So, my latest dilemma, or maybe neurosis, is how to deal with all of the bottle and pump parts on a daily basis. For those not in the know, it is a heaping mound of tiny plastic pieces that require all sorts of attention between each use.
As with any apparatus that comes in contact with my daughter, I felt compelled to read the instruction manuals word for word and even considered flipping them over and seeing if I could decipher any additional useful information on the Spanish side.
The thing is, some of them offer conflicting advice. For example, the bottles need to be boiled for 10 minutes, but the pump parts say 5 minutes. And they're both the same brand, so which is it? And why do I have to boil everything in the first place? Is my dishwasher really not getting things clean enough? Even if I use hot water, a heated dry and turn on the "sterilize" function? What could POSSIBLY be left to boil off? It's not like I'm dipping them in dirty toilet water and calling it a day.
And the pump parts are supposed to be sterilized between each use too, but I'm also supposed to be pumping three times each work shift. I don't know about other offices, but mine doesn't come equipped with a stove. Not that I'd have that kind of time in the first place, so I've been forced to simply rinse everything off as best as I can between sessions.
Then when I come home I have to start the process all over again. And because we don't go through a ton of dishes every day, I'm torn whether to run the dishwasher. The environmentally friendly side of me knows it's wasteful to run it if it's not full.
At first I started looking for things to fill it with -- Toby's bowls, the sink rack, plastic placemats, sponges. Now I'm wondering if I should just handwash the bottles and boil rather than worrying about filling the dishwasher.
Then I sit back and slap my head that these are the kind of things that keep me up at night.
Life really does change when you have kids.