I made a decision this morning. It may not be earth-shattering (there are important things happening, like the death of Nelson Mandela, after all), but it's a change for me.
I announced to Dave in ceremonious fashion that I wouldn't be bringing my pump to school today...meaning, no more.
(Fun fact: He usually carries my pump out to my car when he loads his car with baby stuff in the morning. One of those examples of chivalry.)
It could've been because I woke up late after forgetting to set my phone alarm after our 3:30 feeding, putting me in a rip-roaring mood. It could've been my crazy hormones. Or, it could've been because I thought to myself after pumping a total of 1/2 an ounce yesterday, "This is nuts. He doesn't need it during the day anymore."
I'm in a sullen mood today, and I had hoped this decision would come when I was at the top of my game and mentally prepared...but, it had to happen in its own time, I suppose. So, I'm dealing. It's not the end of the world. He's still feeding at night and wicked early in the morning. It's not like he's done breastfeeding. And, even if he was, it still wouldn't matter. I don't want a 20-year-old breastfeeder, after all. But, the best way that I can put it is that a connection we shared will be gone. That's the part that will suck.
So, a chapter in my life is closed. I may write another chapter on breastfeeding with any future bambinos, but my "training manual" chapter is done. I know there'll be more to learn, but Hadley was a great teacher for this first adventure. Now, to sterilize the crap out of all the components of the pump and throw that sucker in the basement. On the bright side, at least there's one less piece of high-maintenance baby paraphernalia to deal with.
*SIDE NOTE: I didn't get my pics uploaded to my post for Foodie Friday, so I might just have an extra post for you guys next week...maybe...if I can get it together by then. ;-) Have a great weekend!*