This week will be my last week pumping breast milk for Julia. For the past few weeks she has been getting a combination of breast milk and whole milk in sippy cups but I have seen that she will take whole milk by itself without a problem. I’m feeling somewhat bittersweet about completing this transition. I’m sad that this stage of our breastfeeding relationship is over, but I also am feeling very liberated from the breast pump. I am feeling relieved that I will no longer have the pressure on me to provide a certain number of ounces of milk each day. After this week I am going to slowly use up the frozen breast milk that we have saved in the freezer and then Julia will drink only whole milk when she’s at daycare while I will continue to breastfeed her when we are together. The plan is to continue breastfeeding when we are together either until she self-weans or until I decide that I have had enough. Another reason this is bittersweet is that it means I may (in fact probably will) get my period back in the somewhat near future. As it is, I have not had a period since January of 2012–it’s been almost 2 years since I have had a period!
I have known for months now that I needed Julia to be fully transitioned by this past weekend, or if not fully transitioned, at least willing to drink whole milk by itself. The reason this past weekend was a cutoff for me was because Saturday I spent the whole day in DC for the Mandatory Course on Professionalism required by the DC Bar. While I was in DC, Ken stayed home with Julia for the whole day. This was his first time spending a whole day by himself with Julia and, from what he said, it went very well! They played at home all morning, which wore Julia out since she started falling asleep eating her snack in her high chair. Ken then put her in her crib and she took a nap for 2 and-a-half hours! In the afternoon, he gave her lunch and then they walked over to the Hopkins campus and watched the end of the Hopkins football game. When I got home, she was in a very happy mood! I’m just glad that the day went so well since it means that now I’ll be able to leave Julia with Ken much more easily. Next step: Ken putting her to sleep at bedtime so I can go out before 7 PM!
Saturday night, once I put Julia to sleep, our friends Praem & Shannon came over to hang out for a bit. While they were over, I baked 3.5 dozen pumpkin muffins for a party we were invited to on Sunday. The pumpkin muffin recipe came from my friend, Kathleen! They are delicious and are very similar in taste and texture to the pumpkin muffins from Panera. Thanks, Kathleen!
Sunday morning, I took Julia out to go grocery shopping so that Ken could get some work done. When we got home from the grocery store, Julia ate lunch (in her adorable new bumble bee hat!) and then we got ready to go!
Like I mentioned, we were invited to a party on Sunday–it was a “Holiday Cookie Exchange” party hosted by our new friends Sam & Mark, who have a little boy, Lincoln. The idea was that everyone brought 2-3 dozen of their favorite holiday treat and then everyone got a little plastic baggie to fill up with treats. People also had printed out the recipe of their treat so that you could ultimately go home and recreate the delicious holiday treats!
They also invited people to stick around after the party to watch the Ravens game. So of course we were wearing our Sunday best (i.e. football jerseys!) Here’s Julia & Daddy in their Patriots football jerseys:
And I snapped this (rather adorable) photo of Julia playing with a football at Sam & Mark’s house. When we first got there, their son was napping so Julia had the living room full of toys all to herself for a while. She loved this football, in particular!
Sadly, my New Orleans saints lost their game (as did the Ravens) but the Patriots won by a landslide so Ken was a happy boy at the end of the day!
By the time we got home, we were exhausted–Julia had some turkey and broccoli for dinner and then Ken & I watched “A Mighty Wind” before going to bed. I was probably asleep by 9:30 last night, but then our happy little alarm clock woke us up at 5:22 this morning!