Oh my goodness how is baby bear one month old already? The rate time is flying by scares me more than how quickly my pregnancy progressed. Each week he changes so much and I honestly feel sad that he’s no longer that squishy newborn but a … okay he’s still a newborn but you know what I mean, he’s different!! I feel like I’m clutching at straws, trying to grab hold of these moments and always regretting moments spent not staring in awe of him – when will us hormonal Mumas get a break ay!?
Well at one month old baby is weighing a whopping 11lbs. He is cluster feeding throughout the day but sleeping for 4 hour long stretches at night. A typical night consists of feeds at either 9pm, 1am 5am or 10pm, 2pm, 6pm – the latter is preferable as it only really counts as one wake up for me with 6pm being an okay time to start my day.
If he’s not feeding he’s either sleeping or chilling contently. He’s a really alert baby, always wide eyed when awake but really relaxed, happy to stare up at you and take in what’s going on around him.
Looks wise he’s changing every day; he still has his gorgeous long lashes and his hairy little ears. His legs are still skinny and his chin still chubby but it seems like he’s doubled in height. His hair has started to fall out on top changing his hair line and it seems his face shape too. His eyebrows are getting even lighter which makes me think it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a blondie like his big brothers!
It’s been a bit of a poorly week for baby bear; he started to become irritable after feeds as if he was in pain and near the end of the week he had a blocked nose and dry cough. This then turned into a hacky cough but after a trip to the out of hours doctor and then to our usual doctors a few days later, we were told it’s not anything serious and that it will go. It’s simply a mucus build up that he’s not strong enough to clear himself so it’s quite heartbreaking to watch but hopefully it’ll clear asap!
We weighed him at my Mums house on Friday and he was 11lbs – what a whopper! It was a bit inaccurate though, as we had to do it with me holding him on the scales and then me standing on the scales alone and taking away the difference. My mum then did the same and it worked out different each time but we made it an average of 11lbs. I then went to the proper weigh-in clinic on Monday and he was 10lbs 7 ounces so he’s either lost a little weight or our weighing on Friday was completely off! I’d completely understand if he had lost weight after being poorly though as he’s not stayed on the boob for as long each feed.
As for me I made my 4 week postpartum mark the beginning of healthy eating and exercise. Now I know they recommend waiting until you’ve had your six week check but I know my body and had such a great recovery with no stitches or anything so I thought it would be okay to make a start. I only did a gentle beginners HIIT workout, nothing too intense. I’ve also been walking lots more and just generally been more active running around after Jasper – something I’m loving being able to do again now that I’m not heavily pregnant anymore.
Food wise I’m not dieting, my aim isn’t to lose weight it’s simply to tone up, build some muscle and my strength and maybe even put on a few pounds. I completely lost my bum since having Jasper so I have a lot of making up to do in the form of squats and lunges and I just want to be able to run up the stairs without getting out of breath!
I’ve been drinking loads more water and eating a lot more fruit and veg but I can’t resist chocolate and crisps so there’s no point in me even trying to cut those out!
My stomach has gone right down, as I said before I don’t bother with weight but I’m in size six clothes and am hoping to get back up to my size eights unless I can get the curves I want while sticking to my current size clothes – it would save a lot of money!
The skin around my belly button is a bit saggy, nothin major but I’m applying almond oil to it daily and will be doing some kind of sit up challenge in a few weeks when I’m certain my stomach muscles are strong enough.
I’m feeling pretty good in general, lots of energy and feeling productive so long may it continue! I am expecting to crash at some point; no sleep, a heavy work load, a poorly newborn and an emotional toddler will have to bring me to a halt at some point but I’m just going to open it with both arms and if I need a duvet day here and then so be it!
Are any of you lovelies a few weeks postpartum? How are you getting on?
Thanks for reading!