As I neared the end of my second pregnancy, I spent some time thinking back on my first 6 weeks with Magnolia after giving birth. There’s so much unknown with your first child that it’s hard to live in the moment. You don’t know what’s to come, how your baby will grow and change, and how quickly the months will pass.
As I looked towards my 6 weeks of short term disability with Kinnick, I knew I wanted to do things differently this time around. I wanted to enjoy each day, one at a time, and I didn’t want to spend those 6 weeks worrying or preparing for the distant future.
My first week postpartum this time around was a blur as we settled back into the home and adjusted to life with two kids. This week, my second week postpartum, was a really nice week. My mom was here this week and of course she was a huge help! I was able to settle into Kinnick’s routine, watched Magnolia become more comfortable with both her new role and my new responsibilities, and was able to rest more than I had the week prior.
This week I started (binge) watching Game of Thrones, was able to take a few good naps while Kinnick slept, and enjoyed some postpartum shopping with my mom. I felt I was able to focus more on my own wellness and recovery, which was great!
I won’t lie, it’s hard knowing that 2 of my 6 weeks have come and gone, but I’m trying to focus on all we’ve done in those two weeks and how much my kids have grown. I love them so, so much and am so grateful for the two weeks at home with Neal.
These next few days are big for my little family. My mom heads back to Texas today, Neal and I will be home with both kids this weekend, and Neal heads back to work on Monday. As I look towards week 3, I’m really excited to see some of my friends, plan to start walking now that I’m two weeks past delivery, and am maintaining my focus on eating for breastfeeding (all the yummy oatmeal!!).
One of the biggest changes I’m trying to make postpartum this time around is to not be overly focused on my postpartum body and my weight. From the mom I delivered Magnolia I was focused on “getting my body back”. Trust me, I am really looking forward to working out again and to being more and more comfortable in my skin, but I know focusing on it too much too early isn’t healthy for me, my baby, or my family.
For now, I am focused on fueling my body for lactation, am looking forward to moving more next week, and am allowing my body to heal and change naturally as the weeks pass. All in all, I’m feeling really good postpartum and I’m loving every second at home with Kinnick and Miss Magnolia!