Monday, September 10, 2012

Ache-y Break-y

thank you thank you thank you everyone for your advice and support on my  last post. You guys are the best. And so helpful. I'm definitely going to try to continue nursing at home, though the problem is mostly that L isn't we'll see how it goes. I definitely think my pump needs upgrading, but figuring he was 11 months old I didn't feel like shelling out $300 for a  new one (new tubing/flanges/etc... didn't help increase the suck-i-ness, so I called and they said it may be the motor---i.e. you need to buy a whole new pump).

So I am officially not pumping anymore. My body didn't quite get the message, so I'm a bit...ache-y today. Hopefully ache-y doesn't lead to explode-y. It was definitely gradual, but after a full week of vacation barely nursing at all I figured a work day would be no problem. Somehow, however, being at work seems to have turned the production back on a bit.

I had a bit of a forced break from social media last week. We were away on a long anticipated beach vacation with my family. Fun in the sun for all---except Ana who was holed away in misery suffering through "presumed viral meningitis". Yup.  At  least the kids had fun, right? Right? As much as I hated missing out, I was thankful it happened when there were grandparents around to help G and I didn't have to painfully extract myself from bed to change a diaper or calm a tantrum.

So now that I'm not pumping, I get an extra hour or so to my day (50-ish minutes pumping plus 10 minutes washing/drying). I'm going to use that time to work, blog, and organize our house because it suddenly has hit a level of tear-my-hair-out clutter and chaos. I already put a bunch of toys on the street for people to take because our 'hood is ghetto like that. Plus I'm lazy.

I just interviewed a research tech candidate. She was really good, personable, sweet and interested. I think I might hire first employee! Hopefully this can be a catalyst for me to get off my a&s and get stuff started in my own little space!

I've been really really exhausted the past few months, and I can't completely blame it on the kids. So I've decided to be extra diligent about clocking at least 7 hours of sleep/night, drinking several glasses of water,  avoiding junk food & random weekend "day drinking" to see if I can up my energy a bit. The next step is exercise, but I need to muster up enough get-up-and-go to actually do that. If all that doesn't work? I don't know. Stimulants?

This post turned into a bunch of tangentially related updates, and here I was going for a theme. Maybe next time.


  1. I was pretty joyful to quit pumping, I'll admit :) You may look into whether renting a pump from your local hospital is worth it, if you really want to still keep it up. It may be worth it for a month or two.

    Sorry to hear about the viral meningitis - that sounds horrible :(

    I was able to pick up a manual pump for pretty cheap as backup/to relieve pressure when I was ramping down nursing - might be worth it if you feel really icky from not pumping during the day?

    Good luck!!

  2. Wow, meningitis!? I'm so sorry to hear it, but glad that you've recovered okay.

    I'm also glad that you're feeling a little better about the nursing situation. I hope that you're able to use the time you had been spending pumping to rest and to nurture yourself. You deserve it!