Welcome Baby Z-peat! First 2 weeks home.

As a lot of you already know, Baby Z-peat decided to make an early appearance! He couldn’t wait to greet the world. He arrived early on the morning of September 15th.

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Little Z was really excited about finally getting to see the baby in Mommy’s tummy. I think he was more excited about the huge sticker they gave him at the hospital though. 🙂

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Baby Z-peat checked out perfectly at the hospital even though he was almost 3 weeks early. He’s a tiny little peanut but dang if he isn’t eating like a champ! At his one week checkup he’d already gained a whole pound! This kid is eating and pooping non-stop. He’s already charting on the normal growth charts for his birthday, not his due date, which is exceptional. Yay!

We came home from the hospital a day early. I just am not comfortable at the hospital and I cannot get any sleep there. Both my doctor and the pediatrician told me it was ok to go home, so I packed my bags and bolted for the door. Ahhh…home sweet home. And that way I got to love on my other peanut – Little Z. I was missing him something terrible.20140916_172341

My mom, bless her wonderful heart, packed her bags quickly on Monday and drove for two days to come help us out. She was a Godsend! I truly don’t know how we would have survived and adjusted without her extra, loving hands. She gave Little Z that extra attention he needed while I had to care for Baby Z-peat.

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And amidst all of this commotion I had a birthday! Four days after he was born I was celebrating my own birthday! What a wonderful early birthday gift. We kept it low key and just stayed home with cupcakes and my “new mom” coffee mug.

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A brief run-down of the first week home:

How I’m feeling: SO RELIEVED to have that baby off my stomach! Physically I feel soooo much better. I think I ate enough food for three grown men at the hospital. I kept calling room service for more food. Ha! I was famished. I could eat without getting nauseated or plagued with heartburn. I was really sore after but nothing like when I had Little Z. I was pretty much up and walking around and taking a shower a couple of hours after Baby Z-peat was born. The biggest shock was the late uterine contractions I experienced while breast feeding. Holy ouch! They’ve been coming off and on for about a week now. Because I’m not in much pain, I find I’m overdoing it easily. I think I’m fine and then I get really tired and sore toward the end of the day. I have to remember to take it easy and let my body heal.

Baby eating, sleeping, pooping: Yes, yes and yes to all of the above! He’s eating really well, about every two hours. He’s had some cluster feeding episodes and the 3:30 to 4:30 slot seems to be his witching hour. He wants to fuss and eat frequently. But he is sleeping in solid two to three hour blocks – very manageable. I’m adjusting to his sleep schedule well and I actually feel pretty rested, all things considered. I’m not exhausted. Whoohoo!

Little Z adjustment: He’s done much better than I thought he would. Having to share mommy is hard! The first real melt down was over me putting Baby Z-peat on “his” changing table. He did NOT want to share his changing table. Occasionally he will tell me to put Baby Z-peat in the swing or have Daddy hold him so we can play. He’s also enjoyed pulling out all of his old baby toys and playing with them. He’s becoming more engaged every day. Now he will run and bring me the nursing pillow or pacifier when Baby Z-peat starts to cry. The funniest things of course revolve around breast feeding. The first day home he was confused why Baby Z-peat was biting me (on the breast). Now he will pat my boobs and say, “There’s Baby’s milk, milk, milk!” He also likes to run around the house with the breast pump nozzle and pretend it’s his horn.

Fitness and Body After Baby: I’m just not worrying about that right now. These first few weeks I’m just focusing on recovery, bonding with Baby Z-peat, schedule adjustment, and soaking up all this special time. I do have a lot more energy and I’m feeling the itch to get out there and start walking, especially as the weather is cooling down. We ordered the double stroller (EEP!) and it should be here this week. I’m thinking maybe a short walk to start this weekend.

That pretty much sums up my last two weeks. I will leave you with a picture of a smiley baby after a warm bath. Ahhh – that new baby smell. 🙂 IMG_20140923_130413

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Moving my pregnant body – 36 weeks!

It’s pregnancy update time! I’m almost at 37 weeks. EEP! Getting close! I am soooo done with being pregnant. I feel so physically limited right now. It takes so much more effort to get anything done. Forget picking up anything off the floor. I need one of those grasper claw thingies you see at Cracker Barrel. I’m constantly dropping things on the floor due to all the relaxin in my body. As soon as it’s in my hands, it’s bouncing off the floor. And then I have the whole inner dialogue of whether it’s worth my effort to pick it up or just leave it there for Mr. Z to get for me when he gets home. Most of the time it stays on the floor, unless it’s a food item that I’m craving.

And I know poor Baby Z-Peat has to feel all cramped up in there. He keeps karate chopping my ribs and bladder and stomach and spleen and pancreas and lady bits. Youch!

