If you missed it, here is Adeline’s one month update!
During my pregnancy, I loved reading various bloggers’ post-partum updates. I figured I would chronicle my own journey post-partum! I don’t know how many installments I’ll do in this “series”, probably a 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month update!
Babies eat, sleep and poop. Sounds simple, right? We chose to breastfeed for multiple reasons: cost, nutrition and accessibility. Our first month of breastfeeding has gone REALLY well. My milk came in fast (within 24hrs of delivery), and Adeline started eating like a pro. The first 2 weeks, I did have some pain (when a part of your body goes from NEVER being “used” to being used 10+ times per day, you should probably expect some discomfort), but as Adeline and I learned to work together, the pain lessened and feeding her became MUCH easier. Our nursing sessions are currently 10-15 minutes long. She usually eats from one side per feeding (recommendation for fast-letdown/oversupply issues that were contributing to her green poops). Seeing little leg rolls forming makes me very proud that my body is able to provide her with great nutrition! Leaking (especially at night) has been an issue, but I loved the Tommee Tippee Nursing Pads (shower gift from Target), and I restocked with some NUK Washable Nursing Pads (also at Target) which are working REALLY well at night!
Weight and Body
I know everyone has a different experience with post-pregnancy weight loss, but I left the hospital at my pre-pregnancy weight (however at my 40 week appointment, I had only gained 11lbs, 16lbs if you include the weight I lost in pregnancy). One month later, I’m actually under my pre-pregnancy weight. I am not super happy about that because I I have to be pretty diligent about eating enough to support breastfeeding my sweet baby for as long as possible without completely depleting my body of precious nutrients!
Although my clothes fit (I still wore some of my “normal” clothes at the end of pregnancy), my body is still recovering. I had a tear, and my stitches are still healing. I can feel that my pelvic floor is weak. And although my tummy is flat, I have lost a lot of abdominal strength. I just feel “thin” and I’m really looking forward to putting some more muscle back on when I’m cleared to work out. I’m eating more than I did during pregnancy, and it’s quite the chore sometimes (especially when caring for a babe!)
I will admit, I love the way my body looks right now. I’m pretty shocked that my recovery and return to “normal” has been so quick, and I’m definitely not complaining! I really do think that staying active throughout my pregnancy helped me to have a fast recovery.
I took some measurements when I was 40 weeks pregnant, and here are the differences one month later.
|Body Part||Difference 1 Month Post Partum|
The most I’ve done “exercise” wise is walking and some light abdominal strengthening (and some pelvic floor strengthening exercises). I made a trip to the gym last week to start doing some lower back exercises (and to walk on the treadmill since it was FREEZING and I just needed to get out of the house for a little bit). For the next little while, I’m planning on walking and easing myself back into some strength training.
I’m hoping that Daniel and I can work out a schedule where I can go to the gym a couple times per week while he gets some snuggle time with Adeline. Eventually, I hope to make a return to running and racing, and I may try to do Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer again OR I may sign up for Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp (round 3 is starting up in January). Even though I was active during pregnancy, I definitely lost a lot of muscle, and I’m looking forward to getting back to a stronger shape once my body is ready! And I’m definitely ready to get back into running when my body is good and ready!
Emotions and Thoughts
Being a mom is definitely challenging. Trying to balance being both a mom and a wife and me, myself and I? Pretty darn tough. I’ve had my moments of feeling really discouraged (can I do this?) and I’ve had a few moments of pure doubt (do I WANT to do this?). In the end, after prayers and words of wisdom from Daniel and from others, this first month has stretched me a lot as a person and I know that God has given us this special child to love for the rest of our lives. In the end, my doubts and fears come directly from my lack of faith in God giving me the strength that I need. To me, those thoughts are clearly the Devil trying to destroy my efforts.
I’ve also found myself being caught in the trap of trying to be “supermom”. I feel like I HAVE to keep the house clean, that I HAVE to cook dinner, that I HAVE to shower all while taking good care of Adeline. This pressure to be “perfect” totally comes from me (meaning that I definitely don’t feel pressure from Daniel or anyone else to reach those high standards). I’m trying to relax- so what if there is dog hair floating everywhere (#1 pet peeve right now…)? SO WHAT if there are dishes in the sink (Daniel is fully capable of putting the into the dishwasher, they’ll get clean eventually and I don’t have to to EVERYTHING)? Who cares if I haven’t showered (someone might care when you have sour spit-up all over you…)?
Instead of focusing on all of the things that need to be done, this first month has taught me to ask for help, and to accept help. I have learned that napping with my baby is so much sweeter than sweeping the floor. I have learned that a few precious minutes with my husband is better than putting on makeup. I’m excited to see what the coming months have in store!