My Postpartum Journey Round 2

Now that I am 6+ months postpartum with baby number two, I want to give you a glimpse into my postpartum journey. I will admit up front that though the journey to feeling fit the second time around was different, I think the biggest difference was that I had more wisdom during and after pregnancy. This meant I did less damage to my body. My postpartum journey is one of feeling human again (comfortable in my skin, with some energy), with two kids, while maintaining my milk supply. I realize the last part of that sentence may be out of left field, but the first question women almost always ask me is how they can lose the baby weight without risking their milk supply. It is a fantastic & important question.

This post is a few tips I learned from my second postpartum journey. I tracked my whole pregnancy, so you can find a weekly blow-by-blow for each pregnancy on my blog. Here is my quick postpartum journey overview in numbers: I hit my pre-pregnancy weight around 4 months...

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Looking Ahead to 2018

Let’s start by acknowledging that this post is closing in on four days late. Punctuality will obviously not be on this year’s list of goals. The past few years I have set some goals for the new year. 16 goals for ’16, 17 goals for ’17. This year, I didn’t want to stretch it out into 18 goals. Instead, I have signed up for two goal races, and put together a plan for those races. In fact, one of these races will be a new approach for me, which is always fun!

The first race I have signed up for is a 10K on February 25. I am confident that I have the mileage to run a 10K no problem. My goal for this race will be to PR it. My current PR for a 10k is 48:42, which I earned in December when I ran a double race (10k + 5k). I had not formally trained for the race, and ran a 5k afterward in 23:06, which is a 7:27 pace. This tells me that I had a lot more in the tank, and can push harder. I am 7 weeks away from this race, so realistically, I can only get so much...

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Our Birth Story

health and nutrition Jun 22, 2017

While I do share some personal posts on here, I did not share my birth story with our first born. After going through this birth though, I felt compelled to share the absurdity of this story. My cluelessness is mostly what makes it so absurd.

Let me reiterate up front how amazing I think it is for any woman to give birth, regardless of how baby arrives. I have had an epidural birth and a natural birth. They both have pros and cons to me so I really do not have a preference and don’t want to get on my high horse and preach. I also want to let you know that I always thought people who had a natural birth were rockstars and probably really calm through the whole thing. Some people probably are – I was not. There are no rainbows and unicorns in this post. Just a lot of denial and hysteria.

To begin, I had had a head/sinus cold since Monday (baby was born on a Friday), which I somehow feel is relevant. On Thursday night I was asleep by 8:15.

I woke up Friday morning around...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 39 Weeks

healthy pregnancy 2 Jun 15, 2017

How far along? 39 Weeks

Baby Size: A pumpkin

Weight gain: Holding steady at 35.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I mostly wear one pair of maternity jeans at this point since they are the only pair that don’t roll down or feel too constricting. By about 4:00 I am ready to quit pants all together though. Anyone else go through this?

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: We got to tour the hospital, and we filled out all of the paper work where the baby will be born. It’s a really nice hospital and it’s comforting knowing that we have done all the leg work for when baby is ready to roll in. Now we wait!

Miss Anything? Still missing that quality sleep. I never had many issues sleeping with our first. In fact, I think I slept better during that entire pregnancy than I have in my entire life. Between peeing every hour, regardless of when I stop drinking liquids, and having a cold now, I’m lucky to sleep 2 or 3 hours straight. I will probably get MORE sleep with...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 38 Weeks

healthy pregnancy 2 Jun 08, 2017

How far along? 38 Weeks

Baby Size: A winter melon

Weight gain: 35.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I have one pair of maternity jeans that I wear pretty much all the time, and about four shirts I circulate. Most of my maternity shirts are too short on me!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Seeing big brother walk around and sleeping with his baby. Hopefully this is a sign that he will tolerate baby brother…

Miss Anything? Quality sleep. This week has been a rough week of sleep between 34932 pee breaks every night and thinking about all of the stuff I want to get done.

Movement: He seems to be especially active when I am driving. Seems safe.

Food cravings: All the fruit. Continued. Nectarines, pineapple, oranges, strawberries, and mangos.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Feeling somewhat organized for the baby. He will eventually bunk with big brother, but to begin with he will be in our room. Right now is dresser...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 37 Weeks

Uncategorized Jun 01, 2017

How far along? 37 Weeks

Baby Size: At last week’s appointment he was weighing in at seven pounds five ounces.

