Eva: Week 2

How Baby is Doing:
I can’t believe my little belly monster is another week older today. Everyday I wake up to your beautiful little face so excited to get to know you a little better. This week was a little less busy than the last since my mama and cousin went back to Texas. Your daddy started back at work on Thursday so I’ve been able to spend a lot more alone time with you. You spend most of that time on my lap or belly as I read for school. You love to be held but you do well on your own, too. You make the most adorable little sounds and every now and then let out a random, crazy sounding coo. I can’t even describe it and I’ll probably never get it on tape because it’s very unpredictable. You are eating, peeing, and pooping A LOT more this week. I can’t believe how many diapers we have gone through, but I’m glad you’re healthy. You are a bit gassy and spit up a lot so we bought you The Nap Nanny so that youcan sleep comfortably at an incline. So far so good. Since we bought it you have had a four hour stretch of sleep, which has been GREAT for mama and papa. Other than that you still wake up about every 2.5 to 3 hours. You keep us busy, that’s for sure!
Eva by the day:
New this week:
-Eva lost her umbilical cord stump! Waaahhh! My baby girl is growing up so fast.
-She also had her first bath.
How Mama is Doing:
Physically: I’m still quite sore which I find to be rather unexpected. I guess I’ve always been one to bounce back from everything very quickly and I thought my pain would really only last a week, tops. It has eased up considerably but I’m definitely not at 100%. This is really frustrating to me, mostly because I haven’t gone two weeks without running and lifting in YEARS! I guess I overestimated childbirth and underestimated childbirth recovery. All I know is that I can’t wait until I can get back in the gym and into the water. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to after another week, though. I may not be comfortable in a bikini but I can’t wait to surf again! On a related note, I finally got brave enough to weigh myself and I’m 7lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight (I had gained exactly 25lbs during pregnancy). I’m going to take it easy for another week or two before I decide to go on post-baby boot camp. I want to give my body a little bit more time to heal before I shock it back to normal. You’ll see lots of posts about my diet and workout plan when the time comes. On the upside, my boobs are no longer engorged. I started to think it was never going to end. I’m pretty tired all the time but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. I always wondered how new mothers function on such little sleep. Now I know there must be some sort of hormone or crazy force that keeps us going. Still, people always seem surprised (and some even upset) that I’ve been up and about. With school and everything I really don’t have a choice! Plus I get stir crazy if I stay home all day.
Emotionally: I’ve been really emotional lately, in a good way. I’m so overwhelmingly happy to have my little girl. I never thought I was capable of this much love. It’s really indescribable.

Belly Dancer

I finally got a chance to upload all the mobile videos I took of my belly moving and combine them into one movie. I don’t feel like I really got any awesome belly videos… it always seemed like as soon as I’d press record she’d stop moving. So this might be boring for most people to watch and some people may not even be able to tell where the belly is moving, but Eva might be stoked on it one day and I know I’ll be watching it every now and then when I’m feeling nostalgic. This is what I loved most about pregnancy…

Eva: Week 1

Today my baby girl turns 1 week old.
How Baby is Doing:
Eva- You are a week old and doing great. You eat, sleep, and poop regularly and only cry when you have a good reason to. You love to eat and do so about every 2-3 hours. I love the little indicators that tell me when you’re ready. You stretch your little neck up and rounds out your mouth. You make these little grunting noises which are pretty hilarious. When I put the nipple near your mouth you shake your head back and forth really quickly. You remind me of a little bird. When you poop you stretch out your little legs as far as they’ll go and you make the silliest faces. And just like I suspected, you’re a night owl. You used to stay up and wiggle around all night when you were in my belly. Now, you want to eat more frequently in the middle of the night and you stay awake for longer stretches of time. You open your eyes a lot more than during the day. I don’t mind much. I love every opportunity I have to feed and cuddle with you.
Eva by the day:
What’s new this week (besides the obvious):
-first restaurant outing
-first visit to the pediatrician (everything looked great!)
How Mama is Doing:
Physically: My recovery has been going well. The day after delivery was the worst. I was more swollen than I’ve ever been in my life. My uterus was cramping hard and felt like my labor contractions. When my milk came in my boobs became extremely sore and engorged. They are finally starting to feel a little better. By today I feel like I could go for a jog and a lift session again but I’m going to wait a little longer. My doctor said to stop for 6 weeks but I know for a fact I won’t make it that long. He also told me to wait 2 weeks to drive but I’ve been driving since the day after I was discharged from the hospital (to school and back). I don’t think I’ll start jogging and lifting right away, though. After doing some research I think it’d be safer to wait at least until I finish bleeding and my boobs are back to normal. Until then I’ll probably just go for long walks. I’d go for a swim but I’m not allowed in the water yet either. My tummy has gone down significantly but it’s still very far from my pre-pregnancy tummy and it feels very squishy. I’m wearing most of my pre-pregnancy clothes but I made the mistake of getting too confident and trying on my skinny jeans this morning. There was no way in hell they would close around my hips. I think they’ve spread quite a bit. I haven’t weighed myself yet and I’m not sure when I’ll get the courage to do so. I’m going to start “eating clean”again on Monday after my mom and cousin leave. I’m feeling pretty self-concious about my body right now but I know it won’t be long before I can get back to normal (or as back to normal as possible after having a baby).