My baby boy is over two weeks old now and he is a dream. He is eating great (already more than a pound bigger than when he was born!), sleeping well, giving me smiles and snuggles. In so many ways I can’t believe he is “only” 2 weeks old and in others it seems like he just got here. I am so blessed.
It has been a wild week. My 4 year old son Will came down with a high fever and stomach bug last week. It lasted a day and thankfully he made a quick recovery and the rest of us stayed healthy. Then 5 days later he came down with another high fever (almost 104 degrees), a cough and yucky nose. Virus number 2 in a week…My husband also returned to work this week so I began my adventures of managing all three kids on my own while dealing with this virus. It is a true juggling act — balancing caring for my sick 4 year old while also caring for my newborn and protecting him from the nasty virus. Tough stuff. Oh aaand we are getting a new roof put on our home today which just adds to the chaos. It is not quiet around this house.
It is a beautiful morning though. 70 degrees in the middle of February. Aaaahhh. Yesterday I wore the baby and pushed Will on his trike through the neighborhood. It was delightful. Being outside in the fresh air does wonders for the body and spirit. I can’t wait to run free out there. Amidst the craziness of life I am finding myself dreaming about my return to running every day. I am SO ready to get on those trails again…but I have to wait until my body is recovered enough for that and the truth is that will probably be another week or so from now, at least.
I am thinking about it though…and I have some questions maybe you guys can help me with. I am a nursing mom and my baby LOVES.TO.EAT. This is awesome. But my boobs are quite … ahem … shall we say, LARGE. They are easily the size of small watermelons. No joke. And this is coming from someone who is NOT usually a very well endowed gal. So I think I will need to buy new sports bras and perhaps double up on them. I will feed the baby or pump prior to all of my runs. I will have to hydrate extra well to keep my milk supply going strong…does anyone out there (all 27 of you!!) have experience running as a nursing momma? I would love any advice or strategies you have that have worked well for you. I plan to nurse my baby for a minimum of one year and hopefully longer than that. I plan to be running all the while once my body gives me the green light to get started. I want to do this intelligently and care for my baby and my body as best I can, so I am seeking good advice from other running mommies out there with the same priorities.
Thanks so much and HAPPY FRIDAY!!