I did it. I went out without baby and daddy. I was separated for 4.25 hours and everyone was fine! Not that I didn’t expect us to be fine, but I’m still proud of us all for putting forth the effort.
Nicholas didn’t like the bottle much, but that might have been because he was getting too much milk at one time (next time we’ll try a slower nipple). He did finish off 3 oz under Daddy’s patient care.
The only time I had “a moment” was when I called Patrick to say I was on my way home (I have always done this, so it wasn’t a “clingy” thing). He said that Nicholas was quite excited to hear my voice and he even “spoke” to me on the phone … I got a little teary-eyed because I’ve never heard him over the phone before – it was so cool!!!
I’m really proud of Patrick for being such a great father to our son. I’m really thankful that he has this time to spend at home (good old EI system).
And now I know that with a
little LOT of planning (my boobs are so in tune with Nicholas’ feeding schedule that it took 5 days to get the extra bottle of milk), I can start to become my individual self again. Thank goodness he has finally moved from an every-2-hour feeding schedule to an every-3-to-4-hour schedule.
Although … he was up 4 times in the night, wanting to be fed … or was he just making sure I was still there … ? I hope it was just coincidence and not an indication of any worry on his part.