Two Months: Growing So Fast!

 

Mr. Giggles is now 2 months old!

He’s gotten so big! In some ways he’s still teeny tiny but he’s starting to fill out a little bit and get a little baby chunk. He’s about 12 pounds now.

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He’s grown out of so many outfits! Most of his 3 month old onesies don’t fit. He’s now in the 3-6 month sized onesies. I think the biggest growth is length. I’m not sure how long he is right now but he’s too long for many of his outfits! And he grew out of his swaddle sack overnight (literally).

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Logan is more active and more awake these days. He recently discovered his hands and his new thing is shoving his fist into his mouth. It’s pretty cool to watch him discover things and I get to see the world through his eyes as he explores.

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He likes to talk and babble and coo. He also recently discovered his OTHER voice…the crying voice! Instead of those “I’m sort of unhappy but not really complaining about it yet” cries he’s had this whole time he’s now “I am MAD! Fix it mom!” Thankfully this doesn’t happen too often but if he’s in a particular mood and hungry or needs a diaper change and I’m taking a teeny bit too long he lets me know! The good thing is that he gets over it pretty quickly and gets back to his happy baby self!

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He’s trying to figure out how to roll. He’s rolled onto his side a few times in his crib when he’s playing but I don’t think it was on purpose and he hasn’t quite figured out what he’s doing. There’s a lot of flailing and kicking.

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He’s such a happy baby. He has days here and there where he is extra needy and just wants to be cuddled and held. I’m ok with that. I feel like these times will be short lived and soon he won’t want to be held and I’ll miss it.

It’s a clique to say “he’s growing so fast!” but he really is. Part of me is excited for the next thing he’s going to learn– sitting up, rolling, crawling, etc–and excited for that to happen. But part of me is already sad that he’s going to grow up and not be a teeny baby anymore! So for now I just marvel at the changes he makes almost every day and give him lots of hugs and kisses because at some point he won’t want hugs and kisses from his mama. 😉

How’s mom?

Last week I went back to the pool for the first time in 8 weeks! I was a little nervous about going swimming after such a long break but it was great. It didn’t feel like I had taken two months off and I was able to get right back into it. I swam a little over a mile in 45 minutes (which was about what I was doing when I was pregnant) without having to take a break. I could have gone longer but I stopped, not because I was tired, but because I was getting REALLY hungry!

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Also, it felt amazing to be able to relax in the hot tub and sauna again!  Boy oh boy was I starving after my swim, though.

Physically I’m doing pretty good 2 months postpartum. Still mildly sleep deprived but I don’t imagine that will improve any time soon. I go back to work soon and I’m slightly worried about how the sleep deprivation will effect that…but what am I going to do about that? I think this is going to be our norm for awhile.

Weight wise I’m the same. I gained 33 pounds pregnant and lost 18 that first week or so being home. Most of that was just giving birth but some of it was losing fluids I think. I haven’t lost any weight since then. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly disappointed that the weight isn’t “melting off” like so many people say it does when you’re breastfeeding. But I’ve also read that a lot of women don’t have that experience and their body holds onto the weight while they are breastfeeding and it isn’t until they start to wean that the weight loss happens.

Sure, I wish I was one of those lucky people that have the weight melt off. But, I’m ok with just maintaining where I am at right now. My priority is breastfeeding and making sure Logan gets enough. I don’t want to see my milk supply get effected and I am routinely pretty hungry as a result of breastfeeding so I eat. I’m counting my calories, staying within a reasonable number, and I’m back to working out on a regular basis (about 4 days a week) and I’m not willing to drop my calories to a restrictive number just to see if I can lose some weight. It’s been 2 months, I have plenty of time for that later.

Other than that, things are going really well. I feel good. We’ve got a decent routine going– which will change here soon when I go back to work. But things are good and I’m really happy. Logan brings so much joy into our lives. Sometimes we just look at each other and marvel at how lucky we are to have a sweet, happy, good-natured little cutie as our baby. I suppose this means he’ll be a hellion when he’s a teenager, huh?? 😉

Accountable to Myself

 

Back on the horse again!

Exercise

I went back to yoga last week. It was the first time in a few months. If I remember correctly I stopped going around 29 weeks pregnant I think. I just couldn’t do it anymore, which disappointed me because I thought swimming and yoga would be the majority of my fitness throughout the third trimester. Unfortunately, I was to the point where I had to modify almost every pose, my balance wasn’t great, I felt like I couldn’t do most of the things in class and it was getting silly going and just laying in child’s pose. So, I stopped.

Going back to yoga after a few months off was HARD. I struggled with all of it. My balance wasn’t great. I felt out of breathe and weak. Downward dog was a pose I could barely hold for very long and I couldn’t do any of the poses where you lay on your chest (because of breastfeeding). Despite that, I was glad I went back and I intend on going at least once a week (twice a week would be ideal) to try and get my strength and balance back!

