Just like that the holidays are over and last week my baby turned 6 months old! This is my third time through this and I really thought that at 6 months I would still have a snuggly little baby who I can hold all day long. How did I forget that it all goes way too fast? My sweet little boy is on the move and I am holding onto ever last snuggle he is willing to give me.
My Postpartum Journey
After doing this three times I have learned that this journey postpartum is fluid and you have to be flexible. Some weeks getting up at 5:00am feeding a baby, getting in my workout and then coming home and tackling the day with the rest of the kiddos is completely doable and other weeks it completely isn’t. Right when I think I have it all under control something happens: like I have to start feeding him solids because he is 6 months or he starts moving! Finally with this third child I have learned to let go of a lot of things and take more time for the Lord- it is truly wonderful.
Little Boy, S
Well hasn’t he just grown up in this last month?!? He is sitting up, he is army crawling across the floor and continues to just light up the room with his contagious smile and laugh. He has had avocado, banana, sweet potato and rice cereal and loves it. He does so well with the food and it sort of makes me sad. I am still nursing him 4-5 times a day and I hope to make it about 16-18 months with him. I nursed the other two for 16 months and then was pregnant again and stopped so we will see how it goes this time (I won’t be pregnant, though).
Even with the busy holidays, I have stuck to five workouts a week. There may have been a week in there where I only got in four workouts, but I don’t stress about that anymore. I actually have felt in the last month I was a little weaker than normal on my lifting days (read more about it in nutrition). Overall, I am still happy with my progress. I don’t weigh myself often because I don’t want that to be my motivator. I feel great and that is what matters. I also can fit into all my clothes with some items just being tighter around my belly still. I am probably about 5-8 pounds away from my normal weight depending on the day. I know it will come, but it is not much of a concern to me. I am also focusing a lot on healing my diastasis recti through physical therapy (more on this soon).
With my kitchen not getting finished until 4 days before Christmas my nutrition became worse and worse as each week went passed and I was feeling it in the gym. I was feeling weaker. Where as most people indulge in carbs when they want quick things to eat, I am not like that and I was feeling it. I learned that there is a time and place for those carbs and I was lacking them and could feel it in my energy and in my workouts. A lot of nights I would just eat chicken or eggs for dinner and was missing my night time carbs. I am excited to hone in on my nutrition next week with my online boot campers. We will be focusing on fueling our temples to make us feel great and carry us through our workouts each day.
I feel like with being 6 months postpartum and Spring around the corner (at least I hope), I can have a few more defined goals. As the holiday season comes to an end I always get the itch to get back out and run a little more. So here are my updated goals:
- Half Marathon: I am still choosing between a spring half marathon, but I really think that is on my list.
- Spartan Race: I have signed up for the Spartan Sprint with some friends and am so excited for the obstacles.
- Pull Ups: 1 pullup and now I am working on 3 in a row! I can do it!
- 5 Workouts: It is important to me to stick to my 5 workouts a week.
- Steps: I don’t have a fitness tracker that counts my steps, but I want to get out and even walk more. At least once a week I am vowing to put on some headphones and a podcast and go walk outside. Especially through the winter it is important for me to get outside. And on the days I don’t, even just walking up and down my stairs more. Maybe I will get something that tracks my steps? I don’t even know where I want to be.
- ENJOY: I am taking this all one day at a time and enjoying this season of life because before I know it I will have 3 kiddos in school all day.
As I close this post, I can’t believe I am half way through the first year with my last baby. Time truly does fly by. I am extremely proud of where I am on this postpartum journey. I am proud of my progress with getting back into my fitness routine and eating well, but I am mostly proud of the way I have embraced this time of life and have stayed present for my family as well as grown in my faith.