Bottles and Coffee
Seven weeks post-partum and being a mom is incredibly rewarding, tiring, and the most wonderfully complex experience ever. My life seems to revolve making two things: bottles and coffee. That pretty much sums up my life right now- and I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Like most post-partum mommies I am taking care of my beautiful newborn, the house, my husband, and also trying to squeeze time in to take care of myself. I have never had a hard time remembering to eat- but it seems like the day goes by and I think- I need to eat! Thank God for bananas- the one food that you can eat with one hand while the baby is cradled in the other.
Even though the day is hectic I have been very diligent about not caving into bad eating habits- mainly because I don’t keep unhealthy food in the house (for the most part). And second because every time I look in the mirror at my “mommy pooch” or “muffin top” (thank you very much baby Brady) I remember the importance of staying away from those unhealthy foods. So eating healthy hasn’t been a challenge yet- I also attribute that to having good healthy eating habits in place pre-pregnancy and during my pregnancy.
I also make sure I make time for myself every day by making sure I fit in a workout either at home or at the gym. My hubby has been so great about watching Brady while I go to the gym and “get my sweat on”. Thank God for him! I feel so much better about myself and feel like I am a better mom, wife, and person when I take care of myself and make sure I eat healthy and workout regularly. And it is paying off!!! When I went into the hospital to have Brady I weighed in at a whopping 206 lbs, and now I am down to 176 lbs. I have 40 more to go to reach my goal weight (that’s 15 lbs lighter than I was pre-baby) and I am confident that I will get there. Little by little, day by day, bite by bite, push-up by push-up.
So, here comes my “two cents”. No matter how busy you are you MUST make time for yourself. From one mom to another, or just one woman to another, we are all busy, stressed and short on time. But health is so important to help become a better mom, wife, daughter, friend and person. Which is why it is so important to make better choices through out the day like taking the time to make a healthy lunch or dinner (yes the baby can cry for a minute, he/she will be ok) -trust me you will feel much better in doing so. Or take the time to have a healthy snack while the baby is napping instead of cracking open a bag of potato chips. And enlist the help of others- need to get to the gym? Ask your hubby, a friend, or a family member to watch the little one while you go for a walk or join in on an exercise class. You will feel much more envigorated and ready to face the challenges of the day. Dig down deep inside and just do it! If I can do it, you can too.