9monthsafterc-section
Dec
31st
2015
9 months after my C-Section

They say a pregnancy goes 9 months and it takes 9 months for the body to get back to normal. My belly is still there and I’m pretty sure it will take a couple of months at least to have a flatter belly.
I started working out again at 8 months after my pregnancy so I’ll keep posting about my belly and see how it turns out.

How far along: 9 monts after Quinn’s birth
How much do I weigh: 50,5 kg (+1,7 kg from my before pregnancy weight – my goal is to reach 50 kg)
How much does Quinn weigh: around 7,5 kg
Belly size: It looks pretty much the same like in the 4 months after my c-section post, maybe even a bit bigger. I haven’t been eating too well and I eat way too much sweets 🙁 9monthsafterc-section The middle photo shows very nicely that my belly muscles are still not completely together and how my belly is curved to the outside. I’d say I look about 16 weeks pregnant.

Sleep: Since about September, so when Quinn was around 5 months old, my (and his) sleep has gotten worse. He still sleeps in our bedroom and comes every 1 to 2 hours.
Symptoms: Sorry, but I want to post this for my records: a yeast infection after every period since giving birth due to a lack of vaginal flora. I told my gyn about that in December and now I have to take uvulas after every period to build up my flora and if that doesn’t help I have to take three uvulas against the yeast infection. Let’s see how long that lasts… You can still see my Linea nigra, too.
Maternity clothes: I sometimes still wear my smallest maternity jeans but mostly I wear my normal pants and tops.
Miss anything: Sleep at times
(Best) happenings: Wow, a lot has happened the last few months (my last post was 4 months after my c-section, I totally forgot all the others…

  • Quinn has six teeth, two below and four on the top
  • He gets mush at noon, in the afternoon and in the evening
  • I still breastfeed during the night and in the mornings
  • I have the feeling I’ll breastfeed forever, it seems Quinn doesn’t get enough!
  • Quinn’s room is pretty much done decorated
  • He broke the changing table while stomping with his legs 🙂
  • Quinn was sick once with fever and a cold, it took about three days for him to feel good again
  • We all had a stomach flu right before Christmas
  • Quinn started rolling around from belly to back and from back to belly at 7 months
  • He loves to take his binky and his on objects to make noise

Sports: I started lifting weights and doing strength cardio the beginning of December 2015.
My plan for the first eight weeks:

  1. 15-20 x 53kg leg press
  2. 15-20 x 30kg abductor
  3. 15-20 x 15kg row
  4. 15-20 x 15kg chest press
  5. 15-20 x “back sit-ups”
  6. 15-20 x 25kg carcass-turning
  7. 45 minutes jogging on the treadmill or cross trainer
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Dec
24th
2015
Merry Christmas 2015

If there is anybody out there reading my blog and also celebrating Christmas then I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂

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Fjälkinge
Dec
4th
2015
The office / guestroom

So, our move is completed and seeing we moved into an apartment double the size of the old one, there is a lot to do. The office/guest room is done, I:

  • painted one wall blue
  • bought two IKEA Fjälkinge shelves (one big and one small) plus drawers (why have I never used those before, they are metal and look pretty neat)
  • pimped our IKEA desk and IKEA Alex drawer with some foil
  • pimped my pin board by painting it grey and putting some styrofoam around it

FjälkingeIKEA Alex and Desk pimpPin Board
Found some cute boxes too although I wasn’t even looking 😀
Cute boxes
The pull-out couch is on the side of the blue wall. I’m happy with the results esp. because I thought this would be the last room to get done.

Today the baby-bed is coming so the next room I’ll try to finish is my son’s room. I’m thinking of painting one wall green and/or buying a wall-tattoo. It’s nice to get rooms done where you feel comfortable in 😀

Does anybody else like to renovate their room/apartment?

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Oct
20th
2015
Half a year after giving birth

Wow, I haven’t blogged in ages but I have good excuses:

  1. We moved on September 26 and I was packing packing packing before
  2. my bubby is on parental leave for two months
  3. We moved so I am unpacking unpacking unpacking 🙂

Our baby boy was a good boy the whole move. Sometimes it was hard for me to stop what I was doing to take care of my baby and bring him to bed at around 18:00. I’m used to working until something is done but with a baby the baby’s priorities come first.
We moved into a bigger place on the ground floor. It is so much easier for us now, no more carrying the stroller into the basement, no more carrying the baby and groceries up 50 stairs. It’s a very kids-friendly neighborhood.

