Re: What to do when away?
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby! You've made it through the first 6 weeks, which is awesome. If you can do that, there's no challenge you can't get through!
The feeding pattern you describe is completely normal. In fact, it's even better than normal because a lot of 6 week olds aren't giving their moms a nice, solid morning nap. The evening cluster feeding is absolutely normal, and again, is probably on the easy side because a lot of babies are colicky in the evenings and are not soothed by nursing. And believe me, any day of the week I would take a baby who is complacently attached to the breast, even for 5 or 6 hours straight, over one who is squalling inconsolably and refusing to nurse!
I can totally understand why you want, and need, to get out of the house for some "me" time. Unfortunately, I think evenings are not the time when you can get that "me" time. Evenings, in my experience, are "baby" time, particularly with such a young baby. I think your choices are the following:
- Focus on getting your time away from baby on the weekends, during that 2-3 hour nap when your DH can easily care for the baby, or
- Get your exercise with baby in tow, by tucking baby into a sling and going for a brisk walk or putting baby in a jogging stroller and going for a jog, or
- Bring your DH and your baby to the gym, and have your DH walk baby around and bring him to you when he needs to nurse.
I promise, you will get back to the gym! But as with all things baby, you may have to adjust your expectations about what is possible/practical based on what's best for the baby.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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