Here's the deal. I've gone to Austin City Limits music festival for the past four years in a row. It's a tradition for D and I, one that I love. That being said, while I was pretty damn pregnant last year, this is obviously my first year with a kiddo I'd be away from, which poses a multitude of problems.
Forget for a second, if you will, that despite her being over eight months old, she's never had a sitter.
Forget, as well, that I've never been away from her for more than six hours.
Those two things I could get over, as, eventually, I'll have to get over it and be apart from my little sweetie for longer than a handful of hours. To be honest, there are days I *wish* she was going to daycare, when I have a laundry list of things to do and a baby that's just not having it. As of right now, D's parents are coming into town to watch her, which....should be interesting. So forget those two things above.
My dilemma involves how to deal with pumping. I'm going to be gone for at least 11-12 hours, from roughly 11AM-11PM. While for those of you with babies that sleep twelve hour stretches may be in a position to go that long without nursing/pumping, A still eats in the middle of the night, as well as often during the day, and frankly, I'm not sure how to address this in order to be able to go. While I've slowly but surely become more comfortable nursing in public, I am just NOT going to pump in public. I just can't do it. It's isolating enough being the lone couple with a child, but to be sequestered off in a corner pumping under a nursing cover in a venue of like 100,000 people. Uh, no thanks.
Are there other options? Since I only have a one-day pass this year, I'm not able to leave and re-enter, which would be the easy and obvious fix. And while I don't think my milk will dry up by any means if I went that long, I would be VERY uncomfortable. Like bursting, leaking, in pain uncomfortable.