Karen, that sounds really rough! Dh is back to work as well, so every third day I get all three kids for 24 hours. I've been doing ok, but bedtime is tricky with trying to get ds down while Maia is in her fussy/crying time. My older dd is some help, but she has homework and an early bedtime, so I can't have her help me too much.
I'm going to the store to buy a nipple shield today. I don't know why, but I can't seem to heal the deep crack in my right nipple, and I'm afraid of the thrush setting up residence inside the breast, as it already had. I think that internal part of the infection is gone (in fact, I think it's really on it's way out) but am going to continue treating it for a while.
I'm going back to work on Monday. I practiced giving Maia bottles this week and she seems like she's doing ok with it. Of course I can't pump and save my milk because of the thrush, so I had to practice with warm formula (I was grateful for the free sample can I got in the mail, at least!) and only let her drink an ounce or so each time, just so I could make sure she would suck on the bottle effectively and keep it down. It bums me out to have to be leaving her at all, but in my heart I know I'm ready, physically and emotionally. I've gotten over a lot of the postpartum anxiety I was feeling, and have also reasoned with myself that there are worse things than your baby taking a bottle or two of formula once or twice a week. As soon as this thrush is completely gone, she'll have the milk I pump at work, plus I can try to store extra on my off days. And in a small way, I know that getting out of the house for one or two shifts a week makes me better adjusted and so much more appreciative of the time when I'm home!
I'm going to start a new thread about birth control. Feel free to visit me there!