Today marks a full week since we’ve been home with Jillian. It has been an interesting week, getting to know Jillian, learning how to care for her, and sort of developing a routine. Sleep is pretty sporadic – some nights she sleeps well (meaning she wakes up for feedings every 2 hours and peacefully goes back to sleep) and some nights don’t go so well (she is wide awake for 2-4 hours, and sometimes fussy/crying). But, the past few nights have been good, and if I get in a short nap during the day, I am nearly fully functional.
This afternoon, I got out of the house, just me, and went for a walk. I had sort of a deja vu moment because I took the same route that I walked two weeks ago, when I was 39 weeks pregnant and preparing for the induction that would happen just 2 days later. It was relaxing to have some time alone and reflect on the past few days. I enjoyed the exercise – something that was so important to me before and throughout the pregnancy. And it’s something that I look forward to getting back into as soon as my body is ready.
Speaking of body, I’m recovering well and have already lost 17 of the 33 pounds I put on during my pregnancy. I think it’s too bad that not many women talk about these kind of details (weight gain/loss), because it’s helpful to new and expecting moms to gain insight from someone whose been through it… So, I’m going to be open and honest about my post-pregnancy changes over the next few months. Nursing and eating well have contributed to the weight loss (and of course delivering a 7lb baby!). And I expect that as I become more active, more of the weight will disappear. So, it seems that my fears of not slimming down after having a baby may be all in my head (remember this post?).
So, today is a good day! I am excited to have a beautiful, healthy daughter and a wonderful husband to share her with. Happy Saturday!