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.
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! 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…
… to looking at my handsome little guy every day:
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!