Two months have passed and I can honestly say I am feeling 99% back to myself. There are some areas that I can tell are just not the same, but I’m feeling like my old self, and I’m so glad.
As a quick recap, I had a fairly easy pregnancy. I was sick during the first trimester (only in the mornings, and no throwing up) and then felt great. I ran up until 32 weeks, I think? I worked out until 37ish weeks, and I chased and took care of a one year old the whole time- a workout in itself! I did not need a C-section, and did tear in the same spot as Annabelle, but somehow, I left the hospital feeling great and really didn’t have much pain after. So let’s chat emotionally and physically.
I feel like I’m doing a lot better. I had quite a few breakdowns in the first month. I felt like I was on the verge of some serious anxiety (though I always have anxiety of some sort). I finally realized that I had a healthy boy and my “big problems” won’t be remembered in even a few hours, so I needed to let go and be more flexible. I’ve gotten way more go with the flow, especially with Nolan’s naps, which has helped tremendously. Things that used to make me mad and stress me out to no end have lightened up and I feel better about it. You’d think doing this for the second time would make it easier, but no two kids are the same, and adding in the tantrums of the other one, it’s been hard.
Annabelle has been super helpful and knows when she can yell and when she can’t, so to speak. If I’m in his room trying to get him back to sleep or calm him down, she knows she needs to be tired. Of course she’s a toddler so it’s not always perfect. She always wants me when he’s awake, and that’s really difficult. I also feel like I’m not the fun parent because I’m always tending to two, whereas when Aaron gets home, she immediately wants him to play, which he does, so that’s difficult to really deal with on my end. We have fun and play all day, but I still have to get him up, feed him, play with him, etc. which takes away from her. But the love she has for him is worth all of it!
So yeah, emotionally I’m loving my kids, go to bed with a happy heart each night, and wake up totally grateful for my children.
Fitness and Body Wise:
I chose never to look at the weight gained during pregnancy, but at my 6 week check, I did find out I gained 34 lbs, and had 10 left to lost (it was technically 5 weeks postpartum). I was joking during pregnancy when I said I had a basketball, but really, I did. I left the hospital looking like I delivered the basketball, and while I definitely still had weight on me, it was just different than Annabelle. Coming home and feeling great was amazing because I had Annabelle that needed cared for!
In the first two-three weeks, I probably went on 4 walks. Getting both kids out of the house and walking with a double stroller was really tough, so I just didn’t do it much. We did get out of the house a lot, but just not for walks. That was the extent of my exercise. Since I did teach classes through pregnancy, as well as workout up until the end, the doctors cleared me to resume once I felt better. I chose to start working out (minus maybe 3-4 workouts I did before this) at the 5 week mark. Truthfully, I chose that as I wanted to complete the 21 Day Fix before vacation, and I felt good.
I finished the 21 Day Fix the Saturday we left for vacation. I did not do the eating plan. I did try to eat healthier, but those breastfeeding cravings are intense, lol. Some days I felt like I was never full, too. I am contemplating doing the eating plan with the next program I choose, but even still, I still think the 21 Day Fix gave me results. I think it’s a great program to tone up, and there are enough modifications that you can choose to do when starting out. My core was not strong (still isn’t super strong), so I had to modify core exercises at times, which was fine! I just loved getting workouts in.
Speaking of, I typically get my workouts in during Annabelle’s breakfast or lunch. She loves watching me work out, and I even caught her doing the warm up the one day when I was in the kitchen getting her lunch ready! It was adorable. I have also gotten a few in before the kids woke up, which is my favorite way to start the day. She loves when mom “works out” and does push ups, squats, and squat jumps with me! It’s so fun!
Here are my results:
Before on the left, After on the right
Before on the left, after on the right.
I definitely still have inches to lose in my darn hips. My pre-pregnancy pants are still tight. I know it will come with time, though! I was 4 lbs above pre-pregnancy after vacation.
I’ve also gone on probably 6-7 runs since I was cleared to exercise. One has been with Annabelle in the jogging stroller, but I’ve done a few 2 milers around my neighborhood, and a few 3 milers on the treadmill. I plan to stay in that range for a little bit and work on speed.
Where from here:
Burn Bootcamp is opening up on Monday, and I have a free 30 days which I plan to use. Sadly the prices are too high for me so I’m not sure I’ll be able to join. Then, my plan is to join Beachbody On Demand (I truly love their programs!) and I’m thinking of starting the newest, Shift Shop. I’ve heard crazy good things about it.
I’d like to add in some more runs. I am not training for anything, so 2-3 miles will be enough, especially if it’s in my plan which is full of hills! I love running, but it’s just not as easy to get to right now. Annabelle loved coming for a run with me, so I may try for more of those in the evening when Aaron gets home, as well.
My core is still weak. I want to make sure I’m doing 2-3 ab workouts a week so I can rebuild it. My back is definitely weak, and I don’t want that to cause low back pain soon.
Above all else, I’m happy with where I am. I gave birth to two beautiful babies and I am extremely thankful. I truly believe working out and staying active during my pregnancy helped me the most in my recovery. I did the same with Annabelle, though, and my recovery with her wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t super easy, so I know it’s always going to be different. If you are giving birth soon, or just gave birth, make sure you give yourself time and grace. When I didn’t want to work out, I didn’t. I rested instead. Those first few weeks are hard . There’s no doubt about it. Do your best to get through them and remember exercise will always be there. The cuddles won’t be.