the chili’s waitress to fill up zip lock baggies with ice because I literally had to drive all night from Detroit when my home flight got cancelled.
I believe saying I’ve been a dedicated breastfeeder is a fair statement. However, due to my fluctuating schedule and my boobs hurting when I couldn’t get a break to pump, I’ve stopped pumping during the afternoon. I nurse during the morning, evening, and through out the night instead. I think tomorrow I will post my pumping tips though for working moms. Which ice packs to get, if they can go through security dethawed, which pumps/accessories to bring, and how to squeeze in time to pump when traveling with a group of male co-workers who are oblivious to how much effort this whole feeding your baby thing is.