Madwoman Out of the Attic

a feminist trudging forward in a patriarchal world

Monday, August 28, 2006

No time for anything

I don't know how I will ever get anything done again. I don't even feel like I have to time to open mail or shower most days. Baby needs to suck on me every couple hours (for up to an hour! - including in the middle of the night) which leaves me maybe an hour to do something sometimes. But baby has a new thing about wanting to be held all the time or else he'll wail, so either Mike or I often have to hold him until his next feeding. I hope this gets easier... I have no idea how I'm going to prepare lessons for school which is starting next week.


Blogger jana said...

Get a sling or a babypack thingy. That way you can do things _and_ hold baby E.

8/29/2006 9:55 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

It will get easier on your body. But I definitely recommend finding some help for the baby while you do that lesson planning.

8/30/2006 4:56 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

How many classes are you teaching this fall? I've been in school all week setting up -- I don't think I've ever been so excited to get back to work. I'll be eager to hear about your experience mixing teaching and caring for E -- as it is a mix I will probably take on myself before too long.

By the way, baby-less me seconds Jana -- I have a weird fascination with slings and wraps. I may have to have a baby just so I can use one!

8/30/2006 5:56 PM  
Blogger Dora said...

Hmmm ... it shouldn't be taking baby E an hour to feed. Generally babies can eat what they need in 25-ish minutes, and the rest of the time is for comfort. Then again, I'm not a mother. How long do other ladies generally breastfeed at a time?

And congrats. I loved playing with the little one on Wed. E has quite the penetrating stare, what with his gorgeous eyes.

9/01/2006 12:00 AM  
Blogger Dora said...

Oops, I meant 15-ish minutes. Slip of the finger.

9/01/2006 12:01 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thanks for all the advice, everyone.

Dora, I think baby's problem is that he's a major snoozer when he's breast feeding. Five minutes into a feeding and he's out. So I have to constantly wake him up. And he spends tons of time attached but not actively sucking much. Draws the whole process out unbelievably.

9/02/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

My last breastfeeding experience was much like yours, Caroline. Harry fell asleep constantly! But that will change as he gets older--newborns sleep like crazy but they grow out of it fast.

9/04/2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous VirtualM said...

Yeah mine can feed for up to *two* hours at a time. He's about a week older than yours...I'm hoping he sorts this out soon. He'll eat and eat and I think he's done, and then he starts smacking his lips again. We have resorted to a pacifier to help between feedings. *sigh* I gave birth to a bottomless pit. Of course, mine's adjusted age is just over a week - he was a preemie and it might take him awhile to really figure it out.

I finally obtained a sling, and I can actually do stuff, like get ready in the mornings, while 'holding' the baby. I third that suggestion.

9/05/2006 1:49 PM  

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