So here I am, sat in bed. My phone is silent. That's a good thing. It means that none of my ladies are in need of me (did I mention my god complex?). I'm not on call. I've said that several times haven't I? It's good not to be on call. I can sit back and relax and do some of those things I like to do without interruption.
But I confess! I'm bored. There are times when I long not to be on call, but there is no pleasing me. I keep checking my phone to make sure it's not broken. I scrabble around in the bottom of my inbox to check for missing messages. I look through the pictures of the babies that I've seen come into the world. I play around with the photo slideshow on my laptop.
<Interrupts for quick scream of pride/joy/elation. Number One Son has just had his third University offer. So far Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds have seen the brilliance that is my boy. Just waiting on Exeter and Bristol. I think I may burst!>
So what will today bring me? Lots of time with Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and as I read through the chapters I'll be testing my knowledge with the online tests. Then I'll need to find someone to talk to about what I've learnt so that I know it's grounded in my mind.
And talk about "talking too soon" my Christmas Eve lady just called. She has a problem with oversupply. Of course this is a "good" problem to have. Her baby is growing well and she is happy. So a quick conversation, signposting good websites including the wonderful Dr Jack Newman and How Breastfeeding Works. So all should go well there. I look forward to the update.
Calls like that simply serve to make me want to study more and to gain my IBCLC status. I am keen to get it because I love learning and I want the shiny badge. Also, I want to formalise my knowledge so that I can speak with authority (for my benefit) when things outrage me. I also find myself devouring blogs such as The Analytical Armadillo and reading whatever I find.
Time to study! I've answered a call. I've called the world to share my pride. Now back at it.
Did I mention Number One Son got three offers????? lol