Happy Friday friends! Sorry, this post is going up a little later than usual, but here it is! I can’t believe only one more of these updates until babe is three months old, that’s nuts!
I’m starting to see a tiny bit of muscle definition in my back and my arms which is fun! I’m feeling stronger every workout, it’s funny when you start from the beginning you wee progress so much faster, and it’s so motivating! I was down a couple of pounds last weekend, which I thought was interesting because I hit the wine kind of hard during Christmas. I also was pumping like a billion times a day, so I guess it all evened out.
I spoke a little bit about my postpartum body insecurities on Instagram after I did a local lie TV segment if you missed the post here it is:
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I had so much fun on the set of @aztv7 this morning talking about gluten free day and @beetnikfoods! But I want to take a moment to get real with you guys for a second, especially the mamas out there. . . Let’s talk about real life post partum can we? I’m picky about which segments I take, it has to be companies I believe in so I haven’t done one in a while. I knew this sponsor and this segment was perfect for me BUT I still hesitated to take it. Thoughts like: I’m not at my normal weight yet, I should wait till I can present the best image of myself. What if someone from high school or college sees me and thinks I’ve “let myself go?!?” And on and on with body insecurities …. . . BUT IM PROUD OF ME FOR GETTING OVER MYSELF AND DOING THE SEGMENT. Mamas bodies literally produce HUMANS, it’s crazy and amazing. There is no rule that says you have to be back to your “old body by x date” everyones situation is different. My current priority is keeping up milk supply before anything else. I know mamas that also struggle to keep weight on during breastfeeding. Every woman is unique as their children and just because you are not the same as you were does NOT mean you’re less beautiful, you are MORE beautiful because your body has done something AMAZING!!! It’s easy to be insecure as a female and as a mom, but we have to model confidence for our children. The truth is -my hair was 90% dry shampoo, my gel nails were a little too grown out, my dress smelt weird because I left it at the dry cleaner for over a year (😮🤫), getting out of the house was a logistical nightmare do to nursing, oh and someone from high school was ON SET. . . And you know what? I did it, I had a great time and I did not let my insecurities stop me from what I love to do which is talk about all things nutrition and food! I even got to meet a local celebrity! FWIW That’s what I’m most proud today! ❤️😉🤷♀️ . . . #twomonthsold #newborn #babies #baby #babiesofinstagram #hungryhobby #octoberbabies #octoberbaby #9weeksold #9weekspostpartum #fourthtrimester #newborn #newbornbaby #rd #rdsofinstagram #newmom #momlife #fitmom #firstchristmas #phoenixblogger #arizonablogger #breastfeeding #fedisbest
Sleep & Breastfeeding
I had to combine this section because the two go hand in hand this week. After reading the Navigating 3 and 4 months document, I purchased along with the newborn sleep class from Taking Cara Babies I realized the baby was reverse eating. Snacking during the day and getting most of his calories in at night. I 100% think this was the result of me freaking out about his weight gain and purposely feeding him more at night. Result – wake ups every 45 minutes – 2 hours.
His weight is fine. It’s still following the same curve he is just a smaller baby. We will continue to monitor his weight weekly at home though (I was doing it daily, but then I got off the crazy train. The thing is the night feedings aren’t adding anything. Instead, they are just causing him to eat less throughout the day. So the last couple of days we worked on reversing that and luckily we’ve seen a few longer stretches of sleep.
Emotional/ Well Being
Lack of sleep got me foggy brained and a tad bit more emotional than I have been. Finally, I did something Mr. Hungry has been telling me to do and I reached out to a friend. It’s weird, I have all these friends and all these resources, yet I’m reluctant to ask them questions on the things I’m most worried about. It’s easy to ask questions on Instagram about leaky diapers, btw thank you all who responded! It’s not so easy to ask questions about things like breastfeeding, baby’s weight gain, night sleep, etc…
I’m not sure what makes me hesitate, all these friends have said MULTIPLE TIMES to reach out and yet when it comes to the things I need the help most with I hesitate. You know what happened when I reached out? My friend, who has had FIVE children, immediately called me after I texted her. She talked me through what it’s like to have small babies, made me laugh and gave me a ton of insight, it was, of course, wonderful and refreshing. Why didn’t I reach out two weeks ago? Why is it so hard? I don’t know, but I hope I can learn from the experience and continue to reach out before I’m at my breaking point.
The sleep regression we’ve been experiencing the last few weeks hit us hard. While the days are more comfortable because babe is generally more awake and only fussy when sleepy or hungry, I’m SUPER exhausted. There are a few things I repeat to myself to help get me through both the day and the night.
- “We can figure this out together.”
- “Babies cry.”
- “He has no idea what’s going on.” –> Mr. Hungry gave me that one, he said that when he gets frustrated he remembers the poor baby has no idea what’s going on and it makes it easier to get through whatever it is happening at that moment.
- “The only guarantees about a baby is that they will change.” – Thanks to Jenna for saying this one on her IG.
- “This too shall pass.”
Workout motivation started strong at the beginning of the week, but towards the end of the week, I’ve lost a ton of motivation. I had a couple early morning appointments I’ve had to be out of the house for which means even less sleep than usual, so I’m not feeling workouts right now. It’s hard to even get out for a walk right now. Sleep is the priority.
Fri (1/4 )- 2-mile walk run with Nala
Sat (1/5) – 2-mile stroller walk and workout from Post Baby Bod
- exercises included push-ups, calf raises, squats, and spinal balance
Sun (1/6) – OFF
Mon (1/7) – walk 2 miles with a stroller and 2 miles run in the afternoon
Tues (1/8)- long stroller walk with a friend and circuit workout from Post Baby Bod
- exercises included squats, bicep curls, rows, deadlifts, push-ups, spinal balance, and heel slides
Wed (1/9) – OFF
Thurs (1/10) – walk 2 miles with the stroller
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