The 4th Trimester

It’s hard to believe our little man is over a month old. Seriously, it has flown by. He has grown so much and no longer fits in his newborn clothes! He can hold his head up and even roll from his tummy to his back! He’s spending more time awake and examining the world with his clear blue (gorgeous) eyes. My perspective on life has been rocked and my awareness of my own mortality has intensified like crazy. My desire to be healthy and grow old to watch Leif grow old is so strong.

After Leif’s birth, I focused those first few weeks on recovering from labor and delivery and learning how to be a mom– around the clock nursing, rocking, diaper changing, love. It was really hard but I vowed to embrace it because it would not last long. I was surprised at how quickly my body changed in those first couple of weeks. In less than two weeks, I was 22 pounds lighter from my last days of pregnancy. Most of that, of course was fluid, baby, and other stuff that left my body during delivery (hello big ol placenta!). Nursing quickly shrunk my uterus back to normal and within 2 weeks I was back in my skinny jeans (although they were a little snug ground the waist at first).

1,3 and 7 days postpartum

1,3 and 7 days postpartum

2 weeks postpartum

2 weeks postpartum

By the first of April I was ready to turn my walking into running and return to my workout class. The first run was 3 miles, pushing the stroller. The next was 4. I was elated to do pull-ups without all the extra weight of being 9 months pregnant. I practically flew over the bar on the first one (and then after pumping out several sets had to sit down because I was dizzy). I’m still healing a little and get sore in my baby pushing areas sometimes but feel great for the most part. I love working out hard again!!

1 month 2 days postpartum

1 month 2 days postpartum

Here are some of my goals for this spring and summer:

-Long Run  10 miles by May 15

-Long Run 13 miles by beginning on June

-Stroller fitness class at least 1 time per week

-Run 5 days per week

-Rainier to Ruston Relay June 1

-Wild Woman Marathon July 20

-1 more trail race in May or June and August

-Defiance 50k in October (not technically spring or summer)

-drop 5 more pounds by June

Lots of work ahead! That last one is the least important but I’d love to be at my ideal running weight for the summer and fall!

What are you guys doing this spring and summer to stay motivated and healthy?

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8 thoughts on “The 4th Trimester

  1. Julie Wiley

    Hello little Miss Flat Belly,

    You look fabulous and you are a great mom.

    I am weight training, running, yoga and doing the 5:2 diet – which is really not a diet but a great way to eat.

    Looking forward to running with you and Jen on the 31st at Point Defiance.

    Love,

    Julie

    PS Howard is going to sit in the Antique Sandwich Shop while we run. He’s been biking but not running.

    • mjorgey

      Awe, thanks Julie! Tell me about this 5:2 diet/way of eating! The word diet was really hijacked by fad diet people. Everyone is on some form of diet! Some just are more healthy than others 🙂

      I am so stoked to run with you! Fun to think I’ll be pushing my little guy this time…I, pretty sure last time we ram together I was full of pregnancy hormones and not feeling my best (and Leif was like the size of a small piece of fruit)! And I’m excited to see H at Antique after the run!

      • Julie Wiley

        http://video.pbs.org/video/2363162206

        This PBS video says it all. I am going with the 2 days a week, 500 calories, the rest of the week, eat normally. The semi fast does great things for the body. Not good for nursing or pregnant women or diabetics. Research shows the most amazing rewards. I am hoping stave off future breast cancer.

      • mjorgey

        I’m all about semi fasting when I’m not prehospital or nursing! I agree—so good for the body to do from time to time! Can’t wait to run with you on Saturday!!! Ca-caw!!!

      • Julie Wiley

        I am looking forward to seeing you and running with your little Leif. Should be a little easier push. Crossing fingers for good weather. Can we meet at 10? We’ll be down in Olympia that morning and need to drive up to Tacoma.

  2. Ruth Falk

    Hello Melissa! I have been enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am preparing to run a marathon in August. You are an inspiration to me. Could you maybe help me plan my regime? Ruth

    • mjorgey

      Ruth! I’d love to help you come up with a training plan that works for you! Email me:mjorgey@gmail.com or fb message me and tell me a little about how much you are running now and maybe some of your goals for the marathon in August!

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