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So I got a baby bjorn off ebay. Is it better than the cheap Infantino one we got at Target? I'd say yes... the straps are more comfortable, and the snappy things make it easier to get the baby in and out of it. Is it four times as good? Eh.

Anyway, Josie seems unhappy when I put her in the "face mom" configuration. But when I turn her around to face the outside world, she spends the whole time contently staring back at me. I guess I look really attractive upside down or something? Oh well. The point is that she's happy and my hands are free to make a sandwich, so go us.

I go back to work tomorrow! In honor of that I drove in today and got my papers from health services... gotta love big companies. I had a doctor's note saying I was okay to work, but they still checked my temperature, took blood pressure, asked if I'd had a c-section (that's another two weeks of leave).

I got some clothes out to make sure I'd have something to wear. I will be making my triumphant return wearing... maternity pants. Damn. My weight is back down, I can wear my pre-pregnancy jeans because they're low-rise, but the tailored wool slacks I wear to the office come up a little higher on the tummy and are very snug right now. I'm not sure how to feel about that. On one hand, plenty of people have told me "It took your body nine months to get big, give it nine months to get back!" On the other hand, I worry that pregnancy maybe did something permanent to my hips and I've changed pants sizes forever. I think of scarlet o'hara trying to get that corset pulled tighter that what's possible, her servant explaining that she's had a baby and will never be the same again? Well, I'll give it some time before I jump off and start ordering new clothes.

So... health papers: check. Fatty wardrobe: check. Baby pictures to show off to coworkers: check. Breast pump, bottles, milk storage bags and insulated lunch sack for transport: check.

Smart girl engineer brain ready to get back to science: check!

Maybe in the next week or so, my livejournal can be about something OTHER than baby?


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Jul. 21st, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
did you get the one with the back support thing? I guess I'd say if it doesn't hurt Marc's back, it's 4x as good. Back pain sucks.

I'm jealous of you losing all your pregnancy weight, I'm still 15lbs over, 2 years later. But oddly, I fit into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes (though jeans are pretty tight). Weird. I've kept some of my earlier maternity clothes (shirts, mostly) that I don't think look like maternity shirts and are nice.

Bodies are weird. ;)
Jul. 21st, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
When you get out in the world, you will exercise your muscles in different ways, and they will tighten up.
Jul. 21st, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
I love your baby carrier, I have one a different one but I hate mine its uncomfortable lol.

Good luck with your first day back to work.
Jul. 21st, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hate to say it, but your waist will never be 18 inches again.
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'm still 20 lbs. heavier than my pre-preggo weight, so don't feel bad! I'm going to have to get some transitional clothes to wear until I get into my old work pants, which really frustrates me. I miss my cute clothes and my (slightly) smaller ass!

Josie looks super cute in her Baby Bjorn. My mom got one for me at a yard sale, and I like how easy it is to get baby in and out of. I also have a ring sling which is lots of fun to wear.
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
So is she going to daycare then? It's hard for me to wrap my brain around the idea that moms in the US go back to work so soon! I couldn't imagine! That's probably because it's just so different from the norm here (in Canada we get a year off, with paid leave). But I'm glad to hear you're looking forward to it. :)
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
nope, she'll be hanging out at the house with her dad! I'm happy she's not in daycare yet, that'd be tough to leave a 6-week-old there.
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Ahh, okay, good then!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Good to see there are other SAHDs too :) My mum's (of all people - my feminist mum!) first comment when I said I was only taking 4.5 months of maternity leave was "isn't she a bit you for daycare?" I replied "Well, she has a dad." Silence. Mum: "Oh, sorry."
Jul. 21st, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hope your first day goes well! One random piece of advice - I'd recommend getting a big BPA free water bottle or some cheapie bottles with storage tops to use to store milk. The bags get expensive for milk that isn't being frozen.
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
good advice indeed! I'm kinda struggling to figure out the logistics of all this pumping business.

Question... let's say I pump 4oz, throw it in the fridge, then pump another 4oz a few hours later. Do you think it's bad to combine the two? Because I worry that throwing body temperature milk in with cold milk is almost like reheating it.
Jul. 21st, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
As long as none of the milk is more than 24 hours old, the lactation consultants tell me its okay :)

Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
They actually advise adding cold milk to frozen, so I'd guess it's quite ok with fresh milk to fridge cold, too. Another place on kellymum I've read an article about bacteria content in fresh vs week-old milk, and the old milk actually has lower bacteria counts than fresh - immunology is weird!

I pump at work, but it's usually about 5 oz which fits nicely in one bottle. When I was bottle feeding my baby, I usually poured the milk into portion amounts as I pumped (I used 6 oz Avent cups at home, and she ate exactly 6 oz so I used the adapter for the teat that came in one of those packages and didn't have to soil a new bottle in addition to the cup).

The Avent cups seal, but they are soft so they easily unseal and spill if they are pushed a bit. Therefore I don't recommend them for your backpack... I use extra Medela bottles (I have a Medela pump) at work, and during my vacations I poured the milk from the pump bottles to the regular Avent bottles (not cups) and sealed them with a sealing cap that replaces the teat in the white ring (was that logical and coherent?). Both these solutions kept tight.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Never say never :) I'm back to pre-preg sizes after baby #2. Surprised myself though; it took me a while to realize I was feeling so frumpy because my clothes no longer fit!
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Just to be nasty I will leave my third comment to this entry.
I lost all my pregnancy fat and some more within a week after birth, and am now about 3 or 4 kg less than pre-pregnancy.

Sorry ;-)

(But then I started out a lot fatter than you.)

Re sling: I prefer an elastic sling for babywearing; she is 4 months/6.5 kg now. My husband prefers the meitai, I will probably start using it when the sling is no longer comfy. I was surprised when I carried her in the sling for two hours the other day, and I didn't feel any pain at all nin my currently pretty icky back or hips.
Jul. 24th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Norah's 3.5 months, and I'm seven pounds above pre-pregnancy. Of 57 pounds gained, I lost 27 the first week (whee! fluid retention!), four the next, then just over a pound a week since.

But. With only seven pounds to go, my waist is still four inches bigger than it used to be. My size 10's are still in their box, and I expect will be for awhile. I gave in and went to Goodwill for some interim clothes, but mostly I wear elastic waists. I feel like... well, like somebody's mom. Ahem!
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh stored milk is a pain. It's ridiculous how fast it spoils. Please take assvice to test milk before offering. I learned my lesson after trying to feed my son spoiled milk - only 2 days in the fridge.

Jul. 25th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
really? I heard it was supposed to last 5-8 days! Was this previously frozen milk that went bad so fast?
Aug. 14th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I just stumbled back on this post and thought her face looks like she's thinking "My god! Is this what you big people see all day? This is brilliant! I will never lie down again!"
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