My baby was just a little spoiled this Christmas…

Published December 28, 2012 by jessicalynndunning

David and I purchased two little books for Briana for Christmas. One for “her” to unwrap at David’s parents house, and one for “her” to unwrap at my dad and grandma’s place. We kind of figured that since she is so young, she doesn’t know the difference, and we couldn’t afford much else right now, what with me being on maternity leave and everything.

David’s parents had given us a swing for Briana a couple of weeks ago and told us that was her Christmas present, so we weren’t really expecting anything else from them, and when my dad and grandma asked what to get for her, we shrugged and suggested one of those “activity gym” things. The play mat with the little arch over it with toys and mirrors and everything for her to look at. So we figured those two books, a play mat, and the swing were going to be Briana’s Christmas this year, and that next year we would buy more for her and she could rip up all the paper…maybe. She’ll still only be just over a year old next year…but I’m getting ahead of myself.

David and I obviously weren’t thinking. David’s parents are first time grandparents, and my parents aren’t any less excited just because it isn’t their first. Then of course there is my awesome relatives, Aunt Julie and Uncle Tom. Three presents? Um, not quite.

Christmas 1

Briana scored this Christmas…she didn’t know it at the time though. These are two pictures I took of her during present opening – the first one at David’s parents, the second at my dad’s place.

Christmas 3

Christmas 4

I don’t think she was very impressed. 🙂

Oh, well. Next year.

I have been feeling a lot better the last couple of days. Still a little down, but less noticeably so. I’ve been laughing more and eating more and just been feeling generally better. Of course, I have been back in therapy, lol. But whatever works! At least I didn’t have to go back on antidepressants. I hate taking those things, they make me feel like a robot. No bueno.

I am still very back and forth about going back to work. One day, I’m like, “Yes, I’m going back to work, but only for 25 hours a week, and that will let me keep my insurance for Briana and still be able to easily pump and keep up my milk supply.” The next day I’m going, “I don’t know…maybe we can figure something else out for her insurance and I can stay home for her.” Two minutes later I’m flip-flopping again. *insert eye roll here* We’ll see what happens. I think I’m hoping for some awesome turn of events that will put David in a better job with awesome insurance before I have to make that decision. *keeps fingers crossed*

Of course, I’m still flip-flopping about pumping. It’s time-consuming and (at times) painful. Plus, when I have caffeine, I end up with a jittery and fussy baby. All inconveniences…but breast milk is what’s best for Briana, so I feel guilty considering formula because pumping is “inconvenient.” Those “what kind of mother would I be” thoughts come to mind then. I know there is nothing wrong with formula, and I don’t fault anyone else for using it. But my milk supply is great and I am perfectly able to provide her with breast milk, and I know it is best for her…so I feel guilty…even though I wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with someone else making the same decision. Silly, yes, but true.

Breast milk is also free. David’s parents have offered to pay for formula if we decide to make the switch, but David doesn’t feel comfortable with that, I think. He likes to do everything on his own (or, on our own). Paying for formula would be pretty tough on us, especially if I don’t go back to work. Of course, if I don’t go back to work, I really don’t have an excuse to quit pumping. Good grief. Why do I always complicate and over think everything?

Happier (But Still Feeling Guilty) New Mommy

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4 comments on “My baby was just a little spoiled this Christmas…

    • WIC. That is what I was going to say. WIC income limits are pretty high too. It’s an awesome program and will provide you with other things as well. Such as juice, milk and bread…among other things. You can be on it until Briana is 5 years old. Oh gosh, how I miss WIC. LOL

      Glad to hear things are looking up for you. From the pics it looks like Briana had a great first xmas!

      • sorry I forgot to add…Yes Chila is right. WIC provides formula. Even if you are breastfeeding they will give you the above stated items and tuna too. I guess tuna is good for moms who are breastfeeding.

  • Next year, Briana will be very happy to receive piles of wrapped cardboard boxes for presents. Because, don’t you know, the box and the wrapping paper are MUCH more important and interesting than the actual present. (Trust me. Been there done that.) But, I am glad that you two ended up lots of presents for Briana (and future sibling(s)). 🙂

    Adorable pictures! I am glad you are on your way up, emotionally. It is great that therapy is helping, and you can avoid antidepressants. 🙂 Yeah, I flip-flopping is normal. I do it, too.

    Why don’t you try “working” – i.e., leaving Briana with her grandparents during the hours that you’d be working, going to a friend’s, and pumping? Try it for a day or two, it might help you decide. Pumping is a pain in the neck, but it is definitely worth it to pump in order to avoid formula. (It’s not silly not to want formula, BTW; read the research.) Is there any state-funded health care that you can use if you decide not to go back?

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