After 6 weeks of healing, relaxation, reading, walks, long summer nights and time with my family it was time for me to head back to work. So Monday morning my brother-in-law Joel showed up for our carpool and we commuted to work. I had mixed feelings but when I walked in the door, the people I work with were so warm and welcoming, it made it so much easier to get back into the swing of things. Plus my pregnancy partner in crime, Rachel, was also back as well after her 12 weeks of maternity leave with her second child. The week was pretty uneventful, I did a lot of meetings with coworkers to catch up on projects and started working on some things I had put off just before my leave.
What made the week a little easier was the fact that I didn’t have to pump. Last week, I was still working on weaning myself from pumping and by Thursday morning I woke up for my 6 am pump and only 2 drops came out in the 5 minute pump session. This was after a full night and a pump session at 10 pm the night prior. So in theory I should have had some milk, but when only 2 drops were expressed I thought I would wait and see if they filled up throughout the day. I was planning to only pump once again at 2pm and just before bed, around 10 pm. But as 2pm rolled around I didn’t feel full so I kept waiting and waiting and waiting and by 10 pm I still didn’t feel full. So I thought I would chance it and go all night and see how I felt by 6 am the next morning. I figured that if I was going to be full it would be by the morning. As luck would have it, I woke up and didn’t feel full so just like that, I was done with pumping. It couldn’t have come at a better time since I was dreading pumping at work because I usually don’t have time to hit the restroom. How was I going to fit in time to pump a few times a day?
Earlier in the week I received a picture from Derek which was a picture of the last bag of milk for Jackson, so knowing that supplying milk for 3 weeks lasted them 6 full weeks was so nice to see. The rest of my milk I have packaged up for my sister-in-law who is traveling and was worried she wouldn’t have enough food for her baby while she was gone. I am so glad that my milk is able to help two darling babies.
Now that I am done pumping and my doctor cleared me to exercise. I have been walking regularly with my friend Joy, and last week I went for a short run. It wasn’t my fastest time, but yesterday I went for another short run and I cut off 2 minutes on my time. Success! So now, I continue to make healthy choices in food, exercise and work toward losing the remaining 15 pounds of weight. I have a few fun upcoming trips like a wedding at Bear Lake, then a girl’s trip and my 40th year bash in Napa, so I am working hard to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight as quickly as possible mainly so that I can wear all my clothes again.
After I reflect back on the last week I have to say, it wasn’t too bad. I had a great week at work, I was able to get in long walks and a run, I had two bunco nights with my friends, I spent yesterday at a lake watching my kids enjoy time with their cousins and today I am going to be sitting poolside with more friends. Not too bad! Next week we start back into school for the kids, Lauren will be in 8th grade and Will is going into 5th. I expect the first few weeks to be rough as we settle back into earlier bed times, homework and evening activities. But I enjoy the structure of it all, the chaos of life because I have so much to be happy about.
Jackson is now 7 weeks and is smiling all the time, and eating a LOT. He is sleeping 6-8 hours at a time making his parents very happy. He attended his first Mommy/Son play date and nailed it and got to meet his great Aunties. Here are a few pictures of him and his adventures at 7 weeks.