6 months postpartum update

It has already been six months since I had baby Maxwell, and though that last miserable month is still fresh in my mind, not to mention labor, 😳 I am having total baby fever. Yep, he is just that great of a baby, or maybe it is just that mama finally has her baby boy. Like I have mentioned before, my husband is very much the “more the merrier” type of person when it comes to babies, so I have to be the strong practical one in the relationship. I am giving myself till Maxwell is one year old before making any hasty decisions on a fourth babe.

One of my reasons for wanting a fourth babe is that I see the relationship my girls have and they are thick as thieves. They may have their fights, but they also always have each other. With Max being so much younger (4 years) he is missing out on that with them, so he needs a sibling to be thick as thieves with too!

 

Anyway moving on to the postpartum because that is why you are here.

The very end of month four is when I officially stopped exclusively pumping. Maxwell continued to drink my milk until the end of five months and now he is on formula. I have him on this kind here, it was the same I used for the girls. The last couple weeks of his fifth month all he would do is stare when anyone in the family would eat, so we started him on some different types of food, he was so ready.

He rolls around the living room floor from back to belly and belly to back all day long. He is getting better and better at sitting up. I have a feeling he is going to give me a run for my money when he starts truly being mobile. He makes the sound “MuMu”, like Mama, but I would not say it is his first word because it is not directed towards me. He is a chunk and I love it! I love baby rolls! Adalynn was a chunky baby too. He also still really loves his sleep.

As for me, the hair loss is insane right now. I can easily pull handfuls of hair out with ease. My hair is everywhere and it is outta control! My itty bitty’s are back, if ya know what I mean. I have been checking my weight and I am not quite back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am in a size four jean now, but was a zero pre-pregnancy. One think I keep having to tell myself is, I am comparing my four year post baby body to my now six month post baby body. They are not going to be the same. Though I wear a bigger size and am still not at my “normal” weight, comparing pictures of before and after I look pretty similar and I am happy with where I am at. I continue to workout 30-40 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week. I am eating a bit healthier but mostly just eating my normal portions.

Well, that’s it!

My pesky postpartum hormones

Ever since I made the decision to exclusively pump I also made a decision that after three months I would stop. I over produced the entire time I was pumping and doubling the amount of milk needed for baby. I have a deep freezer full of stored milk. I planned this so that I could continue to feed him my milk after I stopped pumping. Lasting till he was 6 months, which give or take, that’s how far I nursed my girls.

Well the week Max turned four months was when I stopped. I had been getting my body ready I didn’t just go cold turkey. I pumped less and less that third month.

Now it’s kicking in, that mom guilt. The guilt those postpartum hormones give you when you start to ween and they go a little wacko. I know for me it was a great decision to stop pumping. I know I have a back supply of my milk that will at least last till he’s six months old. I also know that I didn’t feel this way when I stopped nursing with the girls. Fun huh? Why is that? I think it’s because as much as I’m happy to be done with engorgement, leaky boobs, lop sided boobs and the sound of a breast pump. This will more then likely be our last baby. I mean a little part of me wants to give Max a playmate since the girls are so much older BUT I also think that’s another side affect of those pesky hormones. 😉

 

 

My 4 Month Postpartum Body

Before getting pregnant with baby number three I would say I was in the best shape of my life. Eating healthy and working out daily.

When I first started getting fit about three years ago I started with running, and though I love the accomplishment I felt after running five, six, and then my longest eight miles, I was not getting the physical results I wanted. I naturally have a thin frame and I am short with a super short torso. No athletic build at all. Though I was thin I still felt blah, so I started weight training and wow what a difference. I started getting muscle, and super toned, and a flat tummy which again, though I have always been thin I have always had a little pouch.

Then, when I got pregnant I was motivated by all these fit, healthy, pregnant mamas, and thought I am going to do that too! Well my cravings took over I started wanting fast food, soda (which I had not drank in years!) and anything with sugar. I did continue to workout but not on the daily, and way less intense with no weights.

I stayed on track and only gained 30 lbs which is normal, and considering my diet, lucky.

Right after baby three was born, while still in the hospital I started wearing a belly bandit. It was great on my lower back and I am sure helped to push everything back in. Then I was dealing with sleep deprivation and horrible engorgement I was definitely not motivated to change my eating habits, or do any low impact workouts for the first few weeks. Which hey ladies, last time I checked you should not workout till six weeks postpartum, even though I do see a lot of fit women starting right outta the hospital it seems like, which also made me feel a little pressured.

At six weeks is when I started run/walking after dropping off the girls at school. When I wasn’t doing that I would come home and do a workout.

I started my weight training with Beachbody‘s Body Beast the summer of 2015 and since then, I have been doing several different Beachbody workouts. That is what I enjoy. I am not big into going to the gym, and I like the convenience of being able to just do a random workouts at home whenever I am able too.

So ya, I am not yet where I want to be. I have not gotten my eating habits totally back on track yet, and I just this week stopped exclusively pumping. I have started the Hammer and Chisel Beachbody workout, which I’ve done before and enjoyed.

I am my own motivation, I can be a 31, almost 32 year old mom of three and still be fit, healthy, and be my version of looking good in a bikini.

 

 *thoughts are my own, not sponsered by Beachbody, however I am a coach*