I miss you guys!! I've been reading along, but almost always on my phone, and I've been trying to do productive things while I'm on the computer (like backlog of photo editing, since my computer seems like it's about to bite the dust!)
Lauri-- Does she have water offered in a sippy? I try to always have a sippy of water around for Tenley to grab. She only really gets milk in a bottle or sippy when I'm not around though, so I'll have to ask DH and the babysitter what the 'procedure' is for that. I don't think she normally has it for cruising around, if I'm not home, it's really more for sleep time or meal times. I would think at 18 months ish it's reasonable for you to offer water to her and see if she's satisfied with that. If not, then obviously I'd give it to her in the cup or bottle. It's hard though, because what you guys go through is different than what my experience is. We try to put off the amount of milk Tenley has from a bottle or sippy, and give it only when she 'needs' it, but that's because I'm not pumping enough/ getting enough to be able to keep up with her demand. If I had unlimited supply or stash in the freezer, then I suppose I'd be a lot more lenient with letting her have it whenever and wherever. But right now, if DH texts me and says he had to thaw a bag of milk, and I know I left them with 6oz fresh or whatever, then I cringe inside, and find myself mentally chastising him for not being able to make that 6oz last longer, even though if she drank it, she obviously wanted it.
So I guess what I'm saying is that health wise, I think she's ok for you to limit her times a bit more. So go off of how YOU feel. I can't imagine exclusively pumping for that long, so I can't even pretend to really understand what you go through, but having this little glimpse of it, I can see how cutting out even one bottle a day, would decrease some stress of not having to pump that milk. *hugs mama* What hard choices you have!!
Kat-- Yay dipes!! I'm finding myself starting to eye pretty dipes again. Like different patterns and fun ones. I love my AMPs for function, but I'm starting to covet the pretty prints some of the other brands have!
We're having stink issues with the dipes btw, and DH is ready to give up. Ugh. It's been like a month of off and on issues, and we can't seem to fully fix them.
I work tomorrow and wed 3-1130. I'll leave the house with Ten at 1pm, leave her at Ash's at 1:45pm, and I won't be home until 12:40am. It's not any longer than the other shifts I work, but it seems so much worse when it's that late at night!!
She's been sleeping like CRAP the last two nights. Up for substantial amounts of time in the middle of the night, babbling and talking and trying to crawl out of bed. Almost as if she doesn't realize it's night time. She's got so much going on, so it could be any number of causes- teeth, so close to being a real walker, language explosions, me being away, more time with daddy, time with cousins. Ugh. So much she's going through.
I graduated from University debt free, but I also have a degree that isn't really worth anything. I call it my expensive artwork, since all it's good for is to hang on the wall and look pretty. But... when I started uni, I really DID want to use it, I just changed my mind along the way. Anyways, I just mean that you -can- get through school without a ton of student loans, it doesn't have to bury you in debt necessarily. Though obviously I also understand that one doesn't -need- to have college or university to have a good career.