I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a Mei Tai (tei?) style carrier, I finally got it done! I've had a few set backs that I never had pre-baby, like needing to care for a baby...also, I screwed up the tension on my machine and spent an hour trying to figure out what was wrong. Then, I ran out of thread! I have thread now, two spools even, but time is something I haven't found any more of.
We went on the 1st of November and had Gabriel's first photo session that didn't involve a cell phone! We missed out on getting any newborn photos because he was born on a Friday and apparently, the photographers that work at Sacred Heart (they contract out to a studio) don't work on Fridays or Saturdays and the one that was working on Sunday didn't have the time to take his photos and never called to schedule an in-home visit, not that we were home in that first week anyway. Anyway, we had his first visit to the WalMart Portrait Studio at 3 weeks old for his "1 month" photos! I'm hoping to get the time to go in this evening or tomorrow to pick them up (they were ready a couple of days ago).
Don't worry about the upset baby...he just doesn't like to be naked!
|Medela Symphony (Medical Grade Pump)|
|Our Christmas Present!|
The other three double electric options are all the same pump, the Pump In Style Advanced, the only real differences are in the style of the bag and what comes with it. The Metro Bag is slightly more expensive because the pump "guts" are removable from the bag, so you don't have to clear the whole counter/table/whatever to set it down. The Backpack has the pump built in (though they are removable so you can wash the bag) to the bottom of the pack and a zipper around it to open the front of the bag to use it. The-On-Go Tote has the most storage space for the lowest price (for the DE pumps) and is the option I went with after staring at the comparison chart on the back of the boxes for a good 10 minutes in the store! The pump takes up about one-quarter of the bag and it came with a little cooler that holds four 5 ounce bottles (also included)! It also came with a standard feeding nipple, so you can pump and feed without having to pack around "feeding bottles". I was a little worried that I wasn't going to be able to get as much pumped with this as I was with the medical grade, boy was I wrong! Friday morning Gabriel only ate off my left side (for 45 minutes and then fell asleep), so I pumped the right side while he napped...I got 4 ounces off that side and another full ounce off my left! I only pump for 15 minutes at a time and can usually "empty" pretty well in that time, after feeding him, I never get a 5 ounce pumping, but during the night when we bottle feed and pump to shorten the amount of sleep we lose, I am now getting over 5 ounces in the 15 minute time frame! The PISA pumps also take the same parts as the Symphony, so if you have had to rent a pump, you can still use all your parts (except the hoses, but save those to use with the hand pump that came in the kit)!
If you only want a single pump, though honestly, you might as well get a double, they can be used as a single as well, you have two options. The Swing Pump is the electric version, it has different parts than either of the double pump options... There is also a hand pump option, the Harmony. I have two of these! I like it and keep one in my diaper bag for on the go pumping and one in the bottle cupboard for when I need to pump one side while he's eating! I got mine at the hospital though, I did not pay $40 for them. I also have two of the Symphony pumping system kits (all but the tubing in one kit) from our hospital stays and from renting the pump (they forgot to tell us it didn't come with parts and we, Garrick, ended up going and picking one up from Labor & Delivery late that evening).
Other products...the Hydrogel breast pads are awesome for sore nipples and I am wearing the heck out of a set right now! I picked up a 4 pack (2 sets) at Wal-Mart for $10, but I have also gotten 3 more sets from the Lactation Consultant too! Just remember to keep the clear harder plastic card they come on for storage during a shower and if you haven't totally destroyed them during use and are not sore anymore. I have lots of options when it comes to breast pads... Cotton reusables, these are good, but I can run through all three sets in a morning if I'm having a day where I don't get to pump. Disposables, I wear these 24/7! They are "reusable" up to a certain point and I have been known to wear the same set for a couple of days if I haven't been super leaky. These are also good for wearing "out" because if you have an emergency "baby needs to be fed right now and you are in the middle of Wal-Mart trying to hurry up and shop because you both thought you could get the shopping done before the baby woke up and was hungry, but you were oh...so...wrong" moment, then you lose your pad for the side you quickly whip out under your udder cover. Yup, so nice to not have to go searching the floor of the store for your expensive breast pad when that happens... (As a side note, I don't condone "littering" in the store and I did, in fact, find the pad wadded up into a tiny ball waaaaay under my boob in a corner when we got home.)
And then there are the "funnels" (Breast shields)...The hospital kits come with two sizes, 24mm (medium) and 27mm (large) and the pumps from the store come with the Medium size only. I started out in the Large size and have gone up to the 30mm (X-Large) size after pumping became very painful from the shield rubbing me funny because it was too small. They also come in 36mm (XX-Large), which is awesome if you have gigantic nipples! I paid $17 for a set at Babies R Us, Diapers.com sells them for around $15.
And a little glimpse of the newest project I have floating around in my head... Using the framework of a Super Scrabble board as a background (and as the color scheme), I am working on making a "Names Quilt" for Gabriel...I'm guessing this will take me a while since I haven't even started looking at my fabric stash to see what I have to work with, so this will probably be a birthday present for Gabriel when he can read, lol. It has all of his relatives (up to Grandmas and Grandpas) and general words like "family" and "cousin"...that sort of thing. I'm even toying with the idea of applying the letter value to each tile too, but haven't figured out if I will or not just yet. As you can see in the upper left hand corner of that screenshot, Jef is spelled without the second "f". When I first met Garrick's brother, this is how he spelled it (and may still when not using it professionally), he has since added the second "f", but I couldn't fit his name in the squares with two f's!
This always brings to mind this clip from Jeff Dunham and Peanut! Jeffafahhh! This guy is my favorite comedian.