Welcome to my 1 week postpartum update! I will be making weekly postpartum updates for the first month, followed by monthly ones for the first year. So if you're interested in that kind of thing, stay tuned!
I'm actually really shocked at how well I'm recovering from my c-section. I've been making an effort to move around as much as possible which I think has been helping a lot. I also think that the SRC recovery shorts have really contributed to my recovery as they hold everything in and provide my stomach and back with support (I started using these from day 3 onwards). I still need help getting up from bed/chairs and have stomach pains throughout the day but other than that I feel pretty much back to normal.
Overall I gained a total of 12kg (26.5lbs) during my pregnancy. At one week postpartum I have lost 8.9kg (19.6lbs) which I'm really happy about. I didn't think it would come off so quickly! I still have a belly but it seems to go down a little bit every day. Breastfeeding is definitely the main reason why the weight has been melting off, as I've been eating ALL the time! I'm hungrier now than when I was pregnant!
In terms of scaring, everything is healing really well, every day the scar looks better and better (as do my stretch marks). I've been putting Vitamin E Oil on every morning and Bio Oil on every night. I've also been using what's left of my Palmers Stretch Mark Cream. I've been making sure I drink lots of water (I keep a bottle in the nursery to drink while breastfeeding) as I know it helps skin elasticity, plus breastfeeding is super dehydrating.
I'm not sure of James's exact weight at 1 week old but he last weighed in at 3.0kg (6.6lbs), which is less than what I'd like him to be but is still considered within a healthy range. I'm hoping all the feeding I've been doing this week has brought him back up to his birth weight (fingers-crossed). His height is currently 49cms (19.3 inches).
So I think we're starting to establish a bit of a routine with him. A typical day for us has been...
Wakeup, Feed (>35 mins), Change Nappy, Eye-time with James, Have Breakfast
James Naps, Laundry, Have a Shower and Get Ready
Feed (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Housework, Blog/Relax
Feed (>15 mins), Change Nappy, James Naps, Laundry, Have Lunch
Feed (>35 mins), Change Nappy, Play with James (including tummy time)
Go for a walk with James, Laundry
Feed James (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Bathtime and Massage for James
Feed James (>20 mins), Change Nappy, Read or Play music to James, James Naps,
Have Dinner, Blog/Relax, Housework
Feed James (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Feed again (>20 mins), James Sleeps
When James wakes (approx 1am)
Feed James (>35 mins), Change Nappy, James Sleeps
When James wakes (approx 5am)
Feed James (>10 mins), Change Nappy, James Sleeps
James is waking up about twice a night to feed, which I can't complain about at all! For the first 4-5 days I was getting about 4 hours sleep (total) and now it's more like 6 which is great. During the day I try to have at least one nap with him, where he falls asleep on my chest. It's such a special time for us.
I'm exclusively breastfeeding at the moment. In the beginning, James was only feeding for about 5 minutes at a time and more frequently. He's now feeding for about 20-25 minutes, which I'm trying to extend out to 25-30 minutes.
James is wearing size 00000 (Tiny Baby) for now, but I'm sure he'll grow out of these really quickly. We're using newborn modern cloth nappies with him, and he loves them.
Smiling! Even though it's usually in his sleep or when he has gas! haha
I think that's about all I have to report for week one! I hope I covered everything :) Let me know if you have any questions.