Quinn is doing great, he’s such a good boy. Right now he’s growing his first tooth!
He rolled over once, on October 10th 2015, he turned 6 months on October 1st and my little family spent the lovely day in the mountains. On October 2nd I started feeding him his first mush – sweet potatoes. In week two he got parsnip and now in week #3 I give him potatoes, carrots and beef. He wears the size 68/74 now, diaper size is still #3.

I totally forgot about my 5 and 6 months after giving birth blog posts. All I can say, my belly is still there but I do fit into most of my old pants now, even though some are still a bit tight. I just quit the gym in my old hometown and am planning on joining the gym in my new hometown in November. I can’t wait to get back on working out yet I haven’t missed it the last few weeks because I was just too busy with the move.

Now I’m mainly busy getting the new place organized and looking for new furniture to buy 🙂 We are buying a cherry laurel this week to plant in the garden before the first snow is coming. Our two gardens are very small but yet, they have been so much work already. I’m looking forward to next spring so that the bigger garden/terrace can get fixed up.

I hope to keep on blogging more regularly soon but I guess there’s always a longer or shorter slack period on some blogs.

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Belly 4 months after c-section
Aug
5th
2015
4 months after my c-section

How far along: 4 months after Quinn’s birth
How much do I weigh: 51 kg (+2,2 kg from my before pregnancy weight – my goal is to reach 50 kg)
How much does Quinn weigh: around 6,5 kg
Belly size:

Belly 4 months after c-section

Belly 4 months after c-section

Sleep: Quinn is quite fretful at times which keeps me awake. I sometimes put him in his crib which stands before our bedroom door.
Symptoms: My c-section scar itches at times
Maternity clothes: Still the shorts, I could probably wear my normal ones by now but the maternity ones are so comfy 🙂
Miss anything: Not really
Looking forward to: Our big move end of September. A bigger place with a terrace and mini-garden plus a playground right before the garden. Can’t wait to offer Quinn a big place to learn crawling and walking 😀
(Best) happenings:

  • Quinn changed to diaper size 3 on July 12th
  • I had a cold a few days long and Quinn might have had a full nose for one day, but nothing too bad
  • We looked at a bigger apartment, applied for it and got it! Will move end of September
  • Quinn got his second vaccines. Didn’t handle them too well this time, he got a fever that same evening and was very sleepy and whiney the next day. It took about four days for him to be the old Quinn

Sports: Started jogging again, 9 minutes for 1km! (I used to jog at 6,5 minutes / 1km) but it was nice. Going to the gym once or twice a week. Feels good.



3monthsafterc-section
Jul
1st
2015
Postpartum: 3 months after giving birth

So here I am, writing a postpartum blog post three months after Quinn was born. I noted a lot of things in my calendar just so that I don’t forget when I write this blog post. Life isn’t the way it used to be (well, really?) but having this little baby, to hear him cry, to see him smile, to hear him babble around – all those things just make you realize once more: you have a baby, you’re a mom, the baby needs you because he is real! And that’s an amazing feeling.

Let’s start with April Fool’s Day, Quinn’s birthday. The day I had the very much unplanned and very spontaneous c-section. I didn’t mind the operation, while all the nurses etc. were getting things ready for the section I thought “wow, I’m going to have a c-section in a few minutes, that’s kinda exciting and an experience not every woman shares”, I was excited and also relieved to know my baby-boy will have no problems getting stuck or whatsoever in the birth canal.
Anyway, the c-section itself wasn’t scary, it didn’t hurt (although I did almost faint when my organs went back to their old place or whatever that feeling was I had after they got Quinn out) and the recovery was very fast.
I did curse the c-section that day and the day after because of all the pain, especially when I had to get up and said things like “how could a woman have a section voluntary?!” But two days after I felt so much better (also thanks to painkillers) and the recovery went quite well.
Of course it wasn’t the best feeling when the nurses pushed into your belly to see how big/small the uterus has gotten and the cut also hurt, but day after day everything got better.

