Oct 22

A Day in the Life: Balancing a Newborn with a Toddler

I know I’ve been a little MIA lately.  If you’re wondering why, this post will most likely give you an idea of how I’m managing my time.  Unfortunately, blogging has taken a back seat to two very important children these days.  Finding time to multitask TWO children is tough enough in itself, but I figured some of you might be interested to see just how to balance motherhood duties with two children.  Obviously, Harrison is still very young (only 5 weeks old) so this schedule will change every couple of weeks as his eating and sleeping patterns change.  And once I resume my workout routines, the schedule will change again, but for now…..  Here’s a typical day in the life with a newborn and toddler.

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Sunday Night  

8:30 PM Nurse Harrison while hubby gives Rosalyn her bath

9:00 PM Bathe Harrison while hubby puts Rosalyn to bed.

10:30 PM Feed baby again

11:00 PM Put baby down in rock-n-play sleeper 

11:10 PM Take the dog out before taking my shower and getting ready for bed.

11:30 PM Go to bed.  Hubby stays awake working in his office.

Monday

2:30 AM Harrison wakes to eat. I change his diaper in the dark then nurse him in bed with only my phone home screen illuminated to see. He falls asleep at the boob then I burp him and lay him back down to sleep. He goes down immediately without hesitation.

3:15 AM I go back to sleep

6:30 AM Harrison wakes again. I change his diaper and feed him just like before. He drifts off to sleep much quicker this time. I burp him and put him back in the rocker.

6:50 AM Take the dog out for a walk while everyone else is still asleep. Then get back into bed for another hour of sleep before the toddler wakes everyone up.

8:28 AM Hubby wakes up with the toddler so I can sleep a little while longer. (This is only applicable when he is not traveling for work – He works from home when not traveling)

9:30 AM Wake up and get dressed, make breakfast & coffee. Hubby and toddler have already eaten.

9:43 AM Scarf down breakfast before having to feed Harrison again.

10:05 AM Finish feeding Harrison and burping him. Put him in the pack and play for a cat nap. (Usually he won’t sleep long at this point in the morning)

10:15 AM Dress and play with toddler while hubby works or gets ready to travel (today he is packing to leave for the week)

11:00 Hubby leaves while we play inside. I take the toddler into the living room to play with the dog while I sit Harrison in the front room to some pictures.

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11:32 AM  Change baby’s diaper, then sit the kiddos in the family room together to read and watch Wreck-it-Ralph.

 

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New reading material for the stingy big sister.

12:08 PM Run Rosalyn to the bathroom to potty – she is not fully potty trained yet and still needs help. I’m letting her stay in a pull up diaper while we learn our new routines with her brother. Better to be safe than sorry. I change Harrison’s diaper after finishing with her.

12:11 PM Sit down to feed Harrison again. Rosalyn plays on the floor in front of me while I nurse him. We continue watching Wreck-it-Ralph and playing with her new toys while I tend to Harrison.

12:35 PM Put Harrison down for a little nap He sleeps for about 25 minutes, then I put him in the swing so that I can tend to his sister for a while. He doesn’t go back to sleep, but stays awake and coo’s  a little bit.

1:07 PM I make lunch for Rosalyn – chicken nuggets with grapes and graham crackers. I slice an apple for myself and eat a handful of nuts. I won’t have time to prepare my own lunch this afternoon. I have not done any food prep for the week because we were entertaining all weekend long. Usually I would reheat some leftover chicken or a veggie burger with vegetables, but today I will have to settle for fruit and nuts. Blah – I should have prepared better.

1:35 PM Feed Harrison again so that I can put him down for a while to get his sister to nap. He complies and falls asleep for just enough time to spend 10 minutes with Rosalyn putting her down for her own nap.

2:02 PM I fix some food – beef stew – for myself while Harrison is awake in his rocker. I tidy up the kitchen, load the dishwasher, and take chicken and turkey out of the freezer to thaw out. Tomorrow I will attempt to cook up some turkey meatballs and chicken breasts for the week.

3:35 PM Rosalyn never falls asleep – despite me spending 10 minutes in her room trying to calm her down and preparing her to nap. She sings and talks loudly in her room until I finally let her out and discover that she pooped in her diaper – probably why she never napped.

3:40 PM Take Rosalyn into the kitchen to make her a snack – more grapes and yogurt for her and a Kind bar for me.

3:55 PM Feed Harrison while Rosalyn snacks at the table (3 feet away from us) She plays on the iPad

4:22 PM Put Harrison in his rocker to sleep again

4:25 PM Sit with Rosalyn while she plays on the ipad. I check my emails, blog for a bit and catch up on bills.

