Hello lovelies! Did you have a great weekend?! Ours involved the last T-ball game of the season, a new two-wheel bike for our son who’s learning to ride without training wheels, and me trying to take a nap every time Jordan did. After almost three months of middle of the night feedings, the lack of uninterrupted sleep is catching up to me big time. I feel like I’m going through the motions during the day, but my mind and body are exhausted. The good news is that yesterday, she woke up at 7am to eat, then fell back to sleep until 11:30 a.m. (which she never does!), and I got to sleep that whole time too! I feel like a new woman!
Can you believe that our precious baby girl will be 3 months old on Wednesday?! It’s true what they say, that time flies! We are having so much fun with her already! She loves to laugh and smile (this one was certainly contagious!) and there’s nothing cuter on a little baby.
And, she’s getting some adorable baby chub! It’s great to see her thriving and growing. She was 10 pounds at her 2-month check-up and has already outgrown her tiny newborn clothes. She’s wearing 0-3 months now and even a few 3-6 months.
Now’s a good time to update you on my 12-Week ‘Body After Baby’ progress. My last one was 6 weeks post baby and now another 6 weeks have flown by. These fitness-type posts are always the most popular on my blog, so I’m happy to update you on my progress. Or in this case, what feels like the lack thereof!
I actually haven’t been very committed to losing weight so I’ve kind of plateaued. I still have those last 10 pounds hanging on. It’s hard to take care of yourself and a newborn and a child and a household and blog and and and . . . . I’ve always been a proponent of making time for yourself and taking care of YOU, and I stand by that, BUT, there are seasons in life where other things take priority and maybe you don’t get to do everything you want all the time. That’s my life lately. I have to choose my priorities carefully.
This pregnancy changed the way I see my body in a good way and I’m so much more comfortable in my own skin. I’m not in the “get bikini body ready” season right now. I’m more in the “enjoy baby and eat ice cream” phase. 😉 I’ve got a small baby pouch still happening, but my diastasis recti (ab separation) is partially to blame. More on that below in the exercise section of this post.
But, I do fit in my pre-pregnancy clothes (even jeans), so I’m happy about that! It was forever until I fit back into pre-pregnancy clothes after I had my son. I’ve done good job hiding my soft, pouchy belly in loose-fitting tops. #Amenforthose
One thing I’ve found that helps me feel more secure in my clothes is a good bra. Because I’m nursing, I’m usually in this nursing bra. I have it in grey and black, but it comes in six colors. I also just ordered this racerback nursing bra because so many of my tops are racerback style and I’m not a fan of the bra straps showing over your shoulders. It’s gotten over 200 positive reviews, so I hope it’s good!
Most of the time, if I’m just hanging out at home, I wear this nursing tank. The snaps on the straps are perfect for easy one-hand opening (you get pretty good at doing things with one hand when you have a baby!), but I do wish the body of the tank was slimmer. There’s quite a bit of loose fabric on mine.
If I’m out on date night or when I don’t think I’ll have to stop and breastfeed, I’ll opt for a regular bra. This one is my go-to and has great support while still being comfortable. I have it in ‘French nude’ which isn’t visible under my clothes. I gave up white bras years ago because they always showed through.
This tank(now 40% off) is good at holding you in, but the scarf added another layer to hide the belly and add more color to the outfit.
This convertible strapless bra is my all-time favorite if you need that style. And, if you are still feeling insecure, don’t underestimate the power of shapewear! I bet this pair would be perfect at camouflaging that post-baby belly!
I wasn’t given the clearance to workout until 6 weeks postpartum. I started walking in my neighborhood at 4 weeks, but only because I wanted needed to get out of the house and get moving. We are blessed that breastfeeding is going well, but it happens all.day.long and sitting for such extended periods of time was making me stir crazy! That might not be the popular thing to say, but it’s true for me. I like our couch very much, but man, I’m so sick of sitting on it! I try to stay off of it if I’m not breastfeeding or feed her in different parts of the house.
At around 6 weeks, I upped those walks into jogs. I LOVE running out the door in my neighborhood with my iPod on! Even if I’m not in the mood for a run, I know I’m going to feel so much better after, which pushes me out the door. My biggest fitness tip is to download songs that pump you up and make you want to move! I’ll share my updated playlist soon. And I’d love to hear your favorite workout songs too. Always looking for more.
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Seeing myself in these pics really shows where I’ve still got extra weight around my middle. I should just invest in the next size up shirt, but I’ve been stubborn and stuck to my XS, thinking I don’t want to buy a shirt that (hopefully) won’t fit in a few more months. Do you do that too?
It’s been difficult, but with my Mom over to help for a few hours during the week, I started working out 2 days a week with my trainer. I’m still trying to take care of me and get those workouts in, along with a couple runs outside my house each week.
Since I only workout with John two days a week, we split upper and lower body into those two days. He’s so awesome and started me back very slowly, noticing my strength had diminished in the 6 weeks off. With every workout, my strength is improving. Now we’re starting to incorporate active rests back in between sets.
Even throughout my pregnancy (including the day before Jordan was born), I was still lifting weights and felt pretty strong. The biggest battle in the fitness department was won when I kept eating healthy and exercising while pregnant. If you are pregnant, I promise you, even if you don’t feel like exercising, you’ll be so happy you did after your baby is born! I gained 35 pounds this time (as opposed to over 50 with my first!) and kept up a good bit of muscle tone. Even though I have a ways to go to get back to my prepregnancy shape, my overall shape is so much better now because I kept up those workouts during pregnancy.
Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy, so we have to give ourselves a break. I also have diastasis recti (ab separation), so there are certain exercises that are off limits right now (crunches, planks, situps, certain yoga positions, etc.), but I am doing pelvic tilts to try to correct it. It will be difficult to get a flat tummy until my abs have healed and come back together. This short video gives a great explanation of the condition, shows you how to check for it, and demonstrates how you can do pelvic tilts laying down.
Some women have diastasis recti and don’t even realize it. If you’re not sure if you have ab separation, please check because if you do, you don’t want to make it worse with certain exercises.
I hope you’re not disappointed that I don’t have a “12 Weeks and Back to Your PrePregnancy Body!” post for you. You guys rock and I know you always appreciate more the honest truth, even the truth that includes a s l o w return to prepregnancy shape. I’m sure I will want to get rid of those last 10 pounds soon (hey, the pool is calling!), but for now, you’re most likely to find me playing with this little sweetheart . . .