Boy...do I have a story to tell!!! It will have to wait a little while though. I think everyone around the blogosphere - well, anyone that reads my blog - knows that I have two young children. Julia just turned two, and Justin is 8 1/2 months. Needless to say, I have my hands FULL. Justin started crawling when he was about 6 1/2 months old, so I've been chasing two kids around all day every day. It's EXHAUSTING. Add in random sleepless nights and you get me. The walking zombie. Well...not really. I don't feel THAT tired... ha ha
One thing that has really been weighing on me is me breastfeeding the little man. We're going on 8 1/2 months now, and adding that into the every day stresses has just become too much. I decided to pump exclusively a little over a month ago. Well...I'm not keeping up with the little mans demand anymore, so I'm hanging it up. I've been either pregnant or breastfeeding for a little more than 2 1/2 years - consecutively!!! I'm ready to have my body back, I'm ready to have my freedoms back, and I'm ready to have my sanity back. I'm surprisingly OK with this decision given the fact that I was bent on making it to 1 year. Maybe I'm just not cut out for it. Or, maybe having babies that are only 16 months apart played a bigger role than I expected. Either way, we've broken out the formula, and are in the process of transitioning Justin from breast milk to formula.
We started the transition slow. On Saturday, we mixed one ounce of formula in with Justin's afternoon bottle. It went pretty well! We also mixed one ounce in with his evening bottle. Sunday, we mixed 1 oz in each of his bottles. Monday and Tuesday we added 2 oz to each of his bottles. Since my "stash" of frozen milk was rapidly dwindling, I had to be a little more pro-active. This morning, I mixed 3 oz of formula and the rest was breast milk. His afternoon bottle, however, was 100% formula! Now, I will have to continue pumping for a short period of time just to avoid the pain and discomfort aspect, but so far it's going pretty well!
Anyways...I will be heading outside to hang up our diapers on the drying rack very soon, and can't wait to enjoy the sunshine!