Back to It

When I found out I was pregnant and due early November, I realized I would be in my postpartum period over all the holiday goodness. Thankfully, Isla’s birthday was close enough to the holidays that it’s still acceptable to rock stretchy maternity jeans.

I told myself that I wouldn’t start worrying about trying to lose baby weight until after the holidays and until Isla had established a good eating schedule. Since this is the last maternity leave that I’ll ever get, I also promised myself that I wouldn’t do anything but cuddle my new baby for two weeks after she was born. Done and done. For two weeks, I didn’t lift a finger. It was amazing.

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Even though I didn’t really contribute to any household chores during that time, I still couldn’t sit still. The weather has been wonderful for this time of year here in Wisconsin, so we managed a few family walks those first few weeks. Once the weather got cooler, I was on my own. The cool temps felt so refreshing after being inside all day. For the first few weeks I kept the mileage to about two miles or thirty minutes of fast walking. At about four weeks postpartum, I was feeling pretty good and started to add some running in there. Talk about humbling. I stayed pretty active my whole pregnancy, so for that reason I wasn’t expecting it to be so difficult. My legs itched like crazy and my lungs hated me. Not to mention my lower abdominal strength being completely gone. I have some work ahead of me.

I’ve been getting out as often as I can and running the treadmill during nap time and it is getting a little easier than that first time a few weeks ago.

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On Sunday, my sister and I laced up our running shoes and headed out for a run by my mom’s house. It was my first “real” run. We had a distance goal and got it done! We set out to run 3 miles and it felt really good. We ran around Humbolt Park…

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and by the time we got back to my mom’s we were at 2.3 miles. So we ran around a few blocks and during that last stretch of distance, I was running close enough to my old pace again that I was hopeful it won’t be much longer to be back to where I was.

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And I celebrated my first glorious postpartum run with grandma’s 75th birthday cake…

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My first “race” will be a 5k in January. I’m excited to see how I do and where I am as far as speed goes by then. Now that I’ve added cardio back into my life, I’m looking forward to take a barre class next week! My sister and I are doing the last blast of 2015 (75 minute cardio class), but I’m hoping to sneak in a regular barre class before then.

How do you celebrate a really great run?

Any advice on returning back to running after pregnancy or an injury?

What’s on your schedule as far as races go in 2016?

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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Happy 2 Months Madelyn

It’s been an absolute joy getting to know this little person over the past two months.  I know I said this last month, and probably will continue to say it, but time goes by way. too. quickly.

Watching her grow and discover new things (like her hands) has been incredibly awesome.  One day, while we were playing and learning in her room my sister came over. Madelyn’s face immediately lit up at the sight of her and she started kicking her legs in excitement.  It was the cutest thing ever.  Her smiles are becoming more social now and are not to be confused with gas :-) She smiles at me most when I have her the changing table-girlfriend hates dirty diapers.

Sleep. Well, Larry and I hit the baby jackpot with this kid.  I told him that I don’t want another baby because this one is just too great that I’m scared we’ll get a problem child the second time around!  She sleeps through the night.  Consistently.  I lay her down around 9:30-10pm and she sleeps until about 5:30 a.m.  Sometimes she’ll wake up around 4am but for me, that’s about the time I’m waking up for work anyway.  On the weekends however, it’s a little bit of a struggle for me-but I feed her and she usually goes right back to sleep until about 8 am or so.  I feel bad telling new moms this because I know that she’s the exception-at least among my new mom girlfriends anyway.

Eat.  Luckily she started taking a bottle right away, so there hasn’t really been any issues with her eating habits transitioning into daycare.  Today was her first day there.  While I was on maternity leave, I pumped and stored enough milk so that she would have some for daycare.  While I was at work today, I managed to pump 3 times and produced 12 oz of milk, so she has enough breast milk for a 2nd day at daycare.  They did give us a container of formula to use just in case I ran out of milk.  After day 1 of work, we’re still doing good in that area.  My job is pretty good about letting me go pump at random times throughout the day.

What she loves.  Her crib!  The first night we put her in it was the best night of sleep for everyone.  She woke up at 4am to eat and then went back to sleep until 9am!!  I finally had to wake HER up.  We have a little sleepy head on our hands.  She’s becoming more intrigued by her play mat and her soother that’s in her crib.  I have a mirror in the car so that when I’m driving I can see her and she enjoys starring at herself in that as well :-)

Me-2 months postpartum.  I had a very easy pregnancy.  My morning sickness was barely existent.  I was able to remain active throughout my entire pregnancy-I walked two miles the day I went into labor.  Everyone was healthy & happy.  I had a very short & natural labor.  When Madelyn was born, she latched on right away and I had zero problems breastfeeding.  Everything was going along way too perfectly.  I was just waiting for something bad to happen-like Charlotte in Sex and the City the movie.  I few weeks after she was born I developed a rash all over my body.  I had read in one of my baby books that some women have a reaction to the influx of oxytocin in their bodies.  I was worried that this was from that and that I would have to give up breastfeeding, because the itching was awful.  I saw my doctor twice for this issue before she referred me to a dermatologist who then diagnosed me with PUPPP (Pruritic Uticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy).  No one knows why certain woman get it, but it usually arrives in the 3rd trimester and goes away with delivery.  In rare instances (like myself) it can last well into the postpartum period.  BUT the good news is that it only happens with first time pregnancies so this shouldn’t deter me from having anymore kids (according to the dermatologist).  She put me on anti-itch meds and creams and I just have to wait it out until it works its way around my body.  It started on my stomach and spread to my legs, arms, and back.  I’ve been taking lots of oatmeal baths and applying ice to the itchy areas to keep from scratching.

The same time that I was battling this rash, I also developed mastitis.  When it rains, it truly pours.  I woke up one morning before Madelyn with an awful pain in my right breast.  At first I thought it was because she was sleeping so long at night that I was engorged, but I had never felt pain like this before.  I woke her up to eat, and then came the chills, vomiting and fever.  The doctor put me on antibiotics and told me to NURSE, NURSE, NURSE!  And to pump out whatever she wasn’t finishing.  I truly believe that all the nursing & a very long nap helped with me feeling better already later that day.  I’m so thankful for my mom-who took off of work to come help me with Madelyn while this was going on.  In the hindsight of it all, I think to myself that if this is the worst thing that has happened to me, I should consider myself lucky.  I have a healthy, happy baby who came into this world full speed ahead and at the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

I’m looking forward to seeing what month 3 has in store for us.