7 Posts for the Price of 1

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Is it Quick Takes Friday, or Write Your Random Thoughts in a List Day?

No? Oh well.


I am fed up with pumping. It only took six months. I am tired of feeling frustrated because I can pump for half an hour and only get 3 ounces of milk. I am tired of shutting and locking my door and having people come and knock and yelling at them to go away. I am tired of spending so much of my working day leaning awkwardly against my desk.

I’m thinking that starting tomorrow I am going to pump once a day and supplement whatever else she needs while she is at daycare with formula.

There’s a whole other post here: Yes, I am totally pro-breastfeeding; but no, I don’t think it should drive you insane; no, they didn’t give formula back in the Olde Times, but they didn’t have pumps and there were not working moms and there were also wet nurses. Hrm. Anyway, that’s that.


It’s hard for me when I write several posts that I think are good, quality writing and I get no or maybe one or two comments. Why? Blogging builds up narcissism in its own way, where I think my writing is so very good and I don’t understand why it doesn’t provoke more people to tell me so. I read many blogs that I don’t comment on. There is SO MUCH quality writing out there. This is not something which should measure my self-worth.

And yet, it made me really happy when Robin commented on this post like she did.


YUMMMMM. Following Southern Living on Twitter makes me really, really hungry.

And Megs is coming over tomorrow night and cooking me Pioneer Woman crispy yogurt chicken. Love.


I’ve been kind of avoiding this subject somewhat, but not a single person has come to see our house yet. Not one.

I am struggling because I want to trust God completely on this. He has a super plan for us and led us to a job where I think Mr. V will be really, really happy. So certainly He will provide a way for us all to be there together. Eventually.

It’s difficult to be in that transitional stage and not know when you’re moving on.


I am so in love with this little girl. Last night I refused to make dinner, needing to snuggle her instead. This morning, I had a very hard time leaving her at daycare. I forgot to fill out the form they make me do every day because I was just distressed.

She’s such a sweetie.


I ate all my carrots and now I am only have celery to snack on. BLEGH. The carrots were so good, big old fat ones I bought at the farmer’s market as part of my Eat Whole Foods plan.


And now I am going home. I will be driving the speed limit all the way home as I managed to leave my purse at home this morning (?? so strange!). Let the snuggling and eating of leftovers commence.

9 thoughts on “7 Posts for the Price of 1

  1. Sounds like you're having one of those…nothing seems to be going right so let's just go home…days. I'm not a real huggy kinda person…but consider yourselve hugged and your shoulder patted and me saying…I'm sorry, wish there was something I could do to help.

    On the comments section – I have found since using my goggle reader that I don't comment like I used to. So I'm not actually visiting people's blogs so they don't visit mine. The reader makes it easier to read, but it has it's drawbacks.

    Praying that the house situation begins to move in the way that shows God is working things out for you and your family. Soon you will have snuggle time all day long!

  2. Dangit! Not the first commenter. 😉

    Ok, first of all, you are AMAZING for pumping as long as you did. I did some pumping/limited manual expression for just a few meals, and I hated^100 it. HATED. If I had to do it that often, I would be using formula too.

    Don't feel bad for supplementing. You did good! And she'll still get breastmilk, so yay! And she's not that far from a year old, and then yeah. You've already exclusively bfed longer than most.

    What kind of formula does she use? Do you need coupons or checks or whatever?

    I know what you mean about posts that don't generate comments. Sometimes, I'll read a post and think, "hmm, that's cool," but I won't have anything meaningful to add.

    I hope you get some lookers for your house soon. How are your online photos? They have to be AWESOME to generate interest. It's really all about a professional photographer and stager.

    When we were briefly looking at buying a house, the online photos really made a difference for us wanting to see it or not. If you'd like a judge, send me the link and I'll be happy to give ya some feedback!

  3. Jess, I don't have much advice to offer on any of this, but I wanted to let you know that I think you're a fabulous writer; pumping isn't ANYONE's favorite thing so don't beat yourself up; leftovers are fine; and God will not lead you astray in Mr V's occupation or how you all end up there. Hugs.

  4. Oh I hate pumping…loathe it. It doesn't seem to work for me. Kudos for doing it this long!

    And I don't usually add comments but felt compelled to share the love! 🙂

  5. I too am a google reader on my iPhone girl. I don't comment as often as I should but I always read your blog & love doing so.

    I am amazed to hear that working mommies have the time and make the effort to pump. I am a SAHM and have nursed this last year but I wouldn't have been able to do it if I had a job. Kudos to you!

    Good luck with the house, it will happen! 🙂

  6. So excited about dinner! Let's take lots of pictures and co-blog and be all bloggy and cute and silly. And also, eat lots of chicken!

  7. Don't beat yourself up over the pumping thing… As a working and pumping mom I totally empathize with you! Also about the daycare drop off too (after 8 months it hasn't gotten any easier – I still get misty eyed). Pumping is definitely a chore… you get to work, sad because you just dropped your baby off at daycare; you try to concentrate on work and then an hour later you need to stop thinking about work and think about your baby (who you're trying not to think about so you can get work done) so you can pump and try and get some milk (and meanwhile your work is piling up, deadlines are looming and clueless coworkers are knocking on your door!) ARGH! Pump when you can, supplement whenever you need to and don't feel guilty about it! *hugs*

  8. I am a fairly new reader of your blog as I came across it just a couple of weeks ago. I am a working mom and when I had my son (almost 2 years ago now) I was pumping many times at work and then breastfeeding as much as possible at home. I don't have my own office at work so I ended up pumping in the backseat of my car and also many times in the 3 stall bathroom. I stopped pumping after three months and just did part-time breastfeeding and that worked really really well. I ended up part-time breastfeeding for many more months which I was really happy about. Have fun with your baby when you're together and don't worry about letting go of pumping when you're not, you'll be much happier.


  9. I hated pumping (and I stay at home) because it was time that I had to take away from my family to do it…and it seemed to net so little in return. When my little one stopped nursing at 6 months old (her choice not mine…longish story), I continued pumping for a month and realized by the end of the month it took me 2 days to fill 1 bottle for her. I threw in the towel. I cried. I felt guilty. But it was also freeing.

    As for writing – back when my blog had actual content beyond cute photos of my children, people would tell me I should write a book. While I loved hearing the praise, I would explain that when I looked around on the net, I was so humbled by all of the talent and personality out there that I knew I wasn't meant to write a book.

    And some days I am completely blindsided by my overwhelming love for my kiddos! Ain't it grand?

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