Weight gain: 33.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I have mostly shifted to taking over Pat’s clothing. I wear maternity pants or leggings, and all of his sweatshirts and old T-shirts he doesn’t mind me stretching out.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Seeing baby one more time and learning that he is indeed head down. My doctor also told me that active women tend to have bigger babies because they have better blood flow to the uterus. I found that very interesting, and was happy to learn why I grow these beasts despite remaining relatively active and healthy.

Miss Anything? Not peeing 600 times per night. I fall back to sleep pretty quickly, but it would be nice to only pee once per night instead for 5 or so.

Movement: He is a squirmy wormy, and has really taken to hitting his brother when we are sitting...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 36 Weeks

healthy pregnancy 2 May 25, 2017

How far along? 36 Weeks

Baby Size: A papaya

Weight gain: No scale this week either, but at least 32.5.

Maternity clothes? I was all about shorts and dresses the last few days, but since it is cooler here, I’ll be rocking some severe mom jeans that have a maternity waist, with my husband’s sweatshirts.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Finally arriving to our new home and seeing where baby will be living.

Miss Anything? My legs have been really tired lately when I do weighted workouts or anything besides walking/running. I’m sure it is just the extra weight, but I am missing my legs not feeling so tired all the time.

Movement: He has been quite active this week, especially when I am driving.

Food cravings: All the fruit.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Getting started on setting up the baby’s half of the room with his big brother.

 

How Are We In The Last Month?

Somehow at 35 weeks...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 35 Weeks

healthy pregnancy 2 May 18, 2017

How far along? 35 Weeks

Baby Size: A pineapple

Weight gain: No scale this week or next week due to travel, but at least 32.5.

Maternity clothes? It’s finally been warm enough to wear dresses, so that’s pretty much been my staple.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Normally I workout in the morning, which lulls baby to sleep for a few hours. Yesterday, I didn’t workout until the evening and I could feel him kicking ALL DAY waiting for me to rock him to sleep.

Miss Anything? Breathing. This baby is huge (or so it seems!) and everything is so squished. I am looking forward to breathing air again. A whole lung full!

Movement: He’s so squirmy!

Food cravings: La Croix.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Breathing. Also, organizing everything for the baby in our new home.

Traveling So Late In Pregnancy

We are finally moving, and we are road tripping out to our new home. This is a two day (/10 day...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 - 34 Weeks

healthy pregnancy 2 May 11, 2017

How far along? 34 Weeks

Baby Size: A butternut squash

Weight gain: 32.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I’m busting out of all my maternity clothes. Baggy PJs, workout clothes, and dresses for the win!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Big brother saying “Hooray!” when we tell him he’s going to be a big brother. Even though he doesn’t really understand it, and he is repeating it from a book we read to him, it is super cute.

Miss Anything? Tolerating water. I remember this with our first born as well – I just can’t stand the taste of water. I have an electrolyte water everyday, and enjoy some La Croix, but in order to be sufficiently hydrated I need to be drinking regular water as well, and it’s a struggle right now.

Movement: So much movement, especially at night and after lunch. He has a lot of jumping around to do and I can feel him all over my belly. It’s not as centralized as my...

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Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 29 Weeks

Uncategorized May 05, 2017

How far along? 29 Weeks

Baby Size: Acorn squash. Over 2.5lbs.

Weight gain: 25lbs

Maternity clothes? Just wishing I could live in workout shorts and tanks. Except, that we just got snow and it’s super cold.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Feeling how active the baby gets when I carry big brother!

Miss Anything? Overall functionality. It’s getting more difficult to dress my son, or change his diaper, or put him in his crib, or change my socks. I still have the range of motion to do it, but I don’t anticipate it lasting much longer.

Movement: Definitely some limbs jabbing out here and there. He’s pretty calm during the day, unless big brother is sitting on my belly.

Food cravings: Oranges. I can’t get enough!

Gender: Boy number 2!

Looking forward to: Hearing our little guy’s heartbeat today and finding out how everything is progressing.

Sleeping In Pregnancy

If I am being...

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