Mar 29, 2016

After Baby: One Month

 

"Nine Months Up, Nine Months Down" [exercise and getting my body back]
I am so ready to get back to working out. I'm ready to get back to something else that is normal for me. My weight has gone up a pound or so during the last month thanks to the extra caffeine, but I'm still only a couple pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. So exercising isn't all about losing that baby weight but just feeling normal and healthy again. But I'm still a month away from getting cleared for that, but I am counting down the days.

[Physical] Healing
I actually feeling pretty good. I had almost no pain this time and only took pain medication once while in the hospital and haven't needed anything since. The bleeding has finally tapered off. I would notice when I was doing too much because my bleeding would pick up. It's hard to remember to give myself a break when you have a three year old to deal with but also when you feel otherwise normal. So I do have to remind myself quite often to take it easy and let my body heal.


Sleep? Who Needs Sleep?
I know I need sleep but I have a little guy who doesn't agree. He is definitely getting better. He sleeps about 4-5 hours at a time at night and gets up a couple times in the night. Plus he's sleeping in his port-a-crib now and that has made a world of difference. Unfortunately Connor is a noisy sleeper and I wake up to pretty much all noises. I know I'm getting a little more sleep each night but I feel just as exhausted. I'm trying to not let it dictate our day but sometimes I just lack the energy to chase Addison or the patience to deal with Connor. But I do because I have to. But I am seriously looking forward to move sleep.

"Baby Blues" and All Those Pesky Hormones
Hormones are a big pain. I keep getting a feeling like I want to cry. I feel overwhelmed at times. I feel sad at times. I feel frustrated at times. Then I feel completely normal. Pretty much it's all normal stuff. I keep having to remind myself that it's only been a month. I have to remind myself that this stage won't last forever. Connor will sleep through the night eventually. We will have a regular routine again. And in just a month I will be able to get back on birth control which also levels me out (I can thank the PCOS for never feeling normal unless I'm on birth control!), and that will definitely help. Plus the lack of sleep probably isn't helping. But I'm doing okay for the most part. I do have to remind myself quite often to give myself a break while we are still readjusting to being a family of four, and even more to spending my days with two kids.

The truth is that a lot of the time I feel all over the place but mostly I'm doing good. It just takes time to feel normal again and it takes time for all those hormones to get back to normal.

If you are curious how I was one month after having Addison, you can read about that here.

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