Sunday night was a rough one. I was super sleepy all day yesterday. Lucy didn't sleep that much - she just wanted to be up playing with me. She'd cry and so I'd pick her up, but then she just wanted to be held and squeezed and loved. Normally I'd jump at the chance to oblige such a sweet request, but it's two in the morning, child! Sleeping is good too!
Last night, by contrast, was surprisingly ok, although I still am tired from Sunday night I think. We both went to bed around 9ish, she woke up at 11, 2, 5 and 7. Not too shabby. Of course it takes a half hour to feed her and then another half to change her diaper (what goes in must come out) and get her back to sleep... So there's work and time involved in there.
The ever lovely and mighty Maggie came for a visit yesterday afternoon (and brought stir fry for our dinner which was wicked awesome - I could thrive on other people bringing me dinner every night. It's just so CONVENIENT and EASY and INTERESTING and DELICIOUS.) She wanted to hear Lucy's birth story. I just wasn't prepared for the interest people would have in the actual birthing process. I myself have never thought of asking the play-by-play of a delivery before. (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the attention, and I think our story is pretty entertaining complete with plot twists, villains, heros, and a happy ending involving a princess!) But I guess, now that I know, I want to know other women's stories too.
So Maggie and I were discussing sleep and the sweetness of it, and her experience breast/tube/bottle feeding Jack. She mentioned that pumping was awesome because then her husband could help with one feeding per night. THAT SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN. I was doing the calculations in my head: we could each get 6 hours of sleep at a time if we shared the night feeding!! After a night like Sunday, I'm ready to listen to the virtues of pumping.
According to the breast feeding class the Bubba and I giggled sat through, if we're interested in pumping and bottle feeding, we should wait 4-5 weeks to ensure that the baby has a good relationship with breast feeding and will take both bottle and breast. Another book that I read suggests that one could introduce bottles as soon as breast feeding is well established. So, internets, when is the proper time to share nightly nosh-fests with a boobless partner?
I'm thinking two weeks is enough for boobies exclusively considering Lucy has been teaching me about this breast feeding thing more than vice-versa. Even in the hour after her birth she had a great latch and was showing me how it's done. We've been pretty lucky in that department. Do you think I'll screw it up by throwing a bottle in the mix?
Or will the sleeping be worth it?