J Bear is nine months old today! (Cue remark on how quickly the time has flown by.) Seriously, though, these nine months seem to have passed way quicker than the first nine months after Miss K's (J's older sister's) birth - perhaps because I had a better idea of what to expect this time? Or perhaps one is generally just a lot busier with two little ones? Whatever the reason, though, J is definitely not a tiny little baby anymore - as K loves to exclaim on an almost daily basis: "He's bigger again today!".
|And he loves feeding himself avocado!|
Although there's been some highs and some lows [sleep deprivation being the lowest (and perhaps only?) low for me personally], this has been one mind-blowing, blessed journey so far. The responsibility of helping two little people develop into content, fulfilled, happy adults certainly is a huge (and sometimes overwhelming) one. But it is also one of the most rewarding things there is. These two truly