Body After Baby: 2 Months

Once again, I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to pop in and share with you my 2 month postpartum update!

Yea, yea… I know, it’s more like 2.5 months. Cut me some slack, this has been a crazy month! It’s the thought that counts, right?

This month has been a crazy one for me, and so I really wasn’t sure what kind of progress I was going to see. Whenever I go through a stressful period in life, I always find that my eating seems to slip into some bad habits (hello Doritos, my old friend!). Add the fact that I haven’t been able to workout as much as I would like thanks to the move, and it’s no wonder that this hasn’t been my best month physically!

But it’s all about the long-term goal, right? Now that life is finally starting to calm down, I’m ready to take this challenge head on!

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Physically

After I got through the first 6ish weeks of recovery, everything really seemed to get back to normal. I finally felt like myself pre-pregnancy, and a lot of the typical postpartum symptoms (I’ll spare you the details) were gone. I had my 6 week follow up with my OB and she gave me a clean bill of health and the OK to start exercising again! Hooray!

2 months postpartum

During my pregnancy I gained about 30 lbs. 2 months in, I’m down about 20ish lbs, which is about the same as after 1 month. I’m not going to lie, I have been a little frustrated when I get on the scale and haven’t been seeing as much of a weight loss since that first month, but I also know that even though the numbers aren’t reflecting it, my body has changed a LOT in the last month.

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I feel like at this point, my body is finally ready to really start working out and getting some of the muscle back that I lost during pregnancy. My mid-section is still feeling super fluffy (for lack of a better word), and my poor ab muscles are hidden WAY back in there. So I am definitely ready to start working on that again!

Otherwise, I am really feeling great physically. It’s amazing what our bodies can do just a short time after popping out a baby!

Mentally

Mentally I feel like I’m finally hitting my stride with this whole motherhood thing. The first month was a huge learning curve, and half the time I felt like I was just kind of in a “fake it until you make it” mentality. Half the time I had NO idea what I was doing!

Now that I have another 4+ weeks under my belt, I’m feeling much more confident. I have gotten to know Colton’s needs and schedule a lot better, so I feel great about handling whatever happens. I am confident going out in public, and most days I feel like I’ve got things under control.

With the move and everything this month, however, I feel like I’ve been a lot more stressed about non-baby things. But I have been doing my best to stay as calm and “go with the flow” as possible (which is really hard for a type-A planner like me!), because I don’t want my stress to effect Colton. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job of it, but I am definitely looking forward to life settling down a bit!

Eating

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Yikes, my eating has not been very good this month. Which has definitely played a part in the lack of weight loss according to the scale.

Not that it’s an excuse, but this move has really thrown a wrench in my healthy eating goals. Over the last several weeks, we’ve either been eating out or trying to eat through the random items in our fridge, which is not always a recipe for healthy choices. Before we left Fredericksburg, we were all about trying to hit up all our favorite restaurants one last time. And now that we’ve arrived in Atlanta, we’ve had a little bit of fun trying out new places with friends and family.

But again, I’m really looking forward to life getting a bit more settled so I can focus on healthy grocery shopping and meal planning!

Exercise

This seems to be a theme this month, but with life being turned upside down with this move, my return to exercise has been a bit sporadic too! Before the move I was really good about getting out for a 30-45min walk every day. I even did a few at-home workouts and workout DVDs, which felt SO awesome.

Then we hit the road, and have been dealing with a box obstacle course in our new apartment ever since, so I’m not going to lie, working out has been low on my priority list!

I’m really hoping that once classes start next week and we get into a new “normal” schedule, I can start figuring out a time to get in my workouts. I am super lucky and will have access to my new university’s gym and fitness classes for free, so I’m REALLY looking forward to trying all of those out and getting back into some group fitness classes!

 

All-in-all, I didn’t see as many physical changes this month as I would have liked, but I think a lot of it had to do with the insanity of our life situation with the move. Mentally, however, I feel like I really made a lot of progress this month in my confidence and am totally loving this whole mom thing!

Now I can’t wait to see what month 3 brings!

So tell me: New mamas – anyone have any tips for finding a balance between working out and motherhood?

