Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Postpartum: Tales from the PUMP - Part One: "Things my Pump says"

New Series: Tales From the PUMP
There have been about a million-zillion times kadrillion things going on in our life! I cannot keep up with just about anything, so of course what hair-brained idea do I have? Start a blog series.. totally makes sense right? No, but for real, writing is my outlet; my how do we say, "only thing in all the world that keeps me sane at the very end of my breaking point?" You know, no pressure, or anything like that. 

Lately, I think my struggle is that I feel so alone. (Not alone like no one likes me, everybody hates me, I guess I'll go eat worms.) It's just that I feel like I go through my whole day surrounded by people who don't get ME and my struggles. The Mom-Life is a game changer. My day-to-day goals are different than a lot of folks, so here in the blog-o-sphere I know I have a whole group of Pumping Mommas already rooting for me. (I know because you pin my post about pumping and storing milk all the time - Thanks friends!) 

All that word vomit was simple to introduce my new series: TALES FROM THE PUMP 

Part One: Things My Pump Says

If you are a breastfeeding mom who has never pumped, we all applaud you for your hard work. Heck, even if you are a mom who formula feeds, we still applaud you - this mommy stuff is hard! But reality is you just aren't going to understand this post. You won't find it funny. You won't find it relevant. And you sure aren't going to hear the phantom whooshing in your head as I describe it. 

However, chances are you are reading this because you ARE in fact a pumping momma. Whether that be an EP'er like I was with kid #1 or a pump/nursing mom like I am doing now with kid #2. 

My pump, let's just call him "Pump" (because the creativity in my naming skills is clearly boundless... See my stuffed animal collection full of "Blue Dog," "Clown Bunny," and "Peppermint Cat" for clear proof of this skill), well, Pump, he talks to me. When I am exhausted Pump tells me CRAZY things! #mypumptalks

The other night I'm on the phone with my best friend chatting away - she cuts me off mid-sentence, totally unlike her, and exclaims loudly, "are you pumping?" She's not the type to be easily offended, so I was sort of taken aback at her shout. I replied that I was, and I could hear the edge of what sounded like PTSD in her voice. "I knew I could hear it! I thought I was having flashbacks." Flashbacks she said because it is a part life-saver, part torture device. We laughed and went right back to talking, but that's how it is. You will forever be able to hear that faint whoosh-whoosh in the back of your head. 

I am about 7.5 months postpartum. Just about getting my groove back. Baby is mostly sleeping through the night. Things are getting back to normal, but Pump and I we still hang out every morning before work, every day at lunch, and every night before bed. (This is such a cut back from the days of pumping 8 times a day when I was initially EP'ing for monster Moose.) 

I can hear ALL kinds of crazy things from dear old Pump: #thissucksthissucksthissucks - Okay, I am the worst PUN-master you'll ever meet. I crack myself up (This is a helpful skill as a high school English teacher because talk about tough crowd), but this one is one of my favorite things old Pump has ever said. The irony was so everywhere! Get it because it sucks to pump and literally the pump is sucking... Another variation on this theme is when he says "I suck, I suck..," but we won't even touch that with a 10 foot pole.

#hellohellohello - I think Pump likes to greet meet with a good morning, but that is too advanced for his vocabulary so instead it's just hello on repeat until I hear the next crazy thing. 

And I swear lately, Pump is quoting Shakespeare at me... Okay this is likely because I am exhausted and teaching Julius Caesar in class. #ettuettuettu (Et Tu, Brute?) Seriously, why can't we just stab Caesar???

Or how about #redrumredrumredrum Pump, why you be so creepy like? [sic]. Yeah, I don't know why it tells me this, but this one is a frequent re-occurrer! 

Moral of the story here: Pumping Mommas, you aren't alone. I'm not alone (or so I hope)! Remember to feed the baby not the freezer... More next time in Part Two: Places I've Pumped. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bo: 7 Months Crawl Dude Crawl

How Big?: He is around 17 pounds and just over 27 inches. He will get another official weigh in at his 9 month appointment. 
Clothing Size?: He is wearing 18 month T-shirts. 12 month jammies are getting really tight on his toes. We are also falling prey to the ease of disposable diapers... Oh no! We have been doing so great with cloth, but disposables are so much easier on the go. They are smaller and able to be thrown away. We have been on the go A LOT lately. (Selling our house has made our life a little crazy!) Size 4 diapers it is for a bit! Hopefully this summer, while we are living with my mom we can keep up better with the cloth diapering.
What/When is he eating?: If you don't feed Bo, he is going to freak, freak, freak out! He loves baby food. There's really nothing he doesn't like so far. We have done all of stage one, and we are working through stage 2. I tried a dissolvable fruit dallop thing for him, but he isn't quite ready for that. 
Sleep?: Bo is doing a great job sleeping! He is sleeping through the night most nights. This momma is finally less a zombie and more a person. He goes down around 8 and wakes around 5:30. 
Movement?: CRAWLING! It's official. Bo can crawl and sit up! He is also starting to pull up on things. I cannot believe that he is already doing that. He wants to go, go, go. He hates that he can't keep up with his brother. 
Milestones?: See above ^^^ And his First Camping trip with Grandma and Grandpa, while Momma and Daddy worked Prom! He is also laughing and smiling at everything! 
Hardest Moment(s) of the Month: It's hard to tell Bo "no." He is just a baby and doesn't understand what you mean, but you also have to keep him safe. Now that he is mobile, the whole world is a toy for him. He is more curious about things than Moose was - so it's a different challenge. 
Best Moment(s) of the Month: It's been a great month of learning and growing. Watching him crawl around and pick up Moose's toys is awesome! We stayed at Grandma's for a week this month, while our house was shown (9 times in just the first day). It was such fun!! (That sounds sarcastic, but really we had a good time.) It was like slumber party every night. 
Looking Forward to: Summer.. I cannot wait to spend all day with my kiddos every single day! 

Moose: Happy Birthday Mooser

Click on Moose's Race Report to read about little dude's 2nd Birthday Party! 

Here are a few of Moose's favorite things as a big two year old! 

How Big? Moose weighed in at his 2 year appointment in the 90th percentile. He is officially 31 pounds and 36 inches tall. (That's 3 feet! Halfway to the goal... haha)
Clothing Size? Kids clothes are so confusing. He has gotten lean this last year, so some of his 2T shorts from last year are still fitting him! He also can wear 3T and 4T. He is in the biggest diapers they make, and we are starting to gear up for potty training this summer. 
What is he eating? Not as much as I would like, but I keep reading that I just need to keep on exposing him to things. He mostly eats guacamole. It's his favorite thing.
Sleep? He is sleeping in his big boy bed, but we are fighting the control battle. Bedtime can take FOREVER... the screaming, the getting up over and over; it is exhausting. 

Moose's Quirk
Moose has a funny little quirk. He is a bit OCD about things. He likes all of his cars lined up, and when they are going to be put away he likes to drive them all the same path to be put away. 

Silly little love.

Looking forward to: We are looking forward to spending all summer with this crazy little monster! I really hope he likes swimming more this year.