Postpartum & Baby: 6 Weeks

Hiii you guys!

How is your week treating you?

Yesterday was a winter wonderland again, so driving in it was super fun…..not. Luckily the sun came out strong while I was teaching so on the way home it was a much nicer ride.

I sure do love staring at the gorgeous snow-capped mountains though.

winter

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Speaking of awesomeness, here is a (short) recap of 6 weeks!

(See what I did there?) hah.

I figured 6 weeks was kind of a big milestone for us both, so I’d do the update, but from here on out we’ll just do monthly updates. Sorry if I bore you to tears. :/ I am secretly nosy so I figure there’s gotta be someone else who is nosy too and wants to actually read these things?

{Check out the older ones to see the changes!}

Postpartum & Baby: 1 Week

Postpartum & Baby: 1 Month

Postpartum & Baby: 6 Weeks {Body, Mind, Baby}

Body

I feel great! Being able to do my HIIT workouts, teach, and babysit all make me so thankful for such a strong, healthy body. I feel like my recovery has been really quick-not sure if it’s genes, working out during pregnancy, natural birth, or what, but I am grateful I am bouncing back so quickly.

I went to my 6-week postpartum check up at 5.5 weeks, but don’t tell ;) (my doc had to go out of town), and I found out I am all healed up, and was 10 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight.

Interesting. I was closer than I thought.

Weight to me matters zilcho….but I feel like I am 20 pounds of muscle away from where I was. hah.

Seriously though, teaching BP at lower weights than I am used to (near where I ended when I was pregnant), has been humbbbbbbling. I’ve got some work to do, my friends.

And guess what? I LOVE IT. I thrive on a challenge, so bring.it.on.

Teaching CXWORX is kicking my butt (and core). And 45 minutes of Zumba feels plenty….but I have to do 15 more minutes. So yah, my body feels generally awesome (still wider middle and some jiggle though), but my fitness level needs worrrrrrkkkk to get back to where I was before pregnancy.

Which just goes to show that body weight doesn’t really matter all that much (only 10 pounds to go), as my jeans/clothes fit, but my core and muscles still need mayjAH work.

postpartum: 6 weeks postpartum: 6 weeks

I guess I look more like ‘myself’ now at 6 weeks, but I’m (obviously) not yet where I want to be.

Bring on the muscles, definition, and stronger core please!

However, I know that only comes with time & hard work, so I am all signed up for both.

word.

Mind

I feel like in the past 2 weeks since the last update my mind has been allll over the place.

I love seeing Lily ‘grow’ up a bit, but it also makes me sad. I love being able to take her places with me now, but I also miss our time where we had nothing on the agenda & just chilled at home (which we still do plenty of, don’t get me wrong, but it is less time of that).

So of course those conflicting emotions coupled with being a new mama and you’ve got yourself a nice set of waterworks. (see exhibit yesterday’s post. hah)

I’ve definitely cried more in these 2 weeks than I had in any other section of 2 weeks, and I’m not sure why? I can’t pinpoint a certain reason as to why that’s happening, but I am sure hormones have something to do with it. ;)

I love being a mama more than I ever even realized! It’s cool how my heart & love has just grown even more. It is the best to be a mom to Lily!

newborn 6 weeks postpartum

Baby

Lily just turned 6 weeks old! Crazyness.

6 weeks newborn

Her personality is starting to really come out, and boy is she darling!

And yet such a stinker at times too. :/

She’s also really long. She is wearing 3 months clothes comfortably (and has been for quite some time now), and grew out of all her newborn clothes that had feet by 2 weeks old.

She is a really long baby (as you can see above), and is just over 23.5 inches (by my measurements a day ago).

She is still a very calm baby generally, with some screams & yelps when she is really hungry or really tired. She is not a baby who just fusses or cries for no reason at all.

Except sometimes I don’t know the reason….which makes for some fun hours in the night.

not.

She doesn’t seem to like bedtime…..which we’re trying to change!

We’ve slowly begun to move her bedtime up from 11pm/12am ish to 9/10ish. She’s done better with that too, I think, with less small wakeups in the night. However, Saturday night she didn’t want to go BACK to bed after she awoke around midnight. No idea why though, it just sucked.