Dear Colton – 2 Months

So, I’m slightly late with this… and by late I mean like 11 days late. Whoops! Total mommy fail! To my credit, this move has made things slightly difficult and I couldn’t find these monthly stickers to save my life. Darn boxes!

But here we are, a few days late and all! Happy 2 months (and 11 days) Colton!

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Dear Colton,

How have we already hit 2 months?!? I feel like this past month has absolutely flown by. Every time someone asks me how old you are (and you get comments from strangers quite frequently, you little flirt!), I always have to stop and think about it. How have you already been with us for 10 weeks?? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, and boy are you a bundle of fun!

Every time we bring you places or introduce you to new people, I always find myself saying “Yes, I know I’m lucky,” and that couldn’t be more true. We really are lucky, because you are such a great baby! You are usually so happy and chatty, and typically do extremely well when we take you to new places. You love to flirt with everyone you meet… or inanimate objects, which is always funny to watch. You’ve finally found your voice and spend about half the day just coo-ing up a storm! You are also sleeping 7+ hours at night, which is an absolute miracle and something that mom and dad definitely appreciate!

You’re also such a wiggle worm! I feel like you have two states of being: squirming and being asleep. You seriously do not stop moving during the day! You love hanging out on your playmat, and sometimes you even kick the hanging ball right off! Chris is hoping this turns into athletic ability someday, because you sure do love to kick those legs. It’s nearly impossible to get a picture of you without some kind of blur going on!

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You are also really starting to get a personality. You’ll let us know when you’re not happy, and make the most adorable “I don’t like that!” face. In fact, you’re one of the most expressive babies I’ve ever met (I think you get that from your mama!) People are always commenting about all of your faces – your grumpy face, your flirty face, your skeptical face, and of course, your blue steel face!

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These past 2 months have been such a joy. There are seriously days that I look at you and it just hits me that you belong to me! How crazy is that!? Throughout this month we’ve been through a lot, including a giant multi-state move, crazy schedules, and even some breastfeeding challenges (one of these days we’re going to fully get the hang of this, bud!), but you have been such a trooper. Again, every day I thank my lucky stars that you have come into our lives and that you’re such a fun baby.

This next month is going to equally crazy, between starting school for me and childcare for you, getting settled in our new home, and exploring Atlanta. But I know that you’re going to keep us smiling throughout this entire process. I am so lucky to be your mom, Colton, and I can’t wait to see what this next month brings!

Love,

Your mom (still never get tired of saying that!)

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Tips for Staying Healthy with a Newborn

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Nature Made®. I was provided product for review, but as always, all opinions are my own.

 

If you’re anything like me, once you pop out a baby you’re hit with a hard physical realization. You’ve spent the last nine months preparing for this baby (longer if you were trying to conceive for awhile before then). You focused on caring for your body, paying attention to the kinds of foods you were putting in your mouth and staying as active as possible. Your health was of the utmost importance.

 Then you have a baby. And your whole world changes.

 Yes, you get to experience the joys of baby snuggles, the feeling of wonder when you look at the new life you’ve created and the overwhelming love that you can’t help but feel for this squirmy little thing!

 You also are hit with total sleep deprivation, tons of company and an unfortunate habit of forgetting to eat. That can take a toll on your body! The last thing you want to deal with, as a new mama is illness, so it is really important to make sure to take care of yourself (so that you can take care of your little one)!

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Here are a few tips that I’ve learned over these past eight weeks that have helped me make sure I stay as healthy as I can for Colton, despite the crazy life with a newborn!

 Sleep when baby sleeps (or whenever you can)…

 I don’t know how many times I was told, “sleep when baby sleeps.” Well, that sounds good in theory, but isn’t always possible. Depending on how much help you have, there ARE things that need to get done and sometimes those take precedence over sleep!

 But sleep is important too! So while you might not be able to take a nap every time your little one does, do your best to sleep when you can. Even if that means switching off nap times with your significant other so that you can both get some zzz’s, or getting in a quick 15-minute nap while the laundry is going. Any little bit helps!

 

Always keep water within arm’s reach

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Hydration is key to not only keeping your good health, but also keeping your milk supply up if you’re breastfeeding! But I don’t know how many times I’d get through a whole day and realize that I barely had any water. This new mom thing just makes me forget!

