1 month postpartum!

8 Jul

Is this post a few days late? Yes.

Am I a complete nut who barely has time to shower, let alone blog? Yes.

Am I trying my best? Yes.

Geez, it’s been rough, man.

When do toddlers turn into human beings? I’m really counting on the fact that one day….just one day…my 3 year old wild animal will turn into a civilized human being. I’ve heard this may take another year or two. Two?!!! Help!

In other news, my little señor is a month old! I can’t believe it. It’s depressing how fast they grow!

I had a pretty rough week last week. I came down with mastitis. If anyone has experienced this, they know how awful mastitis is. As if I hadn’t suffered enough through pregnancy, childbirth, and exhaustion…

Mastitis is an infection of the breast usually caused by a plugged duct. It causes unbearable pain in the affected breast, fever, shakes, cold sweats, aches and pains all over your body…you basically feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. Sounds like fun huh? Add a newborn, a wild animal to tame (aka toddler), having to breastfeed more out of the affected breast…a recipe for success! Not. Thankfully, I got me so antibiotics and started feeling better within 48 hours.

Let’s get the the actual update now.

Don’t forget, from now on I will be posting monthly.

Let’s talk about the baby first…because, cute.

Here is what he looks like at 1 month old. He’s changed so much already but still looking a whole lot like big brother

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Just for fun, here’s a pic of my oldest when he was a baby, and his little brother. Can you tell who’s who?

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Breastfeeding

Besides the mastitis, breastfeeding is going well. My supply is starting to establish and level out. We are approaching the 6 week growth spurt and so nursing has been around the clock these days. On July 4th, we spent the entire day nursing, pretty much.

Sleep

He is still waking, on average, every 2-2 1/2 hours. Randomly, he will go 4. We are still co sleeping and loving it. The only problem is having 4 humans on a king size bed. Did you know they don’t make anything bigger than a California King (longer not wider) here in he states? I’m starting to consider importing an emperor size bed from the UK. If not, I’m going to have to start transitioning big brother out on his own. I don’t want him to feel like little brother took his place so I would have to transition both and I’m not ready for the little one to be out of bed yet. It’s so much easier when breastfeeding.

Milestones

They don’t do much at this age but we are doing tummy time and I feel like he almost smiles. I can’t wait to see his cute smile! This usually happens around 2 months.

Now onto mommy…

Body and Diet

I broke through the plateau last week. Thank goodness. Remember that professional I was seeking out? Thanks to him and a personalized diet, I was able to shed 4 lbs in the last week and a half. This makes my current weight 165lbs. It’s been really hard since all I crave are sweets when I’m breastfeeding, and I’m hungry all the time. When I’m home I’m okay. I’m not really hungry, just bored. I don’t care though. Nothing worth having is easy.

It was really annoying and hard to watch people eat cookies and BBQ on the 4th of July but I got through it. I will be staying away from events like this, it’s not worth the misery. Lol.

I also went back to the gym this week. I know I know. I’m supposed to wait 6 weeks. I feel fine. I’m not bleeding anymore and I haven’t done anything crazy. Mostly body weight workouts at the gym. No core or jumping exercises until I get the okay from my doctor next week. I had to do SOMETHING.

Here’s what the belly looks like at 1 month postpartum.

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3 Weeks Postpartum Update…

26 Jun

Hello!

This image sums up my life right now.

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It’s still hard! My toddler is hard. The threes are so much worse than the twos. Stick a newborn into the equation and…put a fork in me. I’m so exhausted!

Ok, I’ll stop complaining now.

Besides being the hardest darn thing I’ve ever done…

Moments like these…

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…make it all worth it.

Body and Diet

Are you ready for this? I lost ZERO pounds this week. Yai! Not. Whoever thinks breastfeeding makes you lose weight is full of crap. People who lose all the weight right away would have done so whether they were breastfeeding or not. I think breastfeeding definitely helps shrink your uterus back faster which can get you your waistline back. However, lose weight? I don’t think so. Do you know how hungry breastfeeding moms are? Apparently, prolactin is an appetite stimulant. No kidding.

Anyways, you can imagine how annoyed I am at the lack of weight loss and the hole in my stomach every day. But don’t you worry my friends. A professional has already been sought out, and a specialized diet is underway…just for me. I won’t go through the same thing I always go through to lose weight (starving). I’ll keep you updated on progress.

Here is a pic of the belly. I’m still wearing my Belly Bandit during the day.

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Breastfeeding

I’m still having some latching issues. It’s not enough to make me seek help, yet. My little guy has a shallow latch and when he gets a good latch, he will pull back and pinch. I feel like he’s getting better at it every day. My nipples are still a little sore but nothing too bad. He’s still nursing every 2.5-3 hours at night and every 1-2 hrs during the day.

