I’m really late on this one. Alana will be four months in a week!
Alana: 3 Month Update
This month consisted of lot’s more smiles, night wakings and me going back to work!
Height: Not sure. I did not measure her!.
Weight: I’m not positive but I would bet around from 13.5 -14 pounds
Likes: She loves smiling, sucking on her hands and having us make funny noises.
Dislikes: She’s not a huge fan of car rides or being overtired. Naps are still up there on her dislikes. She fights almost EVERY SINGLE NAP.
Firsts: First time away from Mommy for a full day and first time home with Daddy for a full day. We had a few date nights and had a my mom, sister or sister in law watch her for a few hours.
Sleep: We had a few sleep through the nights…like after her shots but that’s about it. She seems to sleep worse now then she did her during her second month! She is up anywhere from 1-3 times a night! She is now full time in the Rock -n-Play for naps and night sleep. She naps anywhere from 3-5 times a day. Typically is ready to go down by 7:3opm and we wake her at 6:15am.
Eating: She is still eating at about every 2-3 hours. She got much better at the bottle the closer she got to me going back to work. She drinks about 3.5-4 oz bottles while I am away.
Diapers: We have moved on to size twos and but totally lost count! I would say we went through around 150. We are using size 3s for nights.
Clothes: She is in 3-6 month clothes and I had to go out to buy some long sleeved onesies. All we had was lot’s of short sleeved ones.
I wrote this one a few weeks ago but forgot to post. Alana will be Three months next week!
I am feeling more and more like my old self physically and mentally. There are days that I don’t get much sleep that I feel more edgy, stressed and sometimes a little down. It just come with having a newborn though. Having two definitely changes things and adds more pressure and stress but I am getting a lot of help from my husband and I feel like having two is feeling more like the norm now. I am dealing with a lot of stress unrelated to baby so I think I am doing the best that I can mentally. My nutrition has been great. I am finally getting a healthy mindset with food and I eat a lot. I am seeing the scale move and my measurements decrease. Overall I feel good for the chaos some days are filled with!
Body (Please ignore the cheesy pics):
I am doing a lot more at home workouts because it is just easier. I have been working out almost everyday and have been able to maintain a schedule despite not having a schedule if that makes sense. I work out in the mornings when I have the most energy. I get to the gym 2-3 times a week but will be able to go 5-6 times a week once I go back to work. I have a gym at work which I go during my lunch hour. It helps a lot! I plan to go to the gym probably on Sundays when I am back to work because we don’t have a squat rack at work. Sundays are my favorite days to go to the gym since it is usually very quiet.
Nutrition-wise I have been consuming anywhere from 1,800-2000 calories a day. I take a flexible dieting approach or IIFYM and consume mostly whole foods with a sprinkling of treats when I want. I am small but breastfeeding and I have found these numbers work great for me and my activity and energy levels as well as maintaining a good milk supply. I am seeing consistent results and will probably have to decrease as my weigh goes down. I am about 5ish lbs away from my prepregnancy weight and hope to lose another 5lbs after that. Once I get to my goal weight I do plan on doing a lean bulk to put on some muscle. I know I can’t get muscle without some fat gain so it will be a challenge mentally but I look forward to reverse dieting and increasing calories.
I entered another competition this time around to help with motivation. It’s James Wilson’s Body Earned program and I love the intensity and results I get from it.
Goals for month 3: Lift 5-6 days a week and limited cardio…mostly Hiit and tabata.
The first month has been far more stressful with Alana then it was with Coen for multiple reasons. First off, she had her days and nights confused where she was up twice a night which isn’t bad but was taking about 1-2 hours to settle each time. I was only sleeping about 4-5 hours at the most at night. I also ended up having some issues with her latch and then getting mastitis. Add on the holidays and then hosting 2 Christmases and then having more family coming to visit left me no time to rest up after the baby or while having an infection. We have also been dealing with some financial stresses and had found out this month that unemployment benefits run out for my husband at the beginning of February. A new baby, a cranky two year old and fear of how we will pay our bills on one salary left lots of room for stress. There were multiple days I felt very depressed but it was definitely situational and not PPD. I am trying to stay as positive as I can but some days are harder then others. In the end, I know it will all work out and I know it has to get better from here.
