The all-night, party pumping station!
This week I'll be finishing off 12 weeks with clients that I've grown to love! It's funny how in such a short period of time you grow so attached to families - getting in sync with their schedules and preferences. It's even enough time to develop inside jokes!
So as a tribute this amazing family, I thought I would reminisce over some truly awesome topics of conversation that took place in the wee hours of the morning while the rest of the world was asleep. Oh and while you were all sleeping, we were enjoying boxed chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce from Shoppers Drug Mart. Jealous?
80's Sitcom Theme Songs and Characters:
Mom woke from her deep slumber to join me in the living room at the "pumping station". I sang, "You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have" to which she replied, "the facts of life, the facts of life". Being as we are the same age, we listed all of our favourite 80's sitcoms including Who's the Boss (what was with Angela and Tony??), Family Ties and of course The Wonder Years. Such classics! The only one she didn't remember was Small Wonder. It was short lived by a goodie!
One might think that there's much to say on this subject but you would be wrong. We went in to detail about the different styles of vomitting that we and our friends and family have. Some like to stick their fingers down their throat to get things moving, others wait for the urge to vomit and let their body do the work and some enjoy sitting in a warm tub while doing the dirty deed then draining and showering after. Yep, these are the stories we shared at 3am.
The Killing and Serial Killers:
I got them hooked on The Killing and they got me hooked on The Fall. Both really great shows to watch while you're up by yourself in the middle of the night by the way! Each night we would discuss the most recent updates in the latest episodes. I confessed my love for Agent Holder (you gotta love him!) and she shared her disgust for Linden's sweaters. I was so disappointed as I have a closet full of these sweaters at home. Oh well, you can't win them all.
Drool, Boogers, Pee, Poop and Farts:
Need I say more? When you've got two little poop sacs that you're feeding, burping and changing every 3 hours there is no end to their output. We came to know their farts, gurgles and burping styles intimately which is something we all felt rather proud of.
The Key to Organizing a Deep Pantry:
So what do you do during the day when your spouse is at work, the twins are sleeping and you have an hour to spare? What else but organize your 4' x 4' x 8' pantry. Those are the actual dimensions and there is food on every shelf from the front to the back. Did I mention they're Costco shoppers? Mom went in to detail about how she divided their goods in to rows with arm width gaps between the rows so that she could reach her arm 4' back to get what she needed for that nights dinner. All products are "faced up" so the labels can be read from the front or either side of the row. These are some mad organizing skills...impressive really.
What did we talk about on the topic of breastfeeding? Absolutely everything!. Latching, pumping, domperidone, blessed thistle, supply and demand, nursing pillows, bottles, nipples, sterilizing, reflux, nipple confusion, milk storage, tandem nursing, alcohol in breastmilk, thrush, gentian violet, mastitis. I think that pretty much covers it all.
My Love of Raisins:
Very early in, I told them of my deep dislike of raisins. I have a co-relation between skin tags and raisins in my crazy mind and just the mere thought of one in my mouth makes me gag. So of course the regular joke from the kitchen was, "Can I grab you a snack? Maybe some raisin toast?" Very funny!
This family will always hold a place in my heart and I will never forget the deep and meaningful conversations we shared at all hours of the night.