5:18 PM Harrison begins to wake up.

5: 34 PM We take the dog for a walk – all of us – which is unbearably difficult because I don’t have a double stroller yet. Rosalyn walks while Harrison rides in the stroller.

5:55 PM Feed Harrison

6:25 PM Play with Harrison and Rosalyn in the living room. Rosalyn plays with blocks while Harrison has tummy time on Boppy pillow.

7:10 PM Give Roslayn a bath while Harrison sits in Rock-n-play in bathroom hallway.

7:33 PM Towel off toddler and put her in her pjs.

7:37 PM Harrison gets fussy so I change his diaper and rock him. He continues to fuss so I nurse him.

8:20 PM Rossi eats dr Cheerios on the couch while Harrison is awake in his rock-n-Play, so I take a quick shower.

8:45 PM Put Rossi down for bed. Sing two songs and say her prayers while holding Harrison. My singing must be good because it almost puts Harrison to sleep.

9:00 PM Nurse Harrison – I let him pacify for a little longer since his sister is asleep and no longer needs attention.

9:45 PM  Sit baby in rock-n-play while I clean up dishes.  Afterwards I watch tv and check emails.  

9:55 PM  Baby gets fussy and wants to nurse again.  I change his diaper and nurse him until he is drowsy.

10:22 PM  I change his diaper and put him into his pajamas then put him back on the boob to pacify and get him to sleep.    He is asleep in less than 10 minutes.

10:36 PM  I burp him and place him in his rock-n-play next to our bed for the evening.  I turn on the noise maker and the baby monitor from Rosalyn’s room.

10:36 PM  I walk the dog then brush my teeth and finally go to bed.

****  Monday night is a lot better than the previous night for Harrison’s sleeping.  He sleeps for a six hour stretch this night, which allows mommy a more pleasant morning.  However, my husband is now out of town and I’m alone with both the kiddos so I’m not able to sleep in as long myself.  I get out of bed by 6:30 and have to use this time to get dressed and eat breakfast.  There are many changes to my morning routine without my husband home, but overall, the day looks very similar with balancing the day-to-day activities.  Thankfully, my mother is gracious enough to come by to help me out.  Aren’t mom’s wonderful?  

 

If you have more than one child, how did you manage both of them in the beginning?  

Did you have any help from family or friends or did you have to wing it alone?

Oct 17

Friday Five: Favorite Fitness Music

Happy Friday Folks.  We made it another week.  And I survived another week of being a mom to a newborn and a toddler.  Yay! Small victories celebrated here.   If you didn’t catch my last post about Body After Baby,  make sure you check it out.  I’m really excited to be almost cleared – 2 more weeks – to resume running again.  And then I’ll be focusing on the upcoming race schedule.  

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Courtney, Mar and Cynthia have selected Fitness Tunes for this week’s Friday Five theme.  I like this theme a lot, especially since I’m in the middle of creating my “Come Back” playlist.  So here’s a few of those awesome tunes that will be featured in my running playlist.  

Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Bang Bang – Jessie J

Differentology – Bunji Garlin

Love Runs Out (Grabbitz Remix) – One Republic

Dimman Kryper Sakta In – District 78

 

 

What tunes do you have on your fitness playlist at this moment?

Oct 17

Post Baby Body: 1 Month Postpartum

I can’t believe it’s already been one month since baby Harrison came into our world.  This past month has flown by with record speed.  

Harrison is doing great.  He is a strong, healthy little boy with a hearty appetite for mother’s milk. He nurses on demand – which means every 2-3 hours during the day and every 4-5 hours at night.  He still likes to cluster feed at certain times of the day, but he is finally beginning to settle into his own little routine. He had his one month doctor’s appointment today and the doctor was very pleased with his weight and growth.  He weighs 10 pounds now and is thriving.  He didn’t care too much for the exam, but it was a quick one, so we felt like it went well.  

I love that my pediatrician is such a breastfeeding advocate.  He is thrilled that we are exclusively breastfeeding and he even encouraged me to feed Harrison during the appointment when we got fussy.  He told us to take our time and to let him know when Harrison was finished and we could continue his exam at that time.  – How about that?  

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How’s Harrison Looking?

Wearing 0-3 month outfits  

Size 1 diapers  

Loves his baths  

Sleeps  in his Rock -n- Play

Eats every 2 hours  

Gets the hiccups a lot  

Smiles  

Farts a lot (I had to add that one)PPHarrison_D

 Now let’s continue with how I’m doing at this point postpartum.  

