My body certainly has gone through some major changes. Some things I was expecting and other things not so much.
People weren’t kidding when they said get some sleep before baby arrives! I have been a walking zombie the past 4 weeks. I admit the first 2 weeks were hard. I felt like I was in survival mode the whole month.
But now I feel I am getting better at my new role as a mom.
Losing my baby weight or getting back into my daily home workouts hasn’t been that important to me; my focus has been on caring and taking care of Madison. But I do admit I do want to get back to my pre-pregnancy fitness level in the next few months. I plan to share my experience here and in our purely fit life club to help hold me accountable and for extra motivation.
One month post partum – body after baby progress
Weight: Like I mentioned last time I have been able to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight and now my focus is on rebuilding my strength and endurance. Little side note: I am a small frame and a short person (remember every person is different, that is what makes us all unique and beautiful in our own way). I am nervous to mention my weight here as I know others would criticize me, which is why I mentioned these things.
My pre-pregnancy weight fluctuates from 116 – 120. And I am currently around 121. I am happy with that weight. I am not worrying about the numbers as I focus on how I feel, my energy and how my clothes fit. Numbers really do not mean anything!!
One egg, salmon, brussel sprouts, purple cabbage, blue hubbard squash with coconut oil. I added nutritional yeast.
Emotions: I am feeling more and more normal around here. I have been crying less and feeling more confident. I feel I handled post partum depression well. Thanks to my placenta capsules and having amazing support through family and friends.
Sleep: I am starting to get a little bit more sleep. Probably avg. 4 hours a night with either one nap or no nap. I know I should probably rest more, so I am trying to take it easy when I can.
Exercise: I always try to get a 15 minute walk in every day if possible. Last week I went for a 30 minute walk and a 45 minute walk which felt amazing to really stretch the legs like that. I also did some stretching a few days last week. I am trying to get back into moving the body more with simple bodyweight movements. It makes me really miss my workouts.
1-2 weeks post partum: no exercise, just taking care of Madison and adjusting to less sleep and energy
3 week post partum: I started doing more walks and longer walks. Along with some light stretching and one day 1 did a pull-up and some air squats. Just to see how the body did.
4 week post partum: long walks, light stretching and filmed my first post partum workout for our club (starting a post partum series). I did a 5 minute bodyweight workout.
Thoughts moving forward with fitness to get body back after baby: I hope to continue to go for long walks, do one pull-up everyday and do some easy bodyweight/strength focused workouts until my 6 weeks mark. Besides that nothing else. No hardcore workout just yet. I am comfortable with easing my body back into my interval workouts over time. I don’t want to rush anything too fast and hurt myself.
And for those that have mentioned about diastasis recti I am not doing any crazy core work. I never do crunches anyways so that’s not a problem. And for planking, I will wait awhile before I really add that in to my routine. There are plenty of ways to work my core without doing classic ab work.
Skin: My skin is doing pretty good. I do have one small pimple on my chin. It’s very small so I am trying not to stress over it. I have been putting lavender essential oil on it to help it go away. And one thing that I have been horrible at is washing my face regularly at night with my face wash.
Once I get Madison to sleep, I am usually not too far behind her and I end up dozing off before washing my face. I hope to get better at that.
Digestion: Great. No complaints. I am eating when hungry and having good bowel movements.
I am slowly getting more and more comfortable with doing things outside the house with Madison. It’s hard at first to even think of getting out of the house with a newborn. It can be pretty scary. But now that we hit one month I am feeling more confident in handling anything.
Baby Madison’s One Month update:
Weight: We weighed her at home (so not sure how accurate our scale is) but she is over 8lbs working her way up. We have our one month pediatrician appointment this Wednesday, so we will have a better number of her weight then. She is wearing a mix of newborn clothing and 0-3 months. Newborn clothing is starting to get a little tight, plus her newborn cloth diapers are getting snug.
Breastfeeding: Going well… most of the time. At the beginning I was nursing her about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Now we are more like every 3 hours and sometimes during the night she goes for 4 hours (not every night). Some days she seems to be a take your time nurser while other times she is ready for business and nurses quickly. Nursing ranges anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
Once I hit 4 weeks with breastfeeding Madison I decided to bring in bottles. I am starting to pump a few times throughout the day. I like the idea of having my breast milk in bottles for Gary and Michelle to be able to feed her. I feel it’s important for them to have that bond with her as well. Plus it allows me to get a little extra sleep. So far she has done well with taking from the bottle.
Digestion: Good. She has lots of dirty and wet diapers ansdthis makes mom happy.
Sleep: For the most part she sleeps when she is sleeping. She’s a fighter when it comes to napping. She fights going to sleep. I guess she is like her mom and wants to be go-go-go all the time. She sleeps in her moses basket by my bed side at night and during the day it varies where she sleeps. Most of the time it is on me. She doesn’t do well with putting herself to sleep yet. I know it is something that I need to work on with her.
Behavior: She is starting to be awake longer and really noticing the world around her. She loves looking at lights. She is getting better with tummy time. We do a little bit each day. She is so strong. When she is fussy or wants to move, she moves with force. She is one determined and stubborn little one (just like her mom). She LOVES being held, which I don’t mind doing. She loves going for walks and loves baby wearing.
In terms of dirty diapers, the first 2 weeks she never really cried when she had one. But now she is older she is starting to let us know when she as a dirty diaper.
All the books and articles I read were right about all the noises newborns can make. Madison is VERY vocal, constantly making noises, grunting, groaning and moaning even in her sleep. I am that mom that constantly looks over at her baby at any noise.
Madison has her witching hours for sure. Usually its right before 7pm or sometimes she has another fussy time at midnight (that one is really tough). I feel it takes forever for her to calm down. We are constantly bouncing her up and down while pacing all over the house. Or singing to her or playing some white noise. Recently we added in the pacifier which really helped! It always breaks my heart to hear her cry or be upset. I know newborns cry (a lot) but it is still hard for me.
We also try to go for at least one family walk during the day and sometimes an evening one. It usually takes 3 circles around my neighborhood to get her to fall completely asleep.
She doesn’t really like baths. I hope overtime she learns to love them!
We have tried to start a bedtime routine but haven’t 100% enforced it yet. I know she is still small and learning everything so I am taking things slowly. Right now it consists of a bath (once or twice a week) followed by getting rubbed and massaged with coconut oil. After that I nurse her, change her diaper, swaddle her and end with reading to her before I try to put her to bed. This time she usually becomes wide awake! I can’t wait for her internal clock to get nighttime and daytime right.
She really has a hard time falling asleep on her own. Most of the time she only likes to sleep on someone. I know when she gets older falling asleep will get easier. I hope. I have read a few books on sleeping and babies, and I just got another one – Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. – that was recommended by my dear friend Heather. I am super excited to read it. I have become such the reader lately. I love reading anything baby related. All the sleeping techniques and articles have been fascinating.
Thank you Heather for the sweet gift! Love these handmade items, you are so talented! Love the baby art and the dyed with turmeric burp cloth and onesie.
Overall I love this little girl sooooo much. I love watching her change and experience new things each day. I am excited to continue to watch her personality unfold each week. She is starting to smile more but not at me yet. I am looking forward to that moment!!!
Before and after: Around 30 week pregnant vs 1 month post partum
Crazy how time flies and how amazing the body is –> to grow a baby! Children are such blessings.
I have made a baby category for those interested in seeing all my posts I do sharing about Madison.
I want to hear your purely thoughts.
When did you notice your baby starting to smile at you? For those that pump, what are the best times?
How do you put your baby to sleep? Am I missing anything to help soothe her?