Thursday, April 10, 2014

Small Success Thursday, No. 6

Work Success: I finished a quarterly report on Monday. You'd think this would be an easy thing to do when you consider that I keep a consistent format to these reports and I had all the info I needed by last Thursday. But I ended up not working on it on Thursday, then I was off on Friday. I figured it'd be no problem to get it done on Monday. But then I had meetings all Monday morning followed by a weird monitor display problem with my computer which we fixed just in time for me to then go pump milk. After that it was lunch, check email, then another meeting, and then it was time to go pump again. So then it was 3:30 PM and I still hadn't started the report. It was due by the end of the day and I sent it to her at 4:55 PM. Just under the wire.

Today is exactly one month since I went back to work after maternity leave. And I'm still breastfeeding!! I didn't think I'd be able to last, but here we are, still going strong. Even though I don't find the actual breastfeeding part all that enjoyable, I have learned to appreciate it more than the pumping part. I could totally do without having to lock myself into a storage closet lactation room twice a day and hook myself up to an electric motor. But it is making it possible for Silas to continue having my milk 100% of the time. The pros definitely out weigh the cons.

I went to the grocery store!! On my own! Yes, it was 10 o'clock at night, but I managed to get there. And now I have lunches to bring with me to work each day and don't have to go to the Student Center or a local restaurant. This week was getting expensive (we were out of town last weekend, so we've been improvising all week). It was so nice though to go without any kids. I even got to use one of the little carts that don't have space for kids. So great!

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  1. What an amazing job you are doing pumping at work so you can keep breastfeeding 100%. I hope you are proud of yourself, that's hard work. Yay for grocer shopping! I desperately need to go, and I planned on it, but the baby is asleep. I think we will have pb sandwiches and popcorn for supper because we are out of food! Blessings.

  2. Thanks, Jaime! I am proud of all that hard work. I honestly didn't think I'd be able to sustain it after returning to work. But here we are a month later!! Amazing! Hope you get to the grocery store soon. It can be so hard at times to do such simple things. Thanks for stopping by my humble little blog.

  3. Kerri, I am duly impressed that you have continued breastfeeding while going back to work! Kudos to you; I was never able to last very long with nursing, though I preferred pumping to actual nursing (I know, weird, but it's just me). And I'm a stay-at-home mom! What is the job you just returned to doing after your maternity leave? BTW, I am interested in talking with you more privately about your experience with miscarriage, if you are open/able/willing.

    1. Jeannie: Thanks for your comment. I work as a Music Catalog Librarian at the University of Kentucky. I'm also a supervisor over the catalogers in our special formats area. I've been in this job almost 14 years (will be 14 years in July). I'd love to chat with you more about miscarriage. Feel free to send me a message at kasclar {at} gmail {dot} com. Thanks for stopping by!!