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Physically: I feel great! I feel mostly back to normal, but there’s still a little tenderness at my incision site.  I’m fitting back into some of my regular wardrobe finally, but the bikini cut panties tend to rub up against my scar and irritate me ever so slightly at times.  I rotate my regular panties and my postpartum-tummy-control knickers to keep my incision from getting rubbed too raw.

I peeled the skin glue from around my scar last week.  That was not fun.  Essentially, it felt like giving myself a bikini wax.  The glue had been stuck on my skin for three weeks and here I was peeling it off like a dried up scab.  Yuck!  A little vaseline helped, but it was still unpleasant.  

Breastfeeding is going really well too, other than getting mastitis last week.  That was a terrible experience, but after a quick visit to the doctor and a script for antibiotics, I am feeling much better.  

There were a couple nights, which could have been due to the hormones or from my high fever, when I woke up drenched in sweat. Literally, my entire side of the bed was soaking wet.  But that’s been the extent of my body’s chemical transitions, that I can tell.

 I haven’t jumped into any form of exercise yet, but I’ve only got two more weeks until my six week postpartum checkup.   We’ve gone on a few walks here and there, but not as many as I would like. I had a little bit of pain – from the tubal – when I walked for extended periods of time, but now that has faded too.  

I’m averaging 6 hours of sleep every night, sometimes more, sometimes less.  With my hubby back to work and my MIL gone back home, I haven’t been able to nap during the day because I’ve got a toddler keeping me busy.  

Emotionally:  Maybe because I knew what to expect this time around and it wasn’t so much of a shock to my system, but I haven’t experienced any nonsensical breakdowns.  Of course, I have done my share of whining and pleading to God for a couple extra hours of sleep.  But overall, I think I’m emotionally sound.  

My most difficult hump came the first few days when I returned home from the hospital.  We had a bit of a jealousy streak with our toddler and she ended up acting out in all sorts of ways.  

Due to my physical limitations, I was not able to pick her up, so I was taking a back seat and letting my husband and MIL tend to most of her needs.  THIS WAS A HUGE MISTAKE!  It totally backfired and my daughter ended up extremely hurt and beyond confused. She kept looking at me as if to ask me why I couldn’t help her or be with her.  Obviously, I wanted to, but I was very busy feeding her new brother around the clock and trying to rest for myself.  But she didn’t comprehend that. 

With my husband constantly traveling for work, I am the one who has been with her every single minute of every single day, leading up to the day of Harrison’s birth.  By me separating myself and not being active with her daily tasks, she has completely been taken out of the norm, and her daily habits and familiar routines weren’t enforced or maintained in my absence.  Once we attempted to get her back into her habits, she refused.  

We really struggled for a couple weeks.  She refused to nap for anyone and wouldn’t even take a bath.  There were even a few days when she didn’t have a bowel movement.  She is ordinarily very regular, so we chalked it up to stress, but after an excruciating episode that involved screaming, terrible shaking and sweating to pass her stool, I decided to give her Benefiber to ease her constipation.  It’s a month later, and she’s literally still afraid to go poop.  It breaks my heart.  

Needless to say, the whole encounter with her emotional struggle has been tough on me.  I broke down a couple times when she exhibited her confusion and we had a good cry together.  I kept telling her how much mommy loved her and how I was so proud of her.  Amidst all of this adjustment, she’s doing incredibly well.  Don’t forget, we just moved into a new house too and she’s still transitioning to a “big girl” bed, at the same time she’s potty training and welcoming a new sibling into our family.   This has been a lot for her….. as well as for me.  

Statistically:  I’m down twenty pounds on the scale – Woo Hoo!  Only 12 more to go before I’m at my pre pregnancy weight.  Of course, that last 10 pounds is going to be the tough part.  

I didn’t record my measurements upon coming home from the hospital – or before heading into the hospital, so we are going to just take this thing month by month from here on out.    

Current Weight is at 179.3

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So what’s the plan?  

I’m going with the flow.  

I really don’t know how quickly I’m going to be able to jump back into a training plan.  I don’t think I’m going to have issues with my yoga practice, but I just can’t be sure how the time management of running and weight training is going to pan out while taking care of the two kiddos.  

I’m planning to race again, pretty soon too.  My first attempted race will be a Turkey Trot in November with a friend, but then I’m setting my sights on the Best Damn Race inaugural half marathon in Cape Coral December 14th.  I really want this medal.  BDR_CapeCoral_Half_Marathon FinisherMedal

That leaves me 6 weeks to train.  

I understand that this isn’t a lot of time, but I’m not training for time, I’ll be training for completion.  It will be like starting fresh all over again.    I’ll have more details on my training “plan” up on the blog soon.  