Sleep

We are waking up every 2.5-3 hrs every night to nurse. This doesn’t bother me too much since we are co sleeping. The worst part is changing diapers! I have to physically get up and turn the light on. Ugh. I can’t complain, really. He’s a great sleeper.

Baby Updates

The umbilical cord stump finally fell off! I feel like it took forever this time! Geez. Now I don’t have to worry about it.

Baby won’t be going back to the doc until 2 months so I don’t know how much he’s weighing. He is definitely growing. All the newborn stuff is getting a little tight on him.

I think that about covers it for today! Next week will be my last weekly update and then I will switch to monthly updates.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week and weekend!

2 weeks postpartum update…

19 Jun

Wow.

Having 2 children is #nojoke. Especially when one is an extremely active 3 year old boy. So friggin hard! I honestly want to run away sometimes. The first week was pretty rough but I think I’m getting the hang of it (kinda). Bottom line…I CANT stay home for 2 months, or 40 days, or whatever any of my Latin people think is appropriate. If I did that, there is a good chance my 3 year old will burn our house to the ground out of boredom. Getting out of the house has helped my tot burn some energy.

Anyways…

Even though it’s difficult, my life feels complete now. I didn’t know how it would be possible to love another child as much as I love my first, but it is. I love them both differently, but no more or less than the other. It’s amazeballs!

Here is what my lil guy looks like at 2 weeks old.

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He’s still looking a whole lot like his big brother! Let’s see what happens in the next few months. He was up to 8lbs and 11oz at his 2 week checkup. Still not as big as his brother was at birth!

Recovery

Recovery has been a breeze this time. I haven’t had any pain down there even though I tore and got a few stitches. Nothing can be worse than my episiotomy experience. I’m feeling pretty good most of the time. I feel like the “baby blues” hit me a little harder this time around 7-10 days postpartum. I was in a bad funk for a few days but I got out of the house for a few days and I felt better. I’m still on the verge of tears most of the time but I’m pretty sure this is normal.

Breastfeeding

Little brother is such a lazy nurser! I’m not used to this! My oldest was very aggressive and latched on perfectly since the moment he came out. Little guy starts to fall asleep and pulls back on the breast which makes him pinch. Ouch! I’m still pretty sore on one side which is not cool 2 weeks pp. I try to unlatch him when he’s latched wrong and make him try again. Other than the latching problem, we are nursing every 2-3 hours. There are times of the day where he has started to cluster feed.

Sleeping

Baby is consistently waking about every 3 hours at night to feed. His diapers also get really full and this is probably the only annoying part of waking because I have to get up and change him. We are still co-sleeping in bed. Not sure when I’ll try to put him in his co-sleeper again. It might sound weird to some people but I actually feel like he’s safer next to me since I can feel his every breathe. Babies naturally sleep longer when they are close to their mother.

Body and Diet

I weighed 169lbs so I lost another 4lbs this week, a total of 14lbs. I gave myself 2 weeks to pig out and eat whatever I wanted since I’m always starving when I breastfeed. Also, it’s fun to pig out and lose weight. It’s the only time in my entire life when this happens. I still have a lot to lose but cleaning up my diet should take care of most of the weight. My body tends to hold on to 5-10lbs until I stop nursing. Let’s see what happens. Getting my diet right has been a challenge. I’m absolutely STARVING all the time. There is no hunger that can compare to breastfeeding hunger. I’m considering seeking a professional to give me a good nutrition plan that will help me lose weight and keep me satiated while I breastfeed. I only know two extremes…starvation and pigging out.

As far as exercise is concerned, I’m dying to get back in the gym! I don’t think I can wait 6 weeks (nor do I think it’s necessary). What are your thoughts? I’m thinking 3-4 weeks is good enough. I don’t plan on going crazy right away. I will hold off on ab exercises and jumping exercises for now. I feel like I’m ready to do some light rowing, or walking. Maybe some body weight squats and lunges…

What do you guys think? When did you start working out again? What exercises did you do?

Here is what my tummy looks like at 2 weeks postpartum. I feel like it looks the same as last week and it’s making me angry but I’m probably being hard on myself.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I’ll check back in a week!

Who knows…maybe I’ll have time to get some recipes posted? Maybe not. Who knows!

Have a great week!

1 Week Postpartum!

12 Jun

Hey guys!

You didn’t get a 40 week update from me because I was kinda busy having a baby! Yes, little man arrived on his due date. It wasn’t spontaneous. I was induced (not part of the plan)… I will leave my birth story for another day. Induction and all, the Hypnobirthing practice I had done throughout my pregnancy helped me fight through about 6 1/2 hrs of my 8 hr labor.

I know what you’re thinking. I was almost there! I should have pushed through the pain for that last hour! I know. The thing is, I wasn’t progressing so I thought I had hours left. I basically went from 3 cm to 10 in an hour.