I went to the doctor on Wednesday and I’ve progressed zero from last week. *sigh* He said, “Looks like you’ll be pregnant a bit longer.” It took everything for me not to jump off that table and smack him. The whole me being nekid from the waist down worked in his favor. Little Z cooked until the day after his due date so I guess I should just expect the same this time.

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Sorry for the blurry pic but it’s rainy here. Fall’s coming! Fall’s coming! 🙂 (Sort of)

How I’m Feeling:

Tired, cranky, huge. with lots and lots of heartburn. My stomach is really pulling on my back and round ligament now. Sleeping is pretty uncomfortable. I’m using a pillow to help support my belly. It helps. Oh, and I have to pee constantly again.

Weight gain:

Just over 20 pounds.

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Where’d my shoes go?

Cravings:

They vary. Some days it’s chips and salsa, other days it’s anything gummy. The weirdest so far has been a craving for sugary soda drinks. I don’t drink soda pop, haven’t in years. I never even crave one. And now I’m craving sprite and ginger ale. I did the same with Baby Z. I haven’t broken down and bought any yet, but I get a few cans of ginger ale to keep as a stash.

Running – Moving:

I’ve been pretty bad in the exercise department. Oh, I’m full of excuses: It’s year end at work, I’m exhausted, My back hurts, I need to watch this episode of “The Big Bank Theory”. Mostly it’s just SO DARN HOT and I’m SO DARN TIRED. Chasing my toddler around most of the day has honestly been my exercise. It’s supposed to get a teeny bit cooler this weekend so I’m hoping to get out and walk a few miles over the weekend.

Things I STILL need to do!:

  • Pre-register at the hospital
  • Let my pediatrician know we have another one coming for her
  • Pack my hospital bag
  • Pull EVERYTHING baby related down from the attic
  • Wash and sterilize all things baby related

I’m determined to get most if not all of this list done this weekend.

AMRAP Bars – Product Review and Giveaway!

As part of the Sweat Pink Ambassador program I was given the opportunity to try out and review three new bars from AMRAP Nutrition. I was sent three flavors: Almond Honey, Cashew Vanilla and Fig and Cacao. These bars were sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

With the baby sitting right on my stomach (35 weeks! Whoohoo!) I’m having a really hard time eating and keeping a lot on my stomach. If I eat anything too large or heavy I’m miserable and nauseated the rest of the day. I’m turning to bars a lot because they don’t sit heavily on my stomach but offer a nutrient dense food option. So, I was excited to try these out.

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A little about the bars:

AMRAP’s mission statement

As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) defines our philosophy. Through determination, intensity, and focus, we aim to inspire and empower our community to reach their full health and fitness potential. Join us and together we will change the world. 

AMRAP bars are:

  • 100% Paleo
  • GMO-free
  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • preservative-free
  • clear of artificial sweeteners

To maximize efficiency, AMRAP bars are packed with complete natural proteins and  amino acids to repair your muscles. Most importantly, all these bars contain the optimal  fat to carb ratio that increases lean mass and energy and is the crucial component for overall health and body composition.

I LOVE the mission statement for these things. As Many Rounds As Possible. So. Freaking. Cool. I’m a big label reader too. So many fitness bars are just loaded with refined sugar and preservatives. The bars get their sweetness by using dates. I like how few ingredients these have – very few and ALL recognizable and pronounceable. For example, the Fig & Cacao flavor has the following ingredients: dates, egg white protein, figs, almond butter, almonds, unsweetened coconut, cacao nibs and coconut oil. That’s it! I’ve attached the nutritional information for each bar below.

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Some of the things I liked most about the bars:

  • THE TASTE! The almond & honey bar was my favorite (sea salt, cinnamon and raw honey…mmmmm). So yummy! I could really become addicted to these things.
  • The high protein content. At 12g to 15g a bar, they pack a nice little protein punch and help you stay fuller longer. Usually high protein bars can be really chalky and gummy. Not these babies! The dates and nut butters really make the bars palatable without any weird after tastes.
  • The fiber content. Often there’s a trade off between either high fiber or high protein bars. These bars offer high protein and a great 3g to 4 g of dietary fiber.
  • The limited ingredient content. I know what I’m putting into my body with these things.
  • They are made in the USA! USA! USA!

These bars were designed primarily for the CrossFit athlete but I can really see me using these bars for my long run fuel. I try and aim for something with a high protein and high carbohydrate mix that digests easily and sits well on my stomach. The AMRAP bars fit the bill. I’ve had zero stomach distress from these bars and I can see them really sustaining my energy levels for a long training run. I’m anxious to try them out come my first post-baby long run!

AMRAP bars launch today! For a limited time they’re offering a 12-count variety pack for a discounted price of $45. The first 2,500 customers will receive an added bonus of extra prizes, ebooks, and coupon codes. You can browse their products here.

AMRAP has also allowed me to giveaway an 8 pack of bars ($32 value) in any flavor to THREE lucky winners!! You can enter by clicking one of the links below! This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents. Good luck!

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY LINK

RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK