A Dilemma

So the Harlot is coming. Coming, but not close enough to make it easy. She is coming to Eau Claire, WI, about an hour and a half from the Cities. Easy if I didn’t have a five month old baby. But, Knittybaby has just begun to stay home with Daddy and Little Man, and is hasn’t been going well. You see, with Little Man, I began to pump and do weekly bottle introductions diligently when he was 6 weeks old (the recommended time by breastfeeding experts). I was lazy with Knittybaby, and only started pumping a couple of weeks ago; he’s five months already so I’m way behind. While the pumping is going fine, he’s not digging the bottle and holds out for the real deal (frankly, I don’t blame him). But that means I can be gone a little bit, but not that long. Definitely not long enough to go to Eau Claire and back. So the dilemma is, do I just say “bummer” and not go, hoping she’ll come around here again for the next book or do I take Knittybaby with me? If I take him the worst that can happen is that he gets crabby or loud during her talk, and I have to go to the lobby and thenI drive all that way and miss it. But then part of me is wondering if I really want to drive all that way by myself with a five month old for a book talk/signing. I’m a huge fan of hers….I’m just trying to decide if it is worth the effort, you know? Right now I’m leaning towards not going. but who knows, maybe I’ll feel adventurous!

This is only a half finished post…that’s what kind of week it’s been, but I figured I’d post it now so you all know I haven’t fallen off the planet. More soon (I hope!)

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11 responses to “A Dilemma

  1. Alyclepal

    Could you get a friend to go with you and watch knittybaby for the duration of the program with some backup milk? I breastfed mine (he’s almost 2 now though he weaned unfortunately at 9 months) and found a sling to be really helpful for nursing in public without being public (and I’m not small:>). Good luck to you, Lisa

  2. Jess

    I know others are considering going (I *may* go), so you wouldn’t have to drive by yourself.

    Plus, you know Stephanie is a doula and a lactation consultant. Babies are cool with her – she wouldn’t mind one bit if you brought the little guy, I don’t think.

  3. Sheepish Annie

    Tough call…I guess it boils down to whether knittybaby is a fan of the Harlot or whether he’s more of a homebody at this stage. A lot of little ones love being out ‘n about! I’m sure you’ll end up making the decision that is agreeable to you both!

  4. Dharmafey

    My Roman was just the same way! No bottle, no way. And he’s 2 and still nursing! And I agree with Annie that Stephanie would love it. I brought my son with me everywhere until he became unruly and running around. Slings are the best for nursing in public, especially with the tail to throw over him. He just looks like he’s napping. I know Roman never peeped when nursing and that was an excellent soothing tool while doing something I wanted to do. Still is actually.

  5. Chris

    I think we already have a full car, but I bet you can find someone whose going so that it’s a fun drive together, instead of a solo thing.

  6. Tipper

    I’d like to go, but I don’t want to drive (I tend to get sleepy while driving and my car is TINY), but I’m going to keep my eyes and ears open to see if anyone else is planning a trip. (Or if you hear before me, let me know ! I know at least one other person who’s interested in going.)

  7. Rachel H

    I think you should go and take him with you. It’ll be a fun time with other knitters, and if you don’t go, you’ll be wishing you had as soon as others start blogging about it.

    And don’t worry if knittybaby gets fussy. Steph LOVES babies. Loves. And has a baby soothing mojo you have to see to believe. She’s more likely to stop you and ask if she can hold him than let you head out to the lobby.

  8. Suz

    I think I found you SP8!!! Are you my pal???

  9. Rina

    Don’t be sad. I’m sure Stephanie is fine with babies. She’s a Mom too, therefore I assume she’s been through babies dilema and what not.

    You know some people can’t go like me. I have school and work. And if I skip work, I have to find someone to replace me a week ahead (really annoying). Then if I skip school, it’s hard to catch up.

    Good Luck!

  10. Kelly

    That is a hard one. I don’t know what would be the best suggestion. A crabby baby coud really ruin your good time.

  11. Dixie Grilley

    Hey this is Dixie Grilley, owner of Yellow Dog Knitting, the baby is more than welcome! I went everywhere with mine and nursed in public using the sling. Nobody ever saw anything but he sure was a loud nurser!!! slurp slurp. My babies are now 16 and 12. And I must say they are amazing young men!

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