28th March 2013
So, our little girl is 5 weeks old, I am enjoying her smiles when she is awake, marvelling at her blonde hair and currently blue eyes, and melting every time the Lil Man gives her a kiss.
Apart from tiredness I am pretty much recovered from labour (FYI they were not joking when they called it that). Obviously the one thing that hasn’t returned is my pre-pregnancy body shape.
I wouldn’t normally be too worried about getting back to the old me so quickly, but the prospect of being a bridesmaid in October has made me a little nervous. I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself though especially as I am breast feeding, I wouldn’t dream of dieting and run the risk of affecting my milk supply. Instead as well as not denying myself anything (but being sensible about it), I am working my way through Isa Chandra’s Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipesand have been managing to cook up recipes whilst Baby is napping and the Lil Man is at nursery. I didn’t buy the book originally for the weight loss aspect, but for the wholesome sounding recipes using quinoa, lentils and tofu (mmmmm). Moi, a stereotypical vegan?
The recipes are filling, full of healthy ingredients and making from scratch means there is no rubbish which is assuring as whatever I eat Baby is getting too.
Before the second, or is it third winter we have had (??) occurred I was combing this with long walks, the Lil Man enjoys going out on his scooter and it is also a good way of getting Mr Ikeda out walking too, a perfect family activitiy.
During pregnancy I was introduced to Tara Lee (girl crush!) by a friend and really enojyed her pregnancy yoga DVD, so much I bought the follow up one – Yoga for you and your Baby (hmm yoga too, I realise I am not exactly toppling that stereotype here!). I am hoping slow and steady will win the ‘race’.