 So I learned the best thing to do is always make sure you have water within arm’s reach. Find yourself a cute water bottle and just carry that sucker around with you everywhere! Straws and lids also make it really easy to grab, and not spill, when your arms are full of a cuddly baby!

 

Fill your home with healthy snacks

 You will forget to eat. It is just going to happen. And in those first few weeks, if you’re like me, you’re going to find it difficult to actually cook anything! That tends to take time you just don’t really have!

 Not having time doesn’t mean you have to resort to junk food (especially after feeding your body so well for 9 months)! The key is to fill your home with healthy, filling snack options. Things like mixed nuts, fruits, pre-cut veggies, and whole-wheat granola bars can be great grab-and-scarf options for when you just can’t manage fitting in a real meal.

Bring back your prenatals!

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I just kind of assumed that once the pregnancy was over, I wouldn’t need my prenatal vitamins anymore. I quickly learned from my doctor this isn’t the case. Continuing your prenatals post-pregnancy is a great way to not only make sure you are getting all the right nutrients, but that your baby is too!

Over on Freckles and Finger paint, I talked about how I go about choosing a prenatal vitamin, but I’ve recently added a new favorite to that list: The Nature Made® Multi Prenatal tablets.

I love these vitamins for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is a one-a-day tablet, which is SO handy when you have a little one and just can’t remember to take multiple pills throughout the day!

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Secondly, I love that they are free of a lot of the artificial ingredients that you find in many vitamins. The Nature Made® Multi Prenatal tablets have no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, no yeast and are gluten free.

Finally, I also love that they provide key vitamins and minerals for nutritional support before, during and after pregnancy, with a formula rich in folic acid, iron, zinc and vitamins A, C, D3 and E. The vitamins have higher levels of vitamin D to support overall health and B vitamins for cellular energy demands. *

Even better? These vitamins are available at pretty much any grocery store, Target, or drugstore! So many quality vitamins nowadays are way overpriced or hard to find, but these are easy to pick up (which is equally important when you have a little one to tote around)!

 

I know that being a new mom can be a bit overwhelming and that your little one seems to take up all of your time, but it really is important as a mom to make sure that you take time for your health as well! Hopefully by getting a little extra sleep, loading up on water and healthy snacks and finding a great prenatal that works for you, you’re able to remain a healthy, happy new mama!

 

So tell me: What are your tips to stay healthy when you are under a lot of stress or life gets crazy? Any other tips for new mamas?

 

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

 

Welcome to Atlanta

So…. remember that time I said I wasn’t going to disappear again? And then I disappeared?

Yea, my bad. 

Honestly, this move has been one of the most stressful 2 weeks of my life! And we even had a company packing and moving our stuff for us! But between packing, and driving 3 states away, unpacking, and dealing with a newborn, it has just been exhausting! Plus it doesnt help that we didn’t get internet until Friday. Yikes!

So again, I’m sorry for totally disappearing on you all, especially after I promised I wouldn’t. But now that this move is officially OVER (you know, minus all the unpacking I still have to do), I am back and ready to get back to my new normal. Which of course includes you all! And I’ve got a ton of posts ready to be shared with you guys, so be prepared!

Since my life has been all about the move lately, I don’t really have anything exciting to share other than these few pictures. They pretty much sum up my life for these past two weeks.

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I hope you all have had a great weekend, and I can’t wait to get back to my regular posting schedule this week!

 

 

 

 

A-Z Survey

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, life is currently a little bit insane in the Freckled household. We are now at T-5 days until the big Georgia move, and I swear to you that life is getting crazier by the day! There are just so many things to get done, and of course the Little Man doesn’t always make things easy.

Yesterday, for example, he ended up having one of those days where he literally did not let me put him down all day without screaming bloody murder. Normally he is a really chill baby, but I think he was having some tummy troubles yesterday and instead just wanted to be held.

Which basically meant that I watched a lot of Project Runway on the couch.

And as much as I enjoyed that, it really didn’t help me get anything done during the day! So I’m crossing my fingers that today is mildly more productive.

A-Z Survey

Since this week is crazy, I thought I’d do something a little bit more casual and fun today! If you’re a big blog reader, you may have seen the A-Z survey floating around the interwebs these last few weeks, and I am a total sucker for surveys. Not only do I think they are a really fun way to get to know other bloggers, but they also kind of make me feel like I’m back in middle school. In a good way.

