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Hello!  Greetings from the other side of motherhood.  I’ve been navigating my way through this new world and trying to establish what is my new normal.  My water broke on Saturday evening January 6 and our daughter was born at 9:46 am on Sunday January 7th.  I’ll expand on her birth story in a later post– for now I just wanted to post a quick update.

I spent Monday and Tuesday in the hospital and we were discharged around 6 pm Tuesday evening.  Our first night home was O.K.  A tad better than expected– but then we had our first scare with our new addition and had to go to the children’s hospital emergency room Wednesday evening– more on that later, too.  Luckily, my husband was able to be home with me for the first week as we lived in a perpetual state of feeding, burping, changing, and rocking to sleep.  Most of that first week is a big blur.  And then the following Monday my daughter, Alice, and I were on our own.  My biggest fear was that she would have a crying fit and I wouldn’t be able to calm her down and there would be no one to help me.  But, that didn’t happen and we made it through.

Anyway.

I didn’t spend much time the first week thinking about myself– it was all about her.  And then, I did take some time for myself.  I managed to take a shower, put on an “outfit” and do some hair and makeup.  During week 2 things got a bit easier each day.  The weekends are the best though because my husband is home and I get longer periods of time to take care of myself.  And, on Saturday we had Grandma over to visit.  In the photo above I am wearing a newly purchased nursing top from Old Navy and my pre-pregnancy jeans.  But, full disclosure: they aren’t fully zipped OR buttoned.  I’m wearing my belly band to disguise that fact.

On Wednesday of this week I actually managed to take an outfit photo.  I wanted to take a 2 week postpartum photo with my daughter but I ran out of time.  I wore this burgundy v-neck sweater and dark wash boot cut jeans to Alice’s doctor’s appointment.  (These are also pre-pregnancy jeans.)  I wanted to take a side photo to start documenting my postpartum journey back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am not really paying too much attention to it now– I’ve decided to wait to really start the journey until after my 6-week check-up when I should be cleared for physical activity.  Plus, I am breast-feeding so I have to make sure that I am focusing on eating well to support milk production and not focusing too much on dieting and losing weight.  But! without even trying– simply by just having a baby I’ve lost 24 lbs.  :). That is very exciting to me.  I gained a total of 44 lbs. over the course of my pregnancy and I was working on losing weight when I got pregnant so from my heaviest (184 lbs.) I want to lose a total of 50 lbs. My goal weight is 134 lbs. and from where I am currently (160 lbs.) I have 26 lbs. to lose.  Again, more on that later!

I want to try to get back to posting but I can’t make any promises.  I’m still struggling with trying to find time to shower each day.

-Carla

 

Real Pants

Monday, January 1st, was my husbands birthday.  We didn’t have any big mind-boggling plans given the fact that we are fast approaching my due date (Jan. 8) and basically on Baby Watch.  Also, his birthday does tend to get overlooked since it is also a “holiday.”  I do everything that I can to make sure that we celebrate him and his birthday but that’s the bad part about having a birthday on or near a holiday.

We rang in the New Year with champagne (for him) and sparkling white grape juice (for me) while toggling back and forth between the Ryan Seacrest and Steve Harvey celebrations on t.v.  After we rang in the new year I gave him his birthday presents.  He had asked for some new workout gear so I got him a new pair of running shorts, t-shirt, and some athletic pants in size tall that aren’t floods.  Also, I bought him a Bob Ross chia pet and some other little things.

We went to bed around 2am and then had a lazy day.  We did need to go grocery shopping and he has been talking about wanting wings so I suggested that we go out to dinner to celebrate his birthday and then go grocery shopping after.  He agreed and I got showered and dressed.  I was quite proud of myself for putting on real pants to go out to dinner.  I paired my khaki maternity pants with a navy and white striped maternity t-shirt and added a brown grandpa style cardigan for warmth.  Lastly, I slid my feet into my knock-off Sperry’s and called it good to go.

After dinner we went to the grocery store but they had closed early for the holiday which we were not aware of.  It wasn’t too heartbreaking though since neither one of us really wanted to go grocery shopping.  LOL.  So, we came back home and just hung out the rest of the night.

I am 39 weeks pregnant and ready to get this show on the road.  I am just trying to take one day at a time and not be too whiny or complain-y.  I’m not sure I’m doing too good of a job but I am trying.

-Carla

Thursday I managed to do what almost seems impossible these days: my hair, makeup, and outfit.  Yes, I know– you are thinking, so what?  But, that’s a big triumph for me.  Now, I know that I didn’t do much with my hair– after all, I did pull it back and clip it up with a barrette, but it’s something.  Also, I really liked the way that my eye makeup came out that day.  I didn’t do anything superbly special or different– it just came together effortlessly.

My outfit isn’t anything earth-shattering but based on my limited options I felt that it was a good choice.  These olive-green pants from Old Navy have finally gotten to the point where I can no longer zip and button them.  I couldn’t believe that they were able to work as long as they did seeing as they are non-maternity.  For this outfit I pulled out the belly band to disguise the fact that the pants can’t zip or button.  Luckily, the shirt had a lot of length to it so it helps to conceal everything.  I added the maroon cardigan for warmth and went with slip on shoes.

The funny thing is that I didn’t even do anything remarkable that day.  I put all that effort in just to make a trip to Target and the grocery store to pick up a few things for Christmas dinner.  But, it did feel good to put in the time and the effort.

As I’m writing this it’s Christmas Eve and my husband and I just got home from seeing Star Wars.  I wanted to see it last weekend but he wanted a lazy weekend and I couldn’t begrudge him that.  But, I was also concerned with the holidays and the impending birth of our daughter that we wouldn’t get to go see it– but we did and I am extremely grateful.  I’m thinking of it as an early Christmas present– perhaps what might be our last date for a very long time.

Merry Christmas,

Carla