Happy Thursday. Such amazing feedback from Brit’s post about how she experienced huge differences in her pregnancies by working out + eating better with her second babe! Love that she came on + helped to spread the word, influencing others along the way. We both received tons of messages from women that were inspired to workout + eat healthy during their pregnancies, go mommas + future mommas!
Yesterday marked Maxwell’s 2 month mark! I wanted to take today to do a blog update about him + my postpartum experience. One thing that is great about blogging is that I can go back + look at these updates. I was in tears reading his birth story + 1 month update, such a sappy mommy.
For some reason when I started writing about Max, it took the form of a letter to him. So I left it 🙂
You have changed SO much this month. You are growing before our eyes every.single.day. Your daddy + I will forever remember this past month as the one that you started giving us huge smiles. If you had slept + fed, the smiles were pretty darn easy to get from you + it lights up our world. We still cannot get enough of you + constantly call each other over or if dad is at work I send him pictures of something adorable that you are doing. 🙂 One of my favorite things this month is when you snuggle into your favorite spot on my neck + how you open your mouth when I go to kiss you. I’m going to soak in the time we have left while I’m maternity leave + give you extra cuddles. You’re the best sweet Max, you’ve made our lives very different…and beyond full.
Drew + I just talked about how much has changed this month. Both for Max + for me!
Interaction: His alertness, eye tracking, smiles, + coos melt us. Max had rapid development during this month, it seemed like everyday he grew up a little bit + learned something new.
Weight: Last Thursday he was up to 12 pounds, 2 ounces. He started at 8 pounds even. He always has been a great eater + is cruising right along in this department.
Sleep: As of right now he typically wakes up 2 times during the night to feed. He is very efficient at feeding + going back to sleep at this point, so the whole process is only about 20 minutes. He set a new sleep record last night of 6 hours, 30 minutes!!!! ( I had make an early morning edit because his previous record was 5.5). We’re thankful for his continued improvement! As far as naps go, he has been a tired little one lately. His longer naps are 2 hours (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) + that allows me to blog + have some mommy time! Go Max!
Play time: Just in the past week or two he has been able to entertain himself for 30 minutes at a time. He’ll sit under his play mat (we have this one: Tiny Love Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym) + hit the animals + coo away. It’s adorable + a great change of pace to be able to put him down, look over + see him smiling.
Thumb Sucker: All of the sudden he started sucking his thumb for comfort. He really goes to town on that little thumb (Drew asked me if it was raw yet). 🙂 Drew + I (as a personal preference, no need to debate the benefits/drawbacks) only give him a pacifier in the car or stroller, so he learned a way to get that comfort sucking in.
Pyloric stenosis scare: We did run into a hiccup when Max starting spitting up A LOT. It seemed like everything he ate would come right back out + it really scared us. Good thing for the AMAZING team at UW West Clinic because they let me bring him in that day. The doctor assessed him + kept asking me if it was our first born. I thought he was trying to make conversation, but he informed me that pyloric stenosis mostly shows up in 6 week old, Caucasian, first born males. Max checked all those boxes (he only has a bit of Nativeness in him), so the doctor was concerned. He sent us to American Family Children’s Hospital, so they could get a visual of his cute little belly on the inside. Max wasn’t a huge fan of not being able to eat for 4 hours before the ultrasound or the ultrasound itself, but we got through it. Turns out his pyloris was bigger than “normal” + that stinker wasn’t letting his food through (thus it would come back out). It wasn’t abnormal enough to diagnose pyloric stenosis or do surgery, so we had to monitor him for a week + have him retested. As you can imagine, waiting was tough. When surgery was on the table for a week, I was a mess. Especially right away, I couldn’t stop spilling tears that first day his pyloris measured abnormal. I just wanted to make it better + take it away from him. We headed back into the clinic + back to the hospital to get it checked out again exactly a week later. Guess what?! He gained weight like a champ + the pyloris wasn’t any bigger. This time the ultrasound showed it opening + closing just like it is supposed to (last time it was spastic, not opening + closing)! SO glad we are through that. Our current course is treating him for reflux with medication, giving him smaller + more frequent meals, + keeping him upright longer after eating.
