Had my six-week post-baby appointment the other day-
And, just gotta give another shout to midwife care here: I figured I’d give birth and they’d be like High-five! Laterz! but no, Gentle Reader, they kept seeing me and baby and Mr. Adult Beginner when he could make it to the appointments, for six weeks. Six Weeks! That is some care right there.
The six week appointment was the last one. They pronounced me all better and cleared to resume all activities, including exercise.
I feel like I’ve been released back into the wild.
Like no, really, it’s like the cage door has been opened but I’m just peeking out like excited but not sure about running off into the woods just yet.
I mean, I took the whole Take It Really Easy For Six Weeks recommendation very for realz. Especially once I got that dumb fever. My days have been very feed-eat-change-nap-repeat.
Started going for walks again, with The Baby in his hippy-sling. He adds a good thirteen pounds to my strut.
And at first I was weak! Like, slow! And barely going around the block!
I was like, Dang! How am I gonna get back to ballet? At this rate?
But it’s getting better, I found a coffee shop a couple streets over that has a happy-hour with half-priced coffee drinks, so that’s been my incentive. Get the little man in his sling and book it over there for a cheap decaf americano.
Walking much faster these days.
And now some numbers, ’cause those are fun:
The pregnancy weight gain: exactly 39 pounds.
I know exactly because I got weighed that day, when I was in labor but didn’t know it yet, which, short version, went like this:
Week after baby’s due date, still no baby. Woke up with vague back cramp. Went back to sleep. Woke up again, back cramp, called midwives to tell them something might be up maybe, and ask if I could cancel the non-stress test I had scheduled at my back-up hospital that day. They said no, I should go, get the feed back, see what’s really going on. I was totally stressed out about that non-stress test. Worried the back-up doctor would see bad results and induce labor. Mr. Adult Beginner offered to drive me but I was in a mood and wanted to drive myself. Headed off to hospital, vague back cramps slightly less vague, got there, weighed in, doctor checked me, doctor’s eyes got big, doctor said, “um, you are dilated to a five. You are In Labor. Did you drive here by yourself?! Call your midwives and go home right now!” So that was awesome. Drove home, singing along with power-ballads on the radio during the back cramps, met midwives there, some friends came over with Thai food for lunch, and then things got real. Back cramps took over my world from 2-6:30pm, then it was time to push, and he was born at 8:30. At 9 pounds 3 ounces. Which is way huger than I was expecting.
So, 39 pounds gained, lost 26 during the six-week recovery, that leaves me at 13 pounds up, fifteen of which seems to be in the boob department.
I’m not worried about the weight, Gentle Reader, just kinda want to keep track of it. It’s pretty fascinating how the body recovers.
So, back to ballet pretty soon I’m thinking!
Class will totally kick my ass. No doubt. No matter how I prepare.
Wonder if my tights still fit?
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