It seemed like a good idea at the time when my mom offered to watch Bridget while we took the other three kids on a quick little vacation. It didn't matter that I've never really had to pump more than a few ounces here and there. Or that the baby didn't really take a bottle. Yet.
I've never left any of my kids when they were small for any length of time.
But taking the entire gaggle of children wasn't an option. And since my mom (yes, the Chinese Mother) has a reputation of being "The Baby Whisperer," I figured that if there was anyone who could do it, my mom was the one.
And I've been fine - pumping every morning, feeding Briget a bottle so she gets used to it, and getting super excited about the extra sleep I might get (except it just so turns out that she sleeps through the night unlike the 2-year-old that is coming with me).
But then my mom emailed to tell me that I should record myself singing a lullaby and talking to her.
And I lost it.
I know my mom is going to be fine. And people keep telling me that she'll do better with the bottle when I'm not there. And that she'll figure out that I'm not coming home and chill out.
But it's hard not to freak out. Just a little bit.
So, I'd love to hear your happy stories about leaving a breastfed baby. Keyword HAPPY. Please do not tell me about your baby that went on a hunger strike for 4 days.
If you have any advice for me and/or the baby, please share! I've got my pump packed and I'm leaving all my slings and carriers, a shirt with my scent, and yes, a recording of me singing just in case.