I haven’t written a true postpartum post since 6.5 months postpartum, so I figured it was about time to give you a little update before I hit the one year mark of being a mama. Xander turns 10 months on Tuesday, so look out for his update then!
It seems like the most common aspect of a new mom’s postpartum journey is related to “getting her body back.” While this shouldn’t be the main focus, I suppose we’ll start there before moving on. If you’ve followed along in my postpartum journey, you’ll recall that losing the weight I gained came easily. I honestly didn’t do anything special, my body just did what it wanted to do. I’m breastfeeding, taking care of Xander, and leading an active lifestyle. I didn’t regularly start working out until I was 12 weeks postpartum because I was so sleep deprived, even though I received clearance at 6 weeks postpartum.
Now at 10 months postpartum, I’m 8-10 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. This was the weight I dropped to during my first trimester when I lacked appetite and extremely tired. Apparently, this is an easy place for my body to get to naturally. I feel strong. I’ve worn a bikini. I’m confident in this body. Of course I have goals to improve in areas, but at the same time my body doesn’t “feel postpartum” – whatever that is suppose to mean. My body feels like me. I had a recent discussion with John about the word postpartum and when do you stop using that term? I’m ditching it for sure at 1 year, at which you’ll receive one last update.
I’ve run four races since having Xander and I’m improving every step of the way. A 10K in October (pace: 11:36), a ten miler in October (pace: 11:32), a five miler in December (pace: 10:51), a 5K in January (pace: 9:57).
I completed Tina’s 8 week Best Body Bootcamp program and just started another round. Adding weight training into my routine has made me stronger. I’m never neglecting my body of weight training again. I’m confident that this is what is helping me stay in shape even when I don’t run for a week.
I wish I could say that I get 8 hours of consecutive sleep a night, however, this is further from the truth. Little mister has only slept 8 consecutive hours 3 times in his whole life (two of which were back to back nights and I slept for 7ish of those hours!) Xander is very sensitive to changes when it comes to his sleep. Teething? Sleep thrown off for a month. Traveling? Sleep thrown off for a week. We’ve recognized that he’s going to do what he wants to do and we just have to roll with it. Luckily, when he wakes up at night he’s not up to play. He up to eat or just needs help settling. So there is plenty of room for improvement, but I’m functioning okay.
I actually think that working out helps me get a more restful periods of sleep than if I weren’t to workout. I know this might seem counter intuitive to some, since working out requires energy and if I’m tired I don’t have the energy, but working out seems to energize me! Hope you see what I’m saying here!
Being a mom suits me. I love taking care of Xander every day. I love seeing his day to day developments. We get out of the house each day. We set up play dates. He learns from me; I learn from him.
Somedays I wish there were more hours. I tend to always wish my house were cleaner and more organized. There are events that pop up that would be fun to attend that ultimately don’t work out with the schedule of a baby. But 24 hours in the day is enough. My house is clean enough. Events are events and more will come up. The first year of a baby’s life is so so precious and I wouldn’t trade any little thing for the experiences Xander and I give each other.
I’ve pretty much decided that until Xander is done breastfeeding it’s going to be difficult to do more “things.” Travel more, have a girls night here and there, go on an overnight trip without the boys… But those “things” will be there… those “things” are just things. Time with Xander? Experiences with him? Those aren’t things I can get back.
10 months postpartum and on cloud 9.