Back to work tomorrow
I am so sad to go back to work tomorrow. I know he will be fine, I am just going to miss him so much. My first week back will only be 28 hours and my 2nd week will be 32 hours. I am really scared that my bosses will still expect the same from me. I am coming back at a busy time and I know everyone there has been pulling long hours. I used to work 60 hour weeks regularly and that is just not going to happen anymore and I just wonder how that will go down. I also know pumping will be a struggle, since in the past I went to most of the client meetings. I am just not ready to supplement with formula yet.
About the only thing I can get excited about is the fact I will be getting money again and tomorrow we will have a world renowned architecture firm visiting our office. But otherwise, back to the grind.
I sing the song "make new friends" to Henry everyday and now I can't even make it through that song without crying. So yeah I am a mess. Gonna have to get my crying out tonight so Henry doesn't see me upset tomorrow.
Hugs Elizabeth! That first day back is a doozy. I would say the whole first week is fairly hard. But you will get into a routine and so will he, and it will become normal. Re: pumping when you have to go to client meetings, I actually know someone who has to be all over town for her job so she pumps in the car! I think she uses the battery pack that comes with the PISA and she uses the hands free bustier and a nursing cover draped over the whole thing and just drives around town like that! I know it sounds funny, but it's a thought!
eta: I was just reading online and I guess they make car adapters for pumps so you don't have to use batteries!
Alissa, I can already see myself pumping in the car. One of our biggest clients is about a 40 minute drive and that would be helpful to pump then. My boss and I used to carpool to discuss our tactics before meetings but we will just have to discuss them before leaving the office and drive separately now. I pretty much told them I would like to be on light duty for the first 3 months, so I hope they honor that and let me pump and take a lunch break. I know they have to let me, but I can see them begging me to help meet a deadline and whatnot. And I have a hard time saying "no" sometimes. Hopefully having Henry will change that about me.
I don't think my Pump in style came with a battery pack. I am going to check. But the car adapter sounds great, I will order one right now.
Get the car adapter for sure. I ate through the 8 batteries it takes in a few weeks before I got mine!
Hugs, Elizabeth, the first day is indeed the hardest. Thinking of you today and hoping things go as smoothly as possible.
Thinking about you today Elizabeth!
Aww so sorry Elizabeth! I hope everything goes smoothly and you can get back into the swing of things.
And is that the song "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold"? We used to sing that at camp!
Well today, how should I describe it? A successful mess? I packed everything last night and was still rushing this morning, his zantac and our dysfunctional morning nursing (one boob at a time) were causing delays. Of course Henry had to have the worst night of sleep last night. He woke up at 1, 3, and 5.
But we got to the daycare and they hadn't set up his cubbies yet and he has 3 "teachers" and only one speaks english, so I am waiting on translations for all my questions. My husband is there but not helping me with anything.
I go to work and get put on a deadline for Monday and when I hear the assignment I remind my boss that I am part time this week and he said "I know you can finish it" and walked away. Yeah I used to be able to work that kind of magic by doing a 60 hour week. But I am just going to work as hard as possible while I am there and if its not done then oh well, he can suck it.
Pumping at work was tricky, I tried the ziplock bag method and I am not sure I am doing it right. Do you rinse and put them in the bag? Or do you just put them straight in the bag without rinsing? Well I rinsed and didn't dry and then my parts got my clothes all wet when I pumped a second time. I only pumped 8.5oz with 2 pump sessions.
I picked up Henry from the daycare and heard him crying immediately after opening the door. He ate 12oz in 5 hours, seems like a lot to me. She said he was crying after 3 oz and then gave him another 2.5oz and he was crying like his tummy hurt...umm you think? I swear Henry overeats, I know they say breastfed babies can't overeat, but he even does it at the breast. He did at least sleep for 2 hours they said.
Well, you both made it through the day in one piece! It will get easier with time. Sorry your boss seems like he's not getting the idea that you are part time this week.
Regarding the pumping, what I do is when I rinse them, I shake them out really well before I dump them in to try to get the excess water out and if there is a lot of water, I blot it with a kleenex or with a burp rag that I bring with me to work. I also pull my shirt up when I pump and lay the burp rag on my lap to catch any drips so my clothes won't get wet. When I used to pump in a public restroom, I had a nursing tank that I pulled down to keep my tummy covered and I tucked the burp rag into the top of it so it covered my nursing tank. Don't skip rinsing IMO because then you will get leftover milk dripping instead of water which is stickier/messier on your clothes.
And 8.5 oz in two sessions is really good. I get about 11 oz in three pumps. Supposedly baby should need about 1 oz of breastmilk per hour you are apart so since I am gone for 10 hours I like to leave at least 10 oz which she drinks in 2-3 oz bottles. I thought I had read that babies with reflux tend to nurse more/drink more not from hunger but because it temporarily makes them feel better so maybe that's what Henry was doing?