Can I catch a break? Seriously...I've got mastitis AGAIN for the 3rd time. I know how I got it this time. If you plan on exclusively pumping your babies, don't be surprised if your nipples blister. That is what happened to mine & the bacteria must have been introduced through the blister. I have been pumping for 12 1/2 weeks. I told myself if I get mastitis a 4th time, I will stop pumping. My goal is to make it to 6 mths but at the rate of getting mastitis every month, I don't know. Of course, I understand from reading about it that this is the body's way of making mommy slow down. That must be true b/c I have done nothing but pump, feed babies & sleep for the past 24 hrs. My fever finally went away today but I am still exhausted. Thankfully Todd stayed home & my mom came over this morning to help. Todd's parents will be coming this evening also.
On another note, I finally took the trips out & not to the dr's office. We went to Kroger's. What an experience! From the moment we walked in, we were surrounded w/ people. I had my mom w/ me so I had some support & someone to push the cart. I was so nervous before we got there. I don't understand why. Maybe b/c it was something that was completely out of the norm for us or maybe I was afraid everything would go bad very quickly but it didn't. The kids slept through most of the trip. I'm going to need to practice a bit more before venturing out on my own. Besides, w/ pumping, I have only about an hour to make a trip to somewhere & back.
From the trip, this was the funniest thing said, "Grandma, she has THREE babies!" Grandma responds, "Yeah, right. 3 babies. What ever." I guess the little boy saw us but she didn't. Well, we crossed them over on the next isle & you should have seen the lady's eyes pop out of her head. We also got the regular comments like...
Where is the camera when you need it.
Oh! You poor thing!
Wow, I bet you are tired.
You've got your hands full!
I know it will probably be a bit before we go back out. It is just too hard to get somewhere & back in time to pump. Believe me, when you pump, your life revolves around it. My 1st goal was to make it to 12 wks & now that I have passed that goal, am sitting here recovering from my 3rd bout of mastitis, I am questioning whether or not I can make it to my ultimate goal of 6 mths. Guilt is weighing heavy on me, like I am letting them down by no longer giving them breast milk. I know how good it is for them so it kills me to think that they won't get it anymore. I don't know what to do! I also know that we are saving quite a bit on money on formula. UGGGGG!!!! This last bout of infection has really eaten my supply & it will take at least 3 wks to build my supply again. I don't know how much longer I will be doing this.
Here are some pics of the family...
Todd & the trips on his birthday!
Sofi & Ian all cuddled up.
My favorite Ianchito look! He seems to always be cross-eyed!
Sofi holding her head up high!
Uncle Ian & Gabi together.