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Our Newest Addition & Fit Friday For The New Mom

Happy Friday everyone!!!  I’m so excited to be writing this post today!!  Between waiting for our newest addition and welcoming him into the world and celebrating my oldest’s 2nd Birthday, it’s been a crazy few weeks but a beautiful few weeks!  YES!!  I said HIM!  Welcome to the world Baby BOY #2!!!  I think that I can officially call myself a #Boymom as I am completely outnumbered at my house.  My future looks to be full of sports, cars and trains, dinosaurs, dirt, smelly gym clothes, wrestling, roughhousing, pee-soaked bathrooms, and lots and lots of boy snuggles.  I think I am ok with it 🙂

Our littlest dude came into the world on August 31st.  He made his debut much quicker than his older brother and only had me laboring for about 12 hours-half of which I was able to sleep through which was such a relief!!!  With my first, I labored for 24 hours and ended up with an epidural and a very slow moving labor.  Add a night of no sleep and an hour of pushing and I was exhausted and sore when I started out my journey of motherhood.  This time around, I prepared a little differently and spent my time practicing hypnobirthing and breathing exercises and it paid off.  I couldn’t be happier with how the birth of my second little boy went.  I was able to cope and labor at home right up until the last possible minute.  We headed off to the hospital, walked in, and had a baby!  I am thankful to have experienced two completely different births and both of them have left me feeling amazing and empowered in completely different ways.  However if you ask me which I prefer, I’d pick my un-medicated natural birth all the way.  It was crazy hard, painful at times, intense at others, scary at moments, and hands down the hardest thing I have ever done and the most humbling experience of my life.  A woman’s body is the most amazing thing when left to do what it was made to do.  Don’t get me wrong, any way a baby comes into this world is amazing.  I myself would not be here if it wasn’t for the possibility of a cesarean birth (I tried to come out running with my cord around my neck…oops)!  So I am definitely not knocking any way that a baby comes into the world.  I just am happy that I got the birth that I so badly wanted with my first.  Cheers to healthy babies everywhere…it’s amazing when everything goes right.

All 3 of my boys <3

Since baby boy #2 came home we have been adjusting to being a family of 4.  Our oldest is SOOOOOO two years old right now and is exhibiting every behavior that is stereotyped with two year olds.  It’s been difficult at times but I know it will get better.  But sheesh…I thought I was hormonal.  Nope, my two year old has me beat on the tantrums and emotional outbursts.  I guess it is nice to not be the only crazy person in the house 😛

I have also slowly been getting back into the swing of things.  This week I have a goal to get out every day for a nice long walk.  It’s good to get out of the house and to practice packing up and getting two boys ready to go.  I have also been working on doing some very light core work to help my core muscles heal and to help strengthen them back up.  It’s lovely not to feel like a turtle on its back anymore but my core is far from where it was before I got pregnant.  So in honor of that, this week I am posting a very simple, low impact, and gentle core workout that I did several days this week.  These exercises are ones that I researched specifically to target the deep core muscles that are so important to proper posture and optimal healing postpartum.  It’s also a nice little workout you can do if you don’t want to work up a sweat but just want to do a little something something one day.  Remember, I am no physical therapist, I am not a doctor, and I am not a personal trainer.  I’m just a fitness junkie who likes to do her research and find what works best for me.  So do this workout with all of that in mind.  Hope you enjoy it!!

Fit Friday Deep Core Workout

Warm-up & cool down with a 5 minutes of diaphragmatic or deep abdominal breathing.
Do 20 reps of each exercise.
    1. Heal Slides-Right Leg
    2. Heal Slides-Left Leg
    3. Glute Bridges
    4. Heal Drops (Lay on your back with your legs in tabletop position and drop alternate heals to the floor)
    5. Kneeling Side Plank-Left side for 30 seconds
    6. Kneeling Side Plank-Right side for 30 seconds
Repeat 4x for a full workout session

What are you up to this weekend after your Friday workouts??  Drop me a comment below!