I don't know if I was expecting to feel like my uterus was going to fall out while I was running or something, but everything has felt so much better than I had expected it to feel. I'm confident about this as a starting point for my postpartum exercise and my Boston Marathon training.Read More
My baby came a month early, and then I've been crazy busy being home with a newborn, so please forgive me for how late I am to posting these photos.
It's so crazy to think that little Shepherd is inside my tummy in all these photos. Bodies are so weird and amazing.Read More
He's more alert during the day. When he's awake, he's actually awake. It's cool to watch him curiously look at things. For some reason, he has a hard time going to sleep after the 9pm feeding, before we try to go to bed. That one, specifically, is always hard.Read More
We had Shep's nursery set up months before he was born, not realizing that he wouldn't actually sleep in there for probably 6 months after he was born. What did we actually need when he came home? Diapers, wipes (we use Pampers), milk, and a handful of basic things. We'll use the toys, the baby monitor, crib, and other things we registered for when he's older, but here's what we really use now:Read More
Most doctors recommend only walking as exercise for the first 6 weeks postpartum. Part of me wants to break the rules because I had an abnormally smooth/easy delivery, due to Shep deciding to come a month early, but the rule follower part of me definitely overpowers that tiny rebellious voice.Read More
I'm very tired, but very happy. I love being home with Shepherd and just staring into his sweet eyes when he's awake. I love the weird faces he makes. I love his snuggles. He makes Matt and I laugh a lot. It's been such a sweet 2 weeks with all three of us home all day. Matt goes back to work today, so it'll be just me and Shepherd today and tomorrow. Matt has Fridays off, so he will be with us Friday, and then my mom comes to town on Sunday. She's staying Sunday through Friday to help out with Matt's transition back to work. I'm so excited to see her!!Read More
We've been incredibly blessed by our community here. We haven't had to cook anything but breakfast since Shepherd was born because our friends set up a Meal Train for us, and people bring us dinner just about every day. And usually the portions are plenty to be able to have leftovers for lunch the next day.
These lists are based on my experience so far, as well as things I've heard other moms mention being helpful.Read More
Shep is a champ. He didn't have to spend any time in the NICU. He's back up to his birth weight (babies typically lose a bit after they are born and while they are learning how to eat). He doesn't have jaundice, and all of his check-ups have gone super well.Read More
I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom around 2am on Tuesday 9/26. Typically at this phase of my pregnancy, I'd get up anywhere between 3-8 times in the middle of the night to pee. I felt like I was leaking a little something when I woke up, but didn't think too much of it and went back to bed. At 4am, I woke up again -- this time my shorts were completely soaked. My initial thought was that I had peed my pants. I ran into the bathroom and took my pants off to investigate. It was clear, and it didn't smell like pee. I sat in there for a while trying to wake up and get my brain to wrap itself around what this might mean. Matt woke up and asked me what was going on. I said, "Either I just peed my pants, or my water broke." It kept leaking. A lot.Read More