Well I’m finding time to blog thanks to being at my mother’s house for the night but not by choice. Gracie has been doing very well after the initial coming home adjustment. Breast feeding ended up being incredibly stressful, painful, and by Friday morning I was on the verge of snapping. She wasn’t latching correctly and as a result it hurt so bad. When she DID get latched she’d often lose it due to falling asleep and then she wasn’t getting full enough which led to her screaming with no consolation. Friday morning I dropped her off at Randy’s moms with a can of formula and went home. We slept and I felt defeated but I needed to do what was best for my mental status. I picked her up Friday night and we went to my grandma’s where my mom watched her while I bought a breast pump and then we went home to try again. I kept her on formula for the night and pumped. Saturday morning she had her last bottle of formula and I’ve been pumping every 3-4 hours to feed her and it is working out MUCH better. She’s actually sleeping and generally a much happier baby. My goal is to exclusively pump. We’ll see how it works. She got to spend a lot of time with daddy this weekend. He’s doing very well with her.
On the bad news front, on the way from taking my brother somewhere my car decided to buck at a stoplight. I immediately knew it was my transmission so i pulled into the gas station and it’s pissing fluid out. The damn gas station had no fluid but thankfully I had about half a gallon in my trunk. I had to find a water bottle inside to use to squirt it in b/c the transmission fluid resivour is WAY down and the funnel ended up being buried under the spare tire and I wasn’t aware Randy moved it so I assumed we didn’t have one. I put it in and hauled ass the 7 miles to my house to get Randy. He and I bought MORE fluid, packed up Gracie enough to stay a night or two at my mom’s in case we got stranded, and I grabbed a few other necessities and we made the 20 mile trip here. He discovered the part is the tranmission seal which is only $9.99 BUT he has to separate the motor and tranny to fix it which is a VERY long process. So I’m at mom’s b/c I don’t like the idea of being alone w/o a vehicle. My mom’s truck is also broke down so it’s a lovely day I tell you. Randy got his sister to give him a ride to work and Corey is bringing him home. I’m exhausted and thankfully my mom is here to assist a bit but Miss Gracie has been sleeping a LOT since being fed BM through a bottle. It’s one of the best choices I’ve made.