Two Month Post-Partum Update!

Well folks, I’m two months in.  Although two months as a mom has been challenging (I literally learn something new every day), I can’t complain. Being a mom is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.

Hannah is becoming more alert and responsive every day. I LOVE that she looks at me (with what I believe) love and adoration. My favorite time of the day is our morning snuggles. I pull Hannah in to bed with me around 6 am and we snuggle until we decide it’s time to wake up, change, and eat. After she gets changed, fed, and burped, I take her downstairs and talk to her while I make myself a healthy breakfast. Then we play until it’s time for her nap, during which I do my best to clean up the house.

Every Monday we go to the grocery store and Hannah helps me pick up our weekly eats (she might just sleep the whole time too though). I explain to her all the healthy foods we have in our cart and hope one day she retains that information.

Hannah and I “talk” all day long. I love explaining to her what, when, where, why, and how I’m doing daily tasks and she seems to listen intently. She “coos” back at me more and more each day. Just the other night I felt like she was “talking” and smiling at me as if she were telling a story. I eagerly responded like I knew exactly what she was saying (by the time we got the video camera going though she was done. Boo). It’s so fun watching her grow and change. <3

(I have totally become one of those people who LOVES showing pictures of her baby)

POST-BABY BODY UPDATE:

Drum-roll please…

At 2 months post-delivery, I still have 10 pounds to go before I reach my goal. I will admit to feeling pretty discouraged at my “weigh-in” this past week; the scale didn’t budge! However, at least taking my measurements showed some progress. I lost an inch from my waist, an inch from my hips, and a 1/4 inch from each thigh since one month post-delivery (see below).

For those of you who remember when I gave up the scale last year, I wanted to share why I decided to bring it back for my post-baby shape-up. The reason I brought the scale back is because I do not feel the scale is triggering to me anymore. Since I have not had a scale in my home for over a year, I think I finally made peace with it. I don’t feel the urge to weigh myself every single day, multiple times a day and I do not let the number make or break my day. My rules are simple; weigh once every 2 weeks, put it away, and move on. I will let the measurements speak for themselves and when I get back down to 130 pounds, I’ll know it’s time for maintenance mode and the scale will be put away. Until that time comes, the scale is just another tool I can utilize to track my progress and make sure I’m keeping on track! Again, my goal is March 2013 to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I think that’s pretty realistic!

 

1 month; 2 months; 1 month; 2 months

 Exercise: I feel like my exercise routine is getting much better. I’ve been able to increase the intensity and it feels GREAT! My main problems? Support for the girls and finding time to squeeze a workout in during Hannah’s naps or in the evenings. My workouts have become shorter, but since I’ve been increasing the intensity, I feel the burn!!

Eats: I feel like I’ve been eating super healthy. Being at home, it’s easier to get in my fruits and veggies and I try not to keep tempting treats in the house to lure me in! I still have my weaknesses though *cough* chocolate *cough* *cough* These are the foods that have made up my menu as of late:

  • Roasted veggies; beets, onions, potatoes, etc
  • Sauteed onions
  • Sunny side up eggs
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Canned tuna/salmon
  • LOTS of lettuces; kale, romaine, boston, etc
  • BBQ chicken legs
  • Oatmeal concoctions
  • LOTS of veggies; peppers, tomatoes, carrots, cukes, radishes, etc
  • Raspberries
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Plain yogurt
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Cacao powder
  • Peanut/Almond butter
  • grass-fed cheeses
Tomorrow? A recipe for this:

Maple Pumpkin Squares

 

QUESTION: How did you feel 2 months post-delivery? What’s on your menu this week?

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6 comments to Two Month Post-Partum Update!

  • So cute! I am loving doing this all over again, as horrible as my pregnancy was, Juliana was worth every bit.
    Hanna is adorable and you are looking great.
    I have exactly 10 lbs to go to and I am 10 weeks PP. I think I am a week ahead of you if I remember right? The last 10 are just hanging on and very frustrating to me. I know it will go away though, it has with the other three. In the past for my other 3 pregnancies it was between 6-10 months PP before I felt “normal”

  • Bring on the Hannah pics! She is so adorable!! You look absolutely increadible for two months post baby! I hope I look like you after I have a baby one day. Zucchini spaghetti was on the menu for tonight!

  • You look great and I REALLY love how you are doing this body-after-baby thing, nothing crazy or extreme, just honest to goodness back to basics exercise, clean eats and lots of cuddles with the little one. You’re doing GREAT my friend…love all the pics of the peanut, she is adorable!!

  • Biz

    I think you look amazing!! My daughters name is also Hannah – love it! But my baby will be 21 on her next birthday – how the hell did that happen?!

    I sleep like the dead, and as soon as Hannah was able to climb out of her crib, she would crawl over me and get into bed with me. Every morning I’d wake up and there she would be! She did that until she was six!

    I got to spend time with her yesterday which was fun – I miss her!

  • Maple pumpkin squares? What! Yum :)

    Hannah is precious. I love how you put her highlights on the purple poster next to her. Super cute.

    As for the weigh in…here is my theory, those that gained a lot more weight than us (I gained about 27-29lbs) seem to have been able to lose it very quickly. We gained slow and steady and I think we have to lose slow and steady. I’m still trying to break 120 (where I was pre-baby) and it’s tough, though I’m more toned than before becoming pregnant so it’s a give and take.

    You’re doing great mama!

  • Hannah is so cute! And you look great, too!

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