Medela PISA is what I use/used. I'm it's second owner. You can also sterilize your tubing, even in the microwave steam bags. I do this on occasion. I paid just over $100 for mine 3 years ago, and it is still going strong, though I never used it daily, at most 2-3 times a week. Being that you'd be the 3rd, or 4th? owner, I'd not pay more than $75, especially since you'll want new parts. Also, for ease of everything, it's helpful to have as many sets of parts as you will pump during the day, that way you don't have to waste time rinsing and washing between uses. I only pumped twice a day, so had 2 sets of parts. (well, really, I have more than that, but I alwasy keep 2 clean). Pumping at work for me is strange I enjoy the extra solitary time away from my desk, (because I don't really technically pump on my breaks . . . as long as my work gets done, no one seems to mind this), but at the same time, that extra time away from my desk (and PUMPING) gets on my nerves.
Good weekend, My sister drove me crazy. She kept trying to tell Gabe and Norah what to do, (or what NOT to do) and either DH or I were right there! I mean, wouldn't you check with me first to see if you should be telling them no? Especially since every thing she was telling them not to do, they are allowed to, granted with supervision. In Norah's case, climb, and in Gabe's case, play with his remote control helicopter. seriously pissed. me. off. she is never babysitting. ever. And i get the vibe she is a little resentful of my pregnancy, because she isn't yet, depite not being on birth control for a year. (but they aren't TTC. They are leaving it up to God. Doesn't know how long her cycles are or when, or if, she's ovulating) She's only 23, but her husband is 34. Personally, I don't think she should be too bothered by the fact she's not pregnant, since she doesn't want to be for another year (needs to get 2 years teaching to get her certification) and for pete's sake, she's not even really trying.
rant over. MIL apologized to DH for the stupid stuff she said, and is compensating by giving us money to christmas shop for the kids. We are fine with that :)
Carrie - I'm so glad you were able to get out and have fun sans kids - and that everything went well. Do that more often!
Lauri - whining! ugh. sorrry :( I hope they break soon, poor baby.