Thursday, March 15, 2012
( 1:20 AM ) teahouse
Hard to believe the Little One is already 4 months old!
It seems like only yesterday he was a wee little premature thing. And now he's graduated beyond the newborn diapers!
And look at all of that hair! Yes, he was born with a mullet - party in the front and back.
I'll be going back to work in not too long. I've worked out a part-time arrangement. We'll see if it ends up being totally rewarding or totally non-juggle-able and disastrous.
I'm embarking on the world of working motherhood. Anyone have any pearls of wisdom to share on juggling it all?#
No words of wisdom, but I'll be right there with you on a couple of weeks.
By 3:00 AM, at
Don't feel guilt! No matter what the voice in your head says, you're doing a great!
I second Kabitzin. Also, if you're nursing, and choose to pump at work, A)If the amount you pump in a particular day is less than you are accustomed to, don't panic, it does NOT mean you are drying up, one day does not a pattern make. And B) The amount of milk you can get into those ridiculous bottles has absolutely NO correlation to how good a mother you are, even if you have to eventually *gasp* supplement, or even *GASP* go straight formula, at least during working hours. Working and nursing is ROUGH. Do your best, and don't sweat it. (If you're not nursing, that part will be easy at least. But nothing about mothering is easy, which I'm sure you've figured out by now.)
wonder what makes milk less when it does. stress? being away from baby's scent?
Having to pump at specific times at fixed intervals that are generally fewer and shorter than the time you would spend actually nursing your baby can often make your body produce less, because you're inadvertently tricking it into thinking your baby wants to eat less.
No pearls here -- I don't have any kids (yet), so I will politely decline. I just wanted to tell you again how adorable your baby is and congratulations!!!!
Pearl - I have no choice; I have to go back! If we could afford for me to stay home, that would be great. But like most Americans, we have to be a double earning household, to stay afloat!
My only advice is to accept the fact that you are going to constantly fail. When you are at work, you feel like you are failing as a mother, and when you are at home, you feel like you are failing your employer. The only course is the middle way. Spread the failure around, try to be nice to your husband, and have another baby as soon as possible. Two is easier to manage than one, and you might as well get this part of your life over with. Once they hit about 15 or so, you can start sleeping in again and putting in overtime.
By 1:12 AM, at
Hope that working motherhood is working well for you. I agree with all the others' comments. =)