first, let me say that i hate pumping. i feel enough like a cow without hooking myself up to a machine designed to suck milk out of my body. however, lucy has been non-stop hungry lately, so i decided to pump every two hours in the hopes of increasing my milk supply. so far, so good. at first, i was able to pump about 2 ounces every 2 hours. now, i’m up to 2.5 ounces every 2 hours. not a huge difference, but at least it’s getting better. it’s frustrating to feel like you’re failing your baby girl by not having enough milk. with leslie, i had enough milk for her and at least 4 other babies. it was ridiculous. our freezer was full and we always had enough milk in the refrigerator for at least 2 extra bottles. in fact, we had enough breastmilk that one night for dinner, upon learning that we were out of skim milk, i used it to make macaroni and cheese. gross, huh? this time around, though, i am barely making enough to satisfy my teeny baby girl. so, i will keep pumping even though i hate it. because lucy is worth it.
this morning, leslie slept in (which probably accounts for why she is upstairs talking rather than napping). i had to wake her up at 8:15 so that we could make it to gymboree by 9:30. we miraculously managed to eat breakfast, pump a bottle for lucy (yuck), get all three of us dressed, and be out the door by 9:15. it was truly amazing. i might be able to successfully parent two children after all! anyway, leslie was thrilled to be back at gymboree with all of her adorable friends. it’s been several weeks since we’ve been, and she always looks forward to it. in fact, when we drive by the building (which happens frequently because it is close to our house) she always begs to stop. i used my new moby wrap for lucy, which worked well except that it made me too hot. it was definitely better than lugging the carseat around though! leslie played and ran around like crazy for the entire class. it was a happy 45 minutes for this mommy. then, we went to panera with our friends lauren and nate for a bagel and some lemonade. leslie loves lauren way more than she loves most people. i’m pretty sure she would gladly leave home to go live with lauren. it was a good morning. i think we are getting the hang of being a threesome, and that makes me happy. speaking of happy, here is a photo from the first time leslie met lucy. that was happy, too.