It’s a good thing I’m a blogger and take lots of pictures because otherwise I wouldn’t remember the details of the last month. It went by so fast and the days sort of blur together. It has been a very good month with our sweet baby boy Emerson!
I should start by saying that having baby #2 has been a totally different experience. I’m not a new mom and I’m much more comfortable this time around. It has been a very natural transition with the addition of Emerson to our family. This is largely due to the fact that Sage is now in the picture and we’re just keeping up with life as normal. He’s got his schedule and we just added Emerson’s to the mix.
My husband just worked part time this month and that has been a huge factor as well. Having his help has been amazing. Basically I’ve been on Emerson duty and he’s been on Sage duty. Whenever Emerson is sleeping I’ve made a point to focus on Sage, or if Emerson is just happily chilling, my husband will hang out with him and I can be with Sage. It’s a balance and it definitely is not always easy. There are times when both my boys needed me. The most challenging times were when my husband was at work and it was right before Sage’s nap time. If Emerson was napping then it was no big deal, but if he was awake it was another story. There were a few occasions where I was helping Sage eat while feeding Emerson, all on our couch of course. I saved the iPad (Thomas the Train is Sage’s favorite) for when it was really needed. It definitely saved me in a few moments when Emerson needed me and Sage needed to be occupied.
The first week I felt like I was still getting on my feet. I just felt a little off. Emerson’s birth was a whirlwind. It took me a few days to feel back to me. Maybe it was fatigue or just acclimating to things (or hormones!). My husband and I started walking week two most mornings with the boys in their strollers and that was so good for me. I was walking slow, but it didn’t matter. The fresh air and little exercise was everything I needed. Also it was special to get that family time during the week because we rarely get that. We’re both working parents so having this time off together has really been a treat.
I’m probably only five or so pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, but my body is different. I don’t fit into my jeans and I certainly didn’t expect to at this point. Weight is not my focus at all though. I’m just focusing on eating healthy, sleeping when I can, and being kind to myself. I know I’ll fit into my old pants in good time. There is a used clothing store by me that sells brand name jeans for cheap that I want to go to soon. I’d like to get a size that fits just so I don’t have to wear leggings everywhere we go.
In a few short weeks I plan to start doing PiYo again and some light workouts. My husband and I joined the YMCA and I’m excited to go there too. I want to strengthen and tone, but I know it will be a gradual progression and that is absolutely alright. I’m lucky that my recovery from childbirth has been smooth. September is going to be busier as I’ll be working some hours part-time from home. I think that will be good for me mentally though and it gives me the chance to ease back into working before I return full-time in the fall.
That just about sums it up!
How’s your August starting out?