Monday, November 10, 2008
"Hanging Up the Horns" is what us pumpers call it when we decide to stop pumping. Yep, the time has come for me to wean from the pump. As I posted a couple weeks ago, it has been on my mind a while and has been a long, emotional decision for me. However, what made the decision for me is our trip last week. Pumping in the car is so difficult and uncomfortable, not to mention how it disrupts anything we wanted to do while traveling. So I've decided to be completely weaned before we take our big trip to visit family at Christmas. I've got plenty of time, so I'm going to take it very slowly, cutting 5 minutes off my pump time every day until I'm done. That will take me until the second week of December, and then I'll have a couple weeks in which hopefully everything will regulate, and we'll be pump-free and rarin' to go come Christmas! That means that Elias will be 6.5 months old when I stop pumping, and I'm proud to have been able to give him my milk for that long. I feel like that is quite an accomplishment considering our circumstances, and I know that I gave him the best start I could. He does fine with formula, and he is absolutely loving solids, so I know he'll be fine. I'd appreciate your prayers as we draw this season of our lives to a close!