Random Wednesday Thoughts

It’s 10am on Wednesday morning and I’m sitting here with my coffee reading blog posts while listening / watching my baby stir on the baby monitor and waiting until she actually starts crying to go get her because if I’m lucky she will go back to sleep. I am also looking at a pile of dishes on my counter and thinking about how I really need to have a shower and I should probably be using this precious sleeping time to do those things, but instead I’m reading blog posts, sipping my coffee and now writing my own blog post. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

I’m thinking about how tough last night was. It was the first shift of 14 night shifts for Eric. It’s not the overnight / middle of the night that’s hard, it’s putting the baby to sleep and dealing with the witching hour in the evening that was the toughest. From about 5 – 10 every night Olivia is fussy and just wants to be held and it’s also that early battle to put her to sleep for the night. Last night I started laying her down in her bassinet at 8:30pm and finally got her down at 9:45pm but I watched her on the monitor and she didn’t go to sleep until 10:30pm. Anyone else know that feeling where you just can’t relax when your baby is still awake? You feel tense until you know for sure they are asleep, or at least that’s how I felt. I finally got myself into bed at 11 because again – I just needed some quiet time in the quiet house for a minute. I ate a bowl of cereal and read my book and it felt luxurious. Luckily, our amazing sleeper slept until 3:45am and I was the one to get her up at that time because I needed to nurse her to relieve my rock hard boobs.

The other thing I’m thinking about is all you mama’s who live in cities with no family support and whose husbands work long hours. If I was staring down the barrel of 14 night shifts in a row with NO extra help I don’t know what I would do. Last night was tough, I know that I will have help from my mom or other family members several of the next 14 nights to make it more bearable, or I’ll have family visiting during the day and holding Olivia so I can do other things around the house or nap (though napping continues to be hard for me even with a newborn). It definitely takes a village and I am oh so grateful for mine. It’s made this whole transition to parenthood much easier than I think it is for a lot of people.

I’m also thinking about how on Monday I’m going to start exercising again. On Friday I will be 6 weeks postpartum and ready to start adding workouts back into my daily life. I miss them a lot. I’ve already been walking for an hour almost daily and I plan to add in Fitness Blender workouts to start and maybe go back to yoga once or twice a week whenever I can fit it in if Eric is home or I have a babysitter. In the next few weeks I’d also like to get back into running, I haven’t ran for over a year and I miss it.

Any tips for postpartum workouts or adding exercise back in postpartum?

Ok, now I’m thinking I really better go get in that shower. I really can’t push it off another day and this baby is going to wake up any minute…

What are your random Wednesday morning thoughts? 

8 Responses

  1. UGH witching hour. That is the one thing I do not miss and dread going through again. It was like clockwork that Emery would start screaming at 7pm on the nose and not stop until after 11. It sucked because I was 95% alone during that time. It added so much stress to everyday life because I just didn’t know how to deal. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long. I think it stopped around 5 months for Emery.

  2. Lindsey says:

    That witching hour was hard! Both my girls were so grumpy that first 6 weeks from 5-8pm. Like red faced screams some days.
    I started my exercise with mom and baby yoga, Tracy Anderson’s post pregnancy DVD and runs. I liked to schedule workouts during the morning nap so that I got them done and then could get on with the day 🙂

  3. I am so glad you have a lot of family support, especially with Eric’s super long hours and night shifts. That would be so hard. We won’t have much family support since I don’t have much family close but Phil works really reasonable hours so that will really really help make it more manageable for us! And I do have an aunt that is about 30 minutes away who LOVES babies so I think I could probably ask her to help out if I need the extra support. I really wish my mom lived close, though, because she would be a huge help! But hopefully she can come for a week after Phil goes back to work.

    Good luck with your return to exercising. I can’t wait to get back to it, too. I am thinking about trying ‘momma strong’. Mary Catherine mentioned it in a blog post and it sounds like a great program for moms. And it’s only $2/month so it’s very inexpensive. I am hoping that by the time I get cleared to exercise, the weather will be nicer so we can do be outside more. But we never know what spring is going to be like in Minnesota. It could snow in March/April so I might have to look into finding an indoor track. I’m not sure if our gyms would allow me to push a stroller, though, so I might have to resort to going to the mall!

  4. Nora says:

    That paragraph about not having family nearby? For sure one reason why I’ll be nervous to have kids if/when I do is because have no family apart from my dad in the area. I will definitely be doing it solo.

    And it’s not the same at all but when we watched our friends’ daughter on NYE when I put her to bed I watched the monitor so intently for a good 15 minutes to be sure she was asleep and settled and ok, and I went in to check on her 3x because i’m THAT person, apparently? I wanted to be sure she was warm enough, safe, etc. etc.

    Hope you got that shower in! <3

  5. Creen says:

    3.5 years later and things are still a struggle for me. So much so we decided to only have one child. Sorry, I’m not very helpful lol. I just do not miss those days at all but wish I could have taken it more in stride.

  6. Sam says:

    Try some biogaia to help with the night grumpies. If it helps, nearly all babies have this phase and you are not alone. You will relax and sleep again, I remise!

  7. San says:

    So glad you have family nearby to help out when your husband is working long shifts… I think single-parenting is one of the hardest things to do (and I don’t even have first hand experience!).

  8. Stephany says:

    Ugh, I can somehow relate in the way Dutch can be at night. Take last night, for example, where he didn’t settle down until 2AM. I am TIRED today, that’s for sure. And I wish I could just let him roam my apartment and settle down when I tried that, he kept getting lost in corners and whining, and also, I just cannot fall asleep until I know he’s asleep. So there’s a lot of swaddling and back patting going on. Sigh. Thankfully, he’s not like this during the day! Just nighttime that is a…well… nightmare. 🙂

    I’m glad you have family around to help you during these tough first months of your baby’s life! I know that I will be leaning HEAVILY on my mom if I ever have kids. Ha.

Leave a Reply