Today was my first solo day as a mother of two. Shane went back to work this morning and I have to say I think it went pretty well. The main struggle was that Eli was totally awake all last night so Shane and I were pretty much zombies by the time morning arrived. I tried to keep him quiet and did his feedings in the living room but still, he wasn’t exactly easy to sleep through. I felt bad sending Shane off to work so tired:( I wasn’t in optimum shape either and definitely put on the trash truck video on for Avery while I tried to wake up.
But after some coffee I managed to get myself going, wash and fold all the laundry, nurse for hours and then we all got out to take a walk in the very warm, sunny weather! I’m only nine days postpartum so I have to be careful how much I do.
Since it was over 80 degrees and the sun was shining bright I decided to carry Eli in a front carrier rather than the wrap to keep us both as cool as possible, especially since I had to stuff a blanket in there with him so I could cover his head from the blaring sun. I needed all the sun I could get, I feel like I’ve gotten none since getting back from the hospital!
I started out thinking I might only end up going around the block but I felt good and just kept going. In fact, I felt so good I walked all the way to Shane’s office and we showed the baby off to his coworkers. He only works barely over two miles away but I was glad to feel good enough to go that far. A week after Avery was born I made the mistake of thinking my body had recovered enough (hormones can do that) and took a four mile walk that REALLY hurt me afterwards. I didn’t want to do that again and fortunately two miles was really a breeze, even while wearing a baby and pushing a stroller.
I made dinner with leftovers from meals people brought and sauteed up a big skillet of green beans from my garden but completely forgot to photograph! So I have a few photos from the food I ate yesterday instead. It’s the definitely of ‘balance’ haha.
A waffle for breakfast…..you may think I ate a small portion, but I ate some of Avery’s while trying to convince him that food is a good thing. Lately he’s not been eating much. I stopped trying to convince him after reading a quote from some French dude that said ‘hunger is the best seasoning’ or something like that. It’s true.
Roasted root veggies on a big salad.
Banana soft serve with raspberry sauce. I love banana soft serve but I over estimated and couldn’t nearly finish this massive bowl. I tend to put the bananas in the food processor and then put one more piece in for good measure. I should skip the good measure.
Anyway, other things were consumed like tons of grapes, and other fruit as well as a couple cookies.
Today I forgot to eat breakfast and lunch…just snacked on fruit but dinner really was good! Sorry I couldn’t share.
Avery had a great nap and great bedtime today and aside from last night (bad bedtime) he’s gone back to his normal schedule since the weekend. I know having a baby brother has tried on his emotions and he has been acting out for sure, but having his sleep schedule back has only helped.
At least he’s taking it out on us, and not Eli:) They are SO sweet together. During one snuggle session this morning Eli tried to nurse Avery’s cheek and actually got a pretty good latch before Avery freaked out..there was a minor hickie involved.
So now I’m off to nurse my little one and then bed. Hopefully it’ll be a restful night for us all!
Question: For the mamas, how many days postpartum did you attempt low impact exercise? For the non-mamas, do you like walking? I kind of feel like it’s an underrated form of exercise that should be a lot more common.