almost 4 weeks
1) the human body is incredible. as are HORMONES. i continue to be amazed observing the powers of endocrinology at work! [guess i picked the right career.]
2) i need [NEED, NEED] my hair cut and straightened.
3) i’d like my pregnancy glow back, please. [it really does do something magical to your skin tone!]
40 weeks — and ~44 weeks!
don’t get me wrong — i still have plenty of clothes that don’t fit, my midsection is not back to its original state, and there is no question that i lost considerable muscle mass during the pregnancy, especially in my upper body. after all, i can no longer do ‘real’ pushups, whereas i used to bang out two sets of 12, no problem. but slowly, i’m starting to have more wardrobe options [more than 1 pair of jeans! woohoo!].
orla kiely for uniqlo top that sweet lindsay helped me to get!!
and even more importantly, i feel really good. normal. rested, even.
i feel well — and ambitious enough — to take on some new goals for may! as i write this, my parents are currently on their last day of visiting, so i’ve had extra time over the past week that i won’t necessarily have after they leave.
sleeping on her grandfather’s lap. [i promise she’s normally on her back!!]
plus, annabel will hit the magical 6-week mark — a period which healthy sleep habits, happy child describes as the peak of fussiness for most babies [less sleep, more crying].
therefore, i need to be careful not to put too much pressure on myself. so, here’s a short list of things i’d like to work on and accomplish during this lovely month:
✿ projects – fairly self-explanatory!
workouts –> essentially, my goals are to work on improving my running endurance [using the ‘fitness’ plan from daniels running formula] and to start working on bringing back some strength.
specifically, i am going to aim for 3-4 runs/week and at least 2 strength workouts. hopefully i’ll be able to do true pushups again soon enough!
diet/nutrition –> i know that i need to eat really well in order to a) maintain my breast milk supply and b) replete nutrients lost during pregnancy. lately i have been in a serious dietary RUT — eating the same things over and over [and they’re not even the most fantastically nutrient-packed things].
basically, i’d just like to to diversify my diet this month. i want to incorporate some different grains, more vegetables, and just more options than just the same old things day in and day out. to help me do this, i am going to plan ahead when i am grocery/farmer’s market shopping to ensure that i make a few meals each week that are a little bit outside my usual box. and of course, i’ll write about these creations here.
i also want to start tracking my water intake to ensure i’m getting enough [for milk supply purposes]. i’m sure there’s an app for that 🙂
basically, i just want to NOT get too caught up in plans/goals/projects [even though obviously i do have a few!] and remember to savor every day with this brand new little one. the feedings, singing to her, cuddling — these are little things but all so important, and i know i will miss them so much when she gets older — not to mention during the day when i head back to work in 8 weeks. she’s growing up so fast already.
pretty soon she’ll need actual shoes . . .