OK, now where was I ahhhh yes…Zachary was born…
Here we go with the Q&A continued…
How was your recovery?
So as I mentioned I was not planning a c-section and was caught a bit off guard, but I have to say the recovery was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be..I like to thank my amazing doctor for that
…and the fact that I was in fairly ok shape thru the pregnancy 😉 I found the first couple days to be really challenging; more mentally than physically. I had carried my song for over nine months and was unable to care for him due to the fact that I.Could.Not.Move. The first night in the hospital was the worst. I felt so helpless because I was not allowed to get out of bed for anything…not to use the bathroom, not to change or comfort my son, and it was awful. Again, more mental than physical. But, I got over it. I really pushed to go home three days post c-section because it was my birthday!
What an amazing birthday present!
I began walking again (with Zach) daily the day I got home from the hospital and I really think that helped in my recovery both mentally and physically. I really was feeling MUCH better after a week. So…
Have you resumed your exercise schedule?
I was cleared to exercise at 5 weeks post delivery. Prior to that I had been walking with the baby every day (I would have him do his hour afternoon nap with me on the walk in the stroller; we cover 3-4 miles) and was excited to resume my passion…RUNNING!
But, it hurt. Like really hurt. Under the scar my abdominal muscles were so achy when I ran but of course, being
stupid me, I pushed through it. It did eventually get a bit better by about week 8 post delivery, but now the issue I am “running” into (hehe) is lack of time and ability to get out of the house. The problem is, Zachary is exclusively breast fed and will NOT take a bottle…yet. We are working on it, and he did take one a few times at about 4 weeks but hasn’t since. He is VERY steadfast in what he wanted and doesn’t want (what infant isn’t) and makes it very clear shrieks his face off when offered a bottle. So, as you can imagine, it makes it very challenging to get out of the house when he eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day. So anyway, exercise either in the house or outside WITH baby works best at this point. We do have a treadmill now (see below) that I can work out on and sometimes I will do “on demand” kickboxing videos
or walk with the baby. But each day I do try to get some form of physical activity as it truly helps my sanity 😉
OK, moving on…
Do you have/follow any particular schedule throughout the day?
How do you deal with being so Type A while having an infant?
Anyway who has had a baby knows that “schedules” are difficult and pretty much nonexistent and at first, babies are inconsistent, and it can be really hard for a type a personality like myself 😉 Just laying it out there…anyway, At first, we did not even try for a schedule for about three weeks. Then, I tried using a routine from the Baby Whisperer that had come highly recommended to me. Turns out Zachary works fairly well on a “routine” that happens to fit his natural “schedule” anyway. It is called the EASY routine.
E- EAT – at first eating could take up to an hour including burps an changing! Ahhhh! Now eating takes about a half an hour. When everyone said it wouldn’t always take that long I found that hard to believe but they were right!
A- Activity- Ok, so how much activity could ou do with a baby? At first “activity” just meant awake time and only lasted about 40 minutes. I did luckily have a very alert baby.
Now, at 10 weeks, activity time includes simple human interaction, tummy time, time in his gym..
or Bumbo seat
Or just looking adorable (gosh it was hard to fine
a million one picture of this 😉
S- sleep- So sleep time really varies throughout the day and throughout the stages in his little life so far. In the beginning he would sleep for a long time and that would take up most of the routine time. Now he takes a long am nap (about 1.5-2 hrs at about 10 am) the three shorter naps during the day (30-45 min) at about 130, 330 and 530.
You- during you time you are supposed to take time for yourself. In all honesty I have learned to try to nap a bit during Zachary’s morning nap or else I am a total disaster. During his other naps I clean up around the house, prepare dinner or do laundry. I will also try to run on while he is napping. Yippeeee!
I pretty much see our life in about three hour increments and the easy routine is working well for us. It definitely helps my “type A” personality. It also helps me read his cues more efficiently. For instance when he’s fussy he’s usually ready to sleep and when he wakes up he’s always ready to eat. As for night sleep I would say it is going okay. Zachary tends to cluster feed or feed very often between the hours of 7 and 9 PM. I think this is his body tanking up for a long stretch of sleep. I start his nighttime routine of bath and feeding at about nine or 915. He is usually sleeping by 945 we then get about a five or 5 1/2 hour stretch (6 lately if we are lucky!). So he wakes up around 3-4. I then feed him and he falls back to sleep until about six. He is then fed again and will sleep until about 8:30 AM. This is when we start the easy routine. Obviously these times are approximate and varying.
We also enjoy taking outings each day. I try to do one per day. We are involved in two different mommy groups so that is twice a week, but other times we will just go to the supermarket, mall or my mom/dad’s to swim. He LOOOVES swimming!
In fact, I am currently packing for our first big trip to the shore! We are renting a condo for a week with my family and I am so excited! I will definitely post about it! Zachary is SO ready!
So, do you like being a Mom?
Believe it or not, I do get asked this question quite often. Yesterday Zachary turned three months old.
I can honestly say that these have been the best three months of my life. I cannot imagine loving anyone or anything more. It far surpasses ANYTHING I could’ve imagined. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for my little man and I enjoy and cherish each day with him. I love you Baby Zach!