On days that I can’t go to the gym I walk (weather permitting). Recently a friend came over with her daughter (and a bottle of wine) and we walked to a nearby park since it was such a nice day. Her daughter played, Bella supervised everything, then we walked back to the house and lounged on the deck with our glasses of wine. It was a nice break to the monotony of my day (pumping, feeding, changing diapers, rinse repeat<–not complaining, just saying most days are the same right now!).

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When it’s just me at home, I often take Bella and Logan for a long walk in the neighborhood (sometimes twice a day) just to get out of the house and move around. I remember now how much I like walking! It’s peaceful and a nice way to get in some exercise.

I’m able to go a little longer and harder on the elliptical in just one week already. I feel great when I get to go and I feel accomplished and happy when I’m done. The one downside? Upper back pain. I don’t know if it’s a combination of taking time off and needing a new sports bra or if feeding Logan is putting a strain on my upper back but it aches!

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That session was 4 miles on the elliptical in about 50 minutes.

The next day I was going to try and do the stairmaster but decided to do the elliptical again instead. I was feeling a bit sore after a massage and wanted to take it easy. I did 4.20 miles on the elliptical this time and it felt really good (and a bit easy).

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Sunday I went back to yoga. I felt a little “meh” and didn’t want to go but I’m glad I did. I was a little early to class so I did the stairmaster for a few minutes before then went to class.

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This time yoga was much better than the first time back. I was able to do downward dog with more ease and while my balance was still not great, it felt good to stretch and move. Little by little things are getting easier.

How we are making it work right now: my gym days are now Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Michael works from home on Fridays now so that makes it easier for me to go to the gym (and hopefully soon I will be back to swimming). One day during the work week I try and go to yoga after Michael gets home from work. I expect this to change some once I go back to work. I’m hoping I can bike to work once a week so that I get my workout in and out of the way.

Food

Like I said in my last post I am back to counting calories. Most days I do “ok”. I put that in quotes because I wouldn’t say I am quite to where I’d like to be with counting my calories but I am trying to do my best and BE ACCOUNTABLE. Tracking everything is the first step. Do I go over my calories? Yes, sometimes. I’d say about 2 days a week I go over my calories for the day but the other days I do alright staying within my range. It just depends on my hunger level each day (which apparently changes often!).

According to what I’ve read, breastfeeding burns somewhere between 300-500 calories a day. It depends on how much you are making, but it sounds like the average is you burn 20 calories an ounce. I’m currently pumping while Logan and I learn how to breastfeed after getting his tongue tie fixed so I know exactly how many ounces I make a day. My average is 20-30 ounces a day. That means I would be right up there with burning around 500 calories a day.

Challenge #2: Raging Appetite

If you are pumping 25 ounces a milk a day, you are burning the same amount of extra calories as if you were running 5 miles every single day. You are going to be hungry! (source

Yes, yes and yes! So much hungrier than I ever was when I was pregnant. There are days where I feel like I could eat everything in my fridge and still be hungry. It’s cra–aaazy.

Breakfast is pretty easy to make healthy. Either it’s a scramble (eggs, sausage and sweet potatoes) or oatmeal:

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Lunch is usually pretty healthy, too. Where I fall short is afternoon snacking, eating a little too much for dinner (things like pizza) or indulging on sweets late in the evening.

This weekend I met up with a friend for lunch and made a healthy choice. We went to Laughing Planet because I like that they have healthy options for not a ton of calories. I got the Vindaloo Bowl, which was chard, lentils, rice, pulled pork and an Indian sauce with sauteed veggies and pickled onions. It was really tasty!

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Dinner the other night was healthy, so go me! Salad with avocado, black olives, jalapenos, cojita cheese and chicken fajita on top. It was delicious and even indulging in tortilla chips it was under 700 calories.

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Accountable to Myself

I’m down to drinking a Diet Dr. Pepper a few times a week instead of every day, so that’s progress.

I’m counting my calories every day, even on days when I go over.

I’m choosing fruits for snacks again, but still occasionally eating “quickie” snacks like protein bars, which isn’t great.

 

My Goals Going Forward

  1. Continue counting my calories every single day. (It was a little too easy to stop doing it!)
  2. Move my body every day, even if it’s a gentle movement and just walking.
  3. Give it time. I am okay with keeping my gym days to 3 days a week for a bit. There’s no rush to get back to my 5 day schedule like I had before. My body needs the time it needs to heal and rest and I’ll get back to where I was at some point.
  4. I plan on going back to the Warrior Room soon. I’m thinking somewhere around June-ish. I’d like to get back into a weight lifting routine at the gym and build that back up before going back to the Warrior Room and destroying my body!

So that’s the update from my world lately. How is losing weight going for you?