~ ANNOUNCING ~
The birth of the newest member of our family: Daniel!!
And now I can officially say that my second pregnancy journey is over and my postpartum commitment has finally begun!
Monday, February 27th, began like any other day…41 weeks pregnant, but not a single sign of labor. I was nervous because I had a prenatal appointment that day and knew they would either want to schedule a C-section or induction.
As I mentioned in my last update, this baby was predicted to be 10.5ish pounds and my doctor was uncertain if an induction would be safe for such a big baby and thought it might be better to just go with a C-section if we couldn’t get something going naturally.
So, at my 11am appointment I got a thorough membrane sweep as a last effort to “naturally” induce, and then had “the talk” with my midwife…she said that we needed to schedule something since I was overdue, but whether it was a C-section or induction was my call. I asked for her honest opinion and she said with my history and build she thought I could handle being induced…so an induction was scheduled for that Thursday.
But our little one had other plans! Apparently her membrane sweep was VERY effective and by 6pm I was feeling pretty crampy, although I still thought it could just be Braxton Hicks.
By 7pm, they were getting hard to talk through and it made me start to wonder if it could be the real thing so by 8pm I started timing them.
At first they were 3 minutes apart but as time passed they increased in intensity and kept coming faster! By 9pm they were 1.5 minutes apart, we had called my grandparents to come watch Heidi, and Josh and I were on our way to the hospital!
2.5 EXCRUCIATING hours later – little Daniel was in my arms!
2 Days of Treats
For anyone that has had a baby before, you know just how hard it is. Not only painful, but exhausting…truly the most difficult experience of my life (but absolutely worth it, of course!). Overall, we had a wonderful experience at the hospital and are thankful for all the friends, family and staff that helped us during this adventure.
So, before I started my official Postpartum Commitment, I decided to have a couple days of “reward” treats during the time we were in the hospital. They were all planned in advance so that we were able to line up by absolute favorites:
- Cinnamon rolls for breakfast!
- Zaxby’s for lunch!
- A couple of sodas!
- Dessert with EVERY meal!
The Commitment Begins
As I write this, Daniel has just turned three weeks old so I’ll update you on how the commitment has been going so far.
The three main things I’m focusing on is weight, eating, and exercise.
As far as my weight goes, by the time I was 38 weeks pregnant I had gained almost 30lbs, which I was happy with…but then in three days I gained a sudden 15lbs! They did some tests to rule out preeclampsia, but in the end we think my body suddenly decided to start retaining water (I hadn’t had any swelling up to that point). So in all I gained about 45lbs.
But there is a happier side to this story…
With an 11lb baby, an unusual amount of amniotic fluid, and a placenta to match the size of the baby…I lost TWENTY pounds in the delivery room!!
Then in the first three days after I got home from the hospital all of my swelling disappeared and I lost another TEN pounds!
In the remaining 2.5 weeks I have lost an additional 10lbs just through normal pregnancy recovery, leaving me with 5lbs of fat that I now need to lose before I’m at my pre-pregnancy weight.
BUT after I reach that goal I want to lose an additional 40lbs that have gradually creeped on since I was at my “ideal” weight at age 19. So I guess that means I’m 40lbs down and 45lbs to go! But the second 40 will be a lot harder then the first…
Sugar hasn’t touched my mouth since getting out of the hospital!!!
I have been drinking a half gallon of water and a half gallon of oolong tea about 80% of the days!
And I have been sticking to my food plan about 75% of the time…the only reason it hasn’t been 100% of the time is because our friends and family have graciously been bringing us meals (which we have appreciated sooo much and will make our freezer meals last that much longer!!).
So I feel like I’ve done well with eating and am excited to keep it up until I lose those last 45lbs!
There isn’t too much to say about exercising yet, because I didn’t want to do too much too soon.
I did not exercise at all the first two weeks so I could devote myself to recovery, mastering nursing, and bonding with my new sweetie.
We live on a nice, flat street so we I have put the kids in the double stroller every day this week and walked up and down our street twice. Next week I plan to start going all the way around our neighborhood and continue that until my six week appointment when I can hopefully get permission to do some “real” exercising!
I have also added about 15min of mild postpartum core work this week and look to continue that every day.
So that is my FIRST postpartum commitment update!!! Would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts or advice!