As a newborn, you’re supposed to sleep 16 hours a day. By my count, you actually sleep about 14 hours a day. During those 14 hours, you spend about 5 hours in the Moses basket downstairs, 2 hours in the arms of your grandma, and some 7 hours of it in a cardboard box in our bed sandwiched between your mother and me. The other ten hours? Feeding, lolling, and lulling around in your mother’s arms.
Given you spend so much of your life feeding in your mother’s arms, I thought you’d like to know what those conditions are like, so I present to you your mother’s breastfeeding command center. This particular setup is next to our bed for the night shift, but the command center can be mobilized and is brought downstairs to the living room couch during the day.
In no particular order, these items comprise your mother’s breastfeeding command center:
- The foundation of it all – the rocking chair (not that your mother does much rocking in it because you don’t like any movement when you eat)
- Primary seat cushion because the forceps did a number on your mother down there
- Body pillow converted into a back support pillow because your mother can’t sit back in the chair
- Little square towels to wipe the milk you frequently collect in your mouth and don’t swallow
- Food to keep your mom going in the wee hours of the night
- Halls Soothers because your mother’s always paranoid about having a sore throat
- Large bottle of water
- Boppy which your mother attaches around her waist to support her arm while holding you
- Backup pillow #1 because she never knows when she’ll need it
- Backup pillow #2
- Medium-sized towels because your mother drips/sprays a lot of milk since you keep falling asleep!
- Lamp we keep on all night
- Swaddle cloth your mother commandeered to cover her shoulder when it gets cold
- Drinking glass
- iPhone AKA entertainment