I even thought I’d make it a little bit MORE fun, and do a vlog instead! Oooooooh… exciting!

It’s something I’ve never actually done before on My Freckled Life, but I love seeing them on other blogs, so I hope that you guys enjoy it too. And you can see just how awkward I am in real life!

I do apologize in advance for the quality of the video. I was doing it during nap time (or “nap time” since they are usually only about 20minutes) and I was afraid that if I tried to test out the lighting in too many areas that I’d lose my window of opportunity. So you get slightly dark Stephanie!

Hope you enjoy!

 

Just a few notes:

* We’re actually coming up on our THREE year anniversary, not four. Apparently I can’t count.

* I say “yea” “uh” and “so” a lot, apparently. Whoops!

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s survey! Now it’s your turn to share some of your answers!

So tell me: What is your grossest memory? What are your favorite foods? What question are you always asked? Or feel free to answer any other question from the survey!

Oh hey there!

Oh hey there, remember me? I used to do this crazy thing called blogging. I know, I hardly remember either!

So yeaaaaaa, obviously I’ve been gone for a week. Whoops! That was totally not intentional!

But the reality is, life has gotten C-RAZY. around here! Like “pass-me-all-the-starbucks-because-I-forgot-what-sleep-feels-like-things-are-so-busy” crazy. All of a sudden early last week everything started falling into place and all those little duckies started to line themselves up in neat little row. And now we officially only less than 6 days left here in Virginia. AHHHHH!!!!

Which basically means in the next 6 days we need to:

  • See everyone that we want/need to see before we leave

  • Eat at all of our favorite restaurants here in Fredericksburg

  • Get our stuff organized and have our house packed

  • Set up all of our utilities and necessities at the new place in Georgia

  • Craigslist a whole bunch of stuff

  • Go through all the crap we’ve been hoarding and get rid of stuff (since we’re going down to an apartment that’s like half the size of our current house)

  • Finish up all the house sale stuff (appraisal, closing, etc)

And that’s just what I could think of off the top of my head! Phew! Oh, and of course, take care of a newborn who wants to eat every 2 hours!

Needless-to-say, this week is going to be equally as crazy as last week. But luckily I have a few posts ready for you guys this week so I wont go totally ghost again, I promise. But please bare with me as we get through these next 2 weeks of moving – I’ll be lucky if I can FIND my computer in all of our packing!

Ok, since I’ve totally disappeared for the last week, I should probably catch you up a little bit! Here is a little glimpse of my week:

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Colton got baptized! We wanted to make sure to do it before our left, because our pastor here is also one of the pastor’s who married us!

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We made plenty of “clean out the fridge/freezer meals” and ate some delicious food at our favorite local restaurants.

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Lots and lots of quality snuggle time!

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Plenty of time with friends and family to say our goodbyes. Or “see you laters”, which I much prefer. No goodbyes here!

Overall, it was a crazy week, and I have a feeling this week is going to be even more insane! So wish me luck!

So tell me: Give me one good thing from your past week! Can you sum up your week in one word?

Feeling Overwhelmed with Postpartum Fitness

So, remember when I said yesterday that I was in a great mood because our house was going under contract? Yea, well today I’m in a bad mood, because our house DIDN’T go under contract. The potential buyers we were working with ended up being super sketchy and despite verbally accepting everything, decided to throw back a lowball counter right at the end, which we were not having.

So now we’re back to square one. Ugh.

To say I’m frustrated and discouraged is an understatement. Here we are, supposed to be moving to Georgia in 2 weeks, and it feels like we have so many things still up in the air that it is kind of terrifying for a planner like me. I could really use some prayers/good vibes/finger crossing over here, so please send them my way!

Feeling Overwhelmed with Postpartum Fitness

When I found out that I was pregnant, I made it a goal to be as active as possible during my pregnancy. All the studies out there showed that working out while pregnant not only has benefits for baby, but also for mom. It can make her labor easier, her recovery better, and can help her bounce back faster afterwards. So I embraced it, and did my best to get in a workout at least 4+ days a week all the way up until the last week of my pregnancy.

