Mind and Body After Baby: 3 months postpartum

I totally meant to do a 1 month postpartum update but then completely dropped the ball on that. Time really does go so quickly right now.

Body Update

I’ve lost about 36 pounds of the 43 pounds I gained while pregnant, but I’ve pretty much stalled out there and the last 7 pounds aren’t coming off so easily. I’ve started tracking my food in MyFitnessPal to see if paying closer attention to what I eat will help, but then I went and made cookies last week and have been enjoying a few each day so that’s not helping lol. Also, when I got pregnant I was about 15 pounds above my “happy” weight. I may never get back to that happy weight, and that’s completely OK, but I would definitely like to lose an additional 10 – 15 pounds from where I am right now.

Even though I overall feel pretty darn good in my body I still don’t love what I look like in photos, I just feel like my face looks so round. Again, maybe that will be my new post baby reality. But I’m definitely getting happier and happier with what I see when I look in the mirror. I was carrying a BIG baby and my stomach got really stretched out so there is definitely quite a bit of excess skin on my stomach still and even 3 months later I still have a little pooch, but it’s shrinking – especially as I’ve started working out again.

Here are some comparison photos.

My last belly picture taken at 41 weeks (taken 4 days before Olivia was finally born)

5 days postpartum:

~ 1 month postpartum (wow did that shirt ever photograph weird!):

3 months postpartum:

On a different note, I’ve been seeing a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic floor health regularly to try and get my pelvic floor back to normal and also to assess my diastasis recti. I did have a bit of ab separation above my belly button but that was it and I’ve been doing some physiotherapy exercises to help rectify that and also help with some of the pelvis pain I was feeling regularly after labour and delivery. It has been a huge help and I really recommend every pregnant person see one after delivery, regardless of whether you have a c-section or deliver vaginally! I’ve also just started listening to the To Birth and Beyond podcast which is all about prenatal and postpartum health and one of the hosts is a physiotherapist.

I started typing this post up awhile ago (story of my life these days) and then this past Tuesday night I went to a spin class at the gym. It was my first spin class in a long time and I worked super hard and really pushed myself and was a sweaty mess at the end. It felt really, really good and was a reminder to me how – for me – exercise is ALL about my mental health. I am not jumping back into working out to get my “pre baby body” back (what even is that? How can anyone expect to have the same body as before after what our bodies go through during pregnancy and delivery). but rather I am jumping back into exercise because it’s one of the things that makes me feel like me. And feeling like at least a partial version of yourself some of the time is so important in the postpartum journey.

Mind Update 

I would like to think my mind space is pretty good and pretty much back to normal now, however I also thought that during the first month postpartum and now looking back on that I was soooo fuzzy and out of it and barely remember what was going on during that time, sooo…. maybe at 6 months postpartum I will also look back on this time and think about how fuzzy it is! I definitely do not feel nearly as hormonal or emotional as I did in the first 4 weeks, so that is nice.

On average I get about 6 – 6.5 hours of sleep per night, which certainly isn’t terrible for having a baby but is also low compared to the 8 I used to get. Some nights I only get 4 – 5 and some nights I’m lucky enough to get 7. I actually feel like I’ve been functioning fairly well on such little sleep, however that could change as I get further into it. It has only been 3.5 months after all!

I’ve had a bit of postpartum anxiety here and there, which I think is pretty normal. I’ve had some major worries about Olivia’s weight gain as she was a very big baby and has now only gained about 3.5 lbs in the past almost 4 months. She’s still a normal size for her current age, but since she was so large at birth that gave me some serious anxiety. That said, I try really hard to just reassure myself that everything is fine, if she was hungry all the time or underweight I would know. I would say that is one thing that is difficult about exclusively breastfeeding, you just never really know how much your baby is getting and have to trust they are getting enough.

Actually, on the exclusively breastfeeding note, that is one thing that has been difficult. I knew breastfeeding would be hard, but I thought it would get easier after the first 8 weeks. It actually got harder for me around 10-12 weeks. That was when Olivia’s eating habits really shifted from newborn cluster feeding to more snacking and when I got mastitis. I might do a completely separate post on breastfeeding as it still is a struggle some days, but at the same time I’m SO grateful we have been able to do it as it was really important to me when pregnant and it’s allowed for some really special bonding moments that I love. But it’s also super hard, and the hard part can’t be discounted.

