So I try not to over-share too much baby info on this blog, but let’s face it – Danielle Does Dallas pre-baby and post-baby are just two different animals. It occurred to me recently that with Emma Grace nearly 9 months old, she’s been out of my belly almost as long as she was in it. And that my friends, is a major milestone worth celebrating!
I’ve heard often that while your life is never the same after having a baby, your body should finally be feeling back to “normal.” That if you spent 9 months putting on weight and growing a baby inside you, that you should allow the same amount of time to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape. I don’t think you body is ever the same (even if you’re lucky like me and didn’t have stretch marks, C-section scars, or any other tell-tale signs of pregnancy and childbirth), but I’m definitely feeling like my old self on the outside. I’ve shed all the weight and then some! Thank you Emma!
I’m not sharing this to show-off or brag. I took care of my body by staying active and eating well while pregnant, which definitely started me off on the right foot. But the changes in my lifestyle that have enabled this have been a direct result of having her… I’ve focused more on what I put in my body like eating more greens and less gluten, drinking more water & green tea and less alcohol. While I’m not teaching nearly as many Les Mills classes, I’ve been teaching my Bebe & Me Core classes where we train functional strength using body weight and babies for resistance. I focus less on food as a pleasure (no time) and more on just keeping my energy up to keep up with her. I walk a lot more (pushing a stroller or wearing her, natch!). And I regularly carry 17 lbs around in my arms. I’m still breastfeeding (burning over 500 calories a day). And my baby sleeps through the night, so I’m getting a pretty decent amount of sleep. No diets, no crazy exercise fads, just lifestyle changes and being a mom. And it feels good!
Not only has this been a breakthrough for me, Emma is reaching new milestones every day. At 9 months, she has 4 teeth (2 of which just broke the surface this week). She’s not necessarily “crawling” in the true sense of the word, but she can get from Point A to Point B in many creative ways (tomorrow we babyproof!). She entertains herself while sitting up on the floor or in her crib (we’ve had to lower the mattress twice is recent weeks!). Her palate for solid foods is pretty darn broad, and she enjoys sitting in her high chair both at home and at restaurants. She’s snacking on finger foods and drinking from a straw. And for the most part, she’s happy with any number of adults, children, pets, etc. All in all, this is a very good stage for us both!