After several months away to relax, stress, travel, GET ENGAGED, take an MBA course, stress some more, self-care a bit, etc. etc., I’M BACK!! We’re kicking off being back on the blog with July’s guest contributor: Megan.
Megan is hands down one of the best humans out there. She’s brilliant, hilarious, an amazing friend, and an even more incredible new MOMMY. Check out her motherhood journey below.
Being a parent is the most beautiful, emotional, and rewarding job on this planet. Being the middle of five children growing up, I always babysat my little brothers with ease. However, being a mother is quite the contrary.
Pregnancy was by far the most exhausting and exhilarating thing that my body has ever done. Once I got over that my size four jeans wouldn’t fit past my knee, I fully embraced it. Maternity jeans with the elastic waistband? Check. Soft and smooth skin? Check. Hair and nails growing like weeds due to my prenatal vitamins? Check and Check. I looked forward to every kick and every punch my baby boy would make in my stomach. I walked around my subdivision daily with my Weimaraner, and ate foods that were semi nutritious (besides my intense red meat cravings that made me end up at the Iowa Tap Room for Rubens and not beers.) I even tried to do light weights and walk on the treadmill for over an hour at my local Planet Fitness. I was, however, not expecting the post pregnancy feels.
Once I delivered my 9 lb. 5 oz. beautiful boy naturally, no one told me how to recover from such a procedure. I only saw Facebook and Instagram posts of babies after being delivered and recall saying in my head, “If she can do it, so can I!”
When the doctor was done stitching me up with +30 stitches, I came back to a recovery room full of hemorrhoids and sciatic pain. I have never felt so much discomfort in my entire life. Mind you, I JUST delivered my baby. I could barely walk, sit up, or move around when I was released from the hospital a few days later. Thoughts raced through my head: “How am I going to cook dinner? How will I get groceries? How can I have a balanced diet while providing enough milk for my baby, all while not moving?
Turns out, a lot can happen when you ask for help. For example, my husband just completed a Costco trip right before I was discharged from the hospital and bought a LOT of pre-made meals (enchiladas, stuffed peppers, rice), as well as frozen vegetables and meats. When I felt a bit light headed, Aussie Bites, cereal, and peanut butter rolled oats saved my life. They were easy to make, and I could eat them with one hand while breastfeeding with the other. Quick, semi-healthy foods were my lifeline in those first few weeks of being a new mom. Now that I have a somewhat pattern with our little guy, I try to include as many vegetables as possible into my diet. I can put him down to peel carrots, potatoes, onions, etc. I do not have any more food aversions, but am trying to cut back on my meat. Having a little one truly is a lifestyle change, and I am embracing all of it, every single day.
It’s refreshing to know that not all new mommies are as it appears on Instagram. It’s important to realize that those photos or videos that we see on social media are snapshots in time and that those people are REAL and are experiencing REAL life just as we are. Those insta-mommies are just like us behind the scenes.
Thanks for sharing your mommy-hood journey with us, Megan! We’ll check back in with her soon to see how her self-care routines change as baby Carter grows up.
What have your experiences with new mommy-hood been like? Similar to Megan’s? Different? Let us know by commenting below!