I am currently BF'ing my 1 month old son and my DH and I talked about me returning to work in Feb (12 weeks off). BF'ing is going very well (yay!!) and I keep reading all these stories on here about babies changing their routines for caregivers and daycare providers!! When I return to work, it will be 7:00 - 4:00 and we will have to leave the house at 6:15 a.m. to get him to daycare. I am soooo not looking forward to this. Here's a little more about my family:
- 4 kids - 14, 12, 7 and 1 month.
- Married to DH for 4 months (he has 14 and 12 yo boys and I have 7 yo boy)
- This is our first child together
- 14, 12, and 7 YO are with us 50% of the time
My DH has 2 kids, but he's been out of practice for a while. He totally admits it, but is also a little more hands off than I'd like him to be. We've each had a colicky baby, but thankfully our 1 month old son is NOT colicky! Still, when baby cries, DH gets frustrated. When all the kids are home, it's NUTS ... total craziness because we are still newlyweds and newly trying to blend all the things about being a family! Before the baby it was a little more manageable, but when you are occupied, you realize that the older kids need just as much attention (just different) than the younger ones!!
I want to keep BF'ing, I only nursed my 7 YO for a couple months ... it did not go well and I was only 19. I love it and feel like I am giving my son the best start in life! I also don't want him to go to daycare ... I just can't imagine him getting sick from the other kids, being up all night, refusing a bottle at daycare ... all the other stressful things that can come with that change!
I currently give him 1 - 2 BM bottles a day. He is on and off about taking them, but for the most part does. I have started freezing extra milk and plan to try and pump when I am at work. I am using a Medela Harmony manual pump now. It works GREAT, love it! Is double electric pump really worth it for returning to work?
My DH makes a little more than me, but with child support, we take home the same. Anyone else quit full-time to stay at home and had to make big financial changes? Are there any resources for mom's who stay home to learn how to make cuts and balance the budget to make it work? Any other forums you can recommend for SAHM's on how they make it work?
I am so stressed about having to wean my LO off of nursing all day (he will have to be at daycare from 6:30 - 4:30 every day!) and dealing with working full-time and four kids! And the fact that my DH and are still newlyweds now our life is like a tornado!
Ok so this is totally a rant ... but I am sure some of you understand. Thanks for letting me vent!!
-Busy Mom of 4 kids!