Month 3-A gift for Gab

I can’t believe I’m writing this post.  Time seems to go faster as you get older-throw a baby into the mix and it just flies.  Already, the first month of her life seems like such a blur and I’m so thankful that I have this blog to reference back and remember.  A co-worker of mine has a 5 week old and while we were at lunch a few days ago, it was relieving to hear that I wasn’t the only one who thought the first month was the hardest.  Right now she feels like there’s just no end in sight, but I reassured her that it DOES get better and so much more fun.  I hate to hear about people having a tough time but that the same time it’s nice to know that you’re not alone.

Sleep.  So today I got a pleasant surprise-Madelyn slept for 12 hours!!! And I finally got 8 hours of peaceful sleep.  I don’t remember the last time I slept for more than 6 hours (which I really shouldn’t complain about with a newborn).  Since going back to work, I’ve been averaging about 5 hours of sleep.  After I get her to bed, I get things ready for daycare the next day.  I really hope that she keeps up the longer stretches of sleep during the weekends.  I woke up feeling refreshed today and only needed to stop at Sbux because of their 2 for 1 holiday drinks :-)

Eat. I can’t wait to start giving her solids and  introducing her to new foods.  She’s getting to the point now where she doesn’t want to be in her chair during dinner time-she wants to be up at the table with us.  Her eyes get so huge when she watches us eat our “grown up” food.  Breastfeeding is still going really well.  I get to pump at least twice a day at work and I’ve avoided formula the past 3 months.  I’m not opposed to it, but I’m really proud that I’ve been able to keep her on straight breast milk.  My goal is to breastfeed for at least 6 months-we’ll see what happens after that.

Play.  Every morning, when I wake Madelyn up for daycare, I am greeted with a big smile. It’s the best possible way to start out my day.  When I take her over to the changing table, she sits and tells me all about her dreams and even sings me a song from time to time.  It’s the best sound in the world.  Occasionally, she’ll even blow bubbles with her mouth. Today, during tummy time, she lifted herself up and turned onto her back.

What she loves. Her hands.  I cannot keep them out of her mouth.  Her mama :-) A few weeks ago, my mom was holding her and I came up along side her and Madelyn flung her body reach toward me.  She definitely knows who I am & that’s a good feeling.  She also loves hearing herself talk…definitely her father’s daughter! ;-)

Me-3 Months postpartum.  So today I had my first postpartum body breakdown.  I was at Kohls’ with my family doing some shopping, trying to find something to wear for Madelyn’s baptism.  Nothing I liked fit me and it was pretty depressing a big reality check that my body is not what it used to be.  I came home and just started balling.  Larry asked me what was wrong and I through my sobs I said, “Nothing fits me anymore!!!” Waaah!  While this may be true to some point, things just fit me differently.  I have a pair of jeans that are actually too big for me now (they fit prior to getting pregnant) and I have jeans that fit me before the baby that I can’t fit into right now.  It’s weird and I’m still getting used to it.  I still have about 5 pounds left to go before I get down to my pre-pregnancy weight and about 20 pounds until my goal weight.  I have an awesome husband who I could tell wanted to laugh at my overreaction, but instead took me in his arms and reminded me that my body just did something pretty awesome and it’s not going to bounce back overnight.

She is pretty awesome and one of my greatest accomplishments.  She has taught me so much about myself in the past three months and I thank God for her every single day.

In the past Few Weeks…

One thing I’ve learned since going back to work full-time?  Weekly blogging with a newborn is pretty impossible for me.  My day starts out at 4am: I pump, get ready for work, get little miss up and ready for daycare, feed her, make myself some coffee and we’re out the door at 5:50ish a.m.  I drop her off at daycare around 6 and am at work by 6:30 am.  I work 10 hour days and am lucky enough to have an hour a day to workout-so really it ends up being about a 9 hour day.  I leave work between 4:30-4:45pm to pick up Madelyn from daycare and I get home around 5pm.  When I get home, I get settled in, make dinner, spend time with my husband & baby and start our bedtime routine around 8:30-9.  I’m usually in bed around 9:45-10.  Sleep & repeat.  It’s a very long day but it’s worth the 3 day weekend I get to enjoy :-)

Since my last post we’ve had some pretty eventful things happening here:

1. Madelyn came down with a cold and got so congested that we ended up at an Urgent Care.  The little girl had such a hard time breathing it scared the bejeezus out of Larry and me.

2. Whatever germs Madelyn picked up from daycare, she decided to share with the rest of us and we all took turns being sick the past few weeks.

3. I celebrated 28 years of life.  After a certain age, birthdays stop being exciting.  I was at the tail end of a really bad cold this year and we had drill the following day, so I spent my birthday with my family eating pizza, drinking wine & snacking on birthday cake. It was perfect.

4.  I ventured down to Chicago with my husband and mom and we ran The Hot Chocolate 5k.  It was my first run postpartum and it felt really good.  I ran with my mom whose pace is  just a tad slower than mine-but I wasn’t trying to set any PR with this little race.  My only goal was to have fun-which I did!

5.  I’ve had a not so great few weeks of tracking my weekly weight watchers points.  The good news is I haven’t gained any weight. Bad news? I haven’t lost weight either.  Another blogger pointed out to me that MyFitnessPal DOES take into account breastfeeding so I may be switching back to that because A-it’s free and B-I had success with it before I got pregnant.

6. I found an “in studio” barre class to take in the Milwaukee area.  I liked it, but I want to try another class during the week before I give a full review.

7. Hubs and I spent the night in Chicago this weekend for some much needed husband/wife time.  My mom kept Madelyn for us while we wined and dined in the Windy city.  It was hard leaving her behind but I had peace of mind knowing she was at home and in good hands.  We found a good price on and stayed in a really nice hotel located right off of Michigan Ave.

Larry took me on a little shopping spree and out to dinner at RPM Italian.  I’m a HUGE fan of Giuliana & Bill so I was super excited to try out their new restaurant.  Like every other Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, it did not disappoint.  The food was awesome, the service was spectacular, and the atmosphere was very Modern without being too pretentious.  Their entrees were made to share which I like when you have a small group because then you get to try a variety of foods.  It was a fun getting all dressed up to go out.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done that and Chicago is the perfect city for it.

I’m off to browse through the Thanksgiving issue of the Food Network magazine.  I’m hosting for the first time this year and I’m pretty excited/nervous! Wish me luck!

Pumpkin pie is a must-have at our Thanksgiving dinner.  Larry loves it!  I love mixing cranberry sauce and stuffing together the day after.

What’s your favorite/must have Thanksgiving entree?