[part of 3 part series: body / mind / heart]
Cameron will be 4 weeks old on Thursday!
There are few (if any) life events that can match the arrival of a new family member. There is no avoiding it: everything changes, for better or for worse. Roles are called into question, routines are obliterated, and emotions run high — often magnified by hormonal change and sleep deprivation.
At nearly 1 month, here is how I am faring physically. In the other sections, I’ll include some notes on how our family as a whole is functioning.
This transition has been the easiest for me.
I have mentioned before that I’m not someone who loooooves being pregnant. My pregnancies were never terrible, and I did not suffer from debilitating morning sickness at all. However, I am being honest when I say I much prefer being . . . not pregnant. I have so much more energy, find it easier to play around on the ground with Annabel, and for whatever reason, I just feel better about myself.
I have been just walking for exercise, covering 2-3 miles several days per week. Today I snuck in a 5 minute jog on the treadmill just to see what it felt like (answer: GREAT, although I need to get out my most supportive bras . . .). I am looking forward to doing more soon, but not too much more. Again, I’m looking to treat my body gently while I remain C’s primary food source.
I am sleep deprived but not to an extreme extent. I try to go to bed soon after C starts his longest sleep stretch (generally around 8-9 pm, lasting 3-3.5 hours). Usually I feel like utter @#*& at the midnight and 2/4/5ish am feedings, but okay by the time morning rolls around. Some days I take a nap at around 2 pm while A naps and C hangs out with our nanny. I am very grateful that this is often an option.
Finally, breastfeeding has gone really well. I had some soreness/blistering/etc for about a week, and that was that. C. is growing well, and I generally stash away an extra 3 oz each day for the freezer after his morning feeding. This is less than many get, but more than I was able to sock away last time. Also BF-related: as I mentioned in the last post, I am extremely hungry and eating a LOT – more than I remember having to do with Annabel. Currently I’m working on trying to make the majority of those extra calories healthy ones, but this is a work in progress (I maaaaay have had a run-in with half a pint of Half Baked last night. No regrets).