How cute are those pictures with my little girl? She is such a happy camper all the time and it seems like she loves the camera.
I am sharing all the things I have in my diaper bag today but first of all I wanted to share which one I use. I do have several large shopper bags like the LV Neverfull or the Tory Burch Gemini Link but I also got a classic diaper bag. I used the diaper bag for our walks as I only needed to have the baby´s things with me but now after lockdown I find it much more convenient to carry a shopper handbag around with me.
The diaper bag I got is from SkipHop. I love all of their things. I got the changing pad as well as the wet clothes pouch and use it all the time. My most used handbag I use as a diaper bag is my LV Neverfull or my Coach Market Tote. Both have the perfect shape to add one of these great felt organizer you can get of amazon. A organizer can transfer any bag into a well sorted place to keep your things.
What is in my diaper bag?
– diapers (of course)
– extra pacifier
– extra set of clothing
– wet bag
– summer hat
– burp clothes
– hot water / tupperware to pour in
– bottle with breast milk
– teething toy
– changing pad
– sun lotion
– portable white noise mashine
This looks like a long list and it is quite the amount of things but everything you will need with a baby. I always check twice before leaving the house and so far I haven´t forgotten a thing we needed but it has definitely changed us. No getting out the door last minute or spontaneous here anymor but I wouldn´t want it any other way.
it is now exactly 4 and a half months after Emilia´s birth and I started to get back to working out and loosing that baby weight. To be honest first of all I thought it would bother me more that I had most of my weight still on but it absolutely didn´t and I was also busy with a newborn so also no time to bother. The other thing was breastfeeding. With full time breastfeeding I heard that all your extra baby pounds will come off quickly but they didn´t move at all so I decided to start working out again. Although I had to wait a little longer because of my postpartum recovery.
This might be TMI for some so feel free to skip if you dont´want to know.
I had a second degree tear after giving birth and also got hemorrhoids from pushing plus a bruised coccyx brom my intense back labor. This wasn´t the best combo given a quick recovery but it went better from there than I thought. I probably really helped going on walks a lot.
My tear wasn´t as disruptive as I thought and besides me not able to sit up for a long period or get up quickly from a seated position it was okay. I stopped bleeding after about 10 days which is normal but not very common as the midwife pointed out so this definitely was a win. Also my uterus shrunk down pretty fast to its normal size. To be honest postpartum recovery hasn´t been pretty at all but it did not bother me that much. It took its time and now everything is and feels normal again.
I was cleared for working out at my six weeks appointment but had to wait much longer because of my coccyx. I could not sit comfortable for longer periods so there was no way I could sit on the hard seat of the stationary bike (and yes I could have gone outside to run but I hate working out and running is the worst of it). I waited until 3 month after delivery and then begann to #getbackinshape.
Fitness Journey Part I
So where to beginn…
In total I gained 16 kg during my pregnancy and lost about 5 kg right away through birthing our baby. After that I didn´t get on a scale for a very long time but when I did right before starting to loose weight I still had 10,9 kg to much. So I did not loose any pounds at all with breastfeeding.
I still have the insulin resistence allthough the gestational diabetes has gone so loosing weight is even harder. For me this means I have to cut out about 95% of carbs to even start loosing weight. To be honest I was very disengaged and overwhelmed by that but I started little.
My routine now contains a warm glass of water with a spoonful of apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach as it is supposed to kick start your metabolism and also has other great benefits.
Then I go on and make myself breakfast containing two eggs sunny side up plus some bacon and one piece of protein bread with butter and a drop of honey. After my cup of coffee and my morning pumping session I hop on the stationary bike for about 45 minutes.
I have been doing this every day of the week so far with small exceptions like doctor visits. On the weekend I trade my bacon and eggs for french toast but other than that this stayed the same for the last few weeks.
Since I rarely eat breakfast before eleven a.m. I skip lunch and just have a little snack in the afternoon like greek yoghurt, pineapple and some nuts or I eat leftovers from dinner the night before.
For dinner I eat normal but carb free which means steak with vegetables or fish with a side salad or the inside of a burrito without the bread (burrito bowl). We do get take-out too some times and it also works great. I just leave the carbs for my husband to eat.
This has worked wonders for me and to this day I have already lost 4,9 kg which I think is amazing. I noticed my belly get slimmer and also my leg are getting back into their shape which means I can already fit into many more pairs of jeans than a few weeks ago just in time for Fall.
Of course I keep going because I still want to loose six more kilogramms. My goal is to have my pre-baby weight back in time for Christmas. Will see how this goes.
If you have any questions on anything feel free to ask.
As always thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.
