Not What I Expected


First of all, playing (no wait, actually being) Mommy to this precious angel is much, much better than I ever dreamed it could be.  My mom was right when she told me I would never be able to imagine how much I'd love Georgia.  Even when I'm tired or a little stressed, my time with her is better than any time I ever spent without her.

(Thanks to our newborn photographer, Kelley Loftis, for the sneak peek at Georgia's newborn photo shoot.  Picture was taken at 9 days old.)

The other side of the "not what I expected" spectrum, however, isn't as sweet and fantastic.  I honestly expected to pop back into my old life after having the baby, and clearance from my doctor, of course.  I wanted to be out and about & walking around by now since Georgia is two weeks old.  I wanted to be back at the gym for light exercise when she is a month old, and running again when she turns six weeks.  I wanted all of my baby weight to be gone ASAP!

I had a pretty rough delivery, although with my epidural I didn't realize it at the time, and have had some recovery complications.  I was on bed rest the first ten days after having Georgia, which meant only walking to the restroom or from the couch, bed, and Georgia's room.  I could not even leave the house to get some fresh air...only to ride to doctor appointments. 

Now that I am off bed rest, I am allowed to take a walk around the block with Georgia in her stroller, but absolutely no exercise for twelve weeks.  However, after my first walk around the block, I was so sore the next day that I was pretty much back on bed rest for the next day.  So I'll have to work at finding the balance and determining how much is too much for me to handle right now.

The good news is that I'm less than five pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I may not be running the Komen 5K in October or the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, and I definitely won't be training for January's half marathon.  But I will try to make the most of my extra time and enjoy every second with sweet Georgia.