I wanted to do these updates in video form, but I’m still figuring everything out. Plus, I have a toddler to care for, and we haven’t gotten into any kind of schedule yet. So, for now, I’m doing blog updates. I’ll update weekly for the first month, then monthly after that. So if you are interested in that sort of thing, stay tuned!

First, meet baby Dean!

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He is the cutest little guy in all the land. He also resembles his big brother a whole lot as an infant. I’m curious to see how he develops over the next few months.

He was 7lbs and 14oz at birth, measuring 21 inches long. He lost a few ounces the first few days but by day 5 he was already weighing 8lbs even. I blame the breastmilk!

Recovery

My recovery this time has been sooo much easier and faster. This probably has something to do with it being my second child, but most importantly, I think it’s mainly due to the fact that I didn’t need to have an episiotomy this time. I had a small tear that only required a few stitches. It hasn’t caused me any pain at all, actually. Just some pressure down there when I sit and move around.

The one thing that was much more painful than last time was the contractions (or afterpains) that I had while nursing the first 3-4 days. The contractions were so painful that I felt like I was in labor all over again. The good thing is they went away when I wasn’t nursing.

Breastfeeding

Nursing has also been so much easier this time! My milk came in very fast this time, within 48 hours. My first son was a very aggressive breastfeeder. He nursed all day, everyday. No breaks. No sleep. This baby is much more laid back. I have to wake him up to nurse sometimes. The only problem with this is he’s a lazy nurser and this causes him to have a shallow latch most of the time. I just make sure to unlatch him right away when this happens and re-latch. I’m trying to make sure I don’t go passed 3 hours but on average he is nursing every 2.

Body and Diet

The last number I saw on the scale before induction was 183, giving me a total weight gain of 36 lbs. This morning I weighed 173 which means I’ve lost 10 lbs so far. As far as diet is concerned, I’m not doing any strict diet, yet. I’m keeping it clean throughout the day but I crave sweets during the first weeks of breastfeeding and I’m not depriving myself of them. I’m also chugging down up to a gallon of water a day.

No exercise yet for me.. I’m not sure I’ll wait the full 6 weeks. I may start some light exercise after 3-4 weeks depending on how I feel and if the lochia (bleeding) has stopped.

Also, like last time, I’ve been using my Belly Bandit. I left the hospital in a medium and I’ve already been in the xsmall for 2 days. At first I thought my stomach was taking longer to shrink back but I actually think it’s happening faster this time. I wear it all day and take it off to go to sleep. However, I’m considering wearing it at night too for lower back support. My back bothers me in the area where the epidural was placed.

This is my tummy at 1 week postpartum… The markings are from the belly bandit.

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Sleeping

Dean definitely sleeps so much more than his big brother. If it wasn’t for needing relief from my engorged breasts, we would be sleeping more. I wake him up every two hours to nurse. I try to get to 3 hours sometimes but the pain in my boobs wakes me up. This should eventually regulate itself and I won’t be so uncomfortable.

Here he is sleeping at 1 week old!

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I think I’ve covered it all! If you have any questions, or think I missed something, post to the comments section! Check back next week for another update!

Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there!

39 week update…meh!

29 May

Hey dudes! So yesterday marked 39 weeks of pregnancy…blah! I was hoping to not have to do this post but here I am…still pregnant. I went to the doctor 2 days ago and I’m still at 2 cm dilated. I had a cervical sweep done and it looks like it didn’t work. Baby boy is very comfortable in my belly. Can’t say the same for myself, I am sooo uncomfortable. I’m having acupuncture done on Saturday. Hopefully it triggers something! The doc has scheduled me for an induction on my due date, but I’m really hoping to not need it! Let’s see. Fingers crossed!

Pics and stats below

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Weight Gain: I gained 1 lb this week. This gives me a total of 33 lbs.

Stretch Marks: Nope! I’ve been using BioOil on my belly and Boob Tube on the boobs! I love both products.

Sleep: I don’t sleep all that well. I’m constantly switching sides trying to find a comfortable position.

Anything New?  Unfortunately, no.

Symptoms: Fatigue, cramping, lightning crotch, Braxton hicks, cramps, frequent urination, sciatic pain, ligament pain, my skin feels numb on my upper abdomen (this happened last time), water retention, pain in my ribs and hips when I lay on my side, pressure.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on but they get tight if I eat one bad thing.

Food Cravings: Butter chicken!

Labor signs: Contractions here and there. Still only 2 cm.

Exercise: Walking and squats around the house.

What’s in my hospital bag?? 38 week pregnancy update…

22 May

Hey there!! Lots of exciting things happening right now. I went to the doctor yesterday and I am 2 cm dilated! He thinks it can happen at any moment. I’m hoping it is this week!

