Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mind & body after baby V2: six months

This update is only a month late, but I like looking back on these so I wanted to get it up. You can my previous updates here:


Body update

I feel like I've been stuck in a rut lately in terms of getting the weight off. I have no problem working out and do so about 5-6 times per week (combination of running, walking Harley, and doing at home workouts). Eating is my biggest downfall as I love snacking and carbs. I recently started a sugar free challenge (will talk more about that in an upcoming post), and it's helped me make smarter choices in terms of food as sugar is in everything! The scale is finally moving again, which is good.

Seven months post partum

 Mind update

Sometimes it feels like I get passed the thing or event that is giving me anxiety, and then something else comes up. After Brian went back to work at the end of summer, it took me a bit to get into a routine with the kids and to not feel so overwhelmed about being alone with the kids. Now that we are over half way through my maternity leave, I'm starting to feel anxious about going back to work. Yes, I want to go back to work, but am also anxious about it. We don't have a day home lined up yet, but we are hoping both kids can go back to where Amelia goes (fingers crossed she has space!). With Amelia, I was so ready to go back to work, but this time I'm feeling a little sad about it. Amelia is at a fun (yet oh so trying age), that I'm scared of missing out on things with both of them. Man, the feelings and emotions associated with being a mom and a working mom can be overwhelming!

I've been getting out of the house to do things without the kids more often this time too. I've been going to a running group or trying new things which I definitely need to do. Gabe is starting to get attached to me (which isn't a bad thing, but makes leaving hard), which is why I also want to make sure I take the time for myself and get out of the house during the week nights or on the weekend.

5 comments :

  1. I think you look wonderful! But I know we have different expectations of how we should look versus how good others think we look! It's great that you've been able to get out of the house on your own occasionally. I am sure that is so good for you! I hope Amelia's day home has a spot for Gabe so you can keep sending Amelia there. I still don't know whether the daycare we selected is going to have a spot for our baby but hopefully it all works out. Hopefully they can give us an answer on availability this spring. If they don't have a spot, we will hire a short-term nanny to cover the gap until a spot opens. Daycare decisions are just so hard!!

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  2. You look great! But I know feeling great is the main goal. I am sure this challenge will leave you feeling better for sure especially if you have already noticed a change. Going back to work is so hard, I know I started dreading it even more on my second mat leave, also because it goes by that much quicker. I am sure Gabe will love the day home as much as Amelia does and that will make it easier. Have you asked about a spot yet? That might ease your anxiety?

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  3. I think you look great! I hope the kids can go back to the same dayhome - that would make the transition a lot easier! Sending the girls back to same dayhome helped me a ton.
    I was the opposite, not ready with my first mat leave but running out of the door at 9 months after Chloe lol.

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  4. You look great! So glad to hear you are already seeing changes sugar-free. Eating is my biggest challenge also.

    Funny- I think I dreaded going back to work after my first baby more than after my second! But I also went back part time so that made a difference I think. I also felt way more housebound the second time.

    Good for you for getting out more without the kids. Even if it’s on adventures where we get lost ;)

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  5. Oh yes, the eating thing is so hard! I have about 10 lbs to go to get to my pre-pregnancy weight now BUT I also was about 15 lbs more than my "happy weight" when I got pregnant. I just started another round of Whole 30 a few days ago because my sugar cravings were out of control!! This time I'm doing whole 30 + alcohol though because sometimes I just really need that glass of wine to unwind at the end of the day! ha!

    I am already dreading going back to work!!! Maybe that will change as we get closer? I still have 9 months of mat leave to go so I'm sure that can/will change. And I am looking forward to the day when my days will be more structured and have more routine. You've totally pushed me to write a mind and body after baby post. I missed 1 month but 3 months is coming up so I'll do that :)

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