I "dream fed" Everyn right before I left (I am not sure how necessary that was, because she typically sleeps all night, but it was just an extra precaution, I guess). She woke up around 6:30, Noah gave her a bottle and she went back to sleep. I was late getting out, and my mom gave her the rest of the pumped milk when she woke up again. She started hyperventilating and kicking her little feet when I arrived home and picked her up though- it's nice to be loved :)
The key to all of this working is "guarding my sleep". That is going to be my mantra. You have no idea how hard it is for me to do this, but I am going to have to be diligent. That doesn't mean doing nothing but work and sleep on my weekends-that would be like Noah only working and sleeping all week (and that would be ridiculous!) but I am going to have to make sure the timing of things is right and the amount of time is acceptable.
And I need to remember that 2hours of sleep 3 times throughout the day is not the same as 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.
I am working on lists of jobs for Noah and the boys to take care of daily and I think on my 4 day stretches I am going to break the house-up-keep chores into a schedule so that the essentials get done and I am not left looking at an absolute disaster when I arrive home on Monday morning.
It was good to be back. I enjoy being a nurse. I like my coworkers and I like patient care.