My little angel baby, Oliver Francis Brown, was born on Tuesday, July 19th at 4:02 in the afternoon. I am beyond obsessed with him, and like any new parent think he’s the most perfect thing in the world.
I feel extremely lucky because I had an easy pregnancy (minus the groin/no running issue), and an easy delivery. I was in labor for only five hours, and 45 minutes of that was actual pushing.
I went into the hospital with the thought process of not getting an epidural until I felt like I absolutely needed one. Yea, I lasted 2 hours and then I needed it! If you’ve never been in labor, it kind of feels like getting stabbed repeatedly. My contractions lasted a minute and were about 30 seconds apart so I did not have much “downtime”.
I really wanted to enjoy the experience, and I was not able to fully do that with the constant pain. However, as soon as I got the epidural I was able to relax and enjoy (for the most part) the process.
He weighed 9 pounds 3 ounces and is 21 1/2 inches long. My first thought was, how did he fit in my stomach? I gained 25 pounds and between Oliver, fluids, and the placenta I lost the majority of that right away! So I am grateful he was a larger baby 🙂
Now that he is here, my groin automatically stopped hurting so of course I am already thinking about when I can get back in to exercising!
I am still sore, but I am slowly gaining strength back and hope to start walking with him and Charlie next week.
I did not take a picture of my stomach postpartum (big surprise, right?!), but it has almost gotten back to being flat. I also credit breastfeeding as one of the reasons for almost reaching my pre-baby weight already. I weighed 127 before Oliver and am now at 128. I am not doing anything different, in fact I am eating more due to breastfeeding. I just make sure to make healthy dining choices.
I’m thinking my next several posts will be about my slow transition back in to exercise and how it goes (it goes perfect in my fictional mind!).