Now my scar is still hard and I massage it at times, my belly is still bigger than before my pregnancy but it vanishes slowly, very slowly. Three weeks after the operation I started lifting heavier things again (like the baby’s car seat and the stroller) and started doing things with my son alone and not being dependent on my bubby. That’s probably the thing that bothered me most on the section – not being allowed to carry heavy things. This and the pain I had whilst peeing from the bladder catheter. That pain stayed a few weeks.

The bleeding (oh the bleeding) stopped after 9,5 weeks! “They” say normally you don’t have lochia for so long after a c-section but oh well. I bled every day for 9,5 weeks, sometimes stronger, sometimes just a few drops. The day my OB checked me (almost 6 weeks after giving birth) my period started! Fresh red blood came and my OB saw that my ovary was “working”. That first period lasted around 3,5 weeks.
Oh great I thought, that’s something I could have lived without for another year or so. On the other side though I was happy to see that my body, in that respect, is back to normal.
During that time I used lady diapers, extra long and thick pads (the huge ones from the hospital are the best) and seeing my scar didn’t heal that good in one place I didn’t even wear normal undies for a loooong time, I wore the net-panties you get in the hospital. Very sexy.
Just one week after my lochia stopped and 33 days after my first period after Quinn’s birth I got my second period. And I could finally use tampons! It started very strong but only for around two days, then it got weaker day by day.

Breastfeeding worked good from day one (now, don’t believe you can’t get pregnant when you breastfeed because bam – your period can start any minute). It’s a great feeling to see how my body can nourish my baby boy and I’m very happy that it works so well. I didn’t read anything about it and I didn’t take a class and just trusted my womanly instincts.
It did hurt a bit in the beginning and I only let Quinn drink on each side for a few less minutes so that my nipples don’t get infected. The weeks after the birth the first ten sucks from Quinn really hurt (my body was quite tense and if my bubby asked me something during that time he had to wait 10-20 seconds for me to answer, until the pain was over). I don’t remember when the pain stopped, maybe three weeks after giving birth.

Three months after giving birth I still do not fit into my regular pants. My belly is still there but I also didn’t only gain on my belly but also my legs *ehem*. Seeing I was pregnant in the winter I had to buy new summer shorts and I had to buy them in maternity-style. Ouch!
I started training my pelvic floor after six weeks and am still doing it two to three times a week. I’ll probably keep doing it until mid July. That’s an advantage of the section – I don’t have problems with incontinence.
I started working out after 8 weeks and try to go to the gym 2-3 times a week to lift weights and do cardio. I lift very less weight but make more repetitions and NOT the belly. Doing sit-ups etc. will have to wait a few months.
I started my pregnancy with 49kg, my normal weight when working out is 50-51kg and now I weigh 53kg. So, I’d like to lose 2-3kg this year which hopefully should be doable.

My postpartum emotions have treated me quite well. All in all I only cried twice, once when I watched How I met your mother and Lily gave birth and once when Quinn just didn’t stop crying. Oh well, and of course there have been (and still are) many many times where I look at my baby boy and just spread tears of joy. Luckily I’m not that exhausted from the nights, I just try to keep Quinn and me in bed until I’m fully ready to get up. Doesn’t work always but most of the time.

How much do I weigh: 52,1 kg (+3,1 kg from my before pregnancy weight – my goal is to reach 50 kg)
How much does Quinn weigh: around 6,2 kg
Belly size: My belly takes its time… 3monthsafterc-section
Sleep: Soso. Quinn definitely has a day-night rhythm, sometimes he comes every two hours, sometimes every three. Yesterday he came after almost 8 hours for the first time (I fed him at 18:15 and he came at around 2am)
Maternity clothes: Still wearing the shorts/pants 🙁
Miss anything: Wearing nice tops who don’t show my belly
Looking forward to: Every new day with Quinn
(Best) happenings: Quinn discovered his hands and his voice and is kicking his legs like crazy. He got his first vaccination which he recovered from quickly.
Sports: Started again with jogging and lifting weight and ruined my knee from too much jogging. So now I’ve paused for a week, now the knee is better, thank god! Seeing it’s super hot this week I might skip the gym and just go for long walks in the morning.

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