I totally thought it was Monday all day today but to be honest since the baby is here I have never been more tired than today. Maybe the tirednes adds up a little more every day and on some days I don´t get to nap so that makes it even worse.
Since the restaurants and all the other places for amusement are still closed due to the stupid Coronavirus and not going to open in the foreseable future I put together some ideas for your spouse and you if you still don´t want to dispense you weekly date night. Sure you are spending all day everyday together but is it really quality time you need or are you just co-existing at home.
Date Night Ideas for #socialdistancing Times
#1 // Cook together – not only is it super fun, it also tastes way better if you have a meal made from scratch together
#2 // Get a glass of wine and spend the evening on the patio together (no phones etc., if you are lucky and have a patio or balcony
#3 // Get some take-out and eat it at a festive set table (immediately creates a special atmosphere even if it just Chinese take-out from around the corner)
#4 // Watch a movie together in Cinema Atmosphere (with Disney+, Netflix and everything else you can pick a nice movie you both would enjoy to watch, make some popcorn or other Cinema related snacks)
#5 // Play boardgames together (this isn´t probably for anyone as not everyone likes to play in general but if you are a fan I think this would be a nice change)
#6 // If you have a garden gather all things for a picnic and have dinner under the stars
Make sure to dress up and create special memories for your at home quarantine dates as this is hopefully a once in a lifetime thing we will never forget.
FYI: I prepared this blog post before our baby girl arrived so there would still be fresh content on the blog while I am taking a break from blogging. That’s why you’ll still see me pregnant or referencing my pregnancy in some upcoming blog posts!
since you might know from reading my bump dates that I had been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes right away at the beginning of my pregnancy I thought I wanted to share my journey/experience so far to help others.
But first of all I am no docotor and in no means do I have any medical knowledgement. I am just sharing my journey and thoughts with you guys but before you do anything always talk to your doctor first.
I personally haven´t known before how serious this can be for mother and child after giving birth but also how it wasn´t to hard to get control of it.
I was diagnosed with insulin resistence due to bloodworks before I got pregnant so I had to go in for the glucose test before I was even pregnant. An insulin resistence means that your body isn´t processing your sugar/carb/starch in-take in the way it should be which means your blood sugar levels rise and then start sinking. Mine fell after and then went up and then straight down. Also my sober blood sugar is a little over 90 every morning which isn´t to bad as a ´normal´person but pregnant it isn´t ideal for the environment of the embryo so I had to start injecting insulin right away after I found out I was pregnant.
This has been a huge bummer for me and really made me feel down a lot of times – not because I wasn´t able to eat what I like during my pregnancy cause I basically had to cut out most of the carbs, sugar and starch containing produts but I had to start prick myself 7 times a day to meassure my blood sugar and also inject insulin several times.
And as much as I was looking out at the first three months where your hormones are going crazy and through the roof this can also happen to your blood sugar levels. So I was devastated a lot of times and panicked often cause I literally thought I would kill my embryo by eating the wrong things and having super high results. Thankfully this got better after a few months and my insulin dose stayed consistent for longer periods so I didn´t have to adjust it constantly.
I have to take two different types of insulin. A short-term insulin right before I eat breakfast because food is processed the slowest in the mornings. So as I have to eat a little more for breakfast as I am always super hungry in the mornings I have to take this otherwise I can´t have enough food to be full. The other insulin I am taking is long-term. So I take a shot at 12 am to keep my sober level in the evenings as low as possible and a shot at 10 pm for my morning blood sugar level to keep it under 90.
The average blood sugar levels should be as the following. Under 90 in the mornings and before eating a meal and under 140 one hour after a meal and under 120 two hours after eating a meal.
If Gestational Diabetes is detected too late or stays untreated during pregnancy it can really affect your baby in a bad way in terms of their own insulin production after being born. They can also grow really heavy cause of all of the sugar they get which can be very difficult and dangerous for delivery. But this can be avoided by taking the glucose test at your doctor´s office.
I don´t want to scare anyone with this post, I am just writting down my own journey here. Also I am no doctor so if you need or want more information on this topic talk to your own OBGYN.
But what is Gestational Diabetes ?
The further you get into your pregnancy the more energy you will need so your body sets more glucose free. To lower the sugar in your system your pancreas has to set way more insulin free. In some pregnancies the pancreas can´t perform this so you are soon having a lack of insulin and you need to support from the outside or you will have bad results after every meal.
Maybe this has cleared some things up for you and if you have any questions feel free to mail me?
This has been my last blog post about any pregnancy related topic or pregnancy style. I am really sad to close this chapter of my life for now but I am over the moon excited to open the next and have our little baby girl home with us.