In other words, when the girls are working, the brain is not.
November 20, 2012

Last week Donald and I took our daughters out for an errands run and on our way home our car wound up behind a bus.  The bus was advertising a local community college program.  One half of the advertisement had the school’s logo and information.  The other half of the advertisement showed a picture of a bright young go-getter holding a stethoscope.

That half also had a caption: “Is nursing important to you?”

I felt completely befuddled when I looked at the ad.  “OF COURSE NURSING IS IMPORTANT TO ME!” I stated passionately (and out loud), thinking about my week-old baby.  Why wouldn’t nursing be important to me?  Nursing is important to most parents I know.  Ridiculous question.

And THAT is when it dawned on me that the advertisement was referring to the nursing profession – not to breastfeeding.

It is increasingly apparent that together the fog of parenting a newborn and navigating the new (to me) world of tandem nursing have completely swallowed me whole.

** Charlotte is three years and four months old.  Evie is twelve days old.

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  1. By Gracia on November 20, 2012

    I’m 7 weeks postpartum today and my brain is at about 20%. I can’t begin to imagine how it feels with not one, but two kids at home!
    I love your nursing pictures. Today we learnt that our little girl needs surgery if I want to continue nursing her. I have never been so deeply and profoundly sad in my life, but you inspire me to keep fighting! I want to try tandem nursing one day! :D

  2. By on November 20, 2012

    Beautiful pictures.  Looks like it takes some inventiveness to position two at a time.

  3. By vanou on November 20, 2012

    Those are some magnificient photos!

  4. By on November 20, 2012

    You are wonder woman. That is all.

  5. By on November 20, 2012

    I wanted to tell you that i think you are amazing and also that you helped me so much when i was struggling with breastfeeding my son two years ago! Turns out he was tongue and lip tied. Anyway, i read every single post you wrote about breastfeeding and those and all of the pictures helped me so much as a new mom with no support group and especially no breastfeeding support. So, thank you for sharing and continuing to share. You are touching more lives than you know!  :)

  6. By Molly on November 20, 2012

    Beautiful pictures! Congratulations on lovely Evelyn!!!! Now that my baby boy is 17 months and my daughter just turned 3 and I’m 27 weeks pregnant with #3, I think my baby boy just weaned this week. I was nervous about nursing 3 at once…I would have prefered for him to continue and for my 3 yr. old to wean first, but alas, whatever works. Tandem nursing is tough but so wonderful!!!!

  7. By Clare on November 20, 2012

    Love the pictures! I am beside myself with joy four your two girls!

  8. By Karen on November 20, 2012

    So beautiful! I love that you are sharing this journey with us.

  9. By Julien on November 20, 2012

    Oh Sarah, they’re so beautiful!  You inspire me.  Thanks for sharing these pictures.

    And WOW!  That’s the first picture where Charlotte has looked like a big girl to me!

  10. By on November 20, 2012

    Charlotte is the perfect boppy pillow for Evelyn’s little head! Beautiful and congratulations.

  11. By on November 20, 2012

    What resources did you use when finding out about tandem nursing?  My son is 1.5 yrs and I am looking to get pregnant in the near future but not wanting to wean him myself.  So looking into the idea of it, thanks!

  12. By Sarah Christensen on November 20, 2012

    Thank you everyone!  Charlotte does make a tidy little nursing pillow, doesn’t she? =)

    Megan - I talked to people I know who have tandem nursed in the past or are currently tandem nursing.  I believe there are books on the subject, but I never made time to find out while pregnant so I had to rely on people instead.

    It’s, er, it’s pretty rocky right now.  We’ll see how this develops over the nexr couple weeks but as far as I can tell there is literally only room for improvement lol.

    Liz - Thank you for your heartwarming comment; it really made my day to know that something I wrote helped =)

  13. By Sarah Christensen on November 20, 2012

    Gracia - I don’t know what to say except that my heart goes out to you and your darling girl right now.  I’m sending hugs and warm healing wishes.

  14. By on November 21, 2012

    Those pictures are full of so much love.





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