Lady B at her 1 month check up!
Brooke, as of last Wednesday, is 8lbs 12.75oz...though with the way she's been eating the past few days, I'm fairly certain she's closing in on 9lbs, if not already there! Her head is 14" and she is 21.5" long. She got one shot, Hepatitis B, and pretty much every mom I've known to go with her child to get shots has cried along with the baby. I, on the other hand, get the mom-of-the-year award for laughing when her daughter got a shot. Poor girl got the sourest look on her face and was so mad about it that I had to giggle a little. Of course it broke my heart to see her like that, but it was sooo dramatic and adorable at the same time. I'm weird. I know. Let's just call it a coping mechanism. Moving along...
Her daddy feeding and burpring her. She always sits up really straight when she's being burped and makes really cute faces :)
Her hair is progressively getting redder and redder, much like her Daddy's hair (more auburn than orange-y), and she's getting in a lot of tummy time, she's smiling more and more every day, is making new 'ooh' and 'aah' sounds, and is over-all a super easy baby. She fusses when she's hungry, has to poo, or needs to burp, and that is about it. We have really lucked out with this one ;)
Ready for her beach/pool debut!!
sleepy smiles :)
for being 5 weeks old, she's very pensive...
oh so cute
Onto mom. I'm doing good! Since little one is sleeping so well for us (4-5 hour stretch, then wake to eat, then 3-4 more hours), I feel fairly rested most days. Confession #1: Brooke is currently co-sleeping. I KNOW. I had 0 intentions of having her in the bed and wanted to keep her in the bassinet beside the bed, but she refuses to sleep in the bassinet. She can be in a dead sleep when we take her upstairs, put her on the bed, she stays zonked out. Put her in the bassinet, she wakes up immediately. I don't know if it's not soft enough for her or what, it's bizarre. But she sleeps so well in the bed with us, I kind of don't want to mess with a good thing. Anyone have any tips for getting her out of the bed? I am sleeping a lot but not necessarily good sleep, since she is usually in my arm nook so I sleep lightly to make sure I don't roll over and smoosh her :) Tips are greatly appreciated!
Confession #2: I gained 55lbs during pregnancy. Whoopsies. I did give myself a bit of freedom regarding food but don't think I overdid it. I also was retaining water like a freakin' lake (my legs and feet were ridiculously swollen, and my arms/hands were too at the bitter end) so I'm assuming my body gained what it needed...maybe a little more.
At 5 weeks postpartum, I've lost 20. At 3 weeks post partum, I had lost 23. What gives? Heck if I know. I've started walking again and the past couple of days have added in the smallest amount of jogging (like, 50 yards here, 25 yards there). Nothing crazy. I go for my 6 week check up on Thursday to hopefully get cleared for more exercise. I'm back on MyFitnessPal to monitor what I eat. I added in "breastfeeding" as a cardio exercise burning 500 calories per day (the small amount of research I did showed that on average, a woman who makes 24-28 ounces of milk per day burns around 500 calories, so hopefully that average is right enough). I'm aiming to eat around 1,800-2,200 calories per day (depending on activity) and downloaded the Couch-to-10K app on my iPhone to start when I am clear to run again.
So here's the thing. I'm irritated with some stuff. But let me finish all of my irritants before you jump on me. I'm irritated that I have only lost 20lbs so far. With pumping (22-24oz per day) and eating well (I eat what Robert eats since he cooks, and he doesn't like to eat crap) and doing some walking, I'm annoyed that I haven't lost anymore weight in 2 weeks. I'm stuck.
I'm irritated that this annoys me. In my head, I know that it took 9 months to put this weight on, and given my body's ability to hold onto extra weight like a champ, I should assume it will take twice as long to take it all off. It's annoying that we (ladies who've had babies) are expected in some aspects, whether its our own expectations or society's, to lose the weight and get our pre-baby bodies back stat. It's also hard that I have many beautiful friends who've had babies and snapped back to their pre-baby bodies quick-like and in a hurry. All of this annoys me. And it annoys me that it annoys me. If that makes sense. Rock and a hard place.
So I'm going to do what I can and try not to worry about it much. After all, this body helped to create this amazing little girl who's completely stolen my heart, and I can't be too mad about that :)
Where I am now:
At Brooke's baptism
Where I'd like to be:
Last August (with Melissa)
and where I'd like to be again...eventually...
on our honeymoon in Hawaii
All in good time...
Coming soon - Brooke's baptism pictures!