Check-In: Six Months Post Baby
Six months. Our little girl is already 6 months old. I can’t believe it. It seems like it’s gone so fast but at the same time, so slow.
If you would have asked me 6 months ago where I thought I would be at this point, it’s pretty laughable. I would tell you that my baby would be completely sleeping through the night, I would be fitting back in my favorite pair of jeans, and would have being Super Mom down to an easy peasy art.
Well. Adyson has slept completely through the night ONCE, I still don’t fit into my favorite pair of jeans, and Super Mom is never going to be me.
And now I also have to admit that what everyone said was right. You can now say “I told you so.” It’s true that getting anything done is so much harder with a child, I’m more insanely tired than I ever could have thought in my life, and I am also more in love with this little tiny human than I ever thought I could be. You were all right!
But I want to focus on what this blog is about – and give a little more detail on those jeans I’m not fitting into, my running, and healthy eating.
A baby completely changes your body (I hear you… “I told you so”). In ways I didn’t understand. Even though my weight is pretty much where it was prior to giving birth (and has been for awhile), things still don’t work like they used to. For instance, something happened with my butt and hips. Seriously… they just stretched out and got bigger and now they won’t go back!
What the heck is up with that?!
So I can squeeze those beautiful jeans I’m missing so much over that butt and I can button them… but if I try to sit down I’m pretty sure the jeans will rip open from 4 different angles.
Not that I can really complain. I’m not overweight and I’m still healthy. It’s just kind of a slap in the face when all this happens. I’m not sure if I will ever fit into any clothes the way I used to because my body has changed.
And I think I’m okay with that.
I’m still getting used to the idea but it’s sitting better and better every day. I watch my little girl do new tricks like rolling over, sitting up, and holding her bottle. It makes it all worth it.
I’ve still been working out and that’s different too. My runs are different but they are good. I can feel myself getting better and faster but it’s still not quite the same. I have signed up for a marathon in April and I’m so nervous about it but so excited too.
There are days that I’m really frustrated I don’t feel as fast as I used to but then there are days where I can feel improvement and that’s a great feeling. I actually feel like I’m in great shape right now!
We have been eating pretty healthy in our family but that is definitely an area for improvement. I’m not sure how moms do it… the ones who have a meal prepared every night. I just can’t quite figure out how to plan that perfectly yet. So this is the area where I’ve probably suffered the most. As I’ve mentioned, I am all about moderation but for the most part want to eat healthy.
My goal for this year is to figure out how to plan meals for the week so I know I will be eating healthy and won’t be tempted to order out. Send any tips my way!
So what else have I learned from all this? From these last 6 months after having a baby? A lot but here are just a few things to highlight for any new mom:
- Let sleep win sometimes. Sleep needs to be a priority. It’s hard to make it one when you have a baby at home but sometimes that needs to come before the work out or meal you need to make. It is essential for your health.
- Give yourself time but not too much to get back to yourself. Decide on the right amount of time for you after having a baby to get back in shape and into a healthy lifestyle again. Six months was good for me. What I really wanted was 2 weeks but let’s get real here. I also wasn’t going to give myself 2 years because then I would just slack off. I signed up for my next marathon and now that goal is in my mind. I’m going for it.
- Take care of yourself. I wrote a post about this before, but it really is important. Take time out for yourself. You need it for your sanity!
- Splurge a little. A baby is expensive, I get it. But if you can, treat yourself to some things – new clothes, a massage, a nice restaurant. You deserve it.
- Get help! Pull out all the stops if you can. If you have family close by, use them! If you can afford a cleaning lady, meal service, anything else to make your life easier, do it.
- Take time to just enjoy your baby and new family. Time sure does fly and although things still need to get done around here, I love the moments where I just forget everything else and focus on my family. Laugh with them, sing with them, and make new memories. You won’t regret that. I promise.
- Trust your gut. The books don’t know your child and your Trust yourself over a book.
Hopefully the next 6 months are just as exciting but with a little more sleep…
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.