Hope all is going well. I wanted to check in since it's been 3 weeks since I delivered my little bundle of joy. Things are going well over here. Tom went back to work for 2 weeks and will be off another 2 weeks come Monday since his parents will be here for 10 days! Yikes, I love my in laws but it's rough having someone at your house for that long. Hopefully things are smooth and no one irritates me too bad. I have been tired and a little snappy lately so I better make sure and nap when I can to avoid being nasty. The baby is adjusting really well. He's eating a ton(every 2 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night). Breastfeeding has been better than I expected. You never know what can happen, I know some women just can;t do it or the babies don't take to it and we have been lucky to have it so easy in that regard. I feel like all I do is feed him though. Some days I don;t even put a shirt on, just walk around in the nursing bra because he eats so often it's kinda pointless. He naps a lot and the dogs love nap time with him. The only issue with napping is that he's a little spoiled and wants to be held a lot of the time. There are days that if I lay him down while he's sleeping he will wake up and freak out and not go back to sleep. On those days I either nap with him on my chest or wear him in our moby wrap so I can get some things done. I really can't complain though because holding him and snuggling him is about the best thing I ever felt. He is so precious and when he looks up at me when he's eating or snuggling me I just melt. This is going to sound totally sappy but for a long time now I have been struggling with my motivation in life. I paid a lot of money for school and have student loans that I will probably be paying until I am 50 and don't feel passionate about any one given career. I always envy people who say they knew what they wanted to do and love their jobs(like my hubby) becuase I don't have that pull towards a job. That is until I gave birth. Being a mother is the best and most rewarding job I could ever hope for. I always said I could never be a stay at home mom because I would be bored and had more goals in life but now that I am a stay at home mom I am so satisfied. I have such a peace with myself that I could never have imagined. When I told my mom this she actually cried. She was a stay at home mom while we all were growing up and went back to college as an adult. She said she always hoped us kids would come to appreciate the hardwork and dedication it took for her to stay home. I do now and I am so thankful for her giving up so much of herself so that we could have such a great time growing up. Ok sappy rant over.
I wanted to post a few pics of my post baby body so that others could see the light at the end of the tunnel. At delivery I had gained 36 lbs, currently I have lost 21 lbs. Once I get back to my prepregnancy weight I might strive to lose a little more but I think that will depend more on how my clothes will fit. I am in no rush to lose this weight, it took 9 months to gain and I know it won't come off overnight. Right now I am focused on eating healthy and often so that I can continue breastfeeding. If anyone has any questions please let me know! I'll also post some cute pics of my man just because!
These are from 3 days postpartum, the day we came home from the hospital. I look exhausted sorry!
These are from this past Monday 8/22/2011 3 weeks postpartum, and yes I still look exhausted!
My daughter in law is due any time now and I am wondering what exercises you are doing to get back in shape or if you can direct me to info regarding postpartum fitness as she is quite worried about getting back into shape after baby. Congratulations on your beautiful baby and on looking so great so soon afterwards. I know it is quite a challenge dealing with baby and finding time for fitness...I was impressed and would love to hear your secret! Hugs, Sarah 1761 days ago
So precious! And I can't believe you just had a baby. You look great! And just like you said, just think about being healthy right now, not about weight loss! So glad you "found your passion" too. I feel the same way about work. Don't really know what my calling is. I'll figure it out eventually! ~Ang 1963 days ago
ZMILENA for your boy, a havent been around and I just saw the pictures. You look great, and you will look even bether, he`ll keep you buzy a lot You`ll be back on track before you notice. Now that your boy is here you will see how time flies. 1972 days ago
I agree- you look fabulous and he is stinkin adorable! Breastfeeding burns an extra 500 calories a day so that weight will come off! But you are doing amazing! I sure hope I can lose weight that fast this time! 1973 days ago
What a cute little guy! You're lucky to be bouncing back so nicely! You look fabulous! I stayed at home with my girls until 3.5 years ago (they're now 12 and 14). I'm hoping to get back to being home full time again soon as my DH's job is going really well. Even when theyre in junior high and high school, they still need their mommy. :D I'm really happy for you! Get your rest every chance you get. :) 1975 days ago
Little man is so adorable! And thank you so much for posting your post-partum pics - it's really encouraging to see someone look as amazing as you do that soon. You are an inspiration! 1975 days ago
I've heard that the first three months of a babies life should be treated as the "fourth trimester". Just hugging and cuddling all the time. Keep him close. They get big SO fast. This time is precious. You can't spoil an infant.
That is so neat that your experience as a new mother has brought you closer to your own mom. That is awesome that you are able to stay at home with your little guy! Enjoy every moment! How special!
I hope your visit with the in-laws goes well. That would be a bit much in any case, especially when adjusting to new baby and all that. At least your hubby will be around to help you.
You look great in your pictures! So glad you are feeling good and taking care of yourself. Your little guy is so cute! I can see why you want to cuddle him all day! Do you just want to kiss him all the time?
You look good! It sounds like we have had similar weight gain/loss. I gained 39 pounds and have lost 21. I expected to lose more breastfeeding, but it I just continue losing, I will be happy.
My mom bought my son the same Carter's (orange) outfit. I LOVE it! I think it is nearly too small, so I had him wear it 2X this week. 1976 days ago