Hi Jen! I had a June baby too, and she's also happy, healthy, and easy going. And she just keeps getting more fun every day - she crawled (really crawled, not just belly scooted or lunged) yesterday, which was exciting! And a little terrifying, since we're not so much with the babyproofing yet.
I also went back to work at 4 1/2 months, and so far it's been going ok, though I'm lucky in that I work from home a lot with my job.
. I'm so sorry to hear about your BFing issues! I had one friend who finally had to stop BFing because of repeated mastitis. It just doesn't seem fair, when you work and try so hard to make it work. I think you just have to know that whatever you decide, your LO will be fine. Even if it means that breastfeeding isn't the right thing at this point. And she'll benefit so much from the milk you've already given her.
Pie, I'm so glad you got to ski at least a little bit! That would drive me nuts if I were in a beautiful place with snow and couldn't get out to x-country. I'm hoping to go tomorrow, in fact... My mom is the opposite - always encouraging me to get out, and to get Willa used to being with other people. It also helps I think that she's as comfortable with DH as she is with me (he's home a lot since he's an actor, and is REALLy good with babies), so while we're out in Colorado, for instance, we've been swapping baby-watching duties and letting each other get out to ski or enjoy the mountains. Tomorrow I'm hoping the two of us can maybe get out for a x-country or downhill ski together while my mom watches Willa.
My mom is so into natural parenting in some ways - she had natural home births with my brother and me in the 70s, did babywearing with her own homemade backpack, cloth diapered, did all homemade babyfood and was into organic before most people knew what it was, breastfed both of us, etc. But she is definitely into the importance of the mother being able to have a life and get other things done while looking after kids, and tends to be an advocate of playpen time, a sleep schedule, occasional CIO if the baby is waking up too much, etc. We don't agree on everything, but I like that there's so much she does understand about my parenting. She's also the opposite of MIL when it comes to giving "things' to the baby. She's anti all plastic, annoying, loud baby toys, and at this age, really doesn't think many toys are necessary at all - she's way more into cardboard boxes, measuring spoons, homemade things with pockets, found items, etc. For Christmas she gave Willa a couple books and a couple cute finger puppets of realistic field mouse and owl, and that's it - she did a lot to try and avoid "stuff" overload with us, and feels the same way with her granddaughter - she's more into just having good, creative interaction with her.
We finally made it through the trip from hell - we got to the house in Colorado after 3 am (5 am the time we were coming from). Willa did great, all things considered - she slept on me in the ergo, in the carseat on the drive here - but she REALLy wanted to be in a bed, and she kept waking up and having a hard time getting back to sleep. And DH and I were wiped the next day, since, of course, Willa woke up ready for play at 6:30 am. But she's adjusted, as have we, and it's fun being out here. Back home, and back to work, on Monday....