Greetings from motherland – where I don’t do much besides sleep, feed, and gawk at my new baby daughter. E is 10 weeks old now and smiling! I’m relishing every second, and moving things like blogging (and housework!) down on my priority list. But I’m back at work and re-inspired professionally, so I felt called to the ol’ blog. I’m updating a few things on the site, so don’t mind the current appearance.
I’ll be back in the next few months to write about my first garden, grape maintenance, and our 50 Cornish Crosses (broilers – chickens for eating) we’re raising! But I wanted to write a quick postpartum update. Not that the postpartum period is over! I think it takes a full year to recover from pregnancy and childbirth.
Exercise – Many women dive back into strenuous physical activity after their six week check-up. My midwife (who works with a physical therapist) says that that’s the reason many women have that lower abdominal “pooch.” The abdominal muscles take a long time to heal and fuse. Isometric exercises are best – think planks instead of sit-ups. I’m going to Mom & Baby yoga and slowly adding kettlebells back into my routine. I’m still loving my walking and seem to have lost my desire to run. Maybe one day I’ll have the urge again. It’s been nearly a year and a half since I’ve been on run!
Food – We had a lot of frozen meals (that we made in January) and people cooking for us until recently. I’ve been spoiled and now have to get back into meal planning and cooking. My new favorite recipe site? Real Simple. The recipes are fast, tasty, and….real simple. My sister recently introduced me to ZipList. Brilliant! I’ve been using the site and the app to tag recipes, plan meals, and make grocery lists.
I eat three balanced meals plus snacks, and eat to appetite. I’m breastfeeding and I know that most of the pregnancy weight will come off eventually.
Mood – I had the typical sleep-deprivation-induced weepiness once or twice during those first few weeks. But besides that, I’ve been feeling pretty great. I had my doula encapsulate my placenta. You can read more about it here. Even if my placenta pills had nothing to do with my postpartum mood, at least I got to skip the standard postpartum iron prescription!
Sleep – I’ve been focusing on getting lots of rest the past ten weeks. I think sleep is SO important. It significantly affects nearly every health outcome. My biggest advice to new moms regarding sleep is not the often heard “sleep when the baby sleeps,” but sleep when it’s dark! I’m not a great napper during the day. But when E was waking up every few hours, if I went to bed at 8pm and slept until 7am – even with the wakings, I felt remarkably okay the next day.
Room-sharing is going well. I wrote about not having a nursery here. I have no plans to move her into her own room anytime soon. She’s been sleeping well in her Snugabunny Rock n’ Play sleeper since birth. I don’t have a plan for what we’ll do when she outgrows it, eek! I love our Sleep Sheep white noise machine, or a white noise app on my phone. But the white noise is for my benefit, not hers! Babies are noisy : )
Be back soon!