For those getting back to work

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For those getting back to work

Yup, its drawing close :(.
Last night was terrible with Rehan not sleeping at all and that made Aariv wake up and there I was in the middle of the night with two crying kids. I did not want to wake up DH since had to go into work today (I did end up waking him though lol). But this got me thinking....I get back to work in 2 weeks and I cannot function at all if I don't get any sleep. How are you preparing yourself and the baby for getting back to work? Do you plan on going to bed early when the baby sleeps (Rehans long stretch is from 7 to 11 and I cannot imagine going to bed at 7!)? Any ideas on how to get them to sleep through a long stretch? When do you pump to stock up? I am so exhausted nursing him that I'm too lazy to pump for the freezer. Would love to get any tips!

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I hope someone has some good ideas. I'll be watching this thread for advice too.

I'm in the same boat as you...returning to work in 2 weeks and not really able to establish any good routine among the chaos over here. My only saving grace right now is that I'm going back only PT. My work is flexible AFA I can set my hours to work around DH work schedule and I'll probably be going in about 10:30 am so I can still sleep in some.

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Well, for pumping, i tend to do it when DS has a long afternoon nap or anytime DS is not in my arms and DD is not throwing a fit. but i had a long week and i'm still recovering so i havent pumped unless i'm away from him for several days now. freezer stash is about half what it was at the beginning of last week. I started pumping when he was 2 weeks old though because i knew what it took to build a freezer stash for DD.

for not sleeping- i'm often running on less than 6 hrs and i'm just getting used to it, but also i only work part time so anytime i get the chance to sleep in or go to bed early I TAKE IT. i'd go to bed by 8 if i was going to get to sleep until 11. DD doesnt go to bed until 10 and DS is about the same, then DS sleeps until 4:30 or sometimes 6 am, DD is usually up TWICE before DS gets up.... the newborn is the good sleeper! DD has been creating havoc co-sleeping lately, kicking the blankets down, waking up and squirming all over the bed or throwing a fit, or saying "mama" to try and get me to get up and play with her.... so i've been putting her in her own bed again, that way if DS wakes up at 4 and nurses then won't go straight bck to sleep, i can nurse him in bed. if DD is there she wakes up and wants some too.

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I go back Monday:( Scarlett is still on a every 3 hr feeding around the clock. Sometimes I can get a 4 hr stretch. I know I will be exhausted when I go back to work, especially since I stand all the time. I am not looking forward to pumping at work, I will not have a set place to do it I will have to find a room not being used at the time. I have about 60oz frozen. My goal is to pump enough at work for the next day so I can keep the frozen for back up. My daycare has a deep freeze so I am taking extra milk for just in case I run out.

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I was thinking about this last night..and feeling overwhelmed just thinking about it!! Right now Sheldon goes to bed around 8:30 and sleeps until 2:30 and then gets up again around 5:30 to 6:00 am. I mean, he's going 6 hour stretches without nursing, but I don't go to bed until 10:00 pm, so I'm robbing myself of much needed sleep. I keep thinking I just need to go to bed when Sheldon does, and I will survive. We'll see if that happens. I know that Sheldon can't go more than 6 hours without eating, so I have thought of trying to wake and nurse him at 10:30 pm or so, just to see if He will wake up closer to when I actually get up the next morning.

As for pumping/milk storage, I have 215 ozs. stockpiled in my deep freezer right now. I started pumping after Sheldon nursed around 2 weeks post-partum and I've been stashing milk ever since. I may have gone overboard because my boobs are producing so much milk now it's almost painful!! I even went out and bought the 8-oz. bottles so I have bottles big enough to store milk in at work. I go back to work on Monday. Sad

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215oz... Wow! :eek: I don't even have 100.

We have a nighttime/ bedtime routine that's been working for us. We start around9 or 9:30. Baths if it's bath night. Clean diaper. Johnson & Johnson bedtime lotion. Clean sleeper. Swaddle. Play ocean waves cd while nursing. Yes, I swaddle first or else it wakes them up. They are asleep by 10:30. Aiden has been sleeping until at least 5:30 all month. Alaina was waking up between 2 and 4. The past 5 nights the earliest has been 4:30. The latest 8:30. Aiden has gotten to where he sleeps u til 7:30-8:30.

There are a few times they will grunt and toss around at night... We just start the cd over. And we don't pick them up unless they cry. They fall back asleep on their own.

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I don't have any extra suggestions. I agree with the other ppl. Go to bed with the baby, start a bedtime routine and remember it will be hard at first but you will adjust. I started back pt when Emma was 1 month old that was 3 wks ago. This is my 1st full week. The first day was horrible the next week was better. This week hard so far but I go to bed when she does. We start bedtime around 8 or 8:30 pj's (bath if its bath night) bottle, snuggle time, lights off, once she's drowzy I lay her down. She's usually in the crib by 9:15m she sleeps till 2:30 to 3:30 then back to sleep til anywhere from5:30 to 7? But the first week or so she was not going to sleep till 11 to 12. DH took that shift and let me go to bed so I could get the next feeding. I finally just figured out that to function I need atleast a 4 hour stretch of sleep so we work together to make sure we both get that. I wish you the best of luck and I'm sure you'll figure it out:)

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I don't have particularly great advice since I'm not going back to work for now. But in a hypothetical world....
I generally only nurse one side per feed, so if you do that, you can pump the other side.
And we also instituted a bedtime routine a few weeks ago since she was starting to go to bed later and later. We bathe her every night (don't always wash her, but the water relaxes her) and then get her into her pj's, nurse, sing, lights off etc. We start around 7:30-8:00, and she's usually asleep between 9-9:30 and wakes only once during the night (around 3:30 for about 10 minutes). She gets up at around 7:30 in the morning. Although, right now I'm a little concerned, cause she didn't sleep as much as she should have earlier today, and it's now 8:00 and she's been sleeping since 5:30. Uh oh.

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We have no real specific schedule just a general one around. On the nights when she goes to bed with the other kids around 8pm I have started dream feeding right before I go to bed. So those nights she feeds around 7-8pm and then I dream feed her at 10ish before I head to bed. That usually gains us another 1-2 hours before she wakes for her one night time feed (2-4am).

GL getting a schedule that works for you.