Monday, August 26, 2013

4 Weeks with Little E

It has been 4 weeks since little E was born. Like other parents all over the world, I am really wondering where the time has gone. In most ways it seems like the has just evaporated, except for between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. most days, those hours last forever.

Little E is doing well. She is eating like a champ and when I weighted her at our mommy group on Friday, she was 10 lbs 5 oz. We go in for her next check up in about a week, so it will be interesting to see what her official stats are. I think that she has gotten longer too. Her car seat seems like it fits better now than when she was first born.

She is starting to smile and there are things that will capture her attention. Most times we can't quite figure out what she is captivated by, but we know she loves shadows and the ceiling fans. She also chills out  and is captivated during car rides. Bath time is becoming less traumatic, but naps are still very hit or miss.
I Love My Mickey

Stay still...I don't think so

We try to get out of the house at least once a day. Most times it is for boring things like going to the grocery store or Target, but it is out of the house and that keeps me from going batty. We have also been out to lunch a couple of times with Daddy. I think I have figured out a way to keep little E cool in the stroller, so I am hoping that more walks are in our future.

My sister and her husband came to visit this past weekend and it was nice to have some company. The husband and I even got a baby free date to the grocery store while they were here. We have a wild life, I know.

Auntie's Girl
I am beginning to feel more and more like myself. Emotionally, I am working on processing both her birth and the challenges of becoming a Mom. For the most part, each day gets better. Since I am breastfeeding the days that all she wants to do is eat are a little tough, because I can't get anything else done and don't really get a break at all. We started giving her a bottle last week, so that has helped when I need just a few baby free minutes. I feel a little guilty about those minutes, but sometimes I need them.

I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but my body composition has changed quite a bit. Most of my muscle tone is gone and I have a pouchy tummy. I am itching to run, but I still have at least 3 weeks before I am released for exercise. Until then there is not much I can do except walk and eat reasonably. I am trying to figure out how I want to approach training. I know I need to make sure I do more strength training to avoid hurting myself as I get back into running.

Any tips for getting back into running after a long break? 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thoughts on Mommyhood 2 Weeks In

So little E has been a part of our family for 2.5 weeks now and this journey into Mommyhood has been both incredibly amazing and really hard. It is often that the hours are long, but the days are short. I am really blessed to have an amazing husband and partner and we have tackled the challenges as a team.

Little E is doing really well. At her 2 week check in on Monday, she was back up past her birth weight. She is sleeping pretty well at night, but not napping as much as she should be during the day. This leads to some very fussy afternoons and evenings, but overall, I really can't complain. She is also so stinking cute. (I may be a bit biased.)

Both physically and emotionally, I am doing better each day. For once in my life, I am actually taking the time I need to heal. I have been getting out for walks when the weather and the baby let me. Summer in Florida is not the easiest to take the baby out in. I should be released from my doctor for exercise mid-September and can't wait for that. Because of how little E was delivered, I don't want to push things and risk a longer recovery.

She really does like walks
even if her face doesn't show it.
Any tips for getting a new baby to sleep? Any ideas for staying cool and walking?

I also apologize for any typos/other errors in this post. Most of it was written with one hand on my phone with a baby in the other hand. My brain is also not operating at full capacity right now.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Baby Marron is Here

Baby Marron is here and it's a girl. Eleanor Jeanne was born July 29, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. She was 9lbs 6 oz and 21.5 inches long.

Her arrival was a bit rough for me both physically and emotionally, so I am not sure when or if I am going to write about it, but for now, here are some photos. We thinks she is pretty amazing and cute.

The first week of being a Mom has been the most amazing and hardest thing I have ever done. Like most new parents, I am sleep deprived and trying to heal from the delivery, but I am more in awe of the process every day. I can't wait to watch this beautiful little girl grow and learn.