It’s been a little over a month since giving birth, so I thought it was time for a postpartum mommy update!
I guess some might call me a “lucky one,” but I reached my pre-pregnancy weight around week 3. I’m actually now a few pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight and haven’t done anything to facilitate that. I wasn’t keeping exact track of my weight and just step on the scale out of curiosity. My pre-pregnancy clothes fit – pants the same way and shirts and dresses in a different way.
Progress photos: leaving hospital, week 1, and week 2
As a previously small chested gal, my pregnancy chest and now my nursing chest seem out of control to me. Some of my shirts and dresses are either snug around the chest or show cleavage that I’m not used to or comfortable with. I’m definitely going to be happy when my chest size starts to decrease and hopefully goes back to its pre-pregnancy size (that will happen, right?)
Aside from the changes in my weight and chest, the only other notable difference is my stomach. I don’t think anyone else would notice this except me, but since it is my body I’m more in tune with how things used to feel. I feel very blessed that my stomach has gone back to its flat shape, but it is “squishy” to me. I’m confident it will tone up once I’m allowed to workout.
At my two-week post-baby appointment with my midwife I wasn’t checked. She said my first check would happen at my six-week appointment and until then I could walk and increase the length of those walks. I was a little surprised that I wasn’t checked, but as always, it’s better to take things slow than to jump right back into exercise. I am excited to start running again, but I’m definitely going to have to figure out how to make my chest comfortable during exercise. I also want to get into a much better lifting routine.
My 6 Week Check-Up
Yay for clearance to start “structured exercise!” I’m supposed to gradually increase activity level and I’m so excited to do just that! I also received an exam and all my parts are back where they should me!
The only bad thing about my appointment was that I developed mastitis. I could feel it coming on the day before my appointment and the midwife just confirmed what I knew was inevitable. The antibiotics are definitely helping and I’m feeling so much better already.
My main mood over the past month has been overwhelming love for Xander. It is also amazing to feel an even deeper love for John every time I see him interact with X. Aside from my “love moods,” I’ve generally been happy. I’ve had a few teary meltdowns, but those have been very minimal.
I’ve been tired here and there and very tired on some days, but I wouldn’t use the words sleep deprived to describe how this last month has been. Xander doesn’t have the best of sleep routines established yet, but even still, I’ve been feeling pretty good with how much sleep I’m getting. Prior to being pregnant, I considered myself a “professional napper,” now I’m able to put those skills to use even more.
Every Day Life
I’m under the mindset that you have to incorporate your baby into your life and not let having a baby keep you confined at home. John and I go for walks almost daily, I went to my first breastfeeding support class at 9 days post partum, I took Xander to the grocery store by myself at 3.5 weeks, and John and I visited friends in Arlington on X’s one month birthday. The trips have gone swimmingly and Xander has been a little peach!
Day to life day at home is becoming easier with each passing day. Xander is finally napping without me holding him, so if I’m not in need of a nap, I can start to do some writing and handle things around the house. Now that he’s napping independently, I’m starting to write down the times of which he goes down to see if a pattern starts to develop. Of course once he gets a routine established it will be time for his big three-month growth spurt and everything will change. Such is the life of a baby!
Can’t wait to update you at 2 months postpartum – I’m sure more formal exercise will be involved! Yay!
Thanks for all your support over these last 6 weeks! I really appreciate it!