Category Archives: pumping milk

five months old today!

Donald has a state Audubon Council meeting today.  I could have gone to part of it with the baby, but I opted to stay home this morning.  It’s been fun having Forest all to myself for the first time in a long while.  I’ve enjoyed changing diapers, playing with him, and seeing how different he is from when I used to be home with him all the time before returning to work.

One difference is that I was able to quickly clean the kitchen up while he played with toys and later was resting (but not napping) in his crib with his rainforest mobile going.  He was making some sounds part of the time, but it mostly sounded like talking with not too much fussing.  When he started to fuss, I changed a diaper then moved him to the crib.  I was truly amazed that I was able to finish my modest kitchen cleaning plans while Forest cooed and relaxed in his crib before he cried and wanted to nurse to sleep for a nap.

This afternoon, I’m headed to Midwest City for lunch with my Ladies’ Night Out friends, three girls I’ve known since junior high school.  Forest is coming with me, and I am eager for them to see how much he has grown since we last got together.

Tonight, we are tentatively planning to introduce a small amount of rice cereal as Forest’s first solid food.  I think it may be time since Forest has been showing interest in his parents’ food for the last few weeks.  He has been exclusively breastfed and fed with expressed breast milk for these first five months, and I’m a little reluctant to let go of his lovely milky breath and non-smelly stools that exclusively breastfed babies have.  We could put it off a few more weeks until he is 6 months old, since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, but I think that if we supplement with just a small amount of solids for the next month that would be fine.  The pediatrician gave us the okay to start solids at 4 months.



mommy returning to work

Tomorrow is my first day back at work.  I’m mostly looking forward to working.  I’m not worried too much about Forest since he will have his father and grandmother taking care of him tomorrow.  I’m mostly worried about him missing his mommy.  Lots of milk in the freezer to go in bottles, but not quite like mommy.  We do know that he will readily take bottles, so that is a good thing at least.

I’m also worried about getting enough sleep to be functional.  Forest was up three times last night and I was having some anxiety issues and it took me awhile to fall asleep.  So, I ended up with about 3.5 hours of sleep.  I’ve been more routinely getting 5-6 hours of sleep when he gets up 1-2 times overnight, and that helps me feel a lot better.

Several people have told me that a teaspoon or two of rice cereal helps babies sleep better at night, and his doctor recommends not starting that until 4 months, although several moms have said they started much earlier.  And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months.  But I wonder if the American Academy of Pediatrics Board are all waking up at 2 am, 4am and 5:30am for feedings?

2-month pediatrician visit at 11 weeks old, today

baby update: Forest visited the pediatrician today. He now weighs 14lbs 12ozs and is 24.5 inches long. No wonder his daddy’s elbow is shot from lifting him!

He has a mild fever and is not feeling well / was fussy following vaccinations.  He was crying with a tone I’ve never heard before, and he was briefly inconsolable, but we finally got him to relax, and we gave him a dose of Tylenol which brought his fever down.

Forest went to bed, and I’m staying up to pump–trying to lay in a milk supply to get ready to return to work.  I don’t like staying up so late to pump since the baby is already in bed–it would be nice to go to sleep myself.  But it is hard to pump during the day because I never know how long he is going to nap, that is IF he naps.