Here we are and another month has passed by and we now have a 7 month old in our home. (In all actuality he is 7 months plus a week in a half because it always take me forever to get around to this post.) To be honest, I am not sure how many more of these “Postpartum Journey” posts I will write. I don’t really feel postpartum any more, but here is how we are doing 7 months after bringing this sweet boy into the world.
My Postpartum Journey
I am still nursing and yes I still have a baby, but at the same time so many baby things are gone, which is starting to make me feel sad. I officially have no more maternity clothes or larger size jeans (shouldn’t that make me happy?). We have gotten rid of our baby swing, gumbo, 4 ounce bottles and a ton of baby clothes. The afternoon snuggles have ceased which makes me terribly sad. Some days S even sleeps until 7:30am and I miss that 5am feeding where it is just him and me. This morning he work up at 5am and after nursing him I let him just snuggly on my chest for a good 15 minutes before putting him back in my crib. Although I miss the little baby stage, at 7 months old he continues to fill our house with so much joy!
Little Boy, S
Last month I talked about him sitting up and army crawling and this month the sitting up has stopped, but not because he can’t. S chooses not to sit up and play nicely with toys and books. If you put him down to sit and play, he immediately knocks himself down so that he can start crawling across the floor. He is fast! He is really good at grabbing things too: crayons, necklace, hair, you name it, he will grab it!
We have dropped that 5th feeding and we are down to 4 feedings a day. He has taken a liking to solid food way faster than the other two. He loves his sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Although he is quite the eater, he is still only about the 25% percentile for height and weight.
We added making all kinds of sounds and clapping his hands to the list of fun things he can do this month as well as two teeth! He makes all kinds of noises and patty cake seems to be his favorite game. He still loves to play peek-a-book with his sister and brother too.
Not much has changed in my fitness game: I am still rocking my 5 workouts per week with most of the days being lifting and a little bit of cardio. I have been running sprints about once a week and on Sunday I did a 7 mile run with some friends. That was my first long run in months! Actually it may have been my longest run since having S now that I think about it.
Before running this race I had no clue how I was going to do it since I haven’t been running anything besides sprints. I have probably only run 2 miles at a time since Thanksgiving Day and those two miles are always in interval format: you know, run a little, rest a little and repeat that. I was shocked when I finished the 7 mile race in 57:37 which is an 8:14 pace. This just shows that cross training works, strength training works and you don’t have to log a ton of miles to be a “runner”.
Truth be told when it comes to my weight, I am about 3-5 pounds (depending on the day) away from my pre baby weight and all my clothes fit like normal. I dropped below a certain amount and saw the first two numbers of my normal weight recently and it didn’t make me overly happy- it was the strangest thing. I really thought that once I got below that certain number I’d be happy, but it was just another day. It showed me that I have truly made a transformation in my thinking. I feel great about myself, what my body can do and all the other blessings God has given me that a number on the scale does not bring me happiness.
My nutrition has been great and right on track besides for a week of vacation where I did things like eat pizza, have a midday beer and order dessert, but that is okay. When we returned from our trip it was right back to our normal eating and I did not sweat about it at all. In fact, I have had so much fun trying new recipes and fueling my family with good, yummy meals and feel proud that even my children are eating better. MD downed a piece and a half of tilapia the other night and C ate all her green beans without me asking. (What is happening?!?!) I am very pleased with not just my nutrition, but the nutrition of my whole family.
- Half Marathon: still debating on whether I am going to do a half marathon or 10k this Spring or do both.
- 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 have done a terrible job at this. I haven’t gotten in any walks with a podcast, but I am making it happen. By the next time I write this post I will have 4 walks in and 4 podcasts. I don’t have a fitness tracker yet and am still contemplating on whether to buy one or an Apple watch.
- ENJOY: I have been enjoying every single part of being a mom of three. My 4 years old is cracking me up, my 2 year old keeps me on my toes and that 7 month old pulls at my heart strings.
At 7 months postpartum I feel proud and blessed. I am so blessed that God has entrusted me to raise three babies and has given me the health to keep up with them. I feel proud of my transformation, not physically, but mentally and spiritually. Although each month brings less baby stuff in our home and that makes me a little sad, it is truly a sweet job to be on this journey of motherhood.