Meal Plans / Running Plans

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Hey friends, how are you? Things are great over here!

We didn’t have much planned for the weekend. Meal planning & grocery shopping and a dinner out. I did not manage to go for a run, although I really wanted to. And now I have a cold… :(

I’m registered in the Vancouver Sun Run on April 15, but I’m pretty out of shape cardio-wise and the 10 km will probably take me an hour and a half. When I’ve recovered from my cold, I’m really hoping to get 2-3 runs or cardio workouts in in the coming weeks, to get my strength back up to where it was pre-baby. I think I even was in better shape (fitness-wise) when I was 9 months pregnant, than now!

So here’s the deal:

I pulled out my running schedule from two years ago, and hope that with regular interval training I will get my cardiovascular strength back up. 3 weekly running sessions for a total of 13 weeks – I only have 7 weeks left, though. The goal is to finish it, with no pressure to do so in a specific time frame.

first page of the Sun Run training booklet – the rest has been taken apart by my son. ;)

This picture really shows you how lazy I am sometimes. Taken with the laptop webcam…

I’m heading out to drop off some unused diapers and some other baby things at a local charity, which – among many other things – is helping out young mothers with baby gift baskets (Aunt Leah’s Society).

After that I’m doing some grocery shopping: Organic bananas and organic avocados are on my list to buy for the little guy. :-o Yes, he’s six months old and he will be getting his first solid food TODAY! I’m so exited, you can’t even imagine!!! :D

Off into the lovely sunshine!




3 Months Postpartum Update

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I can’t believe it’s been over 3 months already! Time for a quick update…

Baby: Our little guy is growing, smiling, cooing, looking at his hands, waving them, grabbing things, I could go on and on… His head support is getting better every day. He has almost tripled his birth weight (which was only 4lbs/1.9kg) and he has grown about 12 cm/4.75 inches. Actually he has just outgrown his xs-size Fuzzibunz cloth diapers (and the newborn-size Grovia a few weeks ago!). His Bummis TinyFits still fit, but we are gradually moving on to EasyFits right now.

Although I can still button it around his waist, the rise of the xs-size Fuzzibunz is now too low and it started to leak. Time to graduate to the next size up/one size!

He is still exclusively breastfed, but he has now started sleeping longer stretches at night – up to 4.5 hours. But since we’re co-sleeping, it makes those nighttime feedings a breeze (move baby to breast – latch baby on – nurse baby – let baby fall asleep at the breast – sleep another couple of hours – start over again…). :) I know, there are different opinions regarding all parenting choices, including breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing, cloth-diapering, etc. It may not be everybody’s choice, but that’s what works for us right now.

Anyway, he’s such a good baby. The only thing he does not like too much, is tummy time. He is pushing himself up, though, so I guess it’s just a matter of time before he’s gonna start rolling over from tummy to back. Gotta work those arm and neck muscles, little guy! He also started drooling and chewing on his fists, so he is about to start teething!

Mommy: I love being a mom. This might be due to the fact that I have such a great baby! :D We were a little scared in the very beginning, because he was so tiny. But I think both his daddy and I have adjusted quite well to parenthood – so far. As far as weight loss is concerned, I have no idea where I’m at, because I haven’t had a chance to go to the gym (to use their scale…) yet. When I stepped on a scale in a store a few weeks ago, I was 5lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight (fully clothed), but I suspect that the scale might have been completely off. I do, however, fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans (I did after coming home from the hospital – with a muffin top ;-) ) and the weight is not really an issue either, since I didn’t gain much during my pregnancy (but the flab is…). I just hope that my yoga sessions and daily walks help with me tone up a little more. It’s really just not high up on my priorities list. Honestly, right after our little man was born, I even missed my big round belly. Sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I went from looking like this…

36 weeks pregnant – a week before he was born!

… to looking at my handsome little guy every day:

This picture was snapped when he was 7 weeks old.

Food: I finally started making my own food again most of the time. There was just no way I would have been standing in the kitchen cooking in those first weeks. We had lots of take-out, delivery, and frozen food. By now I’m craving veggies and fruit like crazy! Even my sandwiches are topped with mixed lettuce…

Which leads me to a question for you: How do you eat healthy and how do you manage to eat your fruit and veggies, if you just don’t have the time to wash, peel, chop, etc.? I love the pre-chopped veggies and fruit from Whole Foods, but it’s not very close to where I live, so I don’t get it very often. Any other suggestions? Any experience with frozen produce? Any time-savers to share?

