Holy…I don’t even know what! This week has gotten away from me and we are less than 4 days from Christmas. Today, we’ve hit the 3 months postpartum mark and there are so many changes!
Every postpartum update is going to follow the same format as the first check-in. We’ll discuss mental health, feedings/scheduling, my weight, and exercise routine. Let’s get started because I’m writing this with less than an hour left of nap time!
At the end of the month I was trying to establish a routine with my cognitive behavioral therapist and was excited to get started. Unfortunately, scheduling was really tricky, I got overwhelmed and stopped trying to schedule appointments.
I do know that I just need to commit to a day and time, but there are just so many variables. I also need to find a time where only I go because Baby is just too much of a distraction. A good distraction, but one none-the-less.
Overall, I think I’m doing well–some days better than others with one exception. I am CRAVING some alone time. Trying to find that time where it’s just me (no housework, people, appointments, dogs, or other obligations) is damn near impossible right now. I either want to nap, clean, cook, or need to pay bills and make phone calls.
Finally, on Wednesday, I decided to take a Pilates class on a whim. I feed the baby his dinner time feeding handed him off to dad and left the house from 1830 to 2030. It took everything in me to not fall asleep in the class, but I came back home feeling a bit out of breath and refreshed! I really think taking that time on Wednesday night made Thursday so much more enjoyable.
It has officially been six weeks since we stopped breastfeeding. I’m starting to feel more and more like my old self. The bottle-feeding has allowed me to get out of the house more, enjoy that time with Baby more, and sleep more.
We are working through the Baby Wise book (it’s truly been a god-send) on a modified schedule which has helped increase his weight, sleep times, and our sanity!
We also switched from Avent Natural bottles to Dr. Brown’s Anti-colic and Reflux bottles a few weeks ago. He is SUCH a different baby. He burps easily and is spitting up less. He enjoys eating, now. He’s gaining weight. He’s, most importantly, SO happy!
When we went from breast to bottle-feeding, I continued to lose a few pounds without changing my diet. Then, the holiday parties hit (read: alcohol consumption increased). I have gained about 4 pounds back and am in desperate need to make changes. The tough thing with that, though, is that I get so discouraged and defeated. It’s a nasty cycle that I need to put an end to.
I am, also, still pretty swollen. My feet, hands, and face are still carrying a decent amount of weight that will hopefully disappear once I really start committing to changes.
As far as exercise goes, I haven’t even come close to meeting my minimum goals that I set for myself in the previous postpartum update. Even though I am sleeping more, I am still SO exhausted all the time. The hardest thing for me during the week, is choosing to work out instead of trying to maintain the house/household.
Around the 8-9 week mark, I found out that my pelvic floor and muscles are VERY weak and strained. I can’t go from laying to sitting, rolling side-to-side is difficult, and squatting is IMPOSSIBLE. My doctor has referred me to a female, reproductive physical therapy specialist. I start on December 27 and fingers crossed working with her does the trick and allows me to workout, lose weight, and gain energy!
Because I am still wanting to be held accountable, I am going to leave my goals right here, for all to see.
Pilates class — once a week (50 minutes)
Walking at the indoor track (with baby) — once a week (30 minutes)
Beachbody workout — once a week (30 minutes)
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I’d be uttering the following sentence. Compression wear is my best friend! I’ve been wearing compression postpartum “jeans”, compression leggings and tights, belly wraps, and compression socks. If it has the word “compression” you can bet that I’ll be buying it!
Lastly, and one of my most annoying issues to deal with is my hair loss and nails breaking. I am losing SO MUCH hair and now have a lovely balding spot at the top left side of my head. (YAY!) It’s actually getting to the point that I’ve contemplated getting Rogaine for Women. We’ll see what I decide to do with that. Then, there are those pesky nails. They will grow quickly and then snap right off or spilt down the middle. I miss my pregnancy nail growth!
It is now time for me to end this post. The baby is waking up and I still have to make his bottle! But, hey, I wrote this in under 45 minutes!
How has your postpartum time been? What’s been really easy and what’s been incredibly difficult?? Let’s talk in the comments!