Even before I left the UK, people were starting to get a bit weird about breastfeeding in public, but it was still fairly commonplace.
After moving to the States, I’ve realised that it’s an action which is much more taboo on this side of the pond, which infuriates me to no end.
Marti showed me a blog post about it recently that sums up exactly how I feel about it, so I encourage you to read it and actively support breastfeeding mothers and stand against bigots who see naturally nourishing your child as some sort of shameful act.
Thinking of improving your upper body strength? Looking at joining your local gym? Save your money. Have unprotected sex instead: you might not notice much change in the first 9 months, but you’ll get pretty buff between months 10 & 12.
Yesterday, Marti got a rare treat. For the first time since Ellie was born, she managed to get out of the house without Ellie for an hour. She and I took a trip to the library and to get some more tea from Hooker Tea Company. In her own words:
You know you’re a nerd when your first trip out of the house is to the library!
Ellie has wanted to be a bit closer to us, so instead of just holding her and immobilising myself all day long, I took out her carrier, the Baby K’Tan, and went hands-free. It’s fantastic: she’s close, which we both like and I can get stuff done. Win-win.
Tomorrow, I’m finally heading back to work. I’ve been off since the day she was born, so that’s about two and a half weeks now and I highly encourage fathers to do this.
This precious time is not only critical for bonding with your child and family as a whole, but it will strengthen your marriage, by helping one another out with the every day essentials and admiring one another in your newfound roles as mother and father.
I’ve been blessed to have been able to take off as much time as I have, and I would encourage anyone doing the same to truly leave work behind. Life will continue on without you and it’s so much better to leave it behind and not give it a second thought, as I have: I’m not even sure what I need to be doing tomorrow, which is an awesome place to be in.
I’m regretting having to go back (can’t someone just pay my salary and let me stay home with my family?), but it’s a necessary step. I’m just wondering how long I can hold out before I break down and FaceTime Ellie & Marti…
I’m in a weird situation, because I really want a glass of wine when I think about the texture and the flavor and the smell, but then, aside from not having a breast pump, I just realize that I’ll fall straight asleep.
Rather than upload every single photo in a new post and start overwhelming people, I figured I’d hold back a little and collect them into small galleries so that you get a whole bunch of cuteness all at once. So enjoy this little gallery of photos from the past week or so.