How long does it take you to be able to go out without your baby after they have been born? Well, for me it has taken a while. I did leave Emma with a sister-in-law so I could take Michael to a doctor apt. only to return and learn that she refused a bottle. I know it is my own fault. I get lazy, think that they have the bottle feedings down, get tired of trying to find time to pump in an already hectic schedule and so I just go back to the easiest thing, breast feeding. It is just so easy, no bottle cleaning, no storage issues, no having to refrigerate/freeze to then have to get it to the correct temperature, and it's just so nice to have it with you and ready any time :). But I suppose I pay for it in the end.
This last Saturday was the first time since Emma has been born (almost 8 months) that Kent and I have been able to go on a date child free!! With Emma’s feeding schedule I was on call every 2 or 3 hours. Plus the fact that I feel guilty trying to get a free babysitter (a sister-in-law) for something fun like a date, (apposed to a doctor apt.). But Saturday Kent surprised me with plans for dinner just the two of us. Emma has started to give me a 4 hour block between feedings in the evenings, so it was just perfect timing for us to feed her, get her and Michael down to bed, pay a niece to stay at the house as we went to dinner. It was so nice to actually have an adult conversation without screaming or a million other type of interruptions.
Now, don’t be feeling too bad for us, we do still have date nights, but being the cheap person that I am, we usually just stay at home, put the kids down and then watch a movie or play a game just to have our time together. But I am so thankful to solid foods that have given me the extra time so that we were able to get out. Now if she would just sleep through the night, that would be great!!