Fifty Day Fit Streak – Week 2

fitstreakDay 8 – 30 minute Walk, 30 Day Shred Level 1

Day 9 – Mom & Baby Yoga & 45 minute YogaGlo Class (Well Rounded Flow w/ Stephanie Snyder)

Day 10 – Les Mills Pump & Shred

Day 11 – 40 minute Walk

Day 12 - 30 minute Walk

Day 13 – Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones

Day 14 - 30 minute Walk

I did my first postpartum headstand at Mom & Baby Yoga on Tuesday. I had tried once before a few weeks ago and it was a no-go. I even tried doing a teddy bear headstand first and still couldn’t get up into it. At yoga I was able to kick one leg up and then slowly (and veeery shakily) lift the other leg up to meet it. It was a wonderful and empowering feeling and it is honestly the first time I’ve felt like I’m actually starting to “get my body back” because I haven’t done inversions since before I was pregnant, so almost a year ago. Wahoo!

Also, I really need to start running. Becky reminded me that Mud Hero is in the not so distant future and I am signed up. Agh!

Mind & Body After Baby – Month 3

quinnsbMind

I feel like a whole different person at the end of this month vs. the end of last month. Last month I had finally come to terms with the loss of freedom I was feeling which manifested itself as resentment towards Matthias. Still feeling good on that front.

What I was struggling with was the almost always “on-the-verge-of-crying.” I say that because she wasn’t always crying but it felt like I was always having to do things to keep her from not crying. I was feeling seriously under appreciated and lots of guilt for being so upset that Quinn was unhappy. About a week after I posted that Quinn really turned a corner. She smiles so much more now and coos/squeals happily more regularly than she was before. She is still a pretty serious chick (ahem, she totally takes after me…), but she has laughed FOUR TIMES. The chiropractor got the biggest laugh out of her. Seriously Quinn!? Haha :) All of these positive things have really lifted my mood. Now that she is able to go in the jumper or exersaucer and hold her head up for a longer period of time I think she is much happier because before she was either being held (but only in certain upright positions) or laying on her back or tummy (which she isn’t a fan of). She enjoys being upright and looking around and doing this more consistently has helped her be in a better mood I think. Her napping has improved and therefore the sometimes regular hour long struggle to get her to sleep is mostly gone and she is usually napping for longer stretches.

I feel like the entire day has a bit of a pattern now, which helps me to plan out what we are doing, and honestly, feel more in control, which is what I was missing.

I still can see how this job feels thankless sometimes. But then she gives me a big gummy grin when I sing to her and I figure that is thanks enough for now.

I wrote in a previous post that I finally “get it” and by “it” I mean love being a mother. When I came home from yoga one evening I walked into the house and saw Quinn up on Matthias’ shoulders for her very first piggy back. She was content, looking around, licking his head, pretending she was hungry (I fed her right before I left so she was faking). I walked over and said a big “Hi Baby!” to her and she looked at me and broke out in the biggest smile. That was my “get it” moment. I love her so much and I am so blessed to have her in my life.

First piggyback ride! ☺️

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Body

I made a commitment to myself at the start of this month to put forward more of an effort to push myself to workout harder and more consistently. I’m feeling ready and eager to work towards getting my body to a place that is less soft and easily winded. I want to feel strong and capable again. The scale is still moving in the right direction!

I’ve been going to Mom & Baby Yoga and Quinn has been doing MUCH better. Also – holy sore arms after. She isn’t the lightest thing to swing and lift when you are in goddess pose or warrior 1. I’ve also been taking a second yoga class every week! Emily from the Breathing Room recently started providing Yoga to the folks of Blackfalds through Ebb & Flow Yoga. She’s doing outdoor classes right now and I am LOVING them. Matthias makes sure he is home at about 5:30pm those nights and then I go get my om on for an hour, come home and put the little lady to bed.

In other news, I’ve developed a lovely little thing known as “mommy thumb” aka De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (dih-kwer-VAINS ten-oh-sine-oh-VIE-tis). For a few weeks I was having shooting pain in my left thumb/wrist/forearm when doing certain movements like lifting Quinn out of her crib or opening door knobs. So now I am wearing a wrist/thumb brace which, you know, makes parenting a baby so easy and stuff. ;) Catch the sarcasm there? Hopefully it goes away soon because it is seriously putting a damper on things.

Random Thoughts

  • Wonder Weeks App/Book – Love it! Quinn usually gets grumpier two-ish days before she goes into a leap and this last time I really noticed it because she had been substantially less grumpy prior to that. Also enjoy how it gives you activities and suggestions of things you can do while they are in the leap.
  • How has it already been a quarter of a year? HOW?!
  • I’m thinking my next Mind & Body Update will be at the 6 month mark :)
  • This is my 500th post. FIVE. HUNDRED. How?!

Quinn – 3 Months

3monthsGROWTH

Weight

13lb even! 57th Percentile :)

Height

Not Measured

Head

41cm

Clothing

3-6 months with a few 6 month stuff thrown in.

ROUTINE

Eating

Quinn still likes to eat every 2 hours, with one 3-4 hour stretch during her afternoon nap (eats, is awake for an hour, and then naps for 2-3 hours). Part of me wishes she went longer in between feeds but at the same time I am just so grateful breastfeeding is going good that I am apprehensive when anything changes because I don’t want to mess up my supply. We are at the HALF WAY point until she can start solids. WHAT?! So I only have 3 more months of q2h feeds before it’ll change. She is doing this thing now where she gets frustrated and thrashes around when she is full and she still wants to suck for comfort but when milk keeps coming out

Won’t take a bottle. Still. Any advice? We’ve tried 4 different kinds! She chokes and sputters and swallows a gallon of air and then sad cries.

Night Sleeping

Gah. I feel like we regressed a little bit on this front. Bedtime is still anywhere from 6:40-7:30pm depending on her mood and what we are doing that day (bath day or not). Our routine is pretty consistent although this month I’d like to add reading a story to her before bed. She falls asleep pretty easily with the soother and we only have to go in maybe once or twice to put it back in if she spits it out before she is in the semi-dream state. Most nights we don’t have to go in at all.

It’s the over night that took a bit of a nose dive. For a week or so she must have been going through a growth spurt and was getting up every 2 hours to eat. Rough! Ever since then she gets up from 3-5 and then is up for the day at 6. I’m missing my extra hour of sleep and her getting up so early throws off her naps.

Day Sleeping

SHE NAPS! SHE ACTUALLY NAPS. It’s amazing. And it isn’t an hour long process to get her to sleep! She has a morning nap about an hour after she wakes up (usually around 8-8:30) for an hour, a cat nap when we walk the dogs at about 11, and then her afternoon nap starts 12:30-1 and she naps for anywhere from 2-3 hours! Sometimes I have to go in and help her fall back asleep by giving her the soother but for the most part its a pretty consistent pattern she follows! From there I try to keep her up since her bedtime is early and I find she goes to bed better at night if she has been up for a lengthier period in the afternoon. She even naps in her crib. It. Is. Glorious.

Bathing

Well folks, she pooped in the tub. On three separate occasions. Lol. It was bound to happen at some point. Because I bath with her I just handed her to Matthias, drained the tub and showered us both off haha.

We went swimming twice this month. Quinn is a little water baby and is totally calm in the pool.

WAKETIME

She is a much happier kiddo now when she is awake and she lets you know when she is tired, whereas before she would just be almost crying all the time now she only cries when she is ready for sleep. She is a chatter box. She babbles and blows bubbles/spits drool all day. It’s pretty funny some of the sound she can make. Her favorite thing to say is “Boob”. Her first word possibly? Although I’m not convinced she knows what it means. ;)

Quinn totally looks like Matthias. But she acts like me 100%. She is a SERIOUS baby. She likes to give big gummy smiles but I have to work for them and her giggles are extra special. I’m still working on my comedy act to find out what her sense of humor is like. :)

HEALTH

Her head was assessed by a physiotherapist and she doesn’t have torticollis, just positional plagiocephaly, which is good because her neck muscles are even. The physio basically said continue doing what we are doing and she doesn’t need follow up – it’ll round out on its own. I’ve noticed a difference in its shape already with the increase tummy time and being able to play in the Jumper and Exersaucer.

