25 WEEKS PP

October 8, 2012

ME

I think my body might be going through a hormone shift! Here are the reasons why I think so:
I think I’ve felt a hormonal shift in the last week or so. Olivia’s had a tiny bit of baby acne, my hair’s been shedding more (more than recently, but not an alarming amount), and suddenly people have told me that I look awesome. And of course, we’re almost six months – which is when another hormone shift commonly happens, I’m told.

I asked my midwife and she said that perhaps it’s that for the last two weeks, Olivia hasn’t been nursing at night at all (until this weekend) so perhaps my body is shifting from ammenorea back to fertility…?

 

THE BABE

As I mentioned above, she’s got another little bout of baby acne but nowhere near as bad as before. She’s practicing being on her hands and knees. She recognizes her name. She giggles at the strangest things, but I love it. And…

She has a noise that sounds like a baby Wookiee!! I have a little girl-geek-in-training. 🙂

MY WORKOUTS

I went to CrossFit on Saturday, as per normal.

Here’s the WOD:

  • 200m Run @ 50%
  • For Time: 1 Mile Run
  • Axle DeadLift- 8 Minutes to a Heavy Single (neutral grip only)/8 Minutes to a Heavy Single (mixed grip)
  • OTM for 12 Minutes- 9 Weighted Squats(45/25)/1 Rope Climb (3 Towel Pull Ups)

Here’s what I did:

  • 250 m row
  • 2000 m row
  • Axel Deadlift – got up to 145# (ran out of time)
  • OTM for 12 minutes – 9 weighted squats w/ 25# and 3 towel pull ups

I don’t remember my times for the rows. I do remember that I kept to a pretty fair pace of 28 spm and 2:15 / 500 m. Over 2000 meters that’s pretty fair for me.

FINAL NOTES

Next week will be my last “weekly” post as I’m planning on starting a “favourites” post and just updating that occasionally! It’ll be a HUGE favourites post. It’ll start out very slim, but I’ll add to it over time. It’ll be a huge list of my favourite baby things and why – from diaper covers to toys, from wipes to blankets. You’ll love it.

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24 WEEKS PP

October 1, 2012

ME

It just occurred to me that because “postpartum” is one word, the title “24 WEEKS PP” is terribly inaccurate. It should be “24 WEEKS P!” Oh well.

I’ve been really tired. I’ve all but stopped napping during her morning nap, but I’m really starting to think I should try to again. I’m surprised at how much “making milk” and nursing is taxing on my body. It really is an energy drain. That said, I do love it. Nursing your own little babe is such a joyful experience. I highly recommend for the relational building aspect of it, not to mention the nutritional benefits!

 

THE BABE

She is amazing. She’s starting to push up onto her hands and knees, instinctually!

Also, has anyone noticed that she hasn’t been sick? At all!?  w00t!

 

MY WORKOUTS

I went to CrossFit on Saturday, as per the usual.

Here’s the WOD:

  • 200M Run
  • 7 Rounds of: Sprint 40 Yards
  • Front Squat- 5/5/5/5/5 (HAP/20 Minute Cap)
  • Power Clean- 10 Minutes to Establish a Heavy Double (Touch & Go)
  • 12 Minute AMRAP of: 5 P.Cl(135/95)/5 each Bar Racked Lunge(135/95)/15 HRPU

Here’s what I did:

  • 200 m run…

I think it took me 1 minute? I’m pretty happy with that, considering that my ligaments are still not all the way fixed yet.

  • 3 rounds of: run, sprint 40 yards

I was averaging about 8.5 seconds. I only did three rounds because my ligaments were hurting.

  • 3 rounds of: row, spring 100 meters

I don’t remember my times, but I remember that my pace was under 2:00/500m for each sprint. Like, 1:57 or so.

  • Front Squats => 5×65, 5×75, 5×75, 4×85

Didn’t go as deep on the last set.

  • Power Cleans => 2×45, 2×65, 2×75, 2×80

I’m so disgusted because I found Power Cleans so easy before I got pregnant and even during my pregnancy! My 1RM was only 110#, but even the heavy weight felt like something reasonable to attempt. But after having delivered the baby, Power Cleans seem like the strangest movement ever. Grrr… I wonder if it’s related to the ligament issues?

  • 9 MIN AMRAP => 2 rounds + P.Cl + Lunges + 8 h.r.p.u.

I had 45# on the bar. The Cleans were easy. The Lunges were challenging. I’m still doing modified push ups.

I’m feeling stronger after my pregnancy but I’m still not 100%. I’m  annoyed that it’s taking so long to “bounce” back. But confident that I will be able to return to my previous strength and conditioning numbers eventually.

 

FINAL NOTES

I think I will continue the weekly posts until Olivia is six months old. Then I will switch up my format.

Here’s a picture!

Ryan with Olivia at 24 Weeks!

 


23 WEEKS PP

September 23, 2012

ME

Not getting enough sleep. Eating too much chocolate.

THE BABE

Her sleep schedule is solidifying! She’s been “sleeping through the night” for weeks now, but her day time naps hadn’t organized really. She’s done a good morning naps for a few weeks but her afternoon naps were scattered and sparse. But NOW!! It might have been a Norwegian friend’s mention of how in Norway all the children take their naps outside prompting me to set up Olivia for her nap in the swing facing the open window or she just might have been ready, but she has taken two solid naps each day for the last 10 days. They’re averaging 2 hours. The morning nap is usually longer and the afternoon nap usually shorter. The other thing that might have helped is that it occurred to me to nurse her before her afternoon nap. Because she was ready for her midday awake time to stretch out to 3 hours. Whatever it was, I’m so enjoying the routine!