I feel like this post was a bit rambly, but that’s where I’m at 3 months postpartum. Here are some of the ‘milestones’ I hit – and plan to be hitting – in my postpartum body journey.

  • Began working out again at 6 weeks postpartum
  • Began running again at 12 weeks postpartum – though my ‘running’ is very very much still a run/walk. I’m yet to run more than about 5 minutes consecutively.
  • Returned to yoga at 7 weeks postpartum
  • Will be returning to teaching fitness classes at 5 months postpartum
  • Will be participating in Yoga Teacher Training at 9 months postpartum – yup, I’m doing my YTT this year! Just put my deposit down! More on this later 🙂

I am still modifying a lot in everything I do. I just really listen to my body. I am also doing some core exercises as recommended by my physiotherapist as my core strength is really lacking.

Congratulations if you made it to the end of this very long and rambly post 🙂

If you have kids, what did your mind & body look like postpartum?

Any tips or thoughts for me?


10 weeks of Olivia!

You can read previous updates here:

On Friday Olivia was 10 weeks old. It truly amazes me how quickly the past 10 weeks have gone. It feels like it was November and we were waiting for her to be born just yesterday. Never in my life has time flown by so quickly. It’s true what they say, the days are sometimes (often!) long but the years are so short.

She has changed a lot since my last update. We are now on somewhat of a schedule as she goes down for a nap every 1.5 hours during the day. At night she is still sleeping for 4 – 5 hour stretches with the occasional 6 hour stretch thrown in there. She is doing almost all of her napping in her crib now, except for usually 1 nap per day where I baby wear her. I already miss those hours snuggled on the couch with her on my chest as she doesn’t really nap like that anymore.

She is the happiest little girl. Always smiling and talking. She knows what she wants, and when she’s not getting what she wants she lets you know loud and clear but 95% of the time she is extremely happy and content. The above photo was taken when she woke up from a nap. Girl loves her sleep and is so happy after! I don’t blame her 🙂

Our days all kind of blur together right now. With the winter weather it’s been very cold and snowy so we don’t really venture out much other than for our walks at the indoor walking track. We go about 4 – 5 times per week. We’ve also started going on Tuesday’s with a group of moms who had their babies between August – November, so it’s been super fun to get to know them and their little ones!

We get lots of compliments on the matching toques my grandma made us 🙂

Olivia is now very awake and very alert! She doesn’t really nap anywhere other than at home, in the baby carrier or in the car seat when the car is moving. When out and about there is too much to see! She won’t even nap in the stroller at the track anymore. She still sleeps in a bassinet beside our bed at night but all of her daytime naps are in her crib and we’ll be getting ready to transition her to her crib at night very soon.

She has started reaching for toys and she did grab a toy and move it around for the first time this weekend. She also rolled from her back to her side for the first time in the last couple of weeks.

Olivia loves it when her daddy comes home from work and proceeds to “talk” to him for 10-15 minutes to tell him all about her day. Her babbling and goo’s and gurgles are SO CUTE.

Her favourite time of the day is still bath time. This little girl is so happy when she’s in a warm bath. We are trying to establish somewhat of a bedtime routine that looks like this: bathtime, visit with her daddy when he gets home from work, eat, get snuggled in for sleep. We try to have her down by 8:30 – 9pm however the last few days she’s been going to bed later again due to being in her third leap.

At 2 months old Olivia had her first round of immunizations and took them like a champ. She was more mad than anything! I tried to nurse her through them but by the third needle she was screaming so hard with a bright red little tomato face that nursing wasn’t happening. It was definitely her MAD scream though and she calmed down soon afterwards. Can you blame her?!

Tummy time is still not a favourite so I have started propping her up on the boppy or breastfeeding pillow for tummy time. She seems to prefer that. She has a pretty strong little neck and has been able to kind of hold it up ever since she was born – another benefit of a big baby!!

We are still a huge fan of baby wearing. Especially for those fussy evening hours. She usually has at least one nap per day in the carrier. The boba wrap is still our favourite for around the house while the Ergo 360 (pictured up above) is our favourite for walks at the track or outdoors (when it’s warm enough).

She’s started doing this thing where she sticks her left fist up in the air in her sleep. It’s pretty adorable and hilarious!

This cool dude also got some sunglasses recently as mommy and daddy are in serious talks about a sunny vacation this year so we wanted to get her used to them! Also, it can be VERY bright here on sunny winter days with all the white snow. She doesn’t love them but usually will tolerate them after whining for a bit when they first go on.