As far as my nutrition, I’m not following a strict meal plan or diet.  While I’m breastfeeding, I have to continue eating hearty, healthy, whole foods and I cannot limit my caloric intake because I’d be risking loosing my milk supply.  My body needs just about the same amount of calories it did while I was pregnant, so there won’t be much changing there.  I’m most likely going to attempt a version of the Whole 30.  

One thing is for sure.  I’m starving more now than I was during my entire pregnancy. EatAllTheThingsI’ll have a more detailed post on the blog soon about a half marathon training plan and my current diet and exercise program.  Until then, I’ll leave you with another picture of my gorgeous little man.  Ain’t he a cutie with his little wanna-be Caesar hair cut?  

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How long did it take you to loose the baby weight?  

If you breastfed, were you always hungry?

Oct 11

Mostly Silent Saturday

Welcome to the weekend.   I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I’m trying to stay relevant in the blogging scene, but this newborn is keeping me pretty occupied so I’m trying to get away with the bare minimal. And I’m limited to blogging from my iPhone, so I’ll apologize if the formatting looks wonky.

Don’t forget about my Best Damn Race Giveaway.  I’ll be giving away a prize pack at the end of the month.

 

 

All you have to do is visit http://bestdamnrace.com before entering the rafflecopter below.  

(Please answer both questions in the rafflecopter for eligibility in the giveaway)

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Yesterday I got this.

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So I practiced wrapping up my baby and I ended up looking like this.

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We went to a fall festival and rode a pony, bounced on a bouncy house, twirled a hoola-hoop, and shook hands with a piece of pizza. < Really!!

 

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Then came back inside the air conditioning to cool off with this guy.

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Snacked on these delicious treats.

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Ambushed a brown widow hanging in her web. (Very toxic BTW)

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Tied a cape for this super hero.

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And now we are back home lounging on the couch watching Tangled for the 37th time, while my hungry man does his thing and we do 10 loads of laundry.  

Hope you are having a great weekend and I hope the weather is more enjoyable wherever you are (you know you are in Florida when you attend a Fall Festival in the morning and sweat to death).  

 

Cheers!  

Oct 10

Friday Five: Fueling For Fitness

Hey Friday.  Happy to see you again.  

I’m all chipper from a glorious 6 hours of sleep last night.  Actually, it’s all from early this morning, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 9 a.m.  My mother was kind enough to stay the night while my hubby is out of town again to help with my toddler in the morning, so that I could go back to sleep after Harrison’s early feeding.  Sleep is awesome!!!  

Our little guy sleeps very well and I’m thankful for it, but his sister likes to wake up bright and early, so I definitely took advantage of having my mom over for the night.  So after a cup of coffee, I’ve decided to get some blogging done.  Since it’s Friday, I’ll be doing the whole Friday Five thing with the DC chicas,  Mar, Cynthia and Courtney.   Make sure to visit their blogs and check out their take on today’s topic:  Fuel for Fitness or Running   FuelingForFitness

Fuel is something that is essential to my performance on a daily basis taking care of my family, but today I’m going to address what I use when I’m smack dab in the middle of marathon and fitness training.    

FF_Fuel_CoffeeCoffee  This is essential for ANY race day or long run.  It helps to get the body up and running – in more than one way.  PBandBananaOnBagel

Peanut Butter & Banana on Mini Whole Wheat Bagel (usually eaten 1 – 2 hours before a long run or immediately following a workout less than 1 hour)  FF_Fuel_GU

GU’s  If you’ve been running long enough, you’ve most likely tried these prepackaged performance nutrition.  I personally don’t care for many of the flavors, but I can actually stomach the espresso flavor, so I’ll take this 15 minutes before my long runs and distance races. FF_Fuel_ShotBloks

Cliff Shot Blocks  These are my favorite portable fuel to take with me during my long runs.  FF_Fuel_ChocolateSilk

Chocolate Milk  A delicious post race/run refreshment and a perfect quick reboot to help replenish those glycogen stores immediately following a tough run or workout.    

 

What is one of your regular or favorite fitness fuels?  

Do you ever eat something simply for the nutrition even if you don’t like the taste of it?  

Make sure to check out the blog tomorrow for a Best Damn Race Giveaway.  I’ll be giving away a BDR Prize Pack.  

Oct 09

Random Thoughts from a Sleep Deprived Mommy

It’s no secret that parents of newborns are sleep deprived and a little out of their heads some times.  I’m running on fumes these days.  I’m tired, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  And since I’m so out of sorts, my mind has been all over the place.  

