My schedule at work has changed recently as we started our transition or training with our Pune counterparts. For the longest time since I went back to work from my maternity leave, I am already home by 5PM. The twins are usually asleep between 7-8PM and would wake up again by 9PM or 12MN then 3AM for feeding. Nayj and I would start to get ready for work by 4AM. It has been like this for a month already which has been a routine for us and our twins. However, last Tuesday, I went on a different schedule – 11AM – 8PM. And its going to be like this for a whole month.
It was challenging but I am slowly managing my time at home and at work. After their 3-4AM feeding, I play with them for a little while and then I give the twins to the yayas. They’ll either sleep again or play while I take half an hour or two hour nap. I wake up around 6.30AM for breakfast then feed them between 7AM-8AM. I start to get ready for work and leave the house before 9AM. It was convenient that there’s an Ortigas-bound van in All Home in Daang Hari that drops passengers to Market Market so my commute isn’t a hassle. Around 10-10.30AM, I am already in the office.
I have been power-pumping at work. I don’t really follow a strict schedule but I make sure I pump by the time I get to the office, after taking lunch, before the scheduled KT and after. I think it’s all 2-3hrs interval. By the time our last KT finishes at 7.30pm, I leave the office like a flash. I hurry home to make sure that I am back before one of them wakes up for their next feeding. I want to keep my milk stash abundant for emergency purposes, and with twins, keeping a huge milk stash would take a lot of work. Its not like you have two boobs for each baby, unlike a singleton baby. So if I can nurse them as much as I can, I would so I keep the frozen milk for next day’s use. I am so grateful that one of my colleagues, Aubrey, can sometimes give me extra milk. Other than that, I’m on my own.
This new schedule is a huge challenge for a breastfeeding mom like me whose babies are just four months old. They still wake up in the middle of the night to feed. Though I am used to it already, I’m still waiting for that time that they’ll sleep through the night so it won’t be much of a hassle with their father and yayas when I start to work on night shift. Sometimes, they’d message me if I’m close at home when Naya’s already up and crying. They’ll consult me if they should start to thaw breastmilk or if they can wait for me. So far, I am on time for their next feeding. It’s like a buzzer beater whenever I drive home. I even prioritize latching them than getting dressed, still with my office clothes on. And oh, I started tandem feeding them again. It’s been my second consecutive 9PM tandem feeding last night. Even I am amazed with my own dedication and I hope I can keep this up for as long as I can.
I am getting used to it. It’s Friday and it has been a week since I started this new schedule. It’s definitely working but I admit that its harder. But you gotta do what you gotta do. That’s what working mommas do. Can I call myself a super mom now? 👩🏻💼