Breakthroughs and opportunities

Alrighty, so a few things have happened since I last posted on here.

Firstly, Oscar finally took a bottle! If you knew how much he has refused to drink from them in the past, you would feel just as shocked as I do. This first happened last Saturday, while my mum was babysitting Oscar so that Candice and I could go see Jurassic World at the cinema. I warned my mum before we left that I could almost 100% guarantee that he would refuse and left some extra solid food in case. When we got home and he was fast asleep in bed and there was an (almost) empty bottle on the kitchen bench, I couldn’t believe it. Hallelujah, it had finally happened! I have to admit though, in the back of my mind, I had the sinking feeling that it was just a fluke and that he would probably refuse if I was in the house. Since he was already asleep, I pumped milk and stored it in the fridge to test if he would take it in a bottle from Candice the next day.

Fast forward to 3am on Sunday morning when Oscar woke for the third time that night and decided that he was wide awake. After a period of trying to convince him to go back to sleep, I gave up and brought him out into the lounge room with me. For the past week or so, his top gums have been bulging and swollen as the front 2 teeth are so close to popping through. As a result of this, he has started biting my nipples again during feeds. He often wakes and in his half sleep state just wants to chew and bite down rather than feed. It’s really painful and reminds me of those first few weeks of breastfeeding when we first brought him home from hospital. Anyway, sitting in the lounge room in the wee hours of the morning I felt tears of frustration when I realised that I was going to have to feed him again if I wanted him to sleep. Perhaps it was because I was really tired but I decided to give the expressed milk in a bottle a shot. Well, guess what? He drank the entire thing without batting an eyelid.

It really feels like we have turned a corner and as if a weight has been lifted. Everyday since, Candice has been giving Oscar his bedtime feed from a bottle and he hasn’t fought it yet. With only a few months before I return to work, having him accept bottle feeding is a major win. It has eased the stress we felt with him going into childcare full time, knowing that at least now he won’t be hungry.

Speaking of returning to work soon, here is the second bit of news. Last Friday I stopped in at my workplace to say farewell to 2 colleagues that are leaving. While I was there my boss asked if we could have a quick chat in his office. He wanted to know how I felt about a job promotion when I return to work. Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because there is a catch. My current position is a laboratory technician and he would like to see me in a senior laboratory position, managing a small team. The problem is that it would require me to go back onto shift work – day, afternoon and night shift. I’m nervous about it because I have no idea how it would work with Oscar. It’s a big change but if I did decide to go back to shift work in that role it would mean a $20K pay rise. That’s a lot for us, especially as we have a mortgage and lots of house renovation dreams. Candice and I spoke about the logistics of it and we could make it work. It’s all up in the air at the moment  but I don’t return to work until September so plenty of time to think about it.

Oscar still isn’t sleeping well but with his top 2 teeth coming through, we aren’t expecting much in that department. Perhaps there will be some good news about that next time I post. We can at least dream…

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