I had made a goal of posting once a week and I have only missed my deadline by one day, but that is to be expected when you have an almost 7 week old! I know she….she is almost 7 weeks old! It is amazing how fast time goes by watching my Bean grow. She is honestly the light of my life, and love that I get to be her mom. Life is starting to get more in a routine, well as much of a routine as you can have with a newborn. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time:
1) Don’t get upset if you don’t get everything you planned on doing, done.
2) LAUGH! Even if you puke in your hair 😉
3) Enjoy my baby (sometimes when life gets hectic, you forget to smell the roses, and just study the little things about her, her toes, fingers, ears, nose, because one day I will wish I would have)
4) Take time to unwind at the end of the day, whether it be taking a bath, reading a magazine (or parenting book ;)), drinking a cup of tea, even if it is only for 5 minutes.
5) Hug and kiss your husband at least once a day. Now that we have a newborn, life is hectic and we need to remember the reason she is here. I think it’s important to share a quick embrace daily.
6) Don’t sweat the small stuff, clothes can be washed (so can hair), dishes will get done and so will laundry, and you will eventually get sleep.
7) Don’t wish time away. I sometimes find myself saying “I can’t wait until we can take you to Disneyland”, but the truth is I can wait, I can wait a long time! I just want to enjoy my little baby as long as I can.
8) Confide in your mother (or mentor) and ask for help. As a first time mother, you don’t whether you should rush your baby to emergency or relax and let the symptom will pass. Sometimes you just need someone who has gone through this process to tell you everything is going to be okay. I thank God everyday for my mom, she is amazing. Some days are harder than others, and she is always reassuring me I am a good mom and I am doing a good job.
9) That brings me to the most important one, remind yourself that you are a good mom. There are days I feel completely lost. When everything I try to soothe my baby isn’t working I begin to feel like, I hate saying this, but a bad mom. Your baby doesn’t know you are lost, all they care about is being able to be in your loving arms.
10) I have learned to be thankful (more than before). Thankful for 5 minutes to collect my thoughts, put some make up on (try to look like I didn’t have 3 hours of sleep the night before) and brush my hair, thankful that I have a happy and healthy baby, thankful I have a loving, supportive family, thankful I get to wake up everyday to my little girl.
11) Getting out of the house by noon is an accomplishment.
Now that life is getting back to my new normal, I want to share some tips on how I am getting back on track. I am usually a go hard or go home kind of gal, but for once in my life I need to take a different approach to getting back into shape and staying healthy.
1) Walk. As much as I despise cardio, I love taking my Bean for walks. Since I have to wait for 8 week to begin exercising again, this is the only form of exercise I am “allowed to do”.
2) Be a mom. Yes being a mom is a physical job, it’s like doing bicep curls all day long. Caring for a baby is physical!
3) Prepare, prepare, prepare. This is extremely important. Prepare meals ahead of time. If you husband is home for the night, have him bath the baby, play with her and get her ready for bed, all while you get some meal preparation done (as if you didn’t do enough during the day) . Throw some rice in the rice cooker (this thing is life and time saver), put some dry (and soaked overnight in filtered water) beans in the crock pot (on low or if you have the setting, 10 hours), put some chicken breasts in the oven, make up some turkey burgers (ground turkey, 2 tbsp flaxseed, 1 tbsp dijon mustard), wash and cut up veggies and fruit, buy prepackaged salad (wash and prepare your own if you have the time). Bake some muffins, cookies or breads that are easy to grab and go in the morning, since making and eating breakfast sometimes doesn’t happen until noon! Prepare some FFIT Life pancakes ahead of time. This is my go to breakfast everyday. I prepare the dry ingredients ahead of time in a large bowl (2 cups oat flour, 1 cup oats, 2 tbsp hemp, 2 tbsp chia, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, cinnamon) and in the morning all I have to add is 2 cups of almond milk. You can also prepare these the night before.
4) Smoothies. Smoothies are a life saver. They are quick and incredibly nutritious. I like to use them as a way to get in a large portion of my veggies. My go to smoothie right now is almond milk (more or less depending on how runny you like it), dash of filtered water, 2-3 handfuls of spinach, 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (I don’t consume dairy while breastfeeding) 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 5 frozen mango pieces and 2 ice cubes.
5) EAT! Especially if you are breastfeeding, you body needs the calories. I don’t calorie count, I just eat when I am hungry, which is incredibly often. If you are depriving your body of calories, it holds onto the fat because it thinks it is going into starvation mode. Use an app like myfitnesspal to help you keep track of calories and make sure you are eating enough or too many calories.
6) For those mamas that have the go ahead from your doctor, slowly start to exercise. I know life is busy, but I can always find a half hour in my day where I could fit in exercise. Remember, you need to be healthy for your little one(s). It is also a wonderful thing to have your babies to grow up observing healthy habits from a young age :). Here are some great resources for workouts that can mostly be done at home:
7) I love to bombard my Facebook Timeline full of healthy positive Facebook pages. I love logging on a getting inspiration! Here are some of my favorites:
I hope this information helps!
For those of you who are working out I would love to hear what you are doing, and also for any of those moms out there that have Diastasis Recti, how did you heal it?
*Wordpress isn’t letting me upload pictures right now, so there will be some to follow!