January 10, 2009

Oh The Places Baby Can't Go

Being an exclusive breastfeeder, I've never thought much about where I can or can't take my baby. Girls night out? Weddings? Concerts? She's nursing, so she has to come with me.

A black-tie-optional-event-for-hubby's-work? Uhhhhh....

I have to leave Ivy tonight.

It's the first time. And I'll spare the dramatics- the party is under 2 miles from our house. My Mom will stay here with Ivy and if I have to leave to come nurse her, I will. She should be fine.

But me? Being separated from her for the first time more than 45 minutes? We'll see how that goes.

I miss her already and she's right here in my lap.


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31 comments:

  1. it's funny, because i was recently researching something (i think it might have been Blue Man Group), and saw that kids under a certain age (can't remember what age) weren't allowed in. Then I thought to myself, what if I needed to take Lily. Would they not let me in. I never really thought about that before either.

    Good Luck tonight, good thing it is so close to your house. Try and have a fun time!

    Jen

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  2. Have fun! You'll both be fine.

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  3. We have taken both our babies to Christmas parties! Firstborn when she was 4 months and our second when she was 5 months. After we showed up the first time his company started putting "No Children Please" on the invites, we ignored and went anyway. I take "Children" to mean CHILDREN, not nursing infants. I get them all dolled up and everyone really enjoys the babies! I just put them in the slings and they sleep quietly. If they get noisy or fussy I take them out as to not disturb anyone. It will probably be the last time we do it though, this last time one of the ladies from HR confronted my husband about it- even so, so many people came up to us to see her, oogle, and ga-ga at her!

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  4. Try to enjoy yourself!
    I know it will feel weird. I'm glad it's so close to home for you.

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  5. (((HUGS))) i remember how hard that first time away is. and the second, and third... i am sure you already know that it is harder on mama than the baby :) she will be just fine! but you-- try to enjoy your time away with your hubby!!

    xo,
    erika

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  6. I had a hard time leaving each one of my kids the first few times. Guess that's good though. It means we bonded well.

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  7. For a second I thought you were going to post abouit the mom who was arrested after nursing her baby in a bar!

    You will have a great time and I'm sure Ivy will be fine! I hope you have fun! :)

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  8. I totally remember this feeling. You'll be fine, Ivy will be fine. Go, have a great time!

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  9. Good Luck and hope it works best for you. There are many things that I just do not do anymore because I do not want to leave my children -- I really enjoy them and like being with them and just do not have the need to leave them for these events. There will be time when they are all grown! But I know that is just me!

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  10. I so feel your pain! Levi's nearly 14 months old, and I still feel like I'm missing an arm when i have to leave him. Good luck, and definitely enjoy yourself despite the missing appendage feeling.

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  11. Thank goodness for a wonderful Grandma who can watch over her for you!

    Have fun!

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  12. That's hard. Yeah, you and Ivy will both survive, but it's never a great feeling, is it? Those were some of the toughest choices for me when my kiddos were that little. I always loved getting them back in my arms after a time away.

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  13. Awwww, Steph. Try and have fun but I know I'd miss my little guy too. I bet your Mom is having a blast though!

    Nell

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  14. I can still remember the first time I left my little one it was over a year and a half ago and I still have not done that much leaving since. Everyone keeps telling me that it is good for me and my little one. Maybe it is because I am a first time mom or maybe I just really have some issues. So I tell you what they tell me 'Its good for you and her. Enjoy some time ALONE with the hubby.'

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  15. She did great tonight. I am glad she lasted the 2 hours without mommy. Her and I really enjoyed watching the Bachelor!

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  16. I'm another exclusive breastfeeder, and I'm just starting to realize how few of us there are out there.

    This past year, I was invited to all kinds of evening and overnight events BY FELLOW MOMS who were stunned when I said, "I can't do that. I need to be home to nurse Teyla."

    It surprised me how many of them were surprised that I can't really leave my baby for those first 12 months. No judgments either way. It just surprised me.

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  17. Leaving the baby for the first time is always rough. We have not left Baby Sister yet. She has been everywhere with us. The Radio City Christmas Show, Madison Square Garden to see the Rangers, everywhere. I don't think I am ready to leave her. As a matter of fact Hubby's work had an adults only Christmas party that we did not attend because we could not bring the kids. But then again we have no grandparents to leave them with and Baby Sister is much too young to be left with a teenage babysitter. Hope you enjoy your event tonight.

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  18. How hideous, I know exactly how you feel... I always claim a massive illness and avoid the "whole leaving the baby" issue... I am so blessed that I don't have to go to work!

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  19. Oh sweetie, how did it go? Equal parts sneaky happiness at being free for a few minutes and just ecstatic joy when you rushed back in the door? I remember those days.

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  20. I've never been too good at leaving my young nursers--hope it all went well! ;O)

    Blessings!

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  21. I hope it well for y'all last night. I totally know how you feel. I've only been separated from Mia once and it was no fun.

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  22. I understand! Because I exclusively breastfeed, I just don't leave Anna. The other day I ran to Babies R' Us and my husband convinced me to leave her so I could shop for a bit since it was just five miles down the road. When I called to check on her she had started crying and don't you know I had a let down just then...does a mommy know her baby or what? :)

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  23. I'm more concerned about your achy boobs! Being away for the first time without pumping can be painful!

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  24. You are the best mom ever! So sweet!

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  25. You know, Steph, when my firstborn daughter Krissy was four weeks old, it was my birthday, so Rob took me to downtown Denver for a wonderful dinner out and a stay in a beautiful hotel.

    We left Krissy with his mother. Overnight. It was a complete disaster. I missed her so much, I cried all night long.

    So I truly understand how you feel. :-)

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  26. My nursing babe is going with me on a ladies' retreat this weekend. What else would I do with him? :-) He's 9 months old and I still haven't left home without him for more than 2 hours unless he was sleeping!

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  27. It is so hard to leave your baby for the first time! I exclusively nursed both of my kids and hated having to leave them. If they did take a bottle, then pumping would be involved and that can be a bit tricky. It is good that you won't be too far away. I hope all goes well!!

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  28. Oh, I hope it went well.

    Funny, my hubby and I were just talking about this very same thing. I take Violet everywhere right now. We have friends coming into to town tomorrow to check out the city in hopes of moving here in a couple weeks.

    We want to show them around,and my hubby suggested a favorite bar of ours. Um, a bar is probably the one place I will not wear her. Call me crazy, but there is something that just screams wrong to me about it. Plus it reminds me of the movie Sweet Home Alabama where Reese Witherspoons character says, "You have a baby...in a bar!".

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  29. I remember that feeling when we had to go to a wedding about 2 months after our daughter was born. It's an odd feeling.

    How did it go?

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  30. I completely relate. My daughter was born in September and we went to a Christmas party for my husband's work in late December. It was my first time away from her and I was miserable the whole time. I'm sure I was a pitiful guest. I just couldn't stop thinking about her sweet little cheeks, her deep blue eyes, her button nose...

    I don't think mamas are meant to leave their itty bitty babies...at least not this mama.

    Good luck!

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