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Then I had a baby, and just assumed that once I got the go-ahead from my doctor, I’d be ready to jump back in to exercise. And you know what, I am! In fact, I’ve been chomping at the bit since about week two!

However, I’m having a little bit of difficulty figuring out how to start.

You see, I’m kind of a “All in, balls-to-the-wall, 110%” kind of person. I am super competitive, even with myself, and I have a very difficult time easing into things. Which makes it really difficult to figure out the best way to slowly get back into working out. Even though I was active for 9 months, it was still “pregnancy”workouts. Which means that near the end, my main cardio came from walking, the elliptical, and some spinning, and my weight lifting had to be dialed back. And ab workouts were pretty much completely nonexistent!

Here is where I am running into a mental block: On the one hand, I KNOW that I should be easing into things and building my strength and stamina (and ab muscles) back up. On the other hand, I am such a plan person and just want to dive headfirst into working out, but I’m afraid that if I do I’ll end up injuring myself and being out even longer.

So… yea. I’m in a weird place fitness-wise right now. It’s like I’m so anxious to get back in the gym, yet when I walk through the gym doors I’m totally at a loss as to what to do. And I’m not quite sure how to get over this hump!

Right now, I am not really sure how to get back on track. I will definitely keep you guys updated as I try and figure out a plan, but I would love to hear any thoughts or tips that you all might have, because I’m a bit at a loss! I know there are a lot of other new mamas out there, so I’d love to hear from you guys on how you managed to get ease yourself back into the gym.

So tell me: Any tips or tricks on how to get back into postpartum fitness without risking injury?

 

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday

WIAW: “Random but delicious” Edition

Good morning and happy Wednesday!

I am in quite the chipper mood this morning, despite not getting the greatest night of sleep. You know why? Because our house may officially be under contract again! We’ve signed the documents, and are just waiting on the final signatures from the buyers, and then we’ll be back in the game again! Phew! It’s such a relief! I was really starting to worry we’d be moving down to Atlanta with our house still up on the market. Which would not only be super inconvenient, but would also suck to have to pay a mortgage AND a rent!

So cross your fingers that everything goes smoothly today!

Since I’m feeling cheerful, let’s just jump right into something else that makes me happy: What I Ate Wednesday! I love reading these posts, and I’m so glad I’m finally able to participate again!

If you are not familiar with WIAW, head on over to Jenn’s blog to not only see what other bloggers are eating, but also to read about the WIAW phenomenon!

Breakfast

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I am still riding the oatmeal train pretty hard! I picked up some blackberries and strawberries from Aldi earlier this week, and they are the perfect breakfast topper! Super sweet and juicy!

Lunch

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Operation: Clean out the fridge is still in full effect, so today’s lunch was full of random leftovers. I had a black bean burger and cheese on an english muffin (because we have no buns currently), and some roasted zucchini and cauliflower. Random, but delicious!

Snack

A few hours later I found my stomach growling, so I grabbed a piece of toast topped with peanut butter. Simple!

Dinner

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We ended up getting a Blue Apron meal gifted to us, so we decided to take advantage this week. Blue Apron now has a new “family style” option, which we felt was perfect for us because it made plenty of leftovers. And boy do we love our leftovers around here! This meal was a dijon crispy pork chop, with a lemon garlic zucchini and squash “slaw” and roasted potatoes. It made quite a mess in my kitchen, but it was worth it!

Dessert

My sweet tooth has been a bit out of control lately, so I’ve been trying to reign it in. I did end up giving in last night though and having a small bowl of dessert. I have already decided that once this ice cream is gone, I am NOT buying more! It’s my weakness!

Workout

That’s right, this girl actually got a workout in! Wooooo! TECHNICALLY, I still haven’t been cleared to return to exercise, but that’s only because my OB/GYN office is busy and they couldn’t get my in for my 6-week postpartum appointment until 7 weeks. Since I am already 6 weeks postpartum and feeling great, I decided to ease back into workouts this week even without the OBs go-ahead.

First, I took Colton and Laney on our typical daily 40 minute walk. We had a rough morning so we didn’t end up going until the afternoon and boy did I regret it. It was HOT!

After Chris got home (and took the baby for some manly snuggle time), I headed downstairs for my first “real” workout since having a baby. I took it pretty easy and did an 8 minute HIIT circuit, followed by some arms and abs. Oof are my abs out of shape! I felt that immediately!

