Ha, this outdated photo made me laugh. I’m always that happy while pumping… Credit
So, I mentioned the other day that our bank account looked pretty sad. I’m not able to get as many hours working at home as I had thought and we already had a tight budget to begin with. But alas, I found my new calling. A friend and I were talking the other day about breastfeeding and pumping and how much extra milk I have. She mentioned something about selling it on Craigslist. We joked, laughed and moved on.
Guess what? You can FOR REAL sell your breast milk online for $1.50-$2 an ounce. I must have 400+ ounces in the freezer. The supply is for Jbug so I won’t have to pump forever since she refuses to breastfeed. The idea is that it will last us for some time after I stop pumping. But, I could easily add more pumping sessions to sell, right? Is this legit? Does anyone know? I wouldn’t be so annoyed by pumping if I could sell it!
I told Seth about my research and he won’t let me quote his response, but it was quite funny. Regardless, could I do this for real? Anyone?
-You don’t have an appt. for another month, but based on our home scale, you weigh over 13 pounds! You’re a little sprout and seem to get taller everyday.
-Your eyes changed all the time during the first 10 weeks or so, but now seem to be settling more at a dark brown/gray color. We bet they will continue to get darker and you’ll have the Marr-side dark chocolate eyes.
-You’ve had some independent playtime for a while now, although we are always nearby just in case. Your favorite place is your playmat, batting away at the toys above and checking yourself out in the mirror. You love your bouncy chair, too.
-You have great head control so we put you in the Bumbo for the first time recently and you love it! You are also newly interested in Linus and track him around the room.
-Some of your favorite things: being held to see the world, looking out the window, singing songs, reading books, getting kisses, “This little piggy,” blowing raspberries on your belly, bouncing on Daddy’s knee, swinging and imitating our facial expressions. You go back and forth about hanging out in carriers and walks in your stroller. Tummy time is still your least favorite.
-You smile all the time! You love to giggle and make sweet little noises. You prefer mornings and being out around others. You do really well in public with new people, noises, things to look at, etc.
-You do not like bedtime and tend to struggle between 6-10pm often with long bouts of crying. We’ve found there is a short window of time to get you to bed; otherwise, we are in for a lot of crying.
-People most often comment that you are so alert, you’re such a pretty baby, you have amazing hair and you have beautiful skin tone. People said the same things the day you were born.
-You are an opinionated eater. This isn’t new. You like the flow of milk to be the perfect amount and force, even from the bottle.
-You love getting your diaper changed. It’s the feeling of freedom, we suppose. You now look right over at your stuffed Sophie the Giraffe sitting on the changing pad and smile at her every time.
-When you were 11 weeks, we had to take you to the Dr. and the hospital for a fever that wouldn’t go away. After all of the tests, poking, prodding and 2 rounds of antibiotics, it eventually went away without explanation. Other than that time, you are a healthy little baby. You continue to struggle with reflux, but it seems my dairy consumption doesn’t make a difference for you.
Being a mom has its ups and downs. I’ve always had the policy that anything I write here will be honest. So, here it is–the good and the bad right now.
What’s driving me crazy lately:
10. Not eating dairy. I have never had a problem with dairy, but I gave it up for June’s reflux. Now, slowly adding it back in has caused me great stomach pain. Am I suddenly lactose intolerant?
9. Allergies. I’m like a faucet, even on my daily meds. It’s possible I’ve wiped my snotty nose on a burp cloth or two.
8. Waking up at night covered in leaking milk. Sorry if that’s TMI, but it’s true. The girl is sleeping long stretches, so shouldn’t I finally be able to sleep if she’s not the one waking me up?
7. Pumping. It’s annoying to be chained to the pump. I look forward to only bottlefeeding.
6. My clothes. Nothing fits. Anything that does fit is too tight in all the wrong places. I went shopping the other day to remedy the situation and get some “in between clothes.” Thankfully, my friend, Ellen, was extremely patient. I tried on at least 50 items, maybe more. I came home with 5 and will be returning 2. Ugh.
5. Our bank account. I need to get some part-time work that can be done from home. Anyone have any ideas? Please, send them my way!
4. I spend a lot of time here busy with the little lady, but have very little time to deal with anything. Instead, I sit around while feeding her, etc. thinking about everything I’m not getting done.
3. Clutter. It’s everywhere! I keep going through and getting rid of things, but I just want to throw everything away.
2. Feeling stuck at home because when we go out with Juniper, she won’t nap well. Usually this means a couple of hours of crying at night before bed. If we choose to stay home, if she sleeps well, and if we have some lucky timing, she’ll go down within 10 minutes with limited crying. Trade-offs, trade-offs.
1. Lack of sleep, obviously.
The sweet things right now:
10. Cold, summer beverages even though it’s only March.
9. A great camera I can’t wait to get to know better.
8. More sleep than before. I can’t believe we got through those first 6 weeks!
7. We’re making slow but steady progress in parenting.
6. Nighttime with Seth when Juney is asleep. Sometimes we have only 45 mins. and other times, 2 hours. It often involves dinner, Netflix, laundry, cleaning up, dishes, getting ready for the next day and crashing together on the couch, but hey, it’s some time. We’ll take it!
5. Hand me downs. Our friends and family graciously continue to provide all the clothes for our growing girl. We are so grateful!
4. NPR in the morning and coffee twice a day. Did I mention coffee?
3. The little things that are now big things, like going to the store alone or sitting on the porch in the sun.
2. Upcoming trips to NY for a great friend’s wedding, family beach trip to NC, MI for Seth’s brother’s wedding, and a West coast/Alaskan cruise.
1. Heart-meltingly adorable baby smiles and giggles.