Adventures in pumping

So, for those of you who haven’t heard, I have to use a breast pump 8-10 times a day to keep my supply up until Leapster is ready to exclusively nurse (if she’s ever ready).  Anyways, one important aspect of pumping is that the pump needs electricity.

Yeah, this is me these days. Except this ad looks straight out of the early 90s and I was in elementary school then.

It’s all fun and games until the severe thunderstorm knocks out your power.

Friday it was decided that husband and I would go out to dinner on the way home from the NICU since we won’t have a lot of opportunities for such a thing soon.  I also had a burning desire to eat my body weight in sushi since I hadn’t had more than half a roll since I had Charlotte.  Anyways, the skys were incredibly dark when we got the restaurant and husband dropped me off at the door because it was raining hard.

Then we saw the weather playing on a tv at the restaurant.  A tornado had been spotted in our county (we live one county over from the hospital). I called my MIL to tell her she should go to the basement with the dogs (did I mention she’s still here?  I’m terrified of her leaving me to survive on my own).  Anyways, long story short, the power got knocked out, although everyone was fine.  Oh, and I really did eat an excessive amount of sushi.  I looked pregnant again, but it was just the food baby.

I got home just in time to realize I HAD to pump (things get kind of achey at some point and going too long can tank your milk supply) and I had no power.  Luckily, I bought a portable pump with a car adapter so I could go in to work when I need to.  The storm has passed, so the obvious answer was to pump in my car and just let the car run.

Great plan, except the garage door requires power to open and we have neighbors on both sides.

I ended up plugged in to the cigarette lighter under a blanket.  At one point my husband decided we should drive around the neighborhood looking to see if power was on anywhere while I was pumping under the blanket.  Awkward.  I couldn’t fasten a seat belt and kept feeling like I was going to fall over when he turned the car.

Anyways, I finished up and the power promptly came back on.  Of course.

whomp whomp

Oh, what’s that?  You are only here to hear about Charlotte?  Fair enough.

Goodbye feeling like veal!

She’s officially 4 pounds, 5 ounces and thriving in her open crib.

She makes my husband's hands look extra super gigantic. He actually has small hands for a guy his size. Also, sometimes I get the urge to add fake lettuce to the top when she's rolled up like a burrito.

Yesterday she took three full bottles and she’s already taken two of her three feeding by bottle this morning.  She also attempts to breastfeed once a day and she seems to be getting better at it.  Kid latches like a champ, but it’s sort of impossible to know how much milk she is getting (I can tell she’s getting some since she occasionally shoots it at me).  We are so close I can barely stand to wait.  She needs to take all 8 of her feeds by bottle for a few days, but she may be doing that any day now.  I’ll have my dissertation edits from my committee done today or tomorrow, so we really are ready to go.  Oh, and I’m going to the Hunger Games movie with my MIL tomorrow or Wednesday cause I wanna get that in before Leapster gets home.


About Sarah S @RunningOnWords

Married 20-something in flux and trying to cope by running and occasionally crafting.
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14 Responses to Adventures in pumping

  1. Kara says:

    I never had to deal with power outage when I was pumping, but I would have flipped my lid because we didn’t have a car adapter. That would be even worse than those times I spilled milk.

    I’m in awe that she can latch already!

  2. Kate Sullivan says:

    Mario graphic for the win! I love it. I’m glad you finally got sushi, and that little miss is looking so sassy in her open crib. I wonder if there’s a nice green flower headband somewhere that will look like lettuce for when she’s in burrito mode?

  3. Alyssa says:

    She is adorable! I am so excited for you to see HG! Have fun!

  4. emily says:

    She’s still so tiny! I was that size once. It’s so hard to imagine.

  5. TriGirl says:

    So much good news! Way to get creative with the pumping 😛

  6. Great news! Pumping in the car – BTDT! I pumped exclusively for Hannah for 6 mons. b/c the little princess wouldn’t latch! I think it is great that Charlotte is latching! She is getting so big!!!

  7. Terzah says:

    Ah the pump! Bring back more memories! I used to travel to work on my bike with my hospital-grade industrial sized one in a backpack. Am I a Boulder hippie or what? It sounds like you are doing AWESOME with this.

    And Charlotte is looking great! Is that a double chin I’m seeing? I loved it when my kids started to get double chins!

  8. lcbilovesky says:

    Look at that big girl in her own crib! Awesome! Sushi?? I love sushi! Some day we will enjoy it together. Dying to hear what you think about the movie! Enjoy!

  9. Great idea pumping in the car! Congrats Charlotte on being in an open crib! So exciting!

  10. Mandy says:

    I am so thankful that we don’t ever have power outage issues here.

    Love the pictures – I’m so proud of her progress!

  11. After reading this post that is now a fear I have. Isaac doesn’t nurse for very long so I am still pumping after he nurses for 5-10 minutes. Another fear I have? Power going out and losing all the frozen breast milk we do have.

    Charlotte is looking great! yay for the open crib!

  12. Laura says:

    Wow, she looks amazing! You’re so close… I’m so glad she’s doing so well, and am excited for you to get her home. Love your pumping adventure! I had to pump at work (elem school) and once had a janitor walk in on me, but that was about the extent of my pumping mishaps. 🙂

  13. Army Amy says:

    I totally read this post at work and was cracking up. My students were silently reading, so I had to stiffle my giggles, but this one was entertaining, fo sho! I never knew that pumping could be so tricky and frustrating. Ah, the joys of parenthood. So have you seen HG yet? What’d you think?*

  14. mrslltkings says:


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