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First Days

I'm so glad I chose a Friday for my return to work and Victor's first day of what we're calling "baby school" - I can look at it as a "trial run".    My timing was pretty good this morning, and I'm sure I won't always cry this much...

I talked to my mom last night, and she advised me that being a parent, I'll cry on the first day of daycare, I'll cry on the first day of Kindergarten, I'll cry for the first sleepover, I'll cry at his graduations, his wedding, his first child...it never ends.  At least I know I'm in good company - everyone I saw today who has children told me they went through the same thing. 

It's a little weird to be back at work.  I'm used to having my little man with me 24/7.  Daddy e-mailed me Vic's first "report card" from baby school, and is sending pictures of the "guy time" they're having at home.   I'm sure that with time, this will get easier - but for now, I really miss my son.

Nursing and working is tough, but I think I'm going to enjoy the segmenting of my day.  Every 2 hours I hit the nursing lounge to express, and I get to count down to the end of my day by how many sessions I have left.  I have 2 to go...so I'm halfway there!   I can't tell if I'm producing more or less than I would at home, mostly because any pumping I did at home was between feedings, so I could assume that was less than this would be.  I'm trying to follow Vic's regular nursing schedule with my pumping so that I can keep up with all of the bottles he'll need.  Our "baby school" doesn't re-use leftover milk after 1 hour, so precious oz that I pump can end up wasted...I took two four-ounce bottles today and he only drank 2 oz of each one...I may have to re-think how I prepare his bottles on Monday.  Again...that's why this is a trial run!

I've also changed my schedule around for my return:  I used to work 5am to 1pm.  Now I'm working 8am to 4pm.  I'm still getting up at the crack of dawn to make sure I'm out the door on time (up at 5 this morning to hit the road by 7:30...geez!), only I'm staying later at work.  I remember setting my alarm for forty minutes before I had to be at work and getting there on time...those days are long gone now! 

I'm looking forward to the end of the day when I get to go home and see my two favorite guys...only two more nursing sessions to go!
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