So If you’ve ever wondered what parents to a newborns or a toddler think to ourselves, you will enjoy this post thoroughly.  

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Please let this be the last feeding of the night. I’m so tired, I just slept through most of Scandal.  How is that even possible?

Once I start marathon training, my alarm will go off every day at this ungodly hour. But I will like it!!   (5:00 am)

Is my toddler screaming from her room?!!! I guess I’d better go get her before she wakes up hungry hungry Harrison.

(To my toddler) Come Here Right Now Young Lady and Put On Some Underwear!!!

(Immediately following a nursing session) COFFEE!!!! MUST GET COFFEE NOW!!!!  The short window of time is quickly closing for caffeine consumption.  

 

(during my shower as I watch my toddler play in the bathroom through the shower doors)

If I ignore her, will she go away?  

Can I get away with unshaved legs and dirty hair for one more day?

(Two minutes later to my toddler) No Rosalyn! Stop eating the toothpaste.  

(1 minute later – to the toddler in a very stern voice)  PUT MY PERFUME BOTTLE DOWN!!!!  

(Pleading now very nicely) Please don’t drop Mommy’s favorite (and very expensive) bottle of perfume  

(to toddler again) Stop licking the shower doors.  

(30 seconds later) So much for a relaxing shower.

 

Daddy is home.  Thank God above.  I can finally pee in peace.

This aluminum free deodorant is NOT doing it’s job.

Outta my way! I need food.

How did the heck did the sippy cup leak all over the couch?

How am I starving again. OMG. I just ate.  Why am I so freaking hungry?

Holy crap! My boobs hurt!

I either need to pump or wake up the baby.  (weighing the pros/cons in my head) 

He peed on me again. That thing is like a hose.

Good grief,  I stink.  

What is this in my hair?  Didn’t I just wash it three days ago?

The person who invented the Pee Pee Teepee is a genius.  It really works!  No more golden showers for this momma.  

More coffee please!  

OMG! The poor dog’s water dish is completely dry.  No wonder she’s been pawing at my leg all day.  Maybe I should give her to a better home with an old lady who could pet her and brush her silky hair and walk her more than once a day.  I’m obviously a terrible dog owner at this point in my life.  

Who smells?  Is that me?  Good god.  

Are we out of diapers already?  

(Toddler has to go potty and I’m nursing baby)   How am I supposed to take one kid to the crapper when the other is at the “snack bar” eating dinner?  

I need to invest in one of those wraps that lets you hook your kid up to your boob all day and frees up your hands.  

We need more diapers.  I need more panty liners.  

When will my who-ha stop bleeding?

I need to buy more nursing pads for my leaky boobies.    

Do I have a fever?  (after using the ear thermometer from the kid’s bathroom) Yep, 101.7   What did I do to deserve this gift? Holy Crap!  I hope i’m not contagious.  Oh no, it’s just mastitis.  Guess I need to go to the doctor.  

I’m so glad we got my tubes tied.  I can’t believe that was ever a debate.  

Oct 06

A Repeat Cesarean & Tubal Ligation: Harrison’s Birth Story

One day when I am older and reminiscing with my children about how they came into the world, I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I won’t have any feelings of regret or disappointment in their birth experience.  

All over the internet there are stories of how women felt scarred, disappointed and broken because they weren’t able to birth their children vaginally.  I don’t have any of those feelings.  I am, and was before the surgery, completely at peace with having two surgical deliveries.  I said this in a previous post, but I truly feel like my body just wasn’t cut out to birth a baby.  It’s an excellent host, and it grows the most beautiful children, but I feel like I can be proud to let it be just as it was, without feelings of disappointment or regret.  With that being said, here is Harrison’s Birth Story.  

 

Harrison’s Birth Story

On Friday, at my pre-op appointment, one day before my estimated due date, I asked my doctor to check my cervix.  She did, but admitted that I was only 1 centimeter dilated.  It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but I was okay going ahead into the weekend.  

Following my appointment,  I experienced plenty of sporadic contractions, along with some nausea.  I got a little too excited and thought maybe I’d go into labor before my surgery date, but that just never happened.  By Sunday I was prepping my bags and my body for surgery.  It was scheduled for 9:00 am, so I knew I’d get to have one last full night of sleep before the late night newborn feedings and hormone changes were going to keep me up all night.  I went to bed that night and slept like a rock.  

My alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and I began preparing myself and my belongings.  Since surgery requires a fresh face and zero makeup or lotions, it didn’t take me long to sweep my hair into a pony tail and get my things loaded into the car.  Upon arrival at the hospital, we checked into the front desk and awaited a brief meeting with the admin office.  We had paperwork that needed signatures and then we were given our matching wristbands.  

