Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Finish

Thank goodness the weekend is almost here and Husband is glad to be able to help out 100%. My friend Jersey Girl (aka Lori) is also coming for the weekend. Husband is putting the kids to bed tonight so Lori and I can go to dinner in Boston (since I'm picking her up at South Station). Last night I put the kids to bed at 5:30 so Ned ate around 12:00 and I BF Penny at 1:30. Scary how Ned has decreased his sleeping from 8 hours to less than 6 now. I liked the BF so I'm going to keep it up for Penny since she doesn't eat much at night. Then I BF Ned at 4 am and Penny at 5 am to keep them happy until Ned woke up at 6:45 and I woke Penny at 7:15. I liked the middle of the night BF - it is easier to get back to sleep.

We are going to try a new day schedule/routine - feeding during the day every 3 hours. All the kids I know that sleep through the night eat at least every three hours during the day. More stress on me but totally worth it if we can get them to sleep through the night. Thanks for everyone's comments about this being a phase. I sure hope so!

Here is a picture from last weekend. My favorite alone time with each kid - a walk in the Moby wrap with my cell phone/jawbone in place to talk to friends/family while he or she sleeps. Those are photos I picked up at Walgreens tucked into the Moby wrap. It is Ned you can barely see.



Last night Husband and I did a taste test of some of my frozen milk. He was totally grossed out but I needed a second opinion. The very recently frozen stuff (early November) was fine but all of September is bad. You can definitely smell it when it is bad. Some of the "good" milk also had "curdles" so not sure that is really a sign. So far I've thrown out 50 ounces and I'm testing October (3 different dates). I actually think if I have to dump October it would be closer to 200 ounces. I didn't realize how full my freezer had gotten. I read about scalding your milk if you have extra lipase (not sure if you can test for that) but that also strips the nutrients so I'd rather just go to formula. I'm doing formula for BF supplements and breastmilk for bottles - still BF one kid per feeding. Of course with the 3 hour schedule I can't pump at all during the day (no time). Husband thinks this is a sign but I'm going to keep working on it a couple of more weeks - and get us to 3 months.

In good news - our Nanny April accepted the job! That's great - especially because she is not starting until middle of February (I go back to work March 2). I'm going to have her come 2 half days per week until she starts full time. She came yesterday and I was much calmer after leaving the house sans kiddies for a few hours. I feel a little guilty that all my friends with new babies don't seem to feel the need to leave them with other people. But if it makes me more patient and happier to be around my kids I'm all for it.

3 comments:

Goddess in Progress said...

Great picture!! I think time with one baby, and time with no babies, is so important for sanity. I think some people feel guilty, especially us full-time SAHMs, getting a sitter. But it's critical. I need to find one for the winter, for sure...

I'm so glad everything is working out with your Nanny! Wow, what a load off that must be.

Stacey said...

You look so freaking cute in that Moby wrap that I'm adding it to my registry!

I'm sure I will be jealous of your nanny once I'm out on maternity leave. I haven't decided if it will be a good thing or not that DH works from home...

Natalie said...

yay, the nanny is hired!!!!