Two months in!  I think we’ll keep him.

Life is going well for this family of five!  I was a little worried about jealousy issues (especially from Clara) when Porter came along but I’m SO happy to say that I haven’t seen even a hint!  They love him.  They dote on him.  They ask where he is first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  I just love it. 

Two Months Postpartum – Me

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40 weeks/1 Month PP/2 Months PP

My Body

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  • I weigh 150 pounds.  If you’ve read for a while, you know that I don’t weigh myself.  Welp…out of curiosity yesterday, I stepped on Travis’ bathroom scale.  I’d love to tell you that I’m 100% happy with where I’m at physically…but I’m not (it’s more like 80% happy).  I know some of you will roll your eyes about that comment (Colleen wrote a great post about this very topic) but I’m just being open and honest.
  • All that being said, I’m not making any drastic changes to lose weight (nor do I plan to).  I’m still eating whatever I want.  I’m working out daily and I feel FIT and STRONG.  I’m getting as much sleep as I can.  Basically, it would be nice to tighten things up but I’m not really doing anything extreme to get there.  My body will take care of itself.  If I really set my mind to it, I’m sure I could get that 6-pack back…but I’m not willing to put in any stressful work.  Does that make me lazy?  Content?  Whatever.
  • Nursing still makes me pretty hungry.  I’m eating and snacking all day long.  Mostly healthy…sometimes not.
  • I’m starting to get caught up on sleep (see Porter’s SLEEP section below!) and it makes a HUGE difference in my attitude.  I’m still getting broken sleep but I’m able to function normally during the day and don’t feel like I need to nap as much as I did the first month postpartum.
  • My hair is starting to fall out.  I remember this happening with Henry and Clara.  I need to start using the hair trap thingy that we have in the shower.

My Fitness/Workouts

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  • I’m getting back to running!  This week, I made it a goal to get out the door for a short 15-minute run EVERY DAY before Travis heads to work.  So far, so good.  Gets the blood flowing and serves as prayer time for me.
  • Katy and I are still lifting weights 3 times a week.  We’ve added “finishers” to each workout and they’re definitely helping my cardiovascular capacity!  (would you like to see a few of these finishers?)
  • I thoroughly enjoyed working out with the other girls at Blend.  There’s nothing quite like group fitness, is there?!  Almost makes me want to get back to the gym…almost.

My Mind

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  • I’m happy.  Content.  And a lot of stress has been taken off of my day-to-day now that Blend is over.
  • Postpartum hormones are still present (and will be for a few more months).  Some days I cry for no apparent reason but I quickly see this as hormonal and not anything wrong with life or the present situation.
  • I’m thinking about taking the month of July off from a lot of things.  I need a summer break – a time to be present with my kids and “put my feet up.”  We’ll see….stay tuned.

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Moving on to the babe…

Two Months Old – Porter

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1 Month/2 Months

Just like the last update, I’ll divide Porter’s update into three sections: EAT, AWAKE and SLEEP.  We use (and have used for all three kids) the Baby Wise method and it works well for us.  If you thrive off of schedules like me, you should look into this book (I also recommend, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.”  Both books follow the eat, awake, sleep cycles that work well in my opinion!)

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  • Porter loves to nurse…simple as that.  As my MIL said, he is a little piggy.  He literally grunts ALL DAY LONG but especially when he nurses.  It’s like his most favorite thing to do.  Makes me smile.  I LOVE our nursing time too.
  • He nurses every 2 1/2 to 3 hours during the day.  He cluster feeds at night from about 5pm until 9pm.
  • Nurses on both sides and takes about 15 minutes total to become satiated.
  • Spits up like a champ – after every feeding, you HAVE to sit him upright and just wait for the inevitable spit up.  He’s also starting to drool.