Workouts: Other than daily walks and twice-weekly yoga sessions, I’ve only been running once in three months. While I would love to go to the gym for a class, our schedule doesn’t allow it right now and I think the little man is still a little too small for the gym’s childcare.  Luckily, one of my favourite fitness bloggers (who is also going to have her first baby in a few weeks) just posted a link to a quick cardio workout video she made last year. While I usually try not to run/dance at home (I feel bad for our downstairs neighbours…) I am going to give this a try later today together with these yoga moves for flat abs.

So altogether, we are doing great. Motherhood is such a different experience, but from all the adventures we’ve embarked on in the past few years (including moving to a different country), this has been the best one so far!

You can read my pregnancy and baby re-caps here: 1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester, 1 month postpartum

Babywearing: What carrier to choose?

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When I was pregnant with our little guy I decided that I would definitely wear my baby. He can snuggle up close and feel safe, while I have two free hands.

Towards the end of my pregnancy I bought a Moby wrap, which I and the little guy love, so far. It’s sometimes a little time-consuming to put on, but since he was so tiny when he was born, I have the feeling that he especially enjoyed snuggling up tightly. I’m really glad I had it from the very beginning, although we got our doctor’s approval first, since Moby recommends introducing it at 8 lbs (I think our son was around 5 lbs when we first carried him in the wrap).

A co-worker also gave me a sling, which is super convenient for quick trips or around the house. I don’t like using it for longer periods of time though, simply because the little guy seems a little scrunched up in there and I constantly find myself checking on him to see that he can breathe. We usually keep it in the stroller, so when we’re out and about and I have stuff to carry home (we have no car) I can put him in there if he doesn’t like to be in the stroller or likes to be carried.

baby sling

At 3 months old, my son’s head control is getting much better and he enjoys being carried while looking out front. So I was in the market for a baby carrier. Up until a little while ago, I really wanted to purchase an Ergo, simply because I believed that babies shouldn’t face out because they can get overstimulated and the facing-out position is not good for babies’ spine or hips. I was going to order an Ergo when I was still pregnant. Turns out, our little guy enjoys facing out – a lot.

In the past few weeks I was weighing my options. I thought that a Babybjörn would be the only option for a forward facing carrier, but I was told and read that the Björn causes back and shoulder pain for the parents, due to the lack of a waist belt. And since the Ergo, despite being super comfy, does not have a forward-facing option, neither of these two carriers were going to work for me. I wanted a comfortable (for me and baby), organic cotton if possible, multi-position baby carrier, with the option of facing out.

Turns out that Babybjörn has recently released the Comfort model for babies that are at least 3 months or 13lbs. It has a hip or waist belt and gives parents the option of wearing their little ones for a longer time, because the weight is being distributed better. But due to the big name, it also comes with a huge pricetag ($219). If I could, I probably would try it on and possibly even buy it. At this time it’s just a little too pricey for me, though!

Luckily I stumbled upon the Beco Gemini carrier on Green Mommy Blog. I had been reading her blog for a while and because of her baby carrier review I actually became aware of the Gemini.

Beco Gemini Baby Carrier

When I went to the store to try it on, I immediately loved it. The shoulder straps can be crossed over in the back, which makes it easy to put on. It is made out of organic cotton, so I don’t have to worry that the little guy is ingesting harmful chemicals when chewing on it (side note: I might get the drooling pads for it, when I need them). It was an extra bonus, that certain colours were on sale. There weren’t many left to choose from, so we picked the “Aiden” ( I would have loved the black “Foxie“, though… but no biggie). So far, both baby and I like it. And although I’ve only let him face out for a few minutes at home (he’s still a little small for it and can’t quite look over the edge yet…), I’m excited that I have the possibility for later. Right now, he’s facing in when we use it, and that works pretty well for us.

Our little guy in his Beco Gemini (sorry, my hand is in the way…) ;)

The verdict: I would definitely recommend the Beco Gemini, but I would really have to try the other carriers in order to compare them better. The Babybjörn looks sturdier and the Ergo definitely was comfortable in the store, so who knows, maybe we will have a look at another carrier in the future. The Gemini, however, combines comfort, ease of putting on, organic cotton and multiple carrying positions, including letting the baby face out. All of this convinced us to get this one instead of the other carriers.

Do you wear your baby? Have you tried the Beco Gemini? What is your most important feature for a baby carrier?