Week 31: Pediatricians Give Good Advice
|September 13, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under News and Research|
Happy Friday (the 13th!). Only 9 more weeks left – finally in the single digits!
(before and after workout pics)
Sleep has been better this week! Though I’m still waking up a few times a night to go to the bathroom, I’ve gotten better at falling right back asleep. For several months I would be awake for an hour or two after waking up, but this week that didn’t happen. I’m not sure what changed, but I hope it lasts (although it’s probably better training for having a newborn if I’m awake several hours a night). Otherwise no new developments this week, just a gradually growing belly and an increasingly flatter belly button.
We met with our pediatrician on Monday. It was a prenatal consultation appointment, but we were pretty sure going in that we were going to select the practice unless they did something egregious while we were there. The practice is only an 8 minute drive from our house, and I’d done a fair amount of research ahead of time on reviews of the practice and our specific doctor. The doctor was really friendly and answered all our questions, and then gave us his overall philosophy of raising kids. I found it particularly reassuring that he encouraged us to block out a lot of the comparison talk from other parents and/or family members (i.e. my child was already walking at X months, your’s isn’t?? Or, my child could say 10 words by now, how many can yours say?) because it can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress and take away from the joy of parenting. He also advised that trying to attain perfection will lead to a lot of stress, and that it is more important to focus on being good parents rather than perfect ones. For instance, he said if breastfeeding doesn’t work (as it doesn’t for some), don’t beat yourself up – your baby will still get the nourishment she needs and will turn out just fine. As someone who is a worrier by nature, this was really helpful and appreciated.
Workouts this week were good. I did 6 days of cardio – a mix of spinning, walking on an incline, and the elliptical. I’m sad the community outdoor pool closed for the season, and I haven’t been able to make myself to go to an indoor pool 🙁 I also did 3 days of strength training. The number of comments I get along the lines of “good for you for still exercising/lifting weights” seems to be in direct proportion to the size of my belly – which must be pretty big now because I heard it a lot this week!
Besides celebrating our anniversary this weekend, tomorrow we have some baby classes. The morning class is on infant care, and the afternoon one is on infant CPR and safety. I haven’t changed a diaper since I was a babysitter in high school (and I’m pretty sure my husband never has) so this is a much needed class on how to care for our baby.
Have a great weekend! Check back on Sunday for a core-focused strength workout of the week.