Thursday, July 17, 2014

41 Weeks

Last time I did a postpartum update was at the beginning of February when I was 4 months postpartum.  On Sunday, we celebrated 41 in, I gave birth to Lucy when I was 41 weeks pregnant and she has now been out in the "real" world for 41 weeks.  I'm not sure which 41 weeks went by faster!  It seems like ages ago that I was pregnant and I can't even remember what it was like.
A lot has changed in the 5 months since the last postpartum update!  First of all, Lucy is MUCH bigger and a lot more mobile.  When I left off in February, I was training for the Cap City 1/2 Marathon and was running exclusively on the treadmill most mornings.  I ended up setting a personal record in the half (I never thought I'd be faster so quickly after giving birth) but then ended up herniating a disc and having back surgery. Despite the setback, I'm feeling great and am pleased with how I bounced back after having Lucy.  I believe at 4 months postpartum I was 7 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight and I'm now down 11 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight.

And because I love comparison pictures to see progress, this might be a bit excessive, but I know it's something I'll like to look back on....

Lucy at 1 week vs. 41 weeks (she looks like such a kid now and not like a baby)

41 weeks pregnant, 1 week with Lucy, 41 weeks with Lucy

41 weeks pregnant, 1 week postpartum, 41 weeks postpartum

And one last comparison....the picture on the left was when I was in labor and right before we left for the hospital at like 2:00 AM and the next two pictures are from the other day...I'm wearing the same exact outfit too!
Like I said, I'm really happy with where I'm at physically and hope to maintain my weight (although I should probably stop making so many desserts if I don't want to gain back any weight).  Not sure what the future holds for running since I had back surgery but I'm still working out 6-7 times/week.  Mentally, I'm also in a great place and have found my groove the past couple months with working part-time and being at home with Lucy.  It took some time to figure out how to fit everything in and still have some "me" time but I've found a good balance and am really happy.


Sara said...

You look AMAZING!!! I'm almost 6-months postpartum and still have 5.5 pounds to go.. My body doesn't seem to want to let go! This inspires me to keep trying :)

BeckyJo606 said...

I love this post!! Isn't it amazing what our bodies can do!?