Monday, April 5, 2010

Pump, Feed, Repeat

When you become a mother, you have no time to yourself.

So true.

For the past 22 days, my days have been a whirlwind of pumping and feeding.

-- I pump every 2.5 to 3 hours during waking hours. Including washing the pump and storing the milk, each session lasts roughly 25 minutes. I do this 6 times a day.

-- Anna eats every 2 to 3 hours around the clock. Including prepping bottles, burping, and washing bottles, each feeding can last as long as 30 minutes. Anna consistently eats 10 times a day.

On a good day (read: when Anna falls asleep quickly after a feeding), I can squeeze in some browsing and blogging while she's sleeping. On a bad day (read: Anna needs to be held at all times or else she has a fit), I can't get anything done around the house! Craziness!

So how do I cope?

The secret is: to have a group of supportive helpers - hubby, my mom, and my MIL.

Although I am on my own when it comes to pumping, just having them help to feed Anna and hold her make life a lot easier...and I am very grateful.

And really… I just have to get organized and work out a routine.

Juggling, adapting, staying active, and busy. I’d rather push myself, than be a lazy blob.

Life is going great! Just a little hazy.

7 comments:

  1. How long will it be before it is more like 6-7 hours between feedings? (I've never had a baby around, I just don't know anything about them!)

    Hope you get some rest in there somewhere!

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  2. @ Intense Guy: Not too sure about that. According to the books, from 9 to 12 months, you feed every 4-6 hours during waking hours. But every baby is different. All I know is I can't wait when Anna starts to go longer between feedings!

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  3. Before you know it...you will be missing those milk pumping days!:) Good that you are getting all the help you need! Have you taken little Anna out for a stroll yet?

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  4. @ knickknacks: Just a tiny stroll about a week ago around the neighborhood. We didn't get far because I was still recovering at that time. Now that I am feeling better, I am just too lazy to take her out. =P

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  5. MIL and moms are VERY helpful, aren't they? I loved having the around just so I can take naps and so I didn't have to cook. Ann is just tooo cute!

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  6. I can't wait to get home and start helping out again. Though I'm out "working" I really don't feel like I'm contributing anything to the family. Just two more days, one quick hop in the air, and I'll be there by your side so we can both be dazed and confused together, again...

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