6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tall Baby 1 Month Update

1 month already!! Time has flown by and has been great.  I am really enjoying having the Summer off with my family and getting to know our little lady.  With 4 weeks left in my leave I am savoring every moment.  I am not sure what I want to do on the blog for updates for her, afterall this is a Running Blog.  Will see??  I have my 5 week checkup next week, hoping the Dr. will clear me to run, I have tried a little and felt great other than needing more support.  I had tried to get weekly photos but now am hopeful for good 1 month photos, below is my first attempt.  I plan to always have the pillow, bear and block in the photo which will really show her growth.
Photo take 8-26 at 1 month- she was a bit stunned by the flash which made for a funny face

Photo taken 8-28 after her 1 month checkup

1 Month:

Weight: 12.2 pounds 95%   Height: 24 inches 95%

Special Moments: We went on a family vacation to Lincoln City Oregon, it was awesome.  Baby slept for most of the beach trips and was a good girl overall.  Travelling with an infant is hard but we made the best of it.  I did not eat as well as I hoped but thankful for nursing I didn't gain any weight!!  It was great to relax and watch the boys explore and play.  I did not want having a baby to impact the boys summer, and this trip was key to the fun factor.

Notable Accomplishments: SMILES!!  This little lady is already starting to smile, which is amazing.  She smiles more for Muscle Man, she seems to only think about food when I talk.  She tracks with her eyes and makes great eye contact.  She loves to play with her brother on the activity mat.  LOVES her carseat which served us well when stuck in traffic on our way home 5+ hour trip!

Sleep:  We have been working on a good schedule for her, although vacation messed with it a bit.  We have found that if we keep her up from 5pm on she sleeps best, as a general rule no naps longer than 20minutes in the evening.  She likes to go down about 10PM, up around 2:30AM for a quick diaper and to eat, up again about 6:00AM, and up for the day about 8:30 or 9:00AM.  I am guessing that I will be able to reduce the feedings soon and maybe go down to once a night.  Either way I am HAPPY!  Our Little Studs were up every 2 hours for a long time....so having her quick turn and back to bed is AMAZING!  It is going to be tough when I have to put her in her crib, for now bassinet is great.

Mom's Recovery: 7 pounds to pre-baby weight!!  I feel like my loose belly skin is showing more these days but that could have been from poor diet on vacation.  My clothes almost fit but are tight in the thighs and waist.  I purchased a couple pair of $19 jeans at Old Navy to hold me over until I can run my thighs back into shape. Other than slight back pain and headaches (dehydration from breast feeding??) I have been GREAT!  Dr. apt next week will tell us for sure.  Muscle Man is looking forward to having his running partner back, although we don't yet have a plan for carting 3 kiddos on the run.

There you have it.  I HOPE that my next post will be about my first run post baby and an update on races I have registered for.

Wishing you Well- Tall Mom

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Welcome Baby Girl

Sorry I have been MIA I am a little busy enjoying our new addition and spending time with my boys and Muscle Man.  Maternity leave in the Summer with a Stay-at-home Dad is AWESOME!!

Baby Girl came into the world on 7-26 at 10:57AM weighing 9'15 and 21.5 inches.  BIG BABY, I am not sure where I was hiding her, guess it pays to be TALL!

Last post talked about the the failed induction, after that I had a sour taste in my mouth for induction and prayed that baby would come on her own.  4 days later she did..


About Midnight I started to feel some cramping, it woke me up but I was able to flip over and get some relief.  This continued throughout the night about every 30 minutes and then getting closer and more intense.  At 4AM the contractions were coming stronger so I got up to take a shower and start getting ready.  I woke Muscle Man at 4:30AM and we let Uncle Marky know that we were going to the hospital, he had stayed overnight to watch the Little Studs.

We called the hospital, ANNOYING to talk to the people this is baby #3 I know what a real contraction is.  By the time we left the contractions were 2 minutes apart.  We arrived and I had to fill out some more ANNOYING paperwork while working through contractions.  They put us in a triage room to check me, I was already dialated to 5cm so they put us in our real room.

The BEST part was that I ended up with Gretchen a nurse we had met earlier the week who was a Runner and my good friend Tammy's neighbor.  Gretchen was training Jessica who was also amazing!!  By about 7:30AM I was in major pain and opted for an epidural, the Dr. was great, I barely felt anything and had some movement in my legs.  Once the meds hit Muscle Man and I took a nap for about 90 minutes.

By the time we woke they decided to check me again, I was at a 10!!!!  Amazing I could be so relaxed while my body did the work.  Trouble was my Dr. and Tall Sister had not arrived yet.  There was another Dr. there who checked me and said we could wait since baby was still at a high station.  Thankfully I had the epidural or I would not have cared to wait.  Both arrived and it was time to PUSH!  I am a good pusher, this I already knew, so when it was time I went for it.  About 5 pushes or 5 minutes, not sure, and Baby Girl was born.

I asked Muscle Man to check and tell me 100% that we had a girl, confirmed.  They put her on my chest and she stopped crying and was cozy with Mommy.  Her birth was so peaceful and wonderful I could not have asked for a better experience all around.

The first night was a little tough since she was so big and I was not producing milk yet, she was up often and when she was sleeping I was staring at her.  We were able to leave the hospital the next day at 3pm once she and I were cleared.  I felt GREAT the whole time, very little pain and lots of energy.

She is now 2 1/2 weeks old and a complete JOY!  We have gone on walks, went to the zoo, went to a wedding and really enjoyed our family time.  We are learning her sounds and needs.  She is up a couple times a night generally to get a diaper change, nurse then back to her bassinet.  We were due for a good sleeper, and are feeling very BLESSED!!  Her carseat is her favorite place to sleep, making car trips a breeze. 

I was not successful with breast feeding with the Little Studs so although it is new I feel like she and I are doing a good job with it.  I even fed her while the boys played at the park, whole new world for me!  One thing about Breast Feeding is it makes me HUNGRY and THIRSTY!!  WOW!!

On a personal note I am 9 pounds from my pre-baby weight!!  There is still some puffy tummy but I am super happy with how I feel and look.

Baby knows when I have food on my plate and when I am on the computer....so I must depart.  Hope to Blog again soon but I cant promise anything #priorities.

All the Best,

Tall Mom and Family