I have intended to sit down and write every single day since we got back from Albany. I have lots to say.
First, our trip went flawlessly. AFTER we got over the 2 hour delay in CLT on the tarmac, the rest of the trip was smooth as silk. Dr. Kotlow and his whole staff were amazing, as usual. They stuck around to wait for us because of our delay, and Ruby’s procedure was done in mere moment. Ruby was un-phased and back to smiling within minutes!
Immediately after, Ruby and I had the immense pleasure of meeting one of my sweetest online friends for dinner. I can’t even begin to describe how thrilled I was that Kimberly and her husband were willing to drive over two hours to get to Albany just to meet Ruby and I. Have I mentioned before how much I love twitter?? We had such an amazing time. Ruby and Kimberly’s sweet boy were angels during dinner, enjoying some food a la baby led weaning, and grinning at each other from their highchairs. When the held hands? I DIE.
Beautiful Kimberly and her sweet husband Joshua were so fantastic. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to meet someone that you just know you’d be perfect friends with. It’s even harder to realize that, if not for the distance, you could hang out every day. Your families could grow up together. You could get coffee, and go on walks, have barbecues, sleepovers. You could cry together. Laugh together. It’s hard to realize that despite how the internet makes the world so small, it’s actually still just a little too big.
Ruby and I spent the night in a motel in Albany and flew home first thing Thursday morning. I’ll gloss over the airport security woman that felt it necessary to tell me that breastfeeding is “gross” and fast forward to being HOME. I had nursed Ruby exclusively the whole time we were gone, and I felt like she just kept getting better and better. I feel like nursing without the use of ANY other feeding mechanism would be our fastest and best bet and nursing well.
Thursday night, I took another step in a wonderful direction; I took my first class on the road to becoming an IBCLC. It was so perfect. I felt like I absolutely was supposed to be there. I am so, so, SO excited about it, and I find myself eagerly awaiting the next class – even more so, awaiting the start of clinicals! I hung around after the class and was able to speak with Gretta, our instructor. We talked a little about Ruby and our nursing journey. She asked me a few questions. I lamented that we’ve given up on professional help because we simply can’t afford to spend any more money on consultations and appointments that yield no results. She told me, “Well… I think we’ll just have to make you our special project then. We’ll get you and Ruby nursing. I think we can.”
And then I cried.
I worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday, unable to get the chance to nurse Ruby for 3 days straight due to sleeping, pumping and eating schedules. When I offered her the breast this morning, she bit me. The first time she has ever, and I yelped. It made her cry. Two steps forward and a quick jog backwards. This blog has gotten much longer than I had intended, so I’m signing out! This is the current state of things, and thanks for letting me catch up!