the weekend is near I can practically feel it although I don´t have much of a weekend cause Emilia isn´t taking a break but it is nice to slow down for three days and have my husband around to do things together.
But let´s talk about this fabulous blow-up pool I ordered for our garden. It has been THE investment for this year and I am not quite sure what could top it. It is our most used Summer accessory and the whole family including my mom loves it. We have used it nearly every day since the weather has become incredibly hot.
Having an iced coffee and sitting in the blow-up pool. It is the simple life in times of a pandemic that makes our day.
The blow-up pool has been an amazing amazon buy after seeing it on Kathleen Barnes Instagram. I also got the cover cause it is under our fruit trees which means lots of dirt in the water.
Bathing suits like the one I am wearing above have become a huge favorite of mine and this love has only grown over the last few years since they are getting more trendy and pretty. Also they are my best friends after having a baby. They suck in the places that need it most and still look fashionable and pretty.
I am now off to bed. See you tomorrow probably after we are home from a delicious breakfast. We do as much as we can outdoors to enjoy our Summer without getting on a Summer vacation. Travelling with a baby and Covid is just too much for me so we focused on making an outdoor oasis.
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 am finally coming around posting our “newborn” pictures on the blog. They turned into a little family shoot and I think they are all adorable especially the ones with our precious baby.
If you have followed my story a little bit you might know that my whole photo session plan went wrong. I wanted to have the first shoot 24 after birth in the hospital but due to the Coronavirus no visitor where allowed and so no photos could have been taken. It was the same drama with the newborn photos as we all have been on lockdown and no one could visit but here we are. We finally got beautiful pictures of our baby girl.
She has the sweetest little personality and is always smiling at people. I am so in love with her and still can´t believe that she is all mine and I can keep her. She will be 3 months on Saturday and time has really flown by. We have settled into our new routine and are pretty comfortable with how things work over here now. I am going to share her 3 months update next week.
Coordinating our looks has been so much fun and I love to find matching pieces for family photo shoots. I already wrote about it in a post, you can read about it here.
From the moment I knew I was pregnant I was so so excited to order the stroller of my dreams. I have first seen the Bugaboo brand years before I even had in mind to get kids and loved it right away. The cool styles and vibrant colors were so different to other strollers than I have seen and I definitely wanted to have one when the time has come.
And my time came. I was so excited about it and had to contain myself not to order right away. Nevertheless I made to week 20 before I ordered our stroller. I went with the Bugaboo Donkey Duo and here is why.
The Bugaboo Donkey Duo Review
That I wanted a Bugaboo was crystal clear to me but what model would it be. After I saw the Bugaboo Donkey on Rachel Parcell´s blog I was sold. I have never seen a stroller with a bag on the side before and oh my is it practical. Not only for transporting all of the baby´s stuff but also for small grocery runs or even if you just want to put your handbag in there.
It folds up in under one minute which is super convenient when you are in a rush but the one upside it takes up a lot of trunk space so if you are having a small car it won´t fit in your trunk. I am still wondering how our first vacation will be with limited luggage space plus the frame itself is pretty heavy. It is manageable to put it into the trunk by myself but it needs some muscle strength.
We got the all gray version and I purchased the yellow cover for the side bag and a yellow sunroof. To be honest I wanted the off-white version but it is no longer continued and also the bright yellow is such a beautiful and happy color for both genders.
The wheels are huge which makes them run very smooth and silent. You can also buy silver rims for your stroller if you like it extra fancy.
One of the additional pieces that I definitely needed was the cup holder – I mean as a new mom I need my coffee and doesn´t it look great to have it with you why taking a stroll.
You can also get an adapter for your car seat so you don´t have to take the bassinet with you everywhere.
The Bugaboo Donkey Duo includes the bassinet as well as the seat for kids from 9 kg and up. You can also make it wider and have both of the seats side by side. So in conclusion, the stroller is expensive but if you are planning on having a two kids close in age this will really pay off.