Bumpday! (well, not really, but I don’t have a catchy replacement title)

So – no more bumpday updates, due to the fact that I am no longer be-bumped.

However, just because I know have  an outside baby, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to talk about! Also, I don’t want this to be an “All Alvie All the Time” blog. There are other things to talk about: Shoes, books, training, running, swimming, biking, etc.

So – I am going to dedicate Wednesdays to Alvie updates – and along those lines, my recovery updates, too.

Alvie Progress

Alvie Bean (as I mentioned yesterday) is one month old!

He has grown so much in the lsat month. He grew 1.5 inches! And gained at least 2 pounds (actual weight gain cannot be confirmed due to the fact that I cannot locate the scale) and is officially too big for all of his 0-3 month clothes. (Which, really? How does that even work? He’s only one month old!)

He recognizes my voice and will turn his head to look at me – especially when he’s hungry.

Today, he had his first immersion bath – and loved it. He didn’t even cry  until I took him out of the bath.

He is trying his hardest to roll over, but can’t get all the way there. I have a feeling when he becomes mobile, I will be in trouble.

He really enjoys tummy time, but gets frustrated pretty quickly.

Alvie/Mommy Learning Curves

i.e. breastfeeding

Breastfeeding really hasn’t been too hard for us. He latched on right away as a new guy – as soon as they got him to me after I was in the recovery room post-op. There are times that it is more difficult – he has performance anxiety, so if there are people looking, we have trouble latching. (Honestly? It might be my performance anxiety – not sure.)

He eats between 3.5 – 4 hours per day (there’s an app for that!).

The first time he latched on, it was awesome – tears came to my eyes, because it was such a connection. I really do enjoy this bonding experience with my little man. However, there are times when it seems a bit much. I feel like a milk-cow, and not in a good way. Those moments are few & far between, but I still pledge full honesty, and it’s not 100% awesome all the time.

My Recovery

First off – mental recovery. I feel pretty damn good, actually. I was really afraid that I would suffer from post-partum depression. Between my history of depressive issues and the events of the past few months, it was definitely a worry. I have been seeing a therapist since mid-January to work on everything – dealing with the illness and death of my father, being stressed and stuck in Portland, being pregnant, and then post-partum, not having the birth experience I wanted/expected. I have moments where I cry – but I do think that those moments are 98% grieving and 2% being a normal new mommy.

Secondly – physical recovery. I gained a LOT of weight. Lots. I went about 20 weeks without putting on a pound, and then BOOM! It was like I took some weight gain 3000. Total pregnancy gain: 53 lbs.

Total lost at one month: 31 lbs.

Total loss to go: 22 to get to pre-pregnancy weight; 42 to get to my goal weight (there had been some creepage between my 2009 marathon and my 2011 impregnation).

I am not going to talk too much about actual numbers here, but want to deal in percentages.

I want to lose a total of 73 lbs from my high point on 4/8/12. I have lost just over 60% of the weight gained due to being pregnant (and, let’s be honest, stressed) and 42% of the total desired loss. From now on, these updates will include only percentages lost (pregnancy weight & goal weight).

I have not been able to start exercising yet, other than slow walks once or twice a week.

My incision is pretty much healed, but there is still a lot of soreness off & on at the incision site. It’s much worse today than it has been in a few days, likely due to yesterday’s solo trip half way across the country.

I am feeling pretty good, though. Tomorrow, I’m going to go for a nice long walk, and am hoping to hit the pool on the 19th or 20th of this month, and start up with a yoga class the week after that. Biking, walk/running, and my new p90x will start on 5/31-ish.

5 responses to “Bumpday! (well, not really, but I don’t have a catchy replacement title)

  1. Breastfeeding is an amazing experience all the way around. There were plenty of days when Kelley had to be in an empty room by herself screaming about how nothing could physically touch her for the next 15 minutes unless it wanted to die. Everyone gets the milk cow feeling. But remember that breastfeeding is also worth 11 weight watchers points every day and it’s how nature designed you to lose the baby weight. incredible metabolism booster.

  2. You are doing great. Just remember that losing the weight will take time, especially if you are breast feeding. You need to get enough calories to produce and your body will naturally store some extra fat while you are bfing. Cut yourself a lot of slack and enjoy being a mom. Don’t feel like you are in a rush to lose and try to focus on health (it’s hard!) and remember, your body will never look the same as it did pre-pregnancy, but it can still look awesome!

  3. Sounds like bfing is going well. I’ve heard lots of horror stories and it does feel like it could easily be one of the hardest things to stick with. nothing is perfect so I’m glad you’ve had a positive experience so far.

    Summer is coming and you will be outside getting activities in all the time. Great timing to be losing baby weight!

  4. He’s beautiful, Amy!

  5. he couldn’t be any cuter!!