(Photo above from Eliza’s newborn session at 3 days old by Allison Corrin Photography)
My sweet Eliza is already 2 weeks old! Having a little baby in the house with big toddlers running around makes the itty bitty newborn days pass by so quickly! I know this post is a bit out of order, as I haven’t even written her birth story yet, but I want to do a 2 week postpartum update, as this post will be a bit shorter and easier to write!
(photos above taken by me)
Physical Healing? Well, at 2 weeks PP, I’m feeling pretty good! The first week after Eliza’s birth was very rough as far as pain. I chose not to take home any prescription pain meds, and just took some occasional tylenol to take the edge off. As you’ll read in my birth story, I had a 3rd degree tear, OUCH. The pain in recovery was much worse than with the twins…the difference between two babies a little over 6lbs and a baby who was nearly 10lbs! Once I was sitting or standing, I felt fine, but moving around and sitting down/standing up was ROUGH. Goodness gracious, why did the hospital not send me home with a doughnut to sit on??! No amount of dermaplast or tucks helped ease the pain! And…hemorrhoids. TMI? Well, perhaps…but let’s be real. They’re super common post delivery, and they’re awful! At two weeks postpartum, I’m sitting and moving around without being in pain, praise God! I’m not recovered 100% yet, but getting there!
(photo above: My mom with her granddaughters!)
Exercise? I’ve taken a couple short, slow walks in the past 2 weeks, and I think by next week, I’ll be really impatient to begin exercising again! My November fitness challenge just started up on Monday, and it’s SO HARD to not be able to join in the sweaty selfies each day!!! But I definitely won’t be doing anything more than leisurely walks and some pelvic floor exercises before my 6 week checkup. I want to be 100% sure I’m healed “down there”, to not risk popping stitches or something awful! Eek! Today I took my first walk with all 3 kids – I took it very slowly, and it felt so great! We voted and then walked to Trader Joe’s together. This November weather is crazy warm, and the fresh air is great for all of us!
Weight loss/body Image? I was eager to weigh myself when I got home from the hospital, simply out of curiosity! Two days after delivery, I had lost 18lbs! It’s crazy to me what my body can do! At 2 weeks PP, I’m down 23lbs, and have 17 to go before I’m at my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m not stressing about it (well, really trying not to!!! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t eager to not have a pregnant-looking belly anymore!), or trying to diet. At this point, I’m focusing on taking care of myself by resting whenever I possibly can (which is NOT often with our full house!!) and fueling my body with as nutritious of food as possible. I love my body for what it’s capable of – a twin pregnancy followed by a BIG single baby is no small feat, and I’m incredibly grateful that my body nurtured these three babies! It’s a mindset I have to be conscious of each day, as I do my best to truly respect my body rather than be bummed with how soft it is all over. There is plenty of time to get back into shape, and only a short time with a sweet new baby!
Diastasis? YES. BIG TIME. My ab separation seems much worse this time around than it was with the twins. I will dedicate a whole post to this soon. I can pull my core in pretty tight to where I can actually see ab definition (will share pics of that in my diastasis post to come), but when my core is relaxed, I still look quite round and pregnant. I’ll give you the scoop on my plan to heal my core in a post later this week! How are the twins adjusting? Or perhaps this section should be about how in the world I am adjusting to taking care of a newborn and toddler twins!! This has been very challenging. The first week was rough because I was so sore, and even though I had help from family, it hurt so much to get up and down to be with the twins. They’ve been much more whiny with more frequent tantrums…which I know is to be expected with such a huge adjustment of a new baby in the house. It feels like a constant juggling act to take care of all three! Keeping a mental tab on when the baby was last fed and changed, when the twins last went potty, if they’ve even had their hair brushed or drank any water all morning…even without thinking of meals and things around the house is overwhelming enough! I have to give myself a lot of grace and be very intentional about not letting feelings of guilt creep in and take over – guilt about not being able to give Abram & Madeline enough of my attention, guilt over not loving my husband as well I should be, guilt over having to let Eliza scream if I’m needing to help one of the older kids with potty, guilt over them watching more cartoons than I’d like…and on and on! Not letting these thoughts take root in my mind takes some serious work!
Aside from the challenges, Abram & Madeline have been so sweet with their new sister! Madeline calls Eliza “fuzzy haired Eliza” and Abe calls her his best friend! They love giving her hugs and kisses, and are often eager to sing to her when she’s crying. I’ll do a separate post about what it was like for them to first meet Eliza – it will forever be etched in my memory as one of the sweetest times ever! A dear friend of ours took photos of that time, and I’m eager to share them!
Breastfeeding? YES! I ended up only being able to nurse the twins for 6 weeks (while also supplementing when it was too stressful and exhausting) due to their tummy issues, something I won’t go into detail about now. So, throughout my pregnancy I spent a lot of time praying about having a redemptive experience with this baby as far as breastfeeding. Eliza has been a nursing champ from day one, praise God! I have a big oversupply and overactive letdown, which has been very challenging for both of us. But after doing lots of research, I’ve found ways to deal with this so it’s not as big of an issue as it was last week. I’m hopeful it continues to get better with time! I’m more than happy to write more on this topic if anyone is interested – just shoot me a message or comment on this post 😉
Sleep? What sleep?! Ha! Even though sleep was much harder to come by with newborn twin babies, I had forgotten how hard it is to be in a state of constant sleep deprivation. Getting up to nurse Eliza every 2-3 hours is so hard on my body. I’m already so eager for her to sleep through the night! I just can’t get enough rest!
I think those are all the updates I have for now! Stay tuned for Eliza’s birth story, and a post about my ab separation!