Mar 8, 2016

After Baby: One Week


"Nine Months Up, Nine Months Down" [exercise and getting my body back]
First week out and of course no exercise. Even if I was allowed to I wouldn't have. We did go for a short walk towards the end of the week but mostly I have been just letting my body recover. I do look forward to exercising again and getting a good sweat, but for now I'm okay not doing anything. I have been just giving myself a break and I won't be rushing back into any exercise. (I don't go back for my postpartum appointment until the end of April and at that point I'll be cleared so for now exercise is just not happening.)

The truth is that I'm not that far from my pre-pregnancy weight. My last weigh-in during my pregnancy was the Monday before I had Connor and I was at 166 pounds. The following Monday (two full days after having him) I weighed in at 154.8 pounds. I'm only about 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm actually surprised my body has bounced back so quickly but I'll take it. Everything needs to be tightened back up but for now I'm feeling pretty good about where I am and I'm just feeling good in general.

[Physical] Healing
I have definitely felt like I have healed much better and faster than I did with Addison. The after delivery was definitely rough (you can read the birth story here) but after we got through that I have definitely felt pretty awesome. Before I left the hospital, the nurses were impressed with how fast I was healing.

Sleep? Who Needs Sleep?
If you have ever had a newborn then you probably have an idea of how sleep is going around here. But what is it about the hospital that makes babies sleep better than when they are at home? Connor slept awesome at the hospital and was good with being put down to sleep but the second we get home, he needs to be held all the time and sleep seems to be harder to come by. But we are making it and it definitely exhausting and sometimes frustrating. We keep just reminding ourselves that this is only the first week and it's going to get better.

"Baby Blues" and All Those Pesky Hormones
The first couple of days I was feeling pretty good but then the exhaustion kicked in and with it the hormones. I have moments of feeling overwhelmed. I have moments of feeling unsettled. I have moments of feeling a bit sad. It's all pretty normal. It definitely helps to have Rob around so that when I'm feeling really drained he can take the lead and give me a little bit of a break. I feel a bit more emotional in general than I even did when I was pregnant. But it's all to be expected and overall I'm doing pretty good.

xo, B

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