Yay on the supply Willo! That's a huge amount to pump!
Brittney- I don't have a problem using mylicon drops on a 2wk babe if they are really gassy/crying. We used them on Laia that young and we've used them once for Rowan. They're not the most natural thing in the world, but I guess I'd prefer a few drops of simethicone (in a dropper) to a larger volume of sugar water (in a bottle). I would only use a gripe water that is sugar free, or used a lower impact sugar like fructose, since I don't think sugar is good for little ones...but that's just me, and lots of gripe waters have sugar (and alcohol!).
But the Love You tummy massage is great, and there are a few other gas buster holds/positions you can try. (moving their legs like riding a bicycle, laying them tummy down on your arm and jigglng them). Gas is soooooo hard to soothe so check your diet as well if your babe has lots of gas...there could be an allergy or sensitivity.
We introduce bottles around 3 months since that's when I have to go back to work. Like Willo, we use preemie nipples with very slow/low flow EVERY time we use a bottle. I also wandered the bottle aisle till I found a nipple shaped "like me" (I'm a gerber nipple
). For the bottle we used Avent brand...we wanted to use glass, but I'm a klutz and my library nursing/pumping space is cramped. After breaking a few bottles and crying more than a little over spilt milk we went plastic.
Firefly- I don't think I'm cut out to be a SAHM either. By the end of the day I'm I stressed out mess, I'm totally depressed about the state of the house, and I feel like I haven't "done" anything. But it's becoming clear that I may not have a choice. I've been working 30 hrs/wk as a reference librarian (for 6 years now and loving it, moved to 30/wk when dd1 arrived) and my mom or dh watch dd while I'm at work...I worked a blend of days/nights/weekends so we juggled scheduled and did split shifts.
But my mom can no longer watch dd1, let alone dd1 AND dd2. And even partial day child care in my town (which is 9am-noon) costs ~650-800 dollars per child. Even the city run "drop off center" is 650 dollars for a half day. There are only two centers that even take little littles like Rowan (and it's a good deal more than 800 a month for the under 1 year old groups) So that's around 1600-2000 dollars a month for child care for both...and my salary isn't a lot more than that.
DH and I aren't certain what will happen or what we'll do, since our budget is pretty slim as is and losing my salary (one way or the other) is going to hurt. Initially my mom was going to watch dd2 while dd1 went to play school but now that wont happen, and...ugh.
Other than that, today looks like a nice day...yesterday it rained non-stop but today the sun is out and although it's getting humid it's not as hot as most of the country!