I worked out until the day before the csection. I kept lifting heavy weights and doing plyometric type cardio throughout pregnancy. I definitely felt stronger this pregnancy then I did last one. I struggled in the first trimester due to fatigue but still stuck through it. I stopped going on the scale the last week or so because I was so done with pregnancy. I was only sleeping 4-5 hours a night due to insomnia and didn’t need the added stress of seeing the number go up and up. I think I gained about 28-29lbs compared to the 26 I gained with Coen. I started a few pounds lighter so I think I ended up being about the same weight in the end. Luckily, I did not get stretch marks again and besides the fading dark line and cesction scar I think I have minimum permanent signs of two pregnancies. I account this to genetics and gaining weight slowly. I am now left about 8-9lbs above prepregancy with another 5lbs to get to my pre-IVF and fertility meds weight. While the scale is one way to measure progress I think the tape measure is much better. I have more muscle left this time around so comparing I can only take the scale weight with a grain of salt.
One Month after Baby #1
I am at about the same weight as I was one month postpartum last time but my stomach is definitely and the measurements prove that. My stomach also has a different shape which is probably because it was stretched more and muscles are weaker after the second pregnancy. I hope to see some progress in the stomach over the next month as this is my toughest area.
Around 3 weeks, I started with just walking on a treadmill since it is too cold to get out with the stroller. I slowly progressed and added in some weights starting at 4 weeks. My plan is to do some light weights and low impact cardio until 6 weeks or so and then start the same program I did the last pregnancy.
She’s here! Well she will be 4 weeks tomorrow so this post is a little late but she has been keeping us busy. Alana arrived at 1:34pm on December 10th and was just a tad bigger than her brother at 7lb 9oz and 19.5 inches. She is absolutely perfect and looks so much like Coen as a newborn.
I did hope to have a VBAC but things did not go my way. This pregnancy was a lot longer than Coen’s and at 41 weeks and 1 day it was decided that a C section would be my best option. Although I was devastated with the news, things were different with this section. I knew what to expect and it wasn’t at nearly midnight when I was completely exhausted. I was the first one to hold her and she was placed on my chest as soon as she was pulled out and she remained there while I was “put” back together. That experience made it feel less like an operation and more like a childbirth. The other unique thing was Coen was born 8 days early on 10/12 and Alana was 8 days late born on 12/10 so it just feels like it was meant to be.
I plan on posting her monthly updates as well as my postpartum ones just like I did for Coen.
I had blood work early this morning. My RE called me this afternoon to let me know I was pregnant and that if things keep progressing the way they are Coen will have a sibling soon. My beta level level was 228! I go back on Saturday for another blood draw and hopefully my numbers are doubled. I forgot how nice it is to find out early but also how stressful it can be to worry about if everything is alright and counting down the days until you’re out of that danger zone. FRERs are still getting darker. Here are today’s and yesterday’s tests.
I did test on our anniversary at 5dp5dpt and much to my surprise and excitement I saw a very faint line!!! Beta is tomorrow and tests have been getting darker. I am in shock! Tests are from Monday and Tuesday. Eeek
Transfer went so smoothly on Monday. We transferred one Grade A blast. In the past with my retroverted cervix it has been painful and the Dr always struggles with getting the placement right. The only time that it went this smoothly was when it actually worked…….but think pregnancy just changed things a bit and made it a little easier. I am not stupid. I have been in this position too many times. I can’t compare this time to any other one. I have cycles I was positive I was pregnant that I wasn’t and the one that worked that felt like other failed cycles. I took the day of transfer off but decided to go back to work the day after. I kind of wish I didn’t because that day ended up to be quite stressful. My boss gave her notice which leaves me with one new guy that has been there a month and one other that was leaving two days after my boss and one person who hasn’t started yet. The good thing is it will be an opportunity for me to grow before they decide what to do with the position. I also have not been following orders as far as not lifting heavy items…Coen is almost 30lbs so there really is nothing I can do!
As far as symptoms, I have felt the normal progesterone ones…..on and off cramps, backache and random twinge or pulling feeling, sore boobs etc. I have had these for negative cycles so I try not to obsess about them. (haha! That’s a joke) I did have a sharp pain or two in my uterus one night that woke me but that could have been anything. The past day or two I haven’t felt much. So now the question is when to test. Tomorrow at 5dp5dt is when I got a positive with Coen and it is also our 4 year anniversary. I don’t know if I should skip or test and know it is still early. When you are a POAS addict it is really hard to wait…..