I am getting so pumped up for this weekend. I leave Thursday and will spend the day traveling and then Friday I have all to myself. Sleep in, pick up my badge, visit the aquarium with it’s whale sharks, eeek!, and get some writing in before the evening open recession.
The weekend will be really busy, including meals with everyone there. Mingling, making friends, networking. I have my business cards ready! I will also be pumping in between classes and panels. This will be my first time traveling as a nursing mom. The reality of it is, that I will probably be spending some time in a bathroom somewhere, pumping. Or, if the hotel is awesome enough, it maybe have a designated powder sitting area where I can do it. If I absolutely have to, I will bring a cover that I can sit in the corner somewhere. I’m familiar with nursing descretly, it’s the pumping that will be a new thing for me. Believe me when I say it’s just as uncomfortable for me to do it outside of my own home as it is for other people to discover/see me doing it. Unfortunately my hotel room is not in the same hotel as the summit’s venue, so traveling back to my room between panels and such is not possible. And no, I can’t just NOT pump. My baby doesn’t formula feed and it’s bad enough I may have to force her to take formula while I’m away because of lack of stored supply. I’m trying so hard to bump up that supply before I leave, but it’s looking grim. 😞
Anyways, THAT’S the reality of a nursing, traveling writer. And this week all three of my children are sick. I hope, if I get sick, that it’s just a head cold and I can make it out of the hotel room for all the summit things and that my kids aren’t too awful for my husband and mom while I’m away.
Right now I need to pack and do finishing touches on the book outline. I leave in two days and I am STOKED!