Back to Basics

The boys are still in two different hospitals, but I’m happy to report that they are both racing to get home at this point. They are getting better and better at the eating thing, and that’s the last hurdle before coming home. It will be interesting to see who actually gets here first.

So the last time I was visiting Louis, the Lactation Consultant for the NI came by and asked me if I’d like to try nursing Louis before he went home. While I’m an expert at feeding the yellow Medela beast, I have zero experience with actual breast feeding, so I took her up on her offer.

Today was the big day and I stopped on my way to the hospital and bought a nursing bra for the occasion. When I got to the hospital, I ducked into a bathroom and changed into my new bra. I carefully took off all the tags and headed up to the NICU for my lesson.

As I stood at the sink washing for the recommended two minutes, one of the nurse tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I hate to tell you this, but your shirt is on inside out.”

Clearly my life is returning to normal.

Sleeping baby

August sleeping after his bottle.

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  1. Susan, Mum to Molly says:

    How did the feed go??

    I have realised that ever since I had kids (almost 9 years ago) I stopped looking in the mirror before I stepped out, so that is totally something I would do too.

    In fact I noticed recently that I am wearing someone else’s boots… No idea whose, no idea how long I’ve been wearing em…

    Really, really hope the five of you are all safely together under one roof asap. I think August looks like mama in this pic.

    Take care, Susan xx

    • Susan, Mum to Molly says:

      PS: As a long-term yellow Medela feeder, I can attest that actual baby feeding is much more rewarding – I hope really hope it works out for you & your beautiful boys Katy.

  2. That pictures is beautiful! What a precious little boy; I am so glad to hear things are going better!

  3. Awww. Sweet photo. Funny about your shirt. Hope the feeding went well and that they continue to do well and come home soon.

  4. If it makes you feel better I once went to work wearing non-matching shoes… and I didn’t even have kids at the time!

  5. So glad to hear both boys are improving and will be heading home soon. Having all 5 of you under one roof sounds pretty fantastic. Hoping all goes well with the feedings.

  6. love this boring post… ykwim ;). i also love this pic. i *may* be a little biased, but to me there is little cuter than a happy sleeping tiny preemie baby boy!!

  7. Editdebs says:

    He’s beautiful!

  8. Kristen says:

    wheres the “Like” button? :)
    C’mon kiddos! First one home gets to brag to the other brother :p

  9. So funny I snorted! Good one…

  10. Bugladynora says:

    Great pic and I can relate to the story. I hope the feeding went well!

  11. Um, yeah, I wish I didn’t have any idea of what you are talking about here when it comes to my personal grooming standards (there are none, apparently). I too fed the yellow beat a lot more than babies. If you continue to pump please let me get you a hands free bra as a shower gift. Please! And I hope your babies transition to breast better than mine did. One was too small to start well, one was too tired from having a stroke and couldn’t muster the energy, and once they get to where the hospital says you can take them home today on a bottle or some time later when they get good at nursing, I just ran for the door, babe in arms, and as a result they never really got good at eating for actual nutrition. I just wanted to take them home, even on the bottle, and that cost us nursing, really. Whatevs.

    August is lovely!! Oooh, I can almost smell him. Yum, newborn breastmilk fed baby smell!!! Jealous here! August still has his little elf ears! Love it. Get some rest, lady.

  12. If it makes you feel better I went to work with two different shoes the other day (both flats) and didn’t even notice till around lunchtime. And I have no babies.

    I wished I could reach through the screen and caress August’s cheeks, because man, he’s got some cheeks.

    Have I told you he looks wise? He does. Like maybe he can do my taxes next year or something. Or style me. I need someone to help me get out of the house with matched shoes.

    I was a crappy breastfeeder and a master pumper, both kids. I just was. I was happy to at least get them breast milk, either way.

    I am glad your life is returning to its usual craziness.

  13. Even with your shirt inside out… you are amazingly together. It’s so nice to see August resting so peacefully.

  14. Haha! I love it!! :)

  15. You are doing great. I pumped for almost a year but when Mac was in hospital I used to pump every 3 hours on the dot from 6am until midnight – then sleep through. The last feed used to get sacrificed so I could do it in bed and not have to do any cleaning/storing etc. From memory I had a little yellow medela double pump so I could get it done in half the time as I was only needing milk for one wee one.
    hang in there.

  16. HA!!! I hope the feeding went well. Beautiful picture.

  17. I want to snuggle him. I have newborn fever right now. You got one to hand over to me? 😉 Love the fact that your shirt was on inside out. Glad they are getting better at eating so they can get home soon!

  18. It’s good to hear that. Your baby is so cute. I hope they will get better soon. Good luck to you and your family. Continue sharing your stories.

  19. Oh, Katie, so hard. I pray things are going better by now! I can’t get on twitter so I’m behind on all of my twitter friends – but I’m praying for you!!!