  • Awake ~ 7:30 – 8:15 am
  • 1st Nap ~ 10:00 am
  • Awake ~ 12:30 – 1:00 pm
  • 2nd Nap ~ 4:00 pm
  • Awake ~ 5:30 pm
  • Bedtime ~ 7:30 pm (asleep by 8:00 or 8:15 pm)

Isn’t that awesome!?

MY WORKOUTS

I went to CrossFit on Saturday. It was my first workout in five weeks (except for one kettlebell workout in Canada). Boy was it rough.

Here’s the WOD:

  • 400M Farmers Walk (20×2/16x2kg)
  • Pause Front Squat- 2/2/2/2/2/2/2 (70-85%) 3 Second Hold at The Bottom; 2 Min Rest Between Sets
  • For Time: 25 each side Sand Bag Get Up (40/20)
  • 3 Rounds of: 45 Seconds each Max Reps HandStand Shoulder Taps; 1 Minute Rest Between Rounds

Here’s what I did…

  • 400m Farmers Walk => 12kg/26lbs x 2 unbroken / 5:11
  • Pause Front Squat => (WU 2×35, 2×45) 2×50, 2×55, 2×65, 2×70, 2×75, 80F, 80F, 1×75
  • Med Ball Get Ups 15# => 20 each side; 15 min
  • Handstand Hold

This was my first time *ever* getting through a set of any kind of Get Ups, turkish or otherwise. I’d never done them before I got pregnant, and couldn’t do them while I was pregnant, and I’ve had difficulty doing them since giving birth because of … well, birth. But TODAY! Today, I could do them. YAY! Victory!

And then I did a handstand hold. I have no idea how long it was for…

FINAL NOTES

Haven’t changed the organization of my posts yet. I’m kinda stuck on posting my “weekly” WOD. I’ll get around to doing that, I promise. Chao!


22 WEEKS PP

September 17, 2012

ME

Still dealing with ligament issues. Still have the dark line although it’s going away. Still breastfeeding. Still loving being a mommy!

THE BABE

She is changing so fast. She’s started reaching. She’s almost able to sit up on her own. She’s trying out things that resemble crawling. Her “play” is so much more focused than before and shows intent. It’s awesome to watch.

MY WORKOUTS

Because I went to Canada for a few weeks (nearly a month!), I didn’t get any workouts in except one kettlebell workout once. I’m a little squishier than when I left. But I still feel confident that I can lose it when the time comes.

FINAL NOTES

I think I’m going to change the organization of my posts. I think I may begin to post about topics, such as: diapering, pacifiers, clothing, sleeping (paleo style?) etc. One topic per week? I also still plan to post about my postpartum experience; because I think that it’s important for new mommies to be prepared for it.

Anyway, here’s a photo of Olivia!

Olivia Grace in the BIG PLASTIC TOY! (22 weeks)

P.S. I didn’t want BIG PLASTIC TOYS in my home. But ya know what?! They generate smiles like this and the ability to get the laundry done. So, um, there.


BABY MEETS GRASS

September 8, 2012

Narration courtesy of Daddy:

Hmmm…. Green shag carpet…

Very itchy carpet…. wait, is that a bug?

I do not like the bugs! And this carpet is also very dirty!

Trees on the other hand…

…Seriously, somebody get a vacuum cleaner out here.

 

Don’t worry, kid. I’ll teach you to love grass, trees, dirt, mountains, hiking trails, etc. You won’t be able to avoid it.


20 WEEKS PP

September 3, 2012

ME

I’m trying my best to eat according to Paleo/Primal/Real Food tenants. I’ve found that I do feel best when I go #Whole30. Seriously. Get “It Starts with Food!” You won’t regret it.

I tried running for a bit a few days ago. I could go slowly, but when I tried to speed until I discovered that my ligaments are still a little sore. I still have some of the dark line so I’m not real concerned. I know it’ll all be fine eventually.

I’m planning a post about my post-partum experience – a more emotionally detailed post. Look for that soon.

Breastfeeding is going well. 🙂

THE BABE

She. Is. Awesome.

I left her with ‘not family’ for the first time yesterday. And she was a huge hit. She was bubbly and friendly and happy. And she was also evidently the bounciest baby they’d ever seen – and this was a family that knows babies! Most importantly, she was still happy to see me when I returned. Of course. But it’s still nice to have your babe curve into you when you pick her up.

She has almost grown out of some of her 6-12 month outfits. She is tall, tall, tall.

We’ve got a bit of redness in her diaper-regions. But the doc says it’s just irritation, not rash. Gotta change those cloth diapers more often!

MY WORKOUTS

Not happening. I’m at home in Canada with my family for a short while. I’m a little busy with the current circumstances. I brought my 15# kettlebell and there is a CrossFit gym here, but the kettlebell sits forlornly in the corner and the CrossFit gym isn’t gonna see me this time.

It’s okay. I’ll get back at it. Muscle memory, right?

To make us all feel better, here’s a photo of the first time we took her swimming. It was one week ago. She loved it!

Olivia’s first swim! 19 weeks!


19 WEEKS PP

August 27, 2012

This is a bit of a crazy week. You won’t get much of an update today. More next week!

I didn’t exercise at all last week except for one night of 100 kb swings at 15 lbs.

Olivia is doing well. She swam in a pool for the first time yesterday!

Who me? Wearing a size 9-month sleeper? Couldn’t be.