So glad I'm far from the only one headed back soon!
Bottles: I am using NUK bottles. Anthony seems to like those quite a bit. We tried using the Medela bottles that came with my pump - and Anthony will take them - but he really sucks down a bottle quickly when we use a Nuk, and since my husband will have Anthony as well as our 2 1/2 year old at home, time matters.
My first was super picky about what bottle he would take (unlike my other two - who were both much more laid back) and the only thing that worked for him was the Adiri nurser bottle. I still have a couple - but I won't use that unless I have to.
Lakeruby - how close are you to your work? I'm 3.6 miles away and am wondering if I could also make that work. But how will you make it work getting back and forth - will that pretty much take up your entire lunch hour? How do you also fit in pumping sessions and still work enough time in a day? As you can see, I'm also (at least for the time being) in the same boat - my husband will be the primary caretaker during the day - since we have 3 kids and both have careers, we really share childcare a LOT - We don't function the same, but we've found a rhythm and I've had to learn to let go of being such a control freak. Although not really, my husband just teases me about what a freak I am to get me to chill out. I'm trying.
Currently, my plan is to pump twice a day at work - once between 10-11am and once again between 1:30-2:30pm or so. I work from 8-5pm at the office and I'll be doing work from home at night as well once I can manage it, I'm sure. Does this sound like enough pumping? I figure I'll be working through lunch at my desk because the pumping sessions are going to take up 25 minutes or so a pop and that, added up, is a lunch hour thereabouts.
And, confession - I've committed to trying to pump and continue to exclusively breastfeed. But, I don't know what this job will be like. So, I'm giving myself permission to surrender and do formula during the day if I think I might lose my mind. I'm already so tired and I'm not really sure how I'm going to survive fitting a full day of work into my life. Somehow it'll all work out, I'm sure.