Baby Weight, Sleepless Nights, & First Smiles

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Baby Weight

I am convinced that after I gave birth to Ellie, I must not have looked in a mirror for four months.  I know that I need to give myself time, but getting back into “fighting shape”  after this pregnancy is going to take A LOT of work.

Having a football season baby in 2008 gave me plenty of time to bounce back before bathing suit season.  I refuse to buy bigger clothes… I *will* get back into my pants before summer!  It is times like this when I regret all the secret vanilla milkshakes of pregnancy.

So, what will be my weight loss tool?  A lot of ab work, double stroller rides into town on sunny afternoons, and swapping out pizza & ice cream for salads & almond milk smoothies.  Anyone else want to lose 25 pounds with me?

Sleepless Nights

One of the best ways to cope with the sleepless nights of life with a newborn is to LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS.  Did you really think your baby was going to sleep through the night when their stomach is the size of a ping pong ball?  Don’t be silly and expect that you’ll never, ever sleep again in your whole entire life.  AND THEN, when you get two hours of sleep {in a row} you’ll feel amazing!  Additionally, you may want to keep an extra supply of coffee on hand and refrain from operating heavy machinery.

Ellie didn’t sleep through the night until she gave up nursing at 18 months.  With this one, I am planning for a similar situation.  Lizzie likes to eat all night long, but she can down breast milk like a frat boy doing a keg stand.  Chug.  Chug.  Chug.  Chug….and then she passes out.

First Smiles

I don’t care if it’s just a gas pain, but I’m pretty sure this girl is starting to smile at us.  Moms, I know you’re with me on this… when you first see those little lips curled up, it makes it ALL totally worth it.  It’s worth the tight pants, the leaking breasts, the dark circles under the eyes, and eating dinner with one hand.

God made moms really special.  Somehow, although we look like death warmed over, there’s no face a baby loves more than her mother’s.  In the morning when my breath is bad, my mascara is smeared, and my hair is a lopsided mess… this baby… she is so excited to see me.  In her smile, the rest of the world just disappears.

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  1. You have beautiful daughters Sara and they are so blessed to have you as their mom. I mean that with every ounce of my heart!

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