It's been one year...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

...and a month since Graham was born. What a wild ride!! This winter in particular has been challenging, as I've struggled with stomach flu, colitis and various other germs from daycare. I lost a lot of weight (about 10 lbs past my pre-pregnancy weight), had to stop running for a while, had a colonoscopy, but am finally feeling a little more back to normal. We've stopped breastfeeding - well, G woke up one day and decided he was done. While it was sad, I was ready. We made it until a week before his first birthday. I of course had to pump for about 3 more weeks to gradually wean my body. In the last 2 weeks, I've gained 4 lbs, which I have to remind myself is a good thing. I had gotten down to high school weight and people were starting to comment on how "skinny" I was - and not in a good way. My husband recently informed me he liked it when I was 20 lbs heavier and had a little more meat on me. I told him tough crap, I'm not gaining 20 lbs for him. Now that I'm running again, I've put a little more meat on my backside, which is a good thing - all of my pants were sagging off of me. Sadly, my boobs have all but vanished. They weren't much to begin with, now they are smaller and saggier. Breastfeeding was not kind to me, apparently. I shouldn't whine about so much weight loss, but I was at the point where my BMI was in the "underweight" category. My mom told me I didn't look healthy - dark circles under my eyes, sallow coloring. I'm exhausted these days from working out at lunch and staying up past 10pm every night cleaning up the house, and then getting up before 6 every morning to get us all out the door on time, but I'm glad to hear that I don't look so sickly anymore. Graham is moving to the toddler room at daycare and there is way less I have to prep for him every day (they provide snacks and milk) and I am thrilled to cut just that little bit out of our routine! He's a big, active, funny, smart, opinionated, strong, feisty little boy who is more than keeping us on our toes.

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    He's such a cutie! I can't believe he is one!
    3140 days ago
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    What a cutie!!! Great recap!
    3276 days ago
  • LEASIM1231
    Congrats on losing baby weight! I can't believe it's already a year, but it makes sense, because my little one is 10 months! Bravo on breastfeeding so long!
    3278 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Happy First Birthday G!!!! and congrats on the weight loss. I still have about 3-4lbs left of the baby weight left to lose. As long as it comes off, I'll be happy. I stopped BF completely when Nate was 10 months. To tell you the truth it was starting to be a chore because he was just too interested in doing other things than nursing during the day. Too many distractions even when I when up in the nursery and turned everything off. He still didn't want to take the time to eat. So we are doing sippy cups and I'm so happy to have my body back. It's been 3 years. Between 2 babies and nursing them both, I don't know what to do with myself. emoticon

    I'm glad that you found a nice balance and realized that you needed to gain back a few pounds. It's about being healthy not skinny. Enjoy the time when he is little and savor every moment. I can't believe how fast it goes by.
    3278 days ago
    Happy (late) birthday Graham! And Congrats to you for surviving the hardest year! (or at least, that's what people keep telling me). Is it weird that I still remembering being on the "losing weight for baby" board and thinking it was never going to happen for us? (Well, I knew it would happen for you, but you get what I'm saying)
    3278 days ago
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    Wow, one year already?!! Where does time go? That is awesome you made it to a year. I hope to be done about then. It will be so sad beccause Jacob is my last but at the same time, I will be very ready to have my body back (and be able to enjoy a cold one emoticon ) I hear you on the exhaustion... I am there pretty much all the time ... it just doesn't end! Congrats on your first year of Mommyhood!! You've done great, Mama!!
    3279 days ago
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