With babies they seem to do well with something and then BAMM. They surprise you with something fun like random midnight crying or something. Luckily it seems to be just a random thing that happens once in awhile & not a regular occurrence.

newborn 6 weeks

When she sleeps she sleeps really well, and is regularly sleeping in 6-6.5 hour stretches most nights. This makes me happy! I just wish her stretches would become more normalized to when I like to be in bed. ;) But that will come in time!

Also, we think her projectile barfing issues are starting to go away/normalize. Or at least I’ve become smarter.

Because of my over-abundance milk supply issues, when I thought she hadn’t had enough to eat (and she really had), she simply barfed up all the extra. As I’ve become smarter, I’ve stopped trying to get her to eat, eat, eat, and let her call the shots, and she’s thrown up less. Wahoo! Also, I try to nurse only on one side, let her play for a bit, and then nurse on the other side. It works so much better than nursing back to back!

She’s obviously still a fantastic eater, loves bright colors, seems to like the huge bows I stick on her head, and totally loves to hear my laugh and voice.

newborn 6 weeks

baby Lily likes:

  • her swing
  • being ‘held’ in the Ergo while the adult carrying her is moving
  • being held
  • being snuggled
  • eating alllll the milk!!
  • sleeping (especially on her side and it seems her stomach too…..)
  • kisses from us
  • dancing around the room in my arms
  • my singing (she’s like the only person in the world who does…)
  • my voice in general
  • showering with one of us
  • her binky (when she doesn’t gag on it)

baby Lily does not like:

  • her arms being swaddled by her side (straight jacketed)
  • sleeping on her back
  • baths
  • being put down when she is napping or asleep (so moving her is tricckkkyy)
  • cold hands
  • startling loud noises
  • waiting to eat
  • just sitting in her carseat if she’s awake (the car must be moving and/or she has to be asleep to like the carseat)
  • taking a bottle <–but has gotten so much better

She is such a joy and I love having her in my life! She really is a doll that I am so very thankful for. With all the ups & downs, the ups FAR outweigh any of the tough moments.

But it wouldn’t be a real update if I didn’t talk about the tough stuff too. So there’s that.

newborn 6 weeks

We love you, baby Lily! <3

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Alright, I am off to teach early morn BP and then chill with my little squeeze.

Have a GREAT day! :)

What are YOU most proud of from the last 6 weeks?! (Please share!!) What fitness goals do YOU have right now?!

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  1. long and lean like her momma and daddyo!!
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted…19 Weeks Pregnant | Gender Prediction – Boy or Girl?My Profile

  2. 6 weeks already! That flew by. You look great!
    You’re so lucky to live in a place that has scenery like those mountains…gorgeous!
    Heidi @ Idlehide recently posted…33 WeeksMy Profile

  3. Gosh I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks! Granted Thursday is the 2-week mark for us and I swear it’s flown by! Hang on tight mama … time only speeds up :)
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  4. Oh I LOVE these updates! You could write one every week, and I wouldn’t mind one bit. ;)

    Lily is so darling! You’re doing a great job, Mama!
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  5. You are looking amazing for having a 6 week old baby! Way to go! I love all of the little headbands you put on Lily too <3
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  6. woo hoo for early morning BP. I taught 87 last night and it kicked my booty. ;) And you totally have it right, you are doing all the normal Mom things for 6 weeks – welcome to the club! XOXO
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  7. I can’t believe she is already 6 months! What a little cutie, I love all of those huge bows! :)

    Glad you are feeling well too! I can understand that ‘sadness’ of her growing up, it is definitely bittersweet I am sure!

  8. You’re looking awesome lady! I’m sure your usual fitness levels will return in time…and Lily in those headbands makes me smile so much. What an adorable girl!
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  9. Well, six weeks just totally flew by, but you look seriously awesome! Those last two pics of Lily…so cute!
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted…TYT #4 – Takeout, Decorating and RelaxingMy Profile

  10. Yay, you’re past the most difficult part (in my opinion)! Things just keep getting better and better from this point. There’s still the challenging moments, of course, but there’s also so much fun!

