So this week was my first “full” week back at work. . . ok only 4 days because of the holiday on Monday. I worked Thursday and Friday last week so 4 days sounds like a lot already. Things started off a bit rocky with Rayne and Roderick. She didn’t want to stop crying or take a bottle. It felt ackward pumping/feeding at work. Roderick brought her to me twice each of the two days I was at work last week when she wasn’t eating, but it seemed like coworkers and friends shunned at the idea. I haven’t had the easiest time even pumping this week-meetings scheduled, meeting rooms getting taken over by people who don’t look at the calendar, and people who look at you funny when you bring your supplies to pump. I think I’m just at the point where I don’t care what people think, I just know this is what’s best for my baby and her health so it has to be done!
You think you get a lot of “advice” during pregnancy, then you get even more when the baby’s born, but really, they keep coming even when you’re going back to work. People said things to me left and right- people with kids, people without kids, family, friends, and even people on the street or at restaurants! I was, let’s just say, overwhelmed with all the comments and advice from people. We decided to not go with the “let her cry it out till she’s starving and then she’ll take the bottle” advice, even though it seemed like everyone was telling us that, but we truly did not believe it was in our’s or Rayne’s best interest. We decided to exhaust all methods and options before even considering letting her cry it out for 9 hours. Well, my husband’s patience and endurance paid off. He noticed that she did better outside of our home and allowed others rather than him to hold a bottle near her so he took her to my MIL’s house this week to test out his theory. Results were slow but IT WORKED! She has slowly gotten familiar with the bottle and soon it will become a friend, not foe! Next week will be baby steps to get her used to taking a bottle from daddy at home.
Something I’m learning with motherhood is that you’re given lots of “advice” and there are lots of schools of thought out there with research to back each of them up but you have to choose what you think is best for you and your family. No one knows your family better than, you guessed it, you and your husband! It’s never a one size fits all…we already know that’s not true with clothes, it’s the same with babies!