Hannah is 3 months old tomorrow. I can’t believe it.
It’s been a life changing 12-13 weeks, full of laughter, tears, frustration, and joy. Every day that passes gets a little more fun.
I have a daughter! I’m a MOM! It’s crazy
Now at 3 months old, Hannah is like a new baby.
She cracks me up with her silly faces.
And lately all she wants to do is stand. I swear the girl is going to walk before she crawls!
She also LOVES her Penelope bird mobile. She would stare at it all day (or at least as long as it takes me to hop in the shower!).
As for me? This is how I’m doing at 3 months post-baby:
Self-Image: I am slowly starting to have more good days than bad. I’ve been desperately fighting off old eating disordered thoughts since Hannah was born. It was shocking how good I felt the first week after I delivered, but trying on old clothes got me down. I think I put unrealistic expectations on myself, even though I swore I wouldn’t. However, as the weeks went on and the more advice I got, my perception of myself got better. At this point, I think I’ve fully accepted that my body will take time to get back to where it was. Overall I would give myself a B – in the “love yourself” department.
Weight: I’ve lost 2 1/2 pounds this month but more importantly? I lost 1 1/2″ from my waist, a 1/2″ from my hips, and a 1/4″ from each thigh! I’ll take it, especially considering the typical loss post-baby is about a pound a month. I’m surprised at how well I’m doing with the scale too. I think the ole scale has finally found a healthy place in my home. I don’t even think to weigh myself anymore, but when I do? The number doesn’t affect me the way it used to. I think giving up the scale for more than a year was the best thing I could have done for myself. Yay me!
Exercise: I bought RevAbs a couple weeks ago and posted about it as being part of my Fall Weight-Loss Plan. If you haven’t come on board…you must!! Check out my Food and Exercise Journal! Anyway, I’ve only tried 3 of the 10 DVD set. While it’s a good workout, I find it a bit boring. It’s very guy-oriented as far as the structure of the program. I think Brandon would probably like it more than me. So what am I doing? Lots of NEAT activity; anywhere from 20-45 minutes of structured exercise 4-5 days per week, and carrying around a 13 pound baby! I’m not lacking in the exercise department. Trust me!
Eats: As counter-intuitive as it sounds, I’ve increased my caloric intake. I don’t count calories religiously, but I typically keep a rough tally in my head. The weeks that I’m eating over 2500 calories a day seem to be when I drop weight!! It’s hard for me to put my head around, but I guess when you factor in nursing, exercise, and NEAT activity, I’m burning a lot of calories!! My mantra has still been eat when hungry and only to satisfaction. While I haven’t been perfect, I think I’m eating healthy at least 85-90% of the time.
- Frozen Raspberries
- Red onions (I cannot get enough)
- Roasted potatoes