sunday scene

April 22, 2012

i am currently obsessed with the baby connect app i mentioned yesterday.

blue = sleep; purple = feed
pictorial evidence that [as of now . . .] baby annabel does enjoy sleeping at her current stage — and yes i realize that we are lucky!  but it’s all subject to change, of course.   she may be a completely different baby at the 4 week mark — or at 4 months.

 i think looking at her patterns like this is so interesting! it will be fascinating to see how things evolve as [maybe?] nighttime sleep shifts get longer and daytime alertness increases.

not sure which one of us has more fun putting the playmat to good use.

i love ‘series’ pictures like these! they remind me of great ‘live action’ shots circa 1981 or so of yours truly doing summersaults off of the couch. i’m already starting to collect images for her first photo book — thinking of doing a birth –> 1 month edition [including pregnancy/ultrasound pix, her birth story, etc] and then yearly after that.


farmer’s market strawberries = fantastic

got to eat my usual while annabel finished off her last morning dream sequence!

of note, i think i’ve finally started to feel the infamous breastfeeding hunger. it took a while to kick in, but i’ve basically turned into the snack monster over the past 2 days. i’m definitely going to have to make sure i always have something healthy to grab easily.

★ outing
our morning walk isn’t looking quite as pleasant today, although it does seem like things are lightening up a bit outside.  i feel like i have to do SOMETHING to get out of the house every day, though!  if josh gets  home from work during the day today i may attempt an easy elliptical workout at our apartment gym [nap-permitting].  
it seems like there are a lot of different opinions regarding the timing/safety of postpartum workouts.  i have to say i wish my OB had given me specific guidelines one way or the other [she really didn’t say anything – and she did know i was running before].  at this point [2.5 weeks out] i’m doing fine on brisk walks with the stroller and feel ready to do a bit more*.  i think the key will be resuming GRADUALLY — with baby run intervals and not an all-out effort.  please share if you’ve had experiences — positive OR negative — with starting back postpartum!
* may have to wait on the shred, though.  i was SO sore the past 2 days it was unreal!


  • Reply Kristin March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Delurking for my first post! Congrats! Annabelle is precious! I had an isabelle 7 weeks ago today and I wanted to share my postpardum workout opinion. I had a pretty easy delivery with an epidural and 2 stitches. I was feeling sore and "out of place" for the first week and a half then all of a sudden felt great and started walking. At 3 weeks I felt well enough to run/walk and do light weights. At 4 weeks I went back to body pump w very light weights. I was told wait 6 weeks but honestly I was paying very close attention to how my body felt and made sure not to push myself in a bad way. I think it totally depends on how u feel personally! Good luck 🙂

  • Reply Emily March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    So glad you like the app! I love tracking how much I have pumped in a day/week/month. At this point I think working full time + nursing and not STTN (until this weekend, finally) made it very difficult to work out regularly. I also had a pretty traumatic delivery and couldn’t sit right for about 6 weeks. So I just do what I can. Question for you—what are your thoughts on scrubs worn in the hospital coming into the house? I am going back to a surgery residency as a pgy3 in July. I used to just wear my scrubs home until I changed into my pajamas. Of course if they got visibly dirty I would change right away. Now with a baby I am not sure. Hospital germs can be nasty. Assuming josh wears scrubs all the time. What are you guys doing about this?

  • Reply Atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    go slow on the exercise, great point above on the scrubs

  • Reply katie March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I didn’t have any stitches to recover from, so that may make a difference, but I was itching to run after a couple of weeks. I think I went for a slow short run about 2 weeks post-delivery. The guidance I got was to stop if it caused increased bleeding. If you are feeling up for a run, I would give it a whirl. I mean, if you run for a minute and it doesn’t feel good/right, you can always turn it into a walk. Congrats!

  • Reply amyruthj March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for mentioning that app — it’s just what I was looking for!

  • Reply drgobgyn March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I agree with k!!!!!!’s comment – ask your Ob! Call their office! His/her nurse can prob tell you fairly quickly. Don’t forget that Ob’s are incredibly busy all the time and she/he may have simply forgotten to mention it – some Ob’s give you discharge papers that include those kinds of instructions, others don’t. Good luck!

  • Reply AlisoncomA March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    My OB said to go by how I feel, but the more active you are the longer you will probably bleed. I just took it really easy until the bleeding stopped and I was feeling up to par again. Didn’t want to slow down any healing by being too active! You’ve got plenty of time to get moving again, so no need to rush things if you’re not sure. But if you’re feeling good, just go with it at a low intensity and don’t worry.

  • Reply Bree March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    We have the baby connect app for the iPad and love it! I would be going insane with trying to keep good notes via paper with twins.

    I am only a week out, but going up the stairs leaves me exhausted….like I was running intervals! I totally blame the bed rest though. I am hopeful the wether gets nicer here in the next couple weeks so we can start going on walks. I may try some lifting next week, but they told me 6 weeks no activity no exceptions 🙁

  • Reply Heidi March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    After my 2nd was born my bleeding had stopped after 2 weeks and I was antsy to work out. I guess I took it too much, too soon because the bleeding returned-bright red and with a vengeance. My ob figured I probably tore some stitches. My advice would be to listen to your body and give it a try when you feel ready-and slow down if you notice any bright red bleeding.

  • Reply k!!!!!!! March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    why not…*gasp*..ask your doctor?

  • Reply Jen March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I started running at 3w pp after not running for the last month of pregnancy and I had a 3rd degree tear. Just listen to your body! You may not necessarily have to run/walk. Just take it slow and see how you feel!

  • Reply Hotpotatokate March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Aww, so cute. I love playmat pics!

    My only advice is to do slightly less than you feel you can, as the impact on your abs and pelvic floor is somewhat masked. This came to me from a woman who felt great at 6 weeks pp and returned to hockey. Years later, she still has to cross her fingers when she sneezes! I added some brief run intervals at about 5w, because I had a huge urge to do so, but then decided to stick to brisk walking, using stroller hills to keep my strength up, for a few more weeks. I’m "running" more now, but thanks to the extra weight (I gained a LOT and it’s sticking around) it’s run/walking for me.

  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    It depends on how you feel pp and what your delivery was like! I had no tearing and very little bleeding post-partum. A week after giving birth I went for a test run, ended up with a slow 5 miler, and it felt great. No increased bleeding. About two weeks pp I was running every second day (5-6 miles) and my bleeding had stopped completely. I was also doing kegels religiously! If you feel uncomfortable or notice increased bleeding – take it easy!!!! Better safe than sorry.

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