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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