Just like any major life change, the last four weeks have been a big adjustment period for everyone. Leo and I are exhausted, E is trying to figure our his new role as "big brother" and poor Baby W is just trying to make sense of night and daytime.
The first lesson I have learned as a new mom of two:
Celebrate the everyday small victories!
I will be honest. This morning has been really overwhelming.
As I sat at the kitchen table comforting the gassy baby and answering the toddler's millionth question while we ate lunch, that first lesson dawned on me. This new season in life greatly overwhelms me when I think too far ahead to what I need to do tomorrow or the next week or month.
Everything goes so much better when I take the day one moment at a time.
- The toddler actually ate some homemade mac n' cheese for lunch.
- Sometimes Baby W gives me a 4-hour chunk of sleep at night.
- I mowed the lawn today and it felt really good.
- Cloth diapering a newborn has been 100 times better than I expected!
- I did 2.5 miles of RUN-walk intervals on the treadmill this morning. It's great to run again!
- We baked chocolate chip banana muffins.
- I am loving the Fruit of the Spirit devotional from SheReadsTruth!
Baby & Body Update: One Month
- Has an easy-going personality.
- Loves cuddles.
- Gained 2 lbs by three weeks old!
- Eats. A LOT.
- SMILES! Though I haven't caught it on camera yet...
- Spits up big-time at least once a day (seriously).
1 Month Postpartum:
Baby W was born at 38 weeks and I gained a total of 25 lbs. At 1 month postpartum, I am down 22 lbs though I still have a little "baby belly".
My focus isn't getting rid of those extra 3 lbs but instead finding my "new normal" body and a regular exercise routine again.
Exercise - My main exercise was walking with the boys in the double stroller, wrangling the toddler and nursing a whole lot. At 4 weeks postpartum, I started run-walk intervals and that has felt great! I am starting with 2 minute walk/3 minute run intervals and easing into more running over the next month.
Running Goals -
July: Run (or run-walk) a local 5k.
4 Months Postpartum: Run a half marathon.
1 Year Postpartum: Run a full marathon.
Nutrition - I need to drink more water to keep up with nursing and pumping. I'm working on including more protein and fiber in my diet. Hungry all... the... time. While I'm up in the middle of the night, I always have a granola bar or muffin sitting by the bed. My goal in the next months is to make healthier snack choices - not to eat less but to eat better.
Emotionally/Mentally - Baby W has been such a joy to take care of! My challenge has been E's moodiness that came up after W's birth. He is now ultra independent and is certain he doesn't need mom anymore. His favorite phrase: "I do'ed it myself!" His potty training didn't regress but this attitude change is something I didn't expect from him! I am learning big lessons in patience... that is for sure.
What mindset helps you adjust to major life change?
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