Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby Crack

Since I am raising a little boy who eats like he's a teenager I have had to start giving Jack supplemental bottles of formula. My milk just cannot keep up. Plus, he's a much happier little guy when he sucks down the formula. We had several bottles of Enfamil that the hospital gave us of the premixed formula. Apparently this is baby crack. He would inhale that stuff and we went through it pretty quickly. Now we've moved on to the powder form which he digs, but not as much.

So what does this mean for me? I get slightly more sleep because Spiderman can give him a bottle. Also? I don't have to always whip my boob out in public. As much as I loved doing that, we had some logistical problems. The really cool nursing cover that a girlfriend gave me had polka dots on it and the bright print completely distracts Jack. He spends the whole time looking at it and can't focus on the goal. It takes twice as long to feed him with it. Another benefit of a breast milk/formula combo diet is when I go back to work. It will make things much easier for everyone involved if he can be fed by a sitter.

As for the sitter situation: it's still up in the air. I'm stressing about it because I go back to work in a little over 6 weeks and have NO idea where he's going. Part of me would like to put him in a sling and take him with me. I know exactly where in our department I could set up the pack and play and everything. Realistically that's just not possible. Plus I think it would be good for both Jack and I if I get some time away to be with big people. I need to work. Not just for the money, but for my sanity.

I joined a cool website called Care.com. It lets you post a job listing and sends you responses from people in your area. I've sent emails to a few to set up interviews so keep your fingers crossed. Also? If you happen to live in NWI and know of someone who watches infants can you let me know?

All you working mom's out there: What did you do about child care?

3 comments:

BookishPenguin said...

My husband works part-time, so he's home three days a week. I saved up enough vacation days so I have Fridays off for the rest of the year and then my best friend watches him on Tuesdays. I don't know what we're going to do if/when my husband finds a full-time job (which he has to), when I can no longer have Fridays off (which will happen) and if my friend gets a job (which she needs to). We can't afford daycare right now, but would need to find some way to do so. I'd hate to take on an extra teaching assignment just to pay for daycare, you know? It sounds asanine.

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Daycare was a big issue. We posted ads everywhere and interviewed many. We did background checks for the ones we were serious about. We nanny shared with a relative until DS was about 1. It worked perfectly. Good luck!

JENNerilizations said...

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but doesn't the hospital have daycare?