I should be really grateful that my in-laws watched the baby for 3h so Sweetie and I could go see Star Wars.
But...now I'm dreading being up all night because they didn't feed him at all until we called to say we would be home in 15-20 minutes. We left (written!) instructions to give him the 4oz bottle I'd thawed 1-to-1.5 hours after we left.
Because he'd been hungry for at least an hour before they fed him, he gobbled it in a matter of moments and fell asleep more than an hour earlier than usual. There's a small chance that he'll just treat it as an early bedtime, but more likely it is a nap and then he'll be up for another 4 hours before being willing to go to bed for the night. The silver lining to that is that they put him to bed in a regular daytime insert cloth diaper that he'd already been in for almost 2hours.
The topping on the $h1t cake is that my MIL defrosted another TWELVE OUNCES of milk. I'm home with the baby all day tomorrow. So, now I have to decide if I'm going to give him bottles while I pump or just throw it out.
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
What?! Why did she defrost 12 oz? You went to one movie?? I'm sorry!
I'm currently just hiding out from my Inlaws. They've been here since I got home from the hospital a week ago and I just need some quiet. Since I have been nursing alone in the bedroom anyway I'm just hanging out here letting the baby sleep on my chest.
grapefruit / 4291 posts
@lilyofthewest: no advice on the outlaws but you can use the milk to give LO a breastmilk bath rather than just throwing it out! Or you could bake with it or just drink it yourself
ETA I see that your babe is old enough for solids, you could try making custard or teething rusks with the breastmilk!
pomegranate / 3230 posts
Can you use the milk on Monday? It should be ok for more than 24 hours, I think.
pear / 1503 posts
That's seriously frustrating. What were they doing during those 3 hours? My experience has been that everyone wants to feed the baby, even when I'd just fed him. (I only pump for those few occasions when I am expecting to be out of the house, and the inlaws are always trying to use up my tiny stash. No, leave it the eff alone!).
apricot / 378 posts
Ugh. Just sympathizing. My in laws arrived at 11:30PM yesterday to meet their grandchildren I just had. Midnight. It was midnight. Who does that with Preemie newborns?!?!?!
pear / 1697 posts
@ElbieKay: Yeah, I usually shrug and figure defrosted milk is probably fine for at least 36 hours. Unfortunately, I works Tues-Sat, and I think saving it for Tuesday would be stretching too much. I may tell Sweetie to use one to feed him in the morning so I can sleep a little and pump when I get up.
@Kemma: I think some will get used in rice cereal or baby oatmeal tomorrow. We usually try to feed him fruit and veg over grains, but he can have a treat tomorrow!
I did find out that they may get some karmic retribution. We told them to help themselves to anything in the fridge, but to be skeptical of anything undated and to look out for slime/fuzz because it has been waaaaaay too long since we've cleaned out the fridge well. They ate some leftovers that had sunk to the back and been there for 4 or more weeks.
pear / 1697 posts
And, yes, he did treat it as just a nap. And did have a diaper leak.