Mommyhood

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING AFFIRMATIONS

I was at an adult party on a beach last night.  The weather was perfect, the food was delicious, the the drinks were flowing.  I wore a white dress that hid most of my fat rolls sins and carried an oversized Tory Burch bag that held 1 credit card, my license, lipstick, and a breast pump.  

I brought the pump because when you exclusively nurse your infant you are essentially a ticking time bomb with explosive milk as your Weapon Of Mass Destruction.  Right around 8pm I felt that familiar tug that tells your body it’s time to feed your baby.

I reluctantly, but dutifully, left a damn good conversation and made my way over to the hostess with the mostess.  I didn’t want to be “that” guest; you know – the one that is super needy at a party with a super chill vibe, so I whisper-asked if it was okay to borrow one of the rooms upstairs.

I pumped while alternating sips of water and Rose and playing Word Cookies on my phone. (OMG do NOT download this app. DO NOT. Just…one…more…word…..) As I was walking down the stairs carrying two bottles full of pumped wine milk I saw a group of girls I didn’t know chatting in the corner.  I immediately felt awkward and self-conscious holding the contraptions.  Why did I wear white I think in my head as  I made my way over to the sink to dump the milk down the drain, I must really look like a cow.   But then I heard the amazing sound of solidarity.  “You are amazing!” “You go girl.” “We’ve all been there!”  they cheered as I rinsed out the cones.  My sheepish grin turned into an all-out smile as I thanked them for their kind words. I think I just got applauded for pumping my boobs.  I did, I did!

Sometimes all it takes is 10 words from the Sisterhood to make you remember you’re a warrior.  So the next time you see a mom awkwardly caring their own breastmilk at a hip party or struggling with a 2 year old in the grocery store give her a high-five, wink your eye and say “We’ve all been there.”

-MIM-
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