Wednesday, October 12, 2016

3 Weeks Postpartum


Phoebe turns 3 weeks old today, and my days right now are filled with feedings, cuddles, and trying to sneak in a nap.  In fact, I believe that is the key to maintaining your sanity:  sleep when your kid sleeps.  I'm not great at this, evidenced by the fact that I'm typing this and not on the couch napping, but I'm learning.

She's growing and is generally an awesome baby, with some periods of fussiness between 5 and 8 pm.  Overall though, we've really been enjoying our little family time.  This is Josh's last week home, and I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do without him when he goes back to work.  He has been taking care of everything, and I couldn't have done it without him.



We go on a family walk around the neighborhood every day, and that has really improved my mood.  It's still pretty hot here (for the middle of OCTOBER), but I'm hoping the fall weather will kick in soon.  The tree across the street from our house has yellow leaves, so I know fall is here.

My recovery is going well. The c-section scar is healing nicely, and as long as I remember to take it relatively easy, I go all day without any pain.  I'm ready to get back to some longer walks and yoga.  Breastfeeding is pretty amazing for the recovering mama.  I've already lost all the weight from the pregnancy plus a couple pounds.  I believe most of this is because Josh has been bringing me all my food, so I'm not doing a ton of snacking.  I'm hoping to keep up this progression with healthy meals and increasing exercise.  I definitely want to be as healthy and fit as I can be to chase around this little girl.



The first week home, Josh's mom was here.  Man, was that amazing.  Just having another person in the house really helped, and we even managed to throw together this Our baby is 1 week old Brunch for ourselves.  That was the first runny egg I'd eaten in almost a decade, and it was everything I hoped it would be.  I also whipped up those pancakes from scratch.  I haven't made any more ambitious cooking endeavors since, but it was a big victory.



Since then, there have been a lot of eggs and bread for breakfast, although sometimes smoothies.  Lunch is usually soup or an Amy's organic meal, although occasionally Josh will go out and grab us a sandwich.  Dinners have been home cooking from the deep freezer.



Before Phoebe got here, I made and froze veggie pot pies, chili, cornbread, tofu scramble burritos, egg burritos, and frozen packs of smoothies.  We completely stuffed our standing deep freezer, and we've been eating out of that for the past few weeks.  We still have a fair amount of food left, and I'm so glad I took the time to do this.  I wanted to do a more detailed post about it, and maybe I will, but for now just know if you have a baby on the way, freeze a bunch of your favorite foods.  That mac and cheese was courtesy of my friend, Reva, and it was delicious.

So, that's about it for now.  I need to go crash and take a nap.  Breastfeeding is super hard, but I'm starting to get the hang of it.  Thankfully we have a lot of easy food stocked up, and getting outside once a day does wonders for the soul.