One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Father Christmas” by The Kinks. That being said, it should come as no surprise that I am a little bit of a Scrooge. I have a headache just thinking about all the preparation. You’d think since it’s The Baby’s first Christmas and all, I’d be more excited. Excuse the pun, but I get wrapped up in the stress of finding gifts, paying for them, mailing them, writing cards, etc. I know that Christmas has a deeper meaning, but let’s face it, even if we do celebrate the birth of Christ, it doesn’t make it any less stressful.
I think this is why I’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving and New Years more and more. It’s about family/friends and being together and being festive without having to do anything but show up (possibly with a green bean casserole).
Sorry if I am harshing anyone’s holiday buzz. Give me a break, it’s Monday! :-)
From the Pump Room
I never realized this before, but Ameda has a ton of useful information on their site (www.ameda.com). Since I have a Purely Yours, you might think that I’d have known that! One of the things that I like about getting info off of the site is, since it’s a business, it comes without judgment. I find that some other sites are a little preachy about breastfeeding. Even though I provide breast milk for The Baby, I hate reading anything that implies one mom’s choice is better than another.
Anyway, there is a helpful section for Employed Mothers (or anyone who uses their pump a lot or to pump exclusively). I did learned that regardless of the size of your breasts, if your nipples are larger than a nickel you may need a larger-sized flange (aka horn). When sucked into the horn, your nipples should not touch the sides. Hmmmmm… I didn’t know that! I think I might order some new tubing too. Non-hospital grade pumps are made to last for six months (I don’t remember where I read that!), so I guess I’m due to replace something!
Check back tomorrow for a tour of the Pump Room. I’m serious.