AWAKE

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  • Such a happy baby!  Easy going and laid back…very similar to Clara.
  • He’s SMILING!!  Started about 2 weeks ago.  You really have to work for it (think high animation) but he’ll smile and when he does, you can see his dimples.  Gah – what a cutie!
  • Likes:  Nursing, smiling, his brother and sister, being swaddled
  • Dislikes:  Being hungry, getting OUT of the bath

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  • In every 3 hour cycle during the day, Porter takes a 1 1/2 –2 hour nap.
  • He has cut out one of his nighttime feedings (YAY!!!) – he goes down around 8pm, dream feeds at 10pm, gets up to nurse around 4:30 or 5am and then up for the day at 7:30 or 8am.
  • We swaddle.  He loves it. (here’s the one I use)
  • He’s still sleeping in his bassinet and takes most naps in his crib (in Henry’s room).  He’ll fall asleep anywhere though.

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For more postpartum updates:

One Month

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  1. Purelytwins says:

    Girl you look amazing!!! I am reading baby wise so glad you like it too!! I love reading your updates :)

    Hugs

    Porter sounds like one awesome little dude cannot wait to meet him!

    L

  2. Katie says:

    Cute little dude. He sleeping about 1000x better than Jesse and reading this makes me a wee bit jealous, but I’m trying to roll with it. Wish I could hold your sweet Porter!!

  3. Sarah @RunFarGirl says:

    Postpartum body for me was actually remarkably freeing. I struggled with bulimia and my first pregnancy was a turning point. I was very anxious that once I gave birth I’d go back to my bulimic behavior because I’d be dissatisfied with my body. But by the grace of God I was able to have grace for my postpartum body and was able to let go of all the old (unrealistic) standards I used to have for myself. I love your attitude. Content is good:)Thanks for sharing and being honest.

  4. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift says:

    That smile! Such a handsome little guy. <3

    And I would LOVE to see some of your finishers! I just started playing around with adding finishers to my workouts (need some kind of cardio since I can't run too far without flaring up my ankle these days), so it would be great to get more ideas.

    Oh, and one more thing…you look HOT. ;)

  5. Katie @ running4cupcakes says:

    I am SO glad things are going well for you! And I think that being content and happy with where you are at both mind and body at 2 months post-partum is a great place to be. And sometimes a break is the best thing. .. I’ll be reading when you come back! :)

  6. Stacey says:

    I think you look great and are such a positive inspiration to all mothers — coming from a woman whose almost 9-weeks pregnant with her first (which we are both convinced is twins) I take comfort in seeing active mothers both through their pregnancy as well as after. Gaining weight has been quite the mind struggle for me and I can’t help but judge and compare myself already, but that’s life.
    Thanks for being a great (public!) example!
    Would love to read a workout or two as well :)

  7. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says:

    Like always, I appreciate your honesty in this post! You are strong, fit, and gorgeous, so keep up the great work. I feel like your attitude towards your postpartum body and workouts is realistic and healthy, and I love that. I’ll admit, I remember thinking a few times throughout Blend weekend, “Lindsay is SO gorgeous!” Seriously, you have such a natural beauty about you, add on your confidence and sweet personality –> gorgeous! Also glad to hear Porter is doing well. He is just the cutest thing, and I’m so glad I got to meet him! We did Baby Wise too, and it did wonders for us. I’m curious to see how it’ll go for our next baby, so it’s encouraging to hear it’s gone well for all three of your kids.

  8. Jaclyn @ BumpSweat says:

    Looking good! With baby coming in 9 weeks or so, I’m hearing more and more about this BabyWise thing. I’ve been so focused on preparing for labor and delivery that I hadn’t given much thought to baby scheduling and such. I’m hesitant to jump in and just do it, but having a good sleeper sounds really nice. What pushed you in that direction?

  9. Wendy says:

    Take the time off as you need it.

    I’ve been feeling a need to shift from heavy swims to yoga, and the next 10 days Scott is gone for work.

    If I pool walk with Susanna, great. If not, I can practice when she’s asleep, rejuvenate, and be ready when the next shift happens.

  10. Loren says:

    I just recently found your blog. Your son is adorable! I had my third baby a week before you, a little boy, and guess what! We named him Porter as well. I love that name so much!

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