As promised, I recorded a video today showing  what I packed in my hospital bag. The bag isn’t complete…there are some things that I use daily that have to be packed the day of. I will leave a full list of everything I plan on taking to the hospital below. Also, I will leave links to the products I mention in the video. I recorded the video on my phone from the YouTube Capture app so the quality isn’t the best. I prefer recording videos and this may be the start of something, I’m not sure. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more videos like this.

See pics, stats, and video below!

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Weight Gain: I gained 1 lb this week. This gives me a total of 32 lbs. You have no idea how proud I am of this! I gained well over 50 lbs last pregnancy and it was depressing and hard to lose. I promised myself this time would be different. It wasn’t easy to stay on track the whole time, but somehow I managed to not ruin it all. Yai me!

Stretch Marks: Nope! I’ve been using BioOil on my belly and Boob Tube on the boobs! I love both products.

Sleep: I don’t sleep all that well. I’m constantly switching sides trying to find a comfortable position.

Anything New? Labor signs!! Cervix completely soft and dilated to 2 cm.

Symptoms: Fatigue, cramping, lightning crotch, Braxton hicks, cramps, frequent urination, sciatic pain, ligament pain, my skin feels numb on my upper abdomen (this happened last time), water retention, pain in my ribs and hips when I lay on my side, morning sickness, and lots of pressure.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on but they get tight if I eat one bad thing.

Food Cravings: Strangely, spicy food. Perfect timing.

Labor signs: Contractions and dilation of 2 cm!

Exercise: Today was the first time I have been able to do anything in the last two weeks. I went for a nice power walk and did some squats at the park. Trying to induce labor!!!

Products mentioned:

Belvah  Quilted 21″ Duffle 

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method

Leading Lady Nursing Bras

Medela Hydrogel Pads

Dappi Washable Organic Cotton Nursing Pads (I totally said disposable in the video, I meant washable)

Belly Bandit

 Nursing Pajama

Honest Diapers

Full Hospital Bag Checklist:

Birth Plan
Makeup/Makeup Wipes
Dry Shampoo
Face Wash/Moisturizer
Toiletries
Robe/Nightgown
Nursing Bras/Pads
Going Home Outfit Mom
Going Home Outfit Baby
Extra Outfits for baby
Scratch mittens
Socks or Booties
Belly Bandit
Nursing Pillow
Phone Charger
Hydrogel Pads/Nipple Cream
Headphones
Socks
Bathing Suit
Slippers/Sandals
Diapers

Let me know if I’m forgetting something!! Comment below and tell me what you are taking to the hospital.

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Full-term! 37 weeks pregnancy update.

14 May

I officially have a “full-term” baby! This means he is cooked and won’t be considered premature if he were born today.

I have had the worst week and a half! If you read last week’s post, you know that little man and I got sick. He is totally over it, thankfully, but, I got the worst of it. I’m still very sick. I feel worse every day, actually. At this point, I’m pretty sure I have a sinus infection. The sinus headache I’ve had for the last 2 days has been brutal. I hope I don’t go into labor until this has passed. It would be pretty hard to do breathing exercises when you can’t breathe.

I know I owe you a hospital bag post. I’m hoping to get that up before the end of the week. My bag is almost packed. I would sound pretty ridiculous in a video right now with this congestion voice. If the video doesn’t happen, I’ll put it up as a regular blog post with links and a list.

Pics and stats below…

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Weight Gain: I gained 0 lbs in the last week. Probably because I haven’t been able to taste food in 7 days with this awful sinus infection I’ve had. Still at 31 lbs total.
Stretch Marks: Nope! I’ve been using BioOil on my belly and Boob Tube on the boobs! I love both products.
Sleep: I slept awful this week but mainly because I’ve been so sick and I cannot breathe.
Anything New? Constipation reared it’s ugly head again for a few days. After a few green smoothies and stool softeners, I was good to go. Morning sickness has also come back. It’s not as bad as first trimester but it’s enough to make me not want to eat anything until around lunch time. I also had some random cramping over the weekend. Hopefully this means progress!
Symptoms: Fatigue, cramping, lightning crotch, Braxton hicks, cramps, frequent urination, sciatic pain, ligament pain, my skin feels numb on my upper abdomen (this happened last time), water retention, pain in my ribs and hips when I lay on my side, morning sickness, and lots of pressure
Wedding rings on or off? Still on but they get tight if I eat one bad thing.
Food Cravings: Not this week. I’m pretty grossed out. Plus, I can’t taste anything with this congestion.
Labor signs: Not really. Cervix is still closed according to my last appt.
Exercise: I’ve been doing Crossfit Mom workouts when I can. I haven’t worked out since last Wednesday when I got sick. :/

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