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Mind/Body After Baby: Month 1

  • January 6, 2015
  • By Brittany
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Mind/Body After Baby: Month 1

Hey all! So I decided to do a little series called Mind/Body After Baby and track Cooper’s first year of life as well as my role as a new mum.  I’ve got the first month recapped for your today (it’s a little late due to the holidays). Hope you enjoy!
 

Baby

I can’t believe how fast one month went. Where on earth did the time go? The little man has grown so much. We discovered he absolutely hates baths. He loves eating (who doesn’t?) and is such a gorgeous boy. Typically he goes down to bed at about 10pm and wakes up around 3-4am for a feed. It’s then back down until about 7:30 or 8am.  Sometimes he goes down later and wakes up around 5am and then sleeps until about 9:30am. We feel pretty lucky that he isn’t up every two hours but let’s not count our chickens before they all hatch. 

Cooper 1

Although we obviously think Cooper is the most adorable baby ever, his faces are so priceless. You know how some people have bitchy resting face? Well, Cooper has grumpy baby resting face. He seems to have a little scowl on a lot of the time. It’s gotten better over time as he spends more time in quiet awake rather than just eat/cry/sleep. But his Dad and I still laugh hysterically over his faces. My favorite ones are when he stretches after a meal or when waking up. His faces are just too priceless.

Cooper 2

He is also a peeing and pooping machine. Not that you all want to hear about my child’s bowel movements but he has peed on our couch at least 5 times and the two of us countless times. Not to mention that he did the biggest poop ever when I was trying to change him. I jumped of the way and started cracking up! Seriously, what are these diapers for!?!

Mum

Body

I think there is a misconception that women give birth and all of a sudden walk out of the hospital looking like they did before they got pregnant.  Not so, my friends.  I looked like I was about five months pregnant when I left the hospital but my belly started to shrink pretty much daily since we got home.  

one month

I finally found out my weight when I went to my two week doctor’s appointment.  I have no idea what my total pregnancy weight gain was but I would like to lose about 16 lbs initially based on my weight at my two week appointment.  I would then like to lose another four or five pounds once I’m back in my top shape for a total of about 20 lbs.

The most shocking thing for me since giving birth has been the recovery.  I was totally not prepared for a C-section so needless to say that I was totally not prepared for the recovery from a C-section (more on that here).  Let me tell you, the recovery is no joke.  I honestly felt better at nine months pregnant in terms of my level of fitness than I did in the initial weeks after Cooper was born.  Even walking was a struggle at first.  I totally thought I would be able to jump back into my fitness routine after a few weeks of rest but that has so not been the case.  

My surgery has required that I take extra time to rest and heal and even after starting back into an exercise routine, my progress has been very slow.  I started by doing some light arm weights (3lbs) for ten minutes at about 2 weeks.  I usually did the moves sitting or just standing still.  It was more of a way for me to get a break and start getting back into my “normal” routine than a real need for fitness.  I also started walking with the stroller.  At first I couldn’t go very far but I eventually worked up my “mileage.”  By one month I was officially allowed to workout again.  I started out doing some light yoga, light barre moves and some postnatal pilates.  I’m going to do an entire post on postnatal fitness but let’s just say that slow and steady has been my mantra.  

Mind

This has been the toughest part for me.  I was such a happy pregnant lady (well, aside from complaining about my general uncomfortableness) and while I am obviously overjoyed to welcome Cooper to our family, I was not all prepared for the anxiety I faced and have been facing since he was born.  It came out of the blue and kind of freaked me out.  I’m still working through it but I’m happy to say that I’ve had a ton of help with him and that has made me feel so much better.

Readers, how has your month been?  Mums, what was having a newborn like for you?

By Brittany, January 6, 2015
0 Comments
  • Marielle
    January 6, 2015

    Thanks for sharing all of this! I really have no idea what to expect with my body and how I’ll feel after the babies are here. Since I am a pretty active/fit person (like you) I feel like there is even more pressure on me to lose the weight and get back in shape after I give birth!

    • FitBritt
      January 8, 2015

      You’ll lose most of the weight right away without doing much so don’t worry too much! You probably will not have much energy to workout right away so don’t rush back until you feel ready!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    January 6, 2015

    What you have going on seems VERY normal to me! c-section recovery is very very difficult. Take your time. I didn’t feel somewhat normal until 6-8 weeks after. Cooper is gorgeous and I absolutely love his sleeping face! Anxiety is normal as well, you are now in charge of a HUMAN. That’s a lot to deal with! Also you look fabulous. Just take it day by day!

    • FitBritt
      January 8, 2015

      Thanks Nellie! I’m glad to hear that this is normal. There is no way to prepare for how you look and feel after having a baby except going through it and hearing from other moms.

