For some unknown reason – every since Chase and his sister were born, second baseman Chase Utley and the rest of my husband’s beloved Phillies’ players have been slumping. I hope Rick doesn’t thinks we’re re-naming our son just so the Phillies can have a better season.
Seriously Rick, we’re not.
And while the Phillies struggle, so do I. I’ve had all kinds of unfun postpartum physical ailments. For example, I can tell that I’m very close to getting mastitis, which is a painful breast infection.
One thing that helps stop mastitis – massaging the engorged breasts. So I’ve been pretty much doing this everywhere, including in the car on the way home from the hospital after I visit the twins in the NICU.
Until I realized that all the tour buses leaving the city had a fabulous bird’s eye view of my massage regimen. So I just want to say to the CT tour bus who enjoyed the show “Wicked” and then my free after show, “You’re very welcome.”
I also have to pump my breasts constantly because Chase and Harlowe still can’t really breastfeed very much. At the NICU, they have a room for pumping and it’s just the strangest thing to be in there with another mother. I mean, we are both wearing these crazy contraptions that suck milk out of our breasts as we chat amicably about our new babies and the weather.
It definitely gives me flashbacks to high school when I ran into my friend’s mom in the gym locker room and had to chat with her while she stood there completely in the buff.
I’m also feeling a lot of guilt. I feel guilty when I’m away from the NICU. And I feel guilty when I’m away from my older girls. There’s already not enough of me to go around and I am still dealing with a lot of the physical pain from the c-section which prevents me from doing many things.
Luckily, so many people have offered to help.
I’ve had friends deliver food.
Pick up and take care of my older girls.
Offer to be my wet nurse (Oh, you know who you are.)
I might take a pass on that last one. Although it’s quite generous.
And thankfully, Dylan and Summer are warming up to the new babies.
Here’s Rick with his three beautiful girls….
Looks like we can keep the name Chase after all. Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay just pitched a perfect game (no hits, no walks, no errors, no name change).