As far as my health, there are ups and downs. Breastfeeding is great! i will be super sad when Pierce decides to stop. I love the bond we have and that I am able to provide the nourishment he needs. I don't have to use breast pads anymore and the creams to prevent blisters are long gone. Hot flashes have eased up as well and I feel like my thermostat is back to normal. My weight is back to pre pregnancy as well. My body will never be what it was before baby, and honestly I don't mind a bit. I am so proud of my body. I love that I was able to carry Pierce and nurse him, so flabby skin and stretch marks aren't that big of a deal. I don't have that many stretch marks, but my skin is definitely not as tight as it used to be. I'm fitting well back into my clothes. My tops don't fit the same, but my bottoms fit just fine. I never dieted, but I did drink a lot more water and nursed Pierce a lot. My face has started breaking out again, which is no bueno. I'm hoping everything gets back to normal soon. The worst part is my hair has started falling out. I did not realize how great my hair was during pregnancy. I am still taking prenatals, but it just continues to fall out in clumps. I even have some bald spots going on. Time is precious these days (at least "me" time), and I get frustrated because I fix my hair and within a few hours it is a tangled mess. My hair won't last more than one day now and takes forever to fix. I know Russ and Pierce think I'm beautiful, so I try to focus on that, but being broken out and bald hasn't been easy for me. I have been trying to get out in the sunshine the past week. We have had gorgeous days lately and I have been trying to let my pale legs soak up a little sunshine. I think a tan would do me good.
I am thankful that we have gotten accustomed to our new normal. There were so many changes all at once, and it was rough. Pierce is such a good baby now. He sleeps great, eats great, is happy, and I couldn't ask for anything better. I have his routine down and feel like I can finally start living my life again. It has been hard trying to earn a degree, get a job, move, buy big items like cars and a house, etc., but I feel like we are almost to the point where we can finally just enjoy life rather than work towards a goal. Russ will be graduating in December and I can't wait! I look forward to vacations and time spent at home just enjoying our little family.
I'm feeling very blessed and thank God so much for our sweet, sweet baby.
LOTS OF LOVE,