My Postpartum Update:
I’m going to start with the a couple tips:
- Since Max was born, I have yet to miss a day of showering. I know some women say they don’t shower for days, but I just cannot do that. I’ve always been an everyday shower person, in fact my friends sometimes make fun of me because I cannot stand a day without. Of course, sometimes I’m hitting the shower at 9pm…but, even then I feel better getting it in. After I reread the tips from month 1, I couldn’t believe I left it out because it is KEY for me.
- Nap time = self care time first. Before I would run around like a crazy, trying to get the house in order + then Max would start crying before I could eat lunch! Now I’ve realized it is MOST important to start with eating, drinking, peeing, my workout, a nap, brushing my teeth…(I don’t get all of this in during 1 nap, but I start with what I really need at the time) + then proceed with trying to keep the house in order until he wakes up. This is the best way to make sure you aren’t skipping meals mommas. Just get used to the fact that your house might look a little more lived in + I love to utilize the weekend to catch up, so that Monday can be a fresh start.
This month went really well + cruised right along for me. It continues to amaze me what the women’s body goes through + how it recovers. If you are offended by reading about nipples or bleeding, I would stop now. 😉
Breastfeeding/breast health: HOLY moly, thank GOODNESS my nipples have recovered. There were huge cracks + a crater in the right one. I blogged about it before, but there was a point when Max would be feeding + I would be crying in pain (+ I feel like I’m a pretty tough cookie). Now that breastfeeding is pain free, I cannot tell you how much of a difference the experience is. My nipples started getting better quickly after Maxwell had his tongue clipped. My friend Jamie (who also had a tongue tied little babe) recommended a prescription cream. My OB was happy to write the prescription + it helped immensely. I have to emphasize again, that if you think your breastfeeding pain is beyond the expected nipple soreness…go into a lactation consultant! And say YES to the lactation consultation in the hospital if it is offered, my sweet nurses kept saying “I don’t think you need it, you guys are doing great!” But, I was brand new to it + I know I could’ve used more tips before going home.
Bleeding: Every woman + pregnancy is different, but I stopped bleeding at 6 weeks. It was really light the last couple weeks, but I was glad to wrap that up.
Women’s health physical therapy appointment: I just had an appointment/assessment with a women’s health physical therapist on Monday. I wanted to make sure my pelvic floor muscles had regained strength + would be able to sustain running + other high impact activities. I also had a tear during delivery, + I wanted to make sure that was healing to avoid any complications from that. Julie at the Meriter Monona Clinic was awesome + I walked away with more knowledge, core/abdominal progressions to rebuild strength, + a green light to run! That same day Drew, Max, + I headed out on a family run. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way. Drew pushed the stroller, as I didn’t want to get too crazy for my first time. It has been really adorable because Drew keeps emphasizing for me not to push it too much. He told me, “I know I would want to…so, I just want to make sure you are being cautious.” If you missed the pelvic floor blog, you can read that here.
Workouts: Have been progressing nicely! I’m still utilizing lighter weights than pre-pregnancy (which was recommended by my PT). I’ve focused on continuing exercises that combat the forward position that my body is always in for the tasks of mothering, thank goodness that back + neck discomfort is gone. It is really important for me to focus on smaller muscles too + take the time to complete my PT exercises. I’m excited to continue building strength + resume my normal routine. I’m going to start sharing more specifics of my workouts, so that you guys can get an idea of exactly what I do!
Overall: At the end of this month I truly do feel back to normal, that is not to say my body is back to what it was pre-pregnancy. That is going to take time + I’m excited to continue down that road. Month 1 to 2 provided a ton of healing + relief from the postpartum issues that I dealt with (painful nipples, sore back + neck). It is great to reflect on just how far Max + I have come.