Wednesday, March 04, 2009

He survived, will I?


So yesterday was Jacob's first day in day care... His grin when I arrived to pick him up was priceless!
I am a bit concerned, he gets 3 bottles a day, each containing 3 ounces. I only pump 8 ounces during the day (I wake at 2 a.m. to pump just a bit more). & he is not gaining, so I also wake him at 11p.m. & 4 a.m. to nurse. We have a Dr. appt. this afternoon after which, I may be needing to consult with the lactation specialist again...
Also I have the bottles timed, so that he will be ready to eat when I pick him up; hence the cartoon.
We are doing cloth diapers & since Bum Genius works like a Pamper, the day care is fine with them, phew. So I need to start a diaper wash when I arrive home to two starving cats with a starving baby. Let the circus begin!
Feed the baby some, set the baby down, feed the cats, start the diaper wash, let the cat out of his carrier (2 different Rx diets for 2 cats, so one eats in the kitty carrier), feed the baby some more, set the baby down, take out the pumping supplies & bottles for washing, start the second part of the diapers (wash in cold, then wash in hot), give the baby his Zantac (for the excessive spit up) & vitamins, feed the baby some more (or at least let him suckle for comfort) for about 2 hours straight, put the diapers in the dryer. Then Daddy gets home so that he can interact with the baby after washing the pumping supplies & bottles, before stuffing the diapers, doing a second load of laundry & chatting with grandma who was all in for the guilt trip... (I have to assume that he ate something, too.)
Mix in a tiny amount of munching on potato chips & dry cereal for mommy, then watch Mommy fall asleep before 9 p.m.!

16 comments:

Kay said...

Oh, my. Hang in there--it will get easier as you get the routine down!

Suzan said...

I know how daunting it is at first but you will get there! I think most Moms working outside the home live for the weekend!!

martha said...

You will survive and so will Jacob. Make sure you are taking care of YOU since the whole shebang hinges on you getting the care you need. The rest, the food, the stroking and the support. DH id a big boy. You can assume he knows how to feed himself and if mil does not get this you can stop getting the phone. Any chance on getting a local teen to do cat service? sometimes the smallest bit can be a help. When G"D designed women, we did not work outside of the home! xoxoxo
ps this will pass! and I am glad you got the big grin.

Catherine said...

You'll get through this -- and once you get into a routine, hopefully it will become easier. Perhaps there are some shortcuts you can find -- or some help you can enlist?

McIrish Annie said...

You are doing great and so is Jacob! Things will get easier as he gets older. Dad can take care of himself or call mommy for help!

The Calico Quilter said...

Don't forget to take care of yourself, amid taking care of everyone else. Daddy can feed himself and will not starve, but you can't run full out all evening without dinner. If grandma wants input on improving the situation, suggest a casserole! Another commenter had a good idea - a local kid cat-sitter to take care of kitty duties before you get home. One less thing to do.

BTW, I had to google Bum Genius - brilliant!

Melinda said...

Hang in there - it will get better. At least you will get into a routine that will be workable. Be sure to take some time for yourself whenever you can.

Ms. Jan said...

It will get easier as Jacob gets older too (or at least challenging in different ways), so hang in there and as the others said, don't forget to take care of yourself!!!

sewprimitive karen said...

Wow. I'm worried about you!

Greenmare said...

and welcome to the wild ride known as motherhood. you poor thing! make sure you are drinking enough, and did you know that beer is a lactation aid? I'm not kidding, the dr. had me drinking one of the short ones every day when I was first starting out nursing!

andsewitis Holly said...

I love the cartoon! You will survive. Sounds to me like you are doing a great job of multitasking. Close your eyes and take frequent 60 second vacations where you go to your "peaceful place" whatever that may be for you. Wonderful that it appears Jacob had a positive experience at day care.

Chocolate Cat said...

Thinking of you as you work out this new routine. Seems very overwhelming at first (and sometimes later too!) but you do manage and become superwoman!

cindyquiltsOR said...

I agree with all of the above. YOU are the important part of the equation ... take care of yourself.

Ruth's Place said...

It will get easier. I use paper liners in my Bum Genius diapers and the real yucky stuff goes in the bin. That eliminates the need for a cold wash first - I just throw them in the machine for a hot hot hot wash. Don't know if that's possible for you with your daycare situation though.

Michael5000 said...

Having a child seems like it would be SUCH an exhausting hobby....

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

It does get easier!!! My son nursed for every 2 hours - for NINE months! No-one ever bothered to tell me that maybe he wasn't getting enough food and was hungry? You learn as you go. Routines and schedules help. Make sure you eat enough protein and lots of small (healthy) snacks during the day!!! He is precious!!
Cheers! Evelyn