Licorice’s Post-Partum Log – Week 7

Well, this week certainly started off with a bang. For starters, I had a cyst show up in an uncomfortable location that had to get lanced and drained. In addition to not really being able to sit down comfortably for a couple of days, I also just felt like crap for a little bit. Taking care of Ellie was pretty much all I could handle on Monday and Tuesday. We also had a bit of a sleep strike at the beginning of the week, where she decided that she was no longer going to sleep in her bassinet for longer than an hour or so at a time. I suffered through for about half of a night, then gave up and took her in the spare bedroom with me where I was able to at least get some rest, although it wasn’t great sleep. Then, on top of that, my husband got nailed with a nasty ManCold, so he was far less willing to stay up late with the baby while I got a few hours of sleep.

It's a good thing she's so darn cute. (Taken on Sunday, once sleep & sanity had been restored to the house.)
It’s a good thing she’s so darn cute. (Taken on Sunday, once sleep & sanity had been restored to the house.)

Essentially, the first half of the week went to heck in a handbasket. Things turned around after Wednesday, when Ellie started sleeping better and both my husband and I were feeling better. So while the week didn’t exactly go as planned, it wasn’t a total loss:

  • Pelvic floor exercises x5 days – Done.
  • Core work x3 days – Nope. Try zero days.
  • 30 minute walk x3 days – Nope. Just one day.

The good news is I attempted a bit of a walk/run on Saturday and was able to walk for short intervals without feeling like things were, well, falling out. I am horrendously out of shape for running, but I feel like I can start a walk/run program next week to help rebuild that fitness. I did get a referral for physical therapy to keep working on my weak pelvic floor, but the first appointment isn’t for a couple of weeks. I’ll just have to make sure to take it easy and back off if things start to feel… unstable.

Goals for next week:

  • Pelvic floor exercises x5 days
  • 30-minute walk/run x3 days
  • Core work x3 days (ideally post-run)

In a previous life, I worked on computers and spent all day sitting. Thanks to running, I've rebooted my career and am now a running and triathlon coach and soon-to-be physical therapist. I've also got the mind and spirit of an elite trapped in the body of a back-of-the-packer.

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