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Here we are with postpartum update, week two! I plan to post these updates every Wednesday to keep them consistently on the same day! I will also post the images from all the weeks next to each other so that you can see the difference from week to week! If you ever have anything you want me to add to these updates along the way, let me know!
*The next two posts I am working on for you guys is Miles’ birth story and a guide to breastfeeding during the first few weeks and all my favorite tips and tricks!
Current weight: 146 (DOWN FROM 162 the day I gave birth). Lost a few in water weight and gained a few in boobie juice 😉
How I feel physically: GREAT. Honestly, besides some leftover back pain, this recovery has been the easiest BY FAR. I feel like I could actually start working out (which I won’t) but that’s how good I feel!
How I feel emotionally: Pretty good. Have my ups and downs but mostly I just become emotional because I look at Miles and see him changing every day and it makes my heart burst and then I well up with tears. HA. Motherhood…..
Are you using any postpartum girdle/band? Yes! If you saw my stories yesterday, you’ll know that I just started using my Bellefit Corset (front closure only) and I wore it for about 5 hours yesterday! It was difficult to get on but once it was on I loved the support that it gave me! My husband was in awe of my posture when I walked downstairs. I have had THE WORST posture since having kids. Breastfeeding certainly doesn’t help because I feel like I am constantly hunched over all the time. I swear my tummy looked more pulled in today but maybe I am crazy! We will see!
Breastfeeding update: Okay, this is my biggest, most proudest achievement to date. I have little to no pain while breastfeeding and my nipples are completely healed from week one. This is a FIRST for me and I lived with about 4 weeks of pain and bleeding with the first two babies. I swear that nailing the wide open latch from the second they go on is KEY and being consistent in that first week is what helped me. I am so so grateful to be able to have it go so smoothly this third time around. Plus, Miles is a champ!
Miles’ current weight & progress: His weight sky rocketed when we had it checked on Saturday – up almost 8 ounces in two days. I weighed myself and then myself with him on me yesterday and it was a 9.2 difference so I am guessing he is near or above 9 lbs now. He eats every 2 hours during the day (I wake him up to keep him on schedule from 6 am until 9/10 pm in hopes of getting a longer stretch at night. Now that he is up over his birth weight, I let him sleep instead of setting alarm (although typically he would wake before alarm anyways). Last night we got a 4 hour stretch and I am telling you, it was LIFE CHANGING.
Sleep: Miles likes to sleep a lot during the day which is why I wake him as much as possible right now so he switches his night/day pattern. We were able to get a 4 hour stretch the other day during the night, which was amazing. For the most part he will do 2.5-3 hour stretches twice at night right now. I don’t let him nap for more than 1-1.5 hours during the day. For example:
Nurse 9-9:20 on right side, Change diaper, Nurse 9:30-9:50 on left side, NAP 9:50-11 and then repeat entire routine again!
Favorite postpartum clothing item:
- This henley tank that I wore the other day is so perfect for breastfeeding. I got a size medium since I think it runs a bit on the smaller side. I wear it with the nursing lace bralette that I keep talking about. It’s the only bra I’ve worn since I gave birth 😉
Favorite postpartum item (general):
- My Maeband that I still wear with denim so that I don’t have to button my pants (Use code: LYNZY20 for 20% off)
- These slides. Makes it so easy to leave the house in a jiffy! They are comfortable and great on and off!
Favorite baby item currently:
- This adorable cotton muslin car seat cover so that when we tote the car seat around, Miles is covered 🙂
- L’oved baby onesies // SO soft and one of my favorite baby brands!
- Solly wrap // I carry him in one of these whenever we leave the house!
How the girls are adjusting: Great – they sure do love him! Olivia is still acting a bit different which I think is more attention seeking than anything else and I know that it will all fall into place soon enough 🙂
Advice for those of you who are in postpartum week 2: You’ve got THIS. It’s tiring. It’s exhausting but I urge you to take a peek at that sweet little face because before you know it, 3 months will have gone by. I honestly love this newborn phase more than anything but it can be so hard because of the exhaustion that sets in. Know that this time period is so short lived and that you will get your rest soon enough but for now, enjoy every single newborn snuggle that you can <3 I know that’s what I’m doing 😉
If you are currently postpartum, I would love for you to share one thing that you have found really helpful during the postpartum period in the comments. It can be a quote, bible verse, clothing item, baby item, anything that has helped you!