 

I hope you all have a great Wednesday! I’m off to Mom & Baby group! (Also, can I just say that I managed to make it through an entire post with a baby picture. Pretty sure that’s a record for me lately!)

So tell me: What did you eat today? What did your workouts look like?

Foodie Friends and Jazz Hands {Weekend Recap}

 

Head over to Freckles & Fingerpaint to check out Colton’s 1 month recap and see how we’re doing with the whole “new parent” thing!

 

Well hello there!

Coming at you a bit late today because it has been one wonky morning! We got home SUPER late last night (more on that in a minute), which meant that Colton’s schedule was a bit off. So instead of going back to bed after his 6am feeding, he decided it was wake-up time! Add to that the fact that we had someone coming to tour our house at 9am, our morning was all kind of thrown off!

But I’m here, and attempting to get my Monday back on track. Which means that we might as well just dive right into my weekend recap!

Saturday

We started out our Saturday quite lazily, after this little man decided to get us up pretty early. Also, I totally need these PJs in my size. How cute are they?

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Even Laney had a slow start to the day!

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Eventually we got our act together though, because we had an exciting day planned! Our good friends Amber and Erik were coming into town to see us!

Ok, they were really just here to see Colton, let’s be real. But I’ll take it.

Not long after they got here, we headed out with them to lunch at Spencer Devon Brewery (the same place we went for Father’s Day Brunch). I ended up getting the pimento cheese sandwich, which was pimento cheese, tomatoes and cucumber, sandwiched (Ha!) between two grilled cheeses. So basically, it was SUPER cheesy and delicious!

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We also decided to splurge and split the chocolate chip peanut butter banana bread pudding, which was topped with vanilla ice cream and a milk stout caramel. Holy cow, this was SO decadent and amazing! Thank goodness we were splitting it 4 ways, otherwise I could have easily gone face first into it myself!

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Once we got home from lunch, we spent a good chunk of the afternoon just hanging out and catching up before the second exciting thing of the day: A fish fry! We invited a couple of our other friends over and the boys fried hush puppies, onion rings, flounder and shrimp, while the ladies (and Colton) hung out and played “pass the baby”.

Of course I completely failed to take ANY pictures. So just picture a table full of fried deliciousness and some veggies and watermelon to balance it out. It was epic.

Sunday

The best part of having fun, foodie friends? When you invite them to spend the weekend, they make you breakfast!

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And not just any breakfast – the ultimate breakfast sandwich! It included homemade pork sausage, a chive omelet, and a sweet and spicy Tabasco sauce. Holy yum! 

Once we said goodbye to our friends, we did our best to get in some quality relaxing before it we headed out for our first (and probably only) date night before we move to Atlanta. Not only was it great for us to get out of the house, but it also was nice for my mother-in-law to hang out with Colton for the evening! Even if about 90% of our conversations throughout the evening revolved around our baby. #firsttimeparents

After getting all dolled up, we drove up to DC. First up: dinner at Restaurante Murali in Pentagon Row. It was an early dinner, so we were pretty much the only people in the place!

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I ended up going with the pumpkin ravioli in a sage white wine sauce. It was so tasty, and I completely demolished this plate!

Since we got through our food so fast, we walked around for a bit before stopping for froyo and enjoying the beautiful weather.

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Then we headed out to our real date night destination!

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The Kennedy Center to see The Book of Mormon!

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I always love going to the Kennedy Center. It’s just so grand and beautiful!

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The show itself was absolutely amazing. We’ve heard the music before (which is hilarious in itself), but it was the first time we’ve seen it on stage. We seriously laughed through the entire thing! If you have never heard of it, it’s a musical written by the creators of South Park about Mormons. It’s definitely full of profanity and making fun of just about everyone, but it really is hilarious.

The only downside? We didn’t get home until around 11:15pm, but I still had to give Colton a dream feed and pumping (because I’d been out all evening, and any fellow breastfeeding mamas can understand the uncomfortableness of going all day without feeding!). So I didn’t get into bed until about 1am. And then Colton decided to wake up for the day at 6am. Yeesh! Gimme coffee!