Soon enough, I was called back into the pre-op area where I was once again given the same experience as my previous cesarean.     Every little detail, with the exception of my nerves and trepidation, was exactly the same as before.  

I had a wonderful nurse in the pre-op area, Perla, who was exceptionally calming and quite easy to talk to.  We ended up gabbing away like two old friends as she drew blood and setup my IV lines.  She pumped two bags of fluid intravenously and before I knew it, I had to pee, so she lead me over to the bathroom where I relieved my bladder one last time before I was confined to a hospital bed.  

Eventually, my hubby was escorted back to my bedside as I awaited surgery.  He told me he saw my mom as he was walking back, so I told him to go get her and bring her back while we waited.  He did, and so the three of us spent a while chatting calmly about how we would soon be meeting our baby boy.

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A short while later, I was greeted by my doctor.  She wanted to check on me to see how I was doing.  Dr. B has an amazingly chipper personality with a vibrant smile and attitude.  I always look forward to her visits and this morning’s surgery wasn’t any different. She briefed me on the procedure and sincerely apologized that I hadn’t been able to attempt my VBAC.  She once again asked to confirm that I was absolutely positive about the tubal ligation.  I assured her that I was, and that the tubal had been discussed in great detail between my husband and I since we found out that we were having a boy.  So that was that.    

Ten minutes later, I was given the word that they were ready for me in the OR.  So I kissed my mom and husband goodbye and I snuggled under my warm blankets as I was wheeled to the operating room.  

Everything seemed eerily similar to my first cesarean.  The only difference was that I was calm and didn’t have the nervous feelings of the unknown.  I knew exactly what to expect this time around.  I was an old pro. I was even joking with all the nurses in the OR.  The only fear I had soon passed after the spinal had been administered.

Once the anticipation had settled and the initial numbing shot was administered, I was all fine and dandy.  The actual spinal block felt like mere pressure compared to what I had experienced the first time.  Before I knew it, my feet began to tingle and my legs began to go numb.  I spoke up to alert them that I was going to need to transfer my legs onto the table before they went limp.  The nurses quickly helped me get them up and in position.  

At this point, everything started going very quickly.  My doctor entered the room and everyone began scurrying around gathering utensils and supplies as I lay there on the operating table.  My husband entered the room shortly after the curtain was assembled and we awaited the surgery and delivery of our little man.  

When the procedure began, I experienced the same pulling and tugging as my first cesarean, but this time I wasn’t so concentrated and fearful of what was going on.  I spent the beginning stage focusing on my husband and talking about bringing our boy home to meet his sister.  Without even realizing that the moment was upon us, I heard a cry from the other side of the curtain.  In an instant, before I had even seen my precious baby, I was in tears and had already fallen in love.  (I know that sounds so cliché)   The crying was a violent cry and I immediately wanted to hold my precious little man.  

PP_newbornHarrisonMy doctor held him up over the curtain so my husband could see him and then I started to cry.  (I’m welling up now as I type this)   A nurse whisked him over to the corner of the operating room where he was measured, weighed, cleaned up, and administered his APGAR test. He scored 9 out of 10 on the APGAR and I couldn’t be more proud. I took a sigh of relief and admiration as I learned of his perfection.  The nurse announced his weight and length and I joked that I probably was lucky to have birthed him surgically instead of vaginally.  Harrison weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.  

She laid him on my chest and I wrapped my hands around him and snuggled my face as close as I could.

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His skin was perfect. His face wasn’t splotchy or red and his head was the perfect shape.  I stroked his hair with my hand and caressed his beautiful body as the doctors and nurses continued to work on my abdomen.  I completely zoned in on the beautiful baby boy on my chest and pushed any other thoughts to the back of my mind.  

Despite the procedure being performed on my uterus and fallopian tubes, I was in heaven.  I became even more emotional when Harrison began rooting around on my chest.  I couldn’t wait to get to the recovery area so that I could breastfeed my hungry little fellow.   

Our cuddle time was cut short when the nurse took him away to administer another round of tests.  And so my husband took his side as I stayed behind on the operating table while my midsection was being sewn back together.  

About 20 minutes later, I was transferred to a rolling stretcher and was wheeled to recovery where I was monitored by a new nurse.  Within a minute or two, my hubby came with our sweet baby Harrison.  The nurse handed him to me so that we could have skin to skin contact and so that I could nurse him.  He didn’t latch well the first couple of tries, but he eventually opened his mouth wide enough so that he could take in enough of me to form a very nice latch.  Then it was smooth sailing from there on.  

