And so, my pumping chronicles continues. JAE is almost 9-months and so far, I have a good freezer stash. At least enough to last JAE for a month. This has been a trying but rewarding journey and I honestly couldn't have done it without the support of my awesome husband. Granted, he loves that we are saving money by not having to buy formula BUT he has been extremely supportive when it comes to pumping and that has really encouraged me to continue.
Throughout this journey, he has taken the kids when I had to pump, entertained and cared for them so I could be relaxed. He also keeps track of my pumping schedule and even schedules his activities around them to ensure that I have the support I need. Yup...he's a key-pah as they say in Boston.
Anyways, here is my treasure chest. Some of this milk is from June so I have started the process of cycling through them by storing what I pump now and feeding JAE the freezer stash.
While taking care of the milk, here's J helping, JOE driving and JAE saying "get me outta here momma!"
I often pump a couple of times at work by using my lunch break. While pumping at work, I listen to an audio book. But sometimes, I forget my headphones. And on some of those occasions or simply when bored, I take selfies! :-D
And of course, I remind myself of why I do this.
She really is the sweetest baby. Seeing how well she is doing, how much she is thriving, how quickly she is able to recover when sick makes me know that the sacrifice is worth it. She is very determined and strong willed. She loves to play with her sister and her smile always melts my heart.
Pumping has certainly been a sacrifice made by the entire family. J plans his schedule around my pump times. JOE waits at night to cuddle with me because I have to first pump or because J is holding JAE and can't play with her. HOWEVER, in it all, I know that we all just love JAE and are so thankful to have her as a member of our family.