Congrats Cher, glad to see you here!
Julia glad you like your Moby and papasan swing. I have a papasan swing too & love it. I especially like that it plugs into the wall instead of eating batteries!
CJ and PiePie, sorry about your travel difficulties, sounds like a nightmare. Hopefully the trips back will be low key and smooth.
Elizabeth you are a saint to deal with the breastfeeding problems like you do.
I thought breastfeeding was going well for us but I've changed my mind again. We had a really rough night, and I think the final straw was the baby screaming hysterically and refusing to latch on without a shield (they were both dirty, it was 4:30AM and she'd been crying since 2:45). Even with the shield my nips are cracking again.
I just feel like we're both more emotionally healthy when we can calmly sit on the couch to feed. I actually feel closer to her when I bottle feed b/c all the pain and frustration of BFing is gone. I dunno, it's a tough decision, one I may never be fully comfortable with, but the pendulum has swung once more.
I thought about EPing but I don't quite make enough. Plus I added up all the time it would take to pump & realized that I'd rather spend that time with her instead of the pump. I could probably still be talked into EPing, if anyone has advice. I'm just exhausted from all this - colic, reflux, BFing, pumping - I'm ready to enjoy my baby! We started Zantac today and it seems to help, so I'm optimistic about that too.
I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas! I'm feeling a bit melancholy - I'm homesick & miss my family, as much of a PITA as they can be. Funny, every year before now DH & I looked for excuses to avoid the 10 hour drive back home. Now that we have the perfect excuse, I just wish we could be there! I never even had a chance to put up a tree. I guess next year will be extra special to make up for this one though!
Merry Christmas everyone!