DEVELOPMENT

Lots of smiles, a few giggles, and no rolling (yet!). Much better head control and the ability to push up on her arms to look around. Her eyes track objects/people and she responds to sounds by turning her head to them. She holds toys if I put them close to her hand. Her hands aren’t always balled into little fists any more – they feel around and grasp at things (like my hair, my boobs (shes a pincher!) and daddy’s beard). She loves to kick and swing her arms around like a mad woman. She’s also the stiffest baby on the planet and has rock hard abs from constantly planking haha. My little power lifter. ;)

PLAYING

This month was a huge leap in her ability to play and interact. She goes in the exersaucer and is now reaching out to the toys and likes to listen to music in there. She goes in the Jolly Jumper (super head control) and watches the pets and kind of beebops in a circle, no real bounces yet but they are coming! She tolerates tummy time WAY better now. I find that she does well propped up on a little pillow (before she used to just fall forward because her head was so heavy but now its better with her head control) and then if she fusses she will suck on a soother and continue to do tummy time for another 10ish minutes. She probably does about 20 minutes 3 times a day!

"This is the coolest thing since sliced bread!" 🍞

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I started reading to her this month and she is totally in to it. She holds my thumbs when I hold the book in front of her when she is sitting on my lap. Heart explosion. Haha

BABY WEARING

So lots has happened in the baby wearing category over the last month. I traded my pink Uppymama for a Mountain Girl Handwoven in the same size (6). Its a wool wrap instead of 100% cotton so its a bit more supportive and cool in the summer/warm in the winter. Its grey and red so more gender neutral too for when Matthias wears her! I bought a Celestial Uppymama and it is currently getting hemmed to being a Size 3. The Prairie Midwives Uppy (size 4) is on the loom and almost ready to come off and go get hemmed/finished, so maybe I will have it by the end of July?! And I also bought a Size 5 Cloth of Kin wrap. WOAH. So I have Size 3-6. It’s quite the little addiction haha.

Celestial

Quinn is almost ready to be held in hip carriers, so I’ve started practicing some of those. I’ve also gotten her on my back a few times. She is an epic leg straightener so its still hard to make a good deep seat with her because shes still small and I don’t have great shoulder flexiblity. So those are a work in progress still. I also think once shes able to grab things and focus on whats in her hands it will be easier to get her wrapped on my back because then she will be distracted. Hopefully at least.

Cloth Of Kin – Doula Love

LIKES

  • Jolly Jumper
  • Exersaucer
  • The Pets
  • Her Soother
  • Being Worn
  • Baths
  • Books/Being Read to
  • Her Dad :)

DISLIKES

  • Her Car Seat
  • Wind
  • Not being paid attention to
  • Bottles

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Fifty Day Fit Streak – Week 1

fitstreakDay 1 – 3km Walk, 30 mins Elliptical

Day 2 – Mom & Baby Yoga

Day 3 – 30 min Yoga

Day 4 – 45 min Walk (attempted run)

Day 5 – 30 Day Shred Level 1

Day 6 – 2km Run (with Quinn crying)

Day 7 - 45min Walk

In other news, I tried to run twice this week with the jogging stroller…. and Quinn hates it. She has been crying in her car seat pretty consistently for 3-4 weeks. She hates it. Sometimes she has a total thrashing-angry-dinosaur meltdown which ends in her crashing and falling asleep. I’m not sure if its because she can’t see me, keep the soother in her mouth, or if its that she is facing backwards but man it makes for some lame trips in to Red Deer. When we are doing errands I usually take her out of the seat to wear her in the ring sling or wrap her because its easier than lugging around the bucket seat and it helps to avoid meltdowns. The downside is she now hates being in the stroller (she used to fall asleep in it). And of course we have one of those travel systems where the bucket seat clips in and she is too small for the stroller only part. So I don’t know what I can do about daytime running… I guess its either get up super early at 5am and run by myself before Matthias goes to work (with engorged boobs – me not him), or run after she goes to bed in the sometimes 20+ degree heat, tired after being up at 6am. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of his time at home during the weekends to get out for solo runs but my options during the week is starting to look pretty bleak (see what I did there?). Any words of advice or am I being pretty realistic about my options? ;)

Fifty Day Fit Streak

fitstreakI’m committing myself to 50 days of purposeful activity. I am a better human being when I exercise/move my body, and although I’ve been better in the past couple of weeks at carving out time to do this, I haven’t been at the level I want to be at. I’m going to move my body for at least 20 minutes a day, whether it be yoga, going to the gym, or taking the dogs for a walk.

So today is Day 1, and also the first day we are going to try childcare at the gym. My plan is to run on the treadmill and do some core work after if time (aka Quinn) permits. I’ll update every Monday recapping the last weeks activities. I’m hoping this will give me that little extra push to up the intensity of both my activity AND my blogging.

I’d love it if you joined me! ;)