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!