After about an hour, the spinal had worn off enough and I was able to wiggle my toes, so they cleared me to go up to my room.  When we arrived, it wasn’t long before my parents joined us to welcome our little man.  I was feeling very nauseous from the morphine, so I kept pretty still in my hospital bed while everyone ooo’ed and ahhh’ed over the new addition to our family.  

Later that day, I was able to get up out of bed and walk around. With a surgical delivery there is abdominal pain, but it is manageable. In order to stay ahead of the pain, I took the pain medication that they offered me, but I only took one of the Percocets – instead of the allowed two, and 1600mg of Motrin.  As long as I stayed on top of the meds, I felt good and was able to move around well enough.  I did have a lot more pain on the sides than my first cesarean, but after a visit from my doctor, I learned that was from my tubal – which I didn’t expect at all.  

After two rough nights in the hospital, I was discharged and cleared to go home.  We left in the early afternoon, after making a pit stop at the breastfeeding store in the lobby of the hospital.  Since my milk had come in during my stay in the hospital, I needed a new nursing bra and some nipple cream.  Harrison slept the entire ride home.  

When we arrived home, we had quite the little greeting from our toddler.  She had balloons and a big smile for mommy and her new baby brother.  We settled in for the first time in our new house as a family of four.  It was a wonderful day!  

Oct 03

Friday Five – Fitness Inspirations on Instagram

Happy Friday and welcome to October.  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the arrival of a new season and all the possibilities that it holds.  This is the season that I live for.  And at the close of this month, I’ll be welcoming an old friend back into my life….. fitness.  Yes friends, my 6 week post-op appointment is two days before halloween, so you know how I’ll be celebrating the occasion.  

Being that I’m already looking ahead to my return to the running and fitness world, it’s only fitting that today’s Friday Five post is all about finding fitness inspiration.  Don’t forget to visit Cynthia, Mar and Courtney’s blogs to check out the other bloggers participating in the Friday Five Linkup or to join in on the fun.  

Lately I’ve been pretty busy feeding a very hungry newborn.  He likes to cluster feed in four to five hour increments, so I’ve been confined to my rocker.  I’ve keep myself occupied by browsing through my iPhone’s social media apps.  Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms and since I’m not able to physically complete any workouts myself, I’ve been drooling over some of the posts from my feed.  

So here are some of my favorite fitness inspirations from this past week’s Instagram feed.  

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Anything yoga, and I’m usually double clicking.  

These two crazy kids are big time inspirations.  Beth just completed Ironman Chattanooga and Nick is the race director for my favorite race series.  And who wouldn’t be inspired by their matching outfits?  Aren’t they the cutest?

I find some of the most inspirational posts on this running community’s page.  

This rings especially true for me at this moment in my life.  

Postpartum moms struggle so much with their post baby bodies.  I have to keep reminding myself that I’m just starting my journey towards rebuilding my body back and not to compare myself to people who are at a different point in their training, recovery or journey.  

These are all amazing post run yoga stretches that I highly recommend.  I use many of these after my own training runs and I definitely think this is worth sharing.  

 

What is inspiring your fitness journey this week?  

Is there anyone in particular that inspires you or does something else do it for you?

Oct 01

Currently: September 2014

I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers using this format for their monthly or weekly updates on what is currently in their day-to-day.  I like the way it flows and I thought I’d give it a try instead of doing just another random photo dump.  
Obviously, I’ve got my hands full these days, and with my hubby leaving for another quick business trip, I didn’t have a lot of time to commit to blogging this week.  So here’s a quick glance at some of the things that I am currently enjoying these days.
 

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Current Appreciation:  My mother-in-law
She has been such an amazing help over these past two weeks.  I addressed it once before, but I have to pay tribute to her again.  She is awesome and I’m so glad to have her helping us out.  It’s definitely helped keep the stress levels down.
Current Product Find:  Thermogenic Postnatal Fat-Burner with lactation enhancer from Delta LabsCurrently_DeltaLabs
Through Fitfluential, I was provided an opportunity to sample this caffeine-free, gluten-free & vegan postnatal fat burner.  I am really excited because there aren’t many products out there like this that are safe for nursing mothers.  We have to be very careful what we put into our bodies because everything has the potential to make it’s way to the baby through the breast milk.  With this supplement, moms typically see an increase in their milk supply within three days.  
Of course, weight loss is dependent on their diet and exercise habits, however, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), the amino acid L-Carnitine and vitamin B6 are proven to promote weight loss, build energy and speed up metabolism -safely and naturally.
Decaffeinated green tea is used 
Thermogenic = energy production = fat burning.  
I just started taking them two days ago, so I’ll let you know what I think in a week or so.  Also, look for a giveaway coming up on the blog soon.
 