  • Emily R
    January 6, 2015

    Happy 1 Month Cooper and to you Brittany. You both are doing so well =0)
    Being a first time mom is so rewarding but hard at times. Anxiety is only part of being a parent. Taking each day as it comes helped me. LoL, I looked the same way leaving the hospital (like I was 5 months pregnant). Totally normal as you get hooked up to some many IV’s for the surgery. C-section recovery is no joke, that’s for sure. It took me 1 week to leave the house to walk a bit at the mall (Husband forced me to) and took it nice a slow. As each day came a gone, it got a bit easier but I really didn’t feel normal until I was six weeks poste. I did start up with postnatal Mommy and Baby Pilates at 4 weeks as my Mid Wife gave me the go ahead and it helped me feel human to start working out slowly and to get out and meet other mommies.
    Recovery will get better with time. And your listening to your body so that is what matters the most.
    You look amazing and your still glowing, so your doing something right ;0)

    • FitBritt
      January 8, 2015

      Thanks Emily! It’s definitely no joke but I’m feeling stronger each and every day. I got an awesome postnatal pilates DVD that has been helping.

  • Beth
    January 6, 2015

    Thanks for sharing such an honest post. You look great!

  • Susanne
    January 6, 2015

    What a great post! You guys both look GREAT! What gorgeous baby photos! Where did you have them done? You have such a beautiful family!!!

    • FitBritt
      January 8, 2015

      Thanks Suse! The photos are by Lola Melani. She came to our house the day after Cooper was born. I’m so glad we got them done!

  • Holly
    January 7, 2015

    This is a really great post and will be so helpful to many. After birth of a child the mom can be in a “baby fog” for a while (sometimes it can last a long time). The combination of many feelings and changes is the likely cause. Use all the “helpful, help” that you can get both physically and emotionally.

  • Jen@jpabstfitness
    January 7, 2015

    He is SO adorable!! I just had my 4th c-section 9 months ago (tomorrow) and I’m finally at a point where ab work doesn’t feel like I’m being sliced in half. It gets better, but definitely takes a LONG time to get those muscles ready to work again. You’ll get there!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 7, 2015

    Cooper is so precious!! I think that in the 1-month photo he looks a lot like your hubby.

    I can imagine that the C-section through you off in many ways, but I have no doubt that you’ll lose the weight, get your fitness back this year, and be back to your pre-baby body in no time (well, you might not feel that way, but I’m sure it’ll seem that way to everyone else!). You seriously looked great all throughout your pregnancy and now! It sounds like you’re doing wonderful for a brand new mommy!

  • Allie
    January 7, 2015

    Oh honey I definitely feel for you! My c-section recovery was just as you described it – long and slow and totally unexpected. I also thought I would walk out of the hospital in my pre-pregnancy clothes. Thank God I at least packed sweatpants and a sweatshirt to go home in! On the flip side, Cooper is absolutely adorable and you seem to be totally in love and totally overwhelmed by bodily functions – that’s just as it should be,
    I’m looking forward to all these updates and so glad to know you have all the support you need to get though the anxiety and slow motion back into “normalcy.”

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    January 7, 2015

    This is a great idea for a “series” and I’m looking forward to reading it! As for the anxiety after welcoming little Cooper to the world, I feel that this is never discussed as much as it should be; there seems to be a big misconception that everything is just peachy after giving birth (other than being tired all the time). Not so! Hopefully you’re coping okay 🙂

  • Kim
    January 7, 2015

    OH, Britt – you are having completely normal feelings. I remember crying more the first month or 2 of Jordan’s life than my entire life up to that point. Everything caused me stress – I felt like I was a complete and utter mess:)
    And, I remember the day I left the hospital – I was so pissed that I still looked about 6 months pregnant – no one had prepared me for that!!!
    I like that you are going to do this every month – I promise that each month gets better as far as how you feel physically and mentally!!!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    January 7, 2015

    Oh your little Cooper is ADORABLE! I love his little resting faces. So so sweet. I’m so happy for you that he’s a decent sleeper too. I’m an anxious mom too and find myself worrying about everything. I am constantly checking the baby to make sure he’s still breathing. He sleeps so soundly sometimes and stresses me out, lol.

  • Jessica
    January 8, 2015

    You know I identified with so much of what you describe here. I have found the GUILT overwhelming. Am I feeding her enough? Paying attention to her enough? Engaging her enough (for a 2 month old)? Gah. But, other than that, I really love being a mom and know that the good stuff happening right now only stands to grow as she gets older.

  • catherine gacad
    January 23, 2015

    i’m in awe of women who had c-sections. i can’t even imagine. believe me, i was dealing with my own sort of pain, but there’s got to be a reason women get more time off for having a c-section. i cried a lot after i gave birth. cried from sheer lack of sleep, cried from pain, and cried because i was scared something was wrong with the baby. sometimes he would breathe funny and i’d freak out!

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