    I’m such an emotional person that I still have plenty of tears. But I think becoming a momma just naturally makes us more sappy haha! ;)
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  11. She’s SO gorgeous. I can’t get over how beautiful of a baby she is! <3 And YOU look amazing too, mama! Holy smokes, hot stuff comin through! ;)
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  12. I love the updates! You can update all the time :) Lily is such a doll – oh my goodness! And that bow in the first set of pictures?! And you look gorgeous tooooooo. #hotmama ;)
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  13. lily is such a beautiful baby! i can’t get over how cute all her headbands/bows are. i hope i have a baby girl someday :)

    and you look fantastic for giving birth 6 weeks ago!

  14. Girl you look amazing!!!! And Lily is SO precious!! You are so blessed :)
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  15. danielle says:

    She is a long little bean just like mamma and papa!!! So adorable, it’s like each of her pics can be it’s own postcard or something. So cute it’s almost making my belly ache, lol.
    You my dear look FABulousssssssss, simply inspiring and glowy as ever. You got it back and then some, not that you lost “it” but you have gained something you didn’t have before (besides Lily) and that is a new shine and shimmer. Love it girl!!!!!
    Okay, you are really making me want to work on my core. I need to do this, like for real. Especially with my back issues my core is my weakest, and is always neglected.. help! Okay I’m committing to doing some core work 2 days a week :)
    thanks girly, hugs!!! x
    xoxoxox

  16. LOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE all the pics of baby Lily. :) She is so adorable and I love her bows (even if she sticks her nose up to them. ;) ) Her faces are so cute, especially when she tries to mimic Jared. haha! She is definitely growing up so fast!
    Kuddos to you on a fast recovery. Every one of my friends that I have chatted with says that they think natural births have REALLY contributed to fast recovery and bouncing back. It is definitely a humbling experience any time you take time off body pump or lifting in general (whether pregnancy related or other). Gosh it is so hard to gain the strength back. Gah!

    • Yah, I think it did/does help. Obv it’s hard to say it def was the REASON, but I am quite positive natural childbirth is strongly correlated with quicker recovery :)

  17. You look fantastic Annette!
    And Lily is just oh so adorable.
    I can’t get enough of the cute photos of her.
    I think it’s great you are so honest in these posts because I’m sure SO many people can relate to the feelings and emotions you’re experiencing right now! It always helps to get it out and talk about it for sure.
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  18. That picture of the mountains is breathtaking – none of that in Florida! ;)
    Lily is a cutie….and your honesty is on-par with just about everything that I felt/went through/suffered through when my kids were just babies. It’s all part of the amazing journey…which you know!! It’s amazing!!
    And finally, you look AWESOME! It’s just so crazy that at 6 weeks pp you look so great!!! And I promise that the tummy tightens up again….it seems impossible but it really does :)
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    • You’re right, it is all definitely a part of this awesome journey ;) Even though it is tough sometimes, it’s so worth it!

      Thank you :)

  19. She is long…. like her momma!! If we have biological children I will have little shrimps! lol!! She is beautiful and you my friend look AMAZING! xoxo
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  20. She just gets cuter & cuter! I love how happy you look holding her – you look complete.

    & my mom convinced me to put Atlas down on his stomach & it was a game changer. He started sleeping much better. The kid hates being on his back. & he’s like Lilly – if I’m wearing him I must be moving.
    Ashley@cupcakesncrunches recently posted…2 Months PostpartumMy Profile

  21. Just catching up on your blog. Glad to read your doing great! You look great too ;) Love these postpartum updates! This post made me so excited to meet my little one. I feel like I have been pregnant FOREVER (I’m barely halfway…)

    Pretty proud that I have been able to keep up with my regular workout routine (regular routine, modified workouts). Hoping it will help me with the delivery and recovery.
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  22. Just catching up on your blog and WOW! I know it’s not all about looks or weight (like you mentioned with strength; that part sounds hard to me!), but you look incredible! Guess it goes to show that how fit you are going into your pregnancy and throughout it makes a difference afterwards. Great work and keep loving that sweet little growing girl of yours! :D
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