Current Eats: Lots of whole foods, especially fruits and veggies. Currently_Strawberries
Current Beverage: Coffee & Beer (Again) Currently_Beer
Hubby brought home a six pack over the weekend and I enjoyed my first beer in what seems like for-evah.  And how perfect it is that Octoberfest is right around the corner.  Obviously, with my lack of sleep, I’m drinking lots of coffee these days.  Actually, I’ve only been consuming my usual 1-2 cups of coffee.   
Current Shows:  All the new prime time season premieres.  
I especially enjoyed How to Get Away With Murder.  Although, I’m still unsure I followed it 100%.  I also watched the season openers for Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family (which was hilarious – as always)
Currently Wearing:  Maternity pants, tee shirts and all things comfy – which include granny panties.  
Current Purchases: Nursing pads, diapers, a new case for my iPhone, and a couple new rugs for the house.  
Current Desires:  To heal and get back to my workouts. Currently_notrunning
I absolutely cannot wait until my six week post op appointment.  I’m feeling really good and my belly is healing nicely, but I still have a little soreness and tenderness around the incision site.  And my tubes are still really tender too.  But that doesn’t make it any easier to sit around and stay sedentary.  Not being able to wake up and complete a couple of sun salutes really puts a damper on things too.  I’m itching to get back on the mat and pavement.  
Current Confession:  Having a second child is TOUGH!!!  But it’s totally worth it for moments like these.  
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Now you tell me something that is currently in your life.

Sep 26

Friday Five: Favorite Fall Activities

Happy Friday Folks.  What a fabulous week it has been.  I’m recovering nicely from my surgery and me and baby boy are spending lots of cuddle time on the couch.  I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than right where I am.  Maybe I’d speed up my recovery so that I can get out there and run again, but otherwise, I’m very happy to be a new mom again.   

Being that it’s Friday, you probably already know that I’m linking up with the DC Trifecta for another Friday Five.  This week we are discussing Favorite Fall Activities.  Make sure to check out Mar, Courtney and Cynthia’s blogs to participate in the linkup or just to read some really awesome blogs.  

I’m completely in shock that it’s already Fall.  I mean, I’m ecstatic and thrilled, but I just can’t believe how quick this year has flown by us.  And I have a feeling that time is going to fly by even more now that I have a newborn.  Of course the late night/early feedings will probably feel long and drawn out, but let’s just wait and see how I feel in a couple months.  

I just want to go on the record to state that this is my favorite time of year.  Being that I’ve lived in Florida my entire life, I definitely don’t associate Fall with the change of season that you Northerners get.  We don’t get those falling leaves and chilly temps that I’d love to experience here, but what we do have is a milder version of summer.   Basically, we get temperatures in the 80’s instead of the 90’s.  it’s not too bad, but it doesn’t make for much of a boot and jacket season; that will come in late December, if we are lucky.  So all those outdoor activities that some people associate with the fall, don’t really have the same draw here, because we are sweating our butts off in the heat and humidity.  But what we do have is a plethora of fun activities centered around the theme parks. So without further rambling, here’s my list of favorite fall activities.   

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival - One of my favorite annual traditions is to fatten myself up at this delicious event.  With your park admission, you can eat and drink your way around Epcot’s 25 global marketplaces.  Each kiosk is setup with a sampling of each country’s culinary specialties.  It’s definitely a day of indulgence.   

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Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights – Who doesn’t like haunted houses and roller coasters?  Okay, maybe not everyone.  But I am a huge fan.  The scarier the better.  This year’s theme is The Walking Dead, and since I’m a big fan of the AMC zombie apocalypse show,  I’m pretty excited for this year’s haunted houses.  

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Pumpkin Patches – Family friendly and slowly becoming an annual tradition with my family.  My husband is determined to carve a spectacular pumpkin this year too.  So we have got to spend plenty of time selecting our pumpkins


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Running in Cooler Weather – One of the biggest perks about living in Florida is the weather in the fall.  Like previously mentioned, we don’t get the change of seasons like some locations, but we do feel a little dip in the temperature.  And running in cooler temps is what I live for.  And there’s only four weeks left until I can run again too!  (happy dance)

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The Post Season – Baseball Baby!  Even though my team is no where near the hunt for October, my hubby and I always watch the playoffs.  It’s in our blood.  

 

What’s one of your favorite fall activities?

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