Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chloe's 7 Month birthday and postpartum update



Chloe is now 7 months and getting close to crawling. She is giggling all the time, singing, laughing, and having fun with her big sister. I am still exclusively breast feeding Chloe, which as you can see by her pictures, she is well fed! Lyla is surprising me everyday with her new words. It's unbelievable watching these 2 girls grow up. Nothing is more fascinating to me then to see my own children grow and become little people.





Chloe is finally sleeping through the night, although I'm afraid to say this because as soon as I tell someone that, the next night she wakes up! But it might be safe to say it. With getting a little more sleep things are starting to look clearer to me. It's amazing how just a couple nights of sleep can actually give you a whole new outlook on life. My energy is so much better all around. Which is perfect timing since I have a very important project I am working on.

As far as my postpartum recovery goes, I would say I'm feeling awesome most of the time. The only issues I have been dealing with are some digestive problems. Ever since this last pregnancy it doesn't matter what I eat, I have been suffering from abdominal distention. I could look great one minute and the next thing I know I'm looking 5 months pregnant. I eliminated dairy, wheat, soy, certain fruits, and veggies and it still has not gone away completely. I've been doing a bit of research on how pregnancy and multiple surgeries can actually cause IBS. After doing everything I can, I finally went to a GI doctor. So it looks like I now have "IBS". I can keep it under control with VERY small portion sizes, lots of fennel, ginger, and peppermint tea, along with keeping my stress down. The probiotics I've been taking have also seemed to help. (On a side note, I had to be on a very strong course of antibiotics and it left me with a gut full of no good bacteria and Candida symptoms. Since then the bloating only got to be much worse. So these probiotics not only helped my stomach feel better, my eyes stopped itching, the cramping went away, and I had more energy ). Stress so far seems to be one of the biggest culprits that trigger a flare up. So I just need to remind myself to breathe and take a moment. Then things seem to settle. I often need to read my post "Just Stop and Smell the Flowers" to relax.

At the moment all my workouts are with my kettlebell class. We have been having so much fun adding some TRX exercises with some intense kettlebell work. It's been nice working out with the class so I can feel the pain they are going through. 8-)



Well I wanted to keep my next project a surprise. BUT I am too excited! I'm currently getting ready to film my next kettlebell DVD. I hope for this one to be even better than the first one!! More details to come...