Ohhh, and I will spare you a picture of this… BUT the poop explosions are back!! We dealt with these a bit when she was only 1 – 2 weeks old and between newborn and size 1 diapers. She was in between 1 and 2 for a bit there which seemed to result in a poop explosion almost every day. She’s now fully transitioned to size 2 diapers and the poop explosions do seem to be less frequent. We’ve also tried Pampers, Costco diapers and Huggies and the brand doesn’t really seem to make a difference.


Weight & Height 

Olivia weighs right around the 12.5 lbs mark and is 57 cm (22 inches) long. I’m not entirely sure on her weight because when we weighed her before her 2 month immunizations she was 12 lbs 12 oz but was wearing a light sleeper, a onesie and a diaper. We weighed her at home naked a few days later and she was 12 lbs 3 oz.

So even though she was a very big baby when born her weight really seems to have evened out!


Around 9 weeks we started following a schedule of going down for a nap every 1.5 hours and eating ever 2.5 – 3 hours and it’s been working out very well! She is still being exclusively breast fed. At night Olivia will sleep for 4 – 5 hours stretches regularly and occasionally 6 hours. Her record sleep is 7 hours straight the night after she got her shots!

After not filling out a single thing in her baby book I’ve decided to try and make an online baby book and spent a good chunk of her naps yesterday organizing my google photos.

Any suggestions for a good place to make online photo albums where I can also add notes/information like a baby book?? 

We are so lucky to have such a happy and sweet little girl. We love her so!


What’s saving my life right now newborn edition

As mentioned in my December recap post, one of my favourite podcasts series last month was the What’s Saving My Life Right Now series on The Simple Show. I thought I’d do my own post about what is saving my life right now the newborn edition…



We have both this fisher price swing, which was gifted to us, and the 4 moms mamaroo. Olivia really liked the mamaroo when she was little little, but now seems to much prefer the swing. I would not eat lunch, pee or get anything done on some days without this swing! Usually she will happily swing away in it for a good 20 minutes, which is precious time with a newborn who always needs to be held / entertained when they are awake and alert.

Baby wearing

As mentioned, I have a bit of a fuss pot on my hands these days and baby wearing is another way I am managing to get things done with a little babe who wants to be held all the time. I love the ring sling for around the house, I find it the easiest to get on and get her in all by myself. The other day I did a couple loads of laundry and cleaned and organized her room while wearing her in this sling.

When we had some warmer weather last week we got out for some nice outdoor walks using the Ergo 360. This is a much sturdier carrier and nice for outdoor walks or if I’m going to be wearing her for a longer amount of time. I’ve also figured out how to get this carrier on all by myself!

I also have a boba wrap but I need to practice with it more because the material is soooo stretchy and I have trouble getting it tight enough. The one time we did walk in it I felt like I had to have my hand under her bum the entire time. But I know some people who love the boba and carry their little one in it until they are a toddler so I think I just need to practice more.

Indoor track

So a couple weeks ago it got down to -44 C (-47 F) and this week it is around -35 C (-31 F) with the windchill. I am soo grateful for the amazing indoor walking track we have available to us (for free!). Olivia and I have been going almost daily with my mom. We push her in our BOB stroller, which is also a baby product I LOVE.


Eric is on night shift right now, which means he leaves for work around 6pm and isn’t home until 7:30 the next morning. This means he is gone during the hardest time of day with Olivia, 6 – 1oish pm. She is usually quite fussy during this time and the last few days especially putting her to sleep has been a several hour process. If I was staring down the barrel of handling 14 of these evenings in a row all by myself I don’t know how I would have handled it. Thank goodness for family, mostly my mom, who have been coming to help in the evenings. The above photo is Olivia cuddling with Grammy (my mom) the other night.

Wonder Weeks App

I’m so glad I downloaded the Wonder Weeks app. I haven’t read the book yet, but even just the app has been super useful for understanding what is happening in that little head of hers. Since Olivia was 11 days overdue she goes through her leaps early. She’s only 6.5 weeks old and already going through the second leap, which is part of the reason she’s been so fussy in the evenings and so hard to put to sleep lately.

Nursing Nightgown

I was never a nightgown person, but I love this nursing nightgown from Motherhood Maternity and now wear it to bed every single night. It’s super duper comfy to sleep in and perfect for those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions. I plan to order myself a second one!

What’s saving your life right now? Doesn’t need to be baby/child related 🙂