Let's just say I'm hoping for Option 1.
More updates on our bottle struggle soon (hopefully the good kind) but for now here's what five things are on my mind this week
3. Pumping at work is, interesting. My pumping experiences so far have been pretty hit or miss. My first day back was super slow so I was able to pump in an empty patient room which was very relaxing and great. Since then I have pumped in our family room (with a sign on the door to keep people out) and in the hospital's dedicated "Lactation Room" on a different floor. The lactation room is really just a large closet with a curtain dividing the space in two sections. When I've gone there, there has always been a second person in there with me. Which feels...odd. If you've never pumped before, I'm not sure if I can stress how awkward the whole thing is. It's not like breastfeeding. Breastfeeding I can get why some women can do it in public. It really is beautiful in some ways and the baby covers most of your boob anyway. But when you pump, both of your boobs are out there flapping in the breeze (covered with plastic but still). There is a lot of noise. It's just weird. You really do feel like a cow. And I feel like for me, I am "pumping shy" in the same way some people must be bladder shy. I just have a hard time relaxing if someone is literally feet away from me. So I have not been able to produce very much when I pump at work. Especially because yesterday was such an insane day that I had to multitask and simultaneously attempt to chart, eat, and answer phone calls from doctors while pumping, because that was the only hope I had of getting out even close to on time. I will say I very much look forward to when pumping is no longer a part of my workday routine.
4. We are getting plantation shutters installed next week (!!!). This has been a long time coming since we knew we would do it when we moved in more than 6 months ago. And the order was placed about 8 weeks ago. The houses in our neighborhood are close together and we have a lot of windows. Plus we have yard guys come once a week (one of the perks of an HOA!). Privacy would be nice. As I type this I am feeding Ryley with about three men right outside my window mowing the grass and such. I have kind of gotten so used to it that it doesn't really faze me anymore, but it will be really nice to not have to show off my boobs for all the world to see when I feed my baby. Plus I've always wanted a house with plantation shutters, because I think they're really pretty (we're just getting a few rooms on our first floor, not the entire house because that would cost a fortunate). I will definitely post pictures once they're in.