Yesterday Liam and I were feeling much better. The sitter said he was like a new kid... so happy and laughing a lot. I was in better spirits too and felt like I had more energy yesterday. When I got to the point of my work day when I pump, I found that, in my illness, my milk supply was down. I only got 2 ounces when I usually get 5-7 ounces. I was in a panic. I didn't know what to do! That was really low and I suddenly realized that I must be starving Liam. I also realized he was sick too and may not have much of an appetite either, so maybe those two factors just didn't do well for the supply.
So with Stephanie's advice, I went to Good Earth on my way home and got the Traditional Medicinals Mother's Milk Tea so I could start chugging that immediately! I think extra water-chugging was in order just by itself, but I hear this tea REALLY helps, so why not combine two good things?
I got to the sitter's and Liam was in good spirits, but I was told he hadn't had a nap, so I knew we may have a grump on our hands by the time we got to Ian's company picnic in an hour. I got him home, fed him and he fell asleep (big surprise). Ian held the sleeping babe while I slathered the Skin So Soft kid's bug repellent/sunscreen all over him. I got my tea prepped in a big 1 liter bottle and we hit the road to head up the canyon.
Liam slept the whole way there and was in a fairly good mood so he could greet all of Ian's co-workers and their families. I was glad when our friend Vika showed up... all she wanted to do was hold him (and I was very pleased with that). Then everyone got done eating and played volleyball. Ian and Liam just played in the grass and watched, then Ian went in to play and Liam just watched and watched that Volleyball. He wanted the spare and made a b-line for it on the sidelines. He also loved the very lush grass. He would crawl far away and I would go get him and "walk" him back to our sitting place. He would bounce while he walked, it was so cute!
Ian's boss has a fishing hole of sorts for the kids every year. They just drape a big sheet and the kids "fish" for toys that Leslie (Ian's boss) has bought for them. She takes special care when she goes shopping for each child! Liam got a sand pale, shovel, a stuffed alligator, bubbles and glow stick bracelets. He slept all the way home...
Those glow sticks were a hit when we got home and he wouldn't go to bed after his power nap in the car. He batted that thing around the floor and kept going in circles. We just laughed. And we laughed harder when we hid the bracelet and he kept twirling around and a around looking for it. He did that for a whole minute then moved on to a new toy... it took us awhile to get his attention back to the bracelet so we could watch him go in circles some more. At 10pm Liam was still not going to bed. At 10:30 Ian finally was able to lull him to sleep. Thank goodness cuz we were beat!
What a day to forget my camera, huh?