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Weaned? Or: CAFFEINE.

So Sterling is weaned, maybe? When I went to Finland at the end of April and didn't nurse him for three days, I thought that would be the end of it. But when I got back, he picked up again with no problem and I was so engorged that I was happy to let him do it. (Side note: dealing with engorgement issues in a foreign country right before a job interview just to get my bra to fit is not something I ever envisioned myself doing. Life is surprising sometimes.)

Then he got a stuffy nose. That's how Magdalena ended up weaning herself - she couldn't be bothered to nurse with a blocked nose. Sterling put up more of an effort but for the past few days he hasn't minded missing or skimping on his brekkie nurse - the only feeding we still had.

Well, with all the moving preparations and the stresses and business of everyday life, I have been feeling so run down and exhausted. On Thursday, it occurred to me that since I wasn't really nursing Sterling anymore, I could have - dun dun DUN - caffeine! So I picked myself up a Coke Zero on the way to work and it was AMAZING. 200mLs in and I felt like I could conquer the world. I played the piano like a boss and was chipper in class even though my students were like zzzzz. I didn't even care that it was blazing hot outside when I rode my bike home. I got stuff DONE and I felt good doing it.

It had been a long time since I'd been able to rely on a small drink of Coke for a little pick-me-up, and let me tell you, I'm so glad I had a day of caffeine to put the spring back in my step. I feel like my energy meter has been reset.

And happy weaning, maybe, to Sterling!

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