Welcome Little Valerie

I decided to let my spot here sit for a little too long when life got hectic. Now, after classes, job changes, moving, pregnancy, and birth, I think I’m finally ready to pick back up and say…

Welcome to the world, my little Valerie!

Baby Valerie

At 41 weeks (exactly 1 week “late”) Valerie was born on March 23rd, 2016 at 7:23 PM after my true labor started around 2 AM. My healthy little girl weighed 7 lbs 12 ounces and was nearly 20 inches in length. My life is forever changed with my new found love as a mother, which truly is greater than I imagined!

Valerie at the hospital

How is baby now?
Valerie is 3 weeks old this Wednesday and is still a completely healthy girl with a healthy appetite. She wakes up every 2.5 to 3 hours a night on average to eat/get a diaper change and hates falling asleep unless she is laying right next to or on top of mom or dad.

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Sleepy Valerie

Valerie loves walks when she is worn in her Lille baby carrier (*review soon!) & is soothed by constant movement.

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Our first walk with the Lille Baby carrier <3

Valerie lets us know she’s gone to the bathroom with little smiles and smirks, but I’m confident we will have a real, non-bathroom related smile soon!!!

How is mom?

After birth, I had 3rd degree tearing, a hematoma, hemorrhoids, and postpartum SPD (symphysis-pubis-dysfunction). Today, my biggest struggle is with the pelvic pain from SPD. For almost two weeks, walking and sitting were not options due to the pain. Everything was swollen and hurting down there and inside. Laying on my side seemed to be the only position I could manage.

Fortunately, I’ve had tons of improvement with healing from labor and birth, but I’m not ready to jump into my normal fitness routine quite yet. In the past week, we’ve managed 30 minute walks with far less pain and discomfort than before. I’m happy to say all is on the up-swing on the recovery front!

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1 Week Postpartum (left) vs a few days after birth (right)

During the course of my pregnancy, I had gained almost 25 lbs. Though not a concern if mine,  I lost all of my pregnancy weight in the first few weeks, likely with the help of breastfeeding & the consistency of workouts before birth. I even worked out the day before Valerie was born!

41 weeks pregnant, the last bump picture the day before Valerie was born!

My birth story is not a fun one, so I’m hesitant to share. But I think I’ll be ready to publish in a few days. I just don’t want to scare any soon-to-be moms, because your little one is worth it, I promise!

For now, I can’t promise daily posts as we continue to adjust to life as a family of 3. But I’m excited to continue to share our new lives with you all!

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Snuggles with Valerie