It is incredible how much your body changes throughout pregnancy and afterward. Another incredible thing is how differently all women change during this time. Some women barely look like they are pregnant, some seem to carry it everywhere, and some are huge only in their belly area. The aftermath is just as diverse. We all know someone who looked exactly the way she did before the day after giving birth. Some women carry a new body for the rest of their lives. I find myself caught in between these two. I dropped to my pre-pregnancy weight within just a few days, but my body was very different than it was before. My hips are wider from my pelvis opening to allow little munchkins to pass through them. Where I used to have a moderately flat stomach is now an empty pouch. Somewhere on the nine month journey, love handles have developed on my lower back. I would like to say that I have embraced my new body and love it for the gift it has given me. I am trying to embrace it, but it is definitely frustrating having clothes fit differently, and seeing photos of myself not looking like I thought I was looking is down right hurtful! Don’t get me wrong, I would give up my entire body and all of it’s abilities for my children, no question! It is just challenging going through such a roller coaster of physical change in one year. No wonder women are so emotional. What makes me love and appreciate my body, however, is my daily reminders of what it is capable of. My hips have opened in such a way that the perfect sized shelf has developed to sit each of my children on. My slightly (and I mean slightly- I have not been blessed with the large baby boobs many moms get) larger chest is the perfect pillow for them to sleep on. Also, my body has an amazing way of remembering how to do everything it did before. I can run, jump, bike, and row just as fast as I could before. I can pull my body over a pull up bar, gymnastic rings, and climbing rope. I can lift just as much weight as before. All of this now feels easier than it did before I had children. Why? I believe it is because I have grown a greater appreciation for my body and everything it has shown me it can do. What a gift. Everyday I read and hear women discussing how they are dissatisfied with their bodies. I am grateful and feel so blessed that I have one that functions as well as it does and has provided me with a family. I fully intend on using it to my greatest ability.
Next, the double jogger! My new jogger arrived last week. We purchased the double version of the single jogger I had with just Stella. It is a Schwinn Safari Turismo and I LOVE it! It is a lot easier to maneuver, fits through every store doorway I have tested so far, and gives the kids a smooth ride. Augustus turned three months old yesterday and seems very content and comfortable in it. It folds up small enough to fit in the back of my Subaru too, which is a huge plus. My first jogger was a tandem style jogger, so it felt very tippy, was challenging to turn, and I didn’t like the fact that I could hardly see my daughter in the front seat. I can see and talk to both of them easily in this side by side, and they each have a music speaker in their seat. Best part? It was a screaming deal. $256 on Amazon. For a new double jogger, you can’t get much better than that. Let’s cross our fingers the tire doesn’t blow up on this one like the last one did!
So my last post included some goals I am working toward over the rest of the year. I tested several of them this week and was VERY surprised at where I was at! I front squatted 165, Rowed 500 in 1:44, can do 21 unbroken pull ups, 12 unbroken handstand push ups, and completed “Grace” in 2:10. I couldn’t be happier with where I am at, but I still have a long way to go! I am running another 5K this Friday with my family, then (gulp!) off to Missoula next weekend for the Half Marathon. I promise to share gory photos of what my feet look like post race- always a treat.
That is all I have for you right now. If you are in Missoula for the Half or Full Marathon, best of luck, and please look me up!