Despite the lack of sleep, this has been such a great weekend. It’s hard to believe that we’re moving in just a few short weeks, so we’re trying to cram in as many goodbyes as we can before we go. We’ve made such great friends here!

Well now I’m off to try and get us back on a normal schedule for the day! Wish me luck!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Are you a musical fan?

Body After Baby: 1 Month

Happy Thursday!

Yesterday ended up being a super busy day for Colton and I. We headed up to my old office to meet all my coworkers, and ended up being there for almost the entire day! Thankfully Colton was a champ and didn’t mind being passed around, but it definitely was a longer trip than I’d originally planned!

Of course on the way home we got stuck in traffic, and literally as I pulled into my driveway someone texted asking to walk through our house. Bah! #housesellingproblems

Once again I am so thankful that Colton is such a good baby. We definitely got lucky!

Body After Baby

Technically I’m a week late on this, but I did want to share my first month of postpartum progress. I went back and forth over how I wanted to share my “body after baby” story, because I know they can be super controversial.

In the end I decided to go with what I’ve found so helpful and reassuring from other people – a focus on my feelings regarding the physical, mental, eating and exercise progress that I’m making. While I am by no means focused on weight loss right now, that is certainly a part of this whole process so I want to make sure to include information about that as well.

I hope that others will find this helpful too!

Physically

I’m not going to lie, the postpartum recovery process came as a bit of a surprise to me. I don’t know if I just never really read much about it before, but I honestly just kind of assumed that once you get through labor and delivery, you’re done. Well, I was wrong!

Recovery hasn’t been too rough, but it did take its toll on me in the first week or two. I was still tiring really easily, and was having a lot of… digestive issues. Thankfully after about 2 weeks, I was feeling almost completely back to normal. Unfortunately I’m still having some digestive problems, but otherwise I feel like I did before I was pregnant!

In terms of my body, it is kind of amazing how different it looks already after only 1 month!

Body After Baby

During my pregnancy I gained about 30 lbs. 1 month in, I’m down about 18-20lbs.

Even though I only have about 10-12lbs to go, my body is definitely still very… err… fluffy. Everything just seems a lot softer. Oh to remember those days when you could actually tell that there was muscle under there! Definitely makes me ready to get back into the gym!!

Probably doesn’t help that I’ve also gained a significant amount in the chest region. Thank you pregnancy and breastfeeding. That’s definitely thrown off my proportions!

1 month postpartum comparison

Mentally

Mentally and emotionally I’m doing awesome. I’ve had a few random tears here and there (especially in the first 2 weeks, as soon as I got overly tired I was prone to crying), but for the most part that’s completely subsided. I was really lucky to experience very minimal baby blues!

Breastfeeding was also a bit of a mental struggle at first, because we faced some difficulties in the first few weeks (which I’m going to share more about on Freckles & Fingerpaint soon). But Chris really encouraged me to go to the Mommy & Baby group at the hospital, and once I finally got up the nerve to go I found that every single mom there was experiencing some kind of struggle or difficulty in some area. It made me feel as though I’m not alone, which was very reassuring!

Eating

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So… I’m not going to lie, my eating has been all over the place. I definitely have moments of serious breastfeeding hunger, and my sweet tooth (which kind of disappeared during pregnancy) is back with a vengeance. However, my cooking mojo just hasn’t been happening, and we’ve really been relying on freezer meals or super quick options.

Now that we’re a month in, I probably need to reign the sugar cravings and excessive carbs back in and focus on filling my plate with lots of fruits, veggies and proteins. 

Exercise

I still haven’t been cleared for exercise yet (my appointment will be at 7 weeks), but I’ve been trying to at least get in a walk every day if I can. During the week, Colton, Laney and I will usually go for a 30-45 minute walk. Now that I’m really feeling like everything is healed up, I may start adding in a second walk and/or some light bodyweight exercises until I get the full thumbs up from my doc to start running and lifting weights. I can’t wait!!

 

Overall, I am happy with how things are going. Colton is a great baby, and every day I feel like we’re learning new things about him. And it has definitely been a learning process! Nothing quite prepares you for life with a newborn, that’s for sure!

I’m excited to see how these next few months go, especially once I get cleared to exercise again!

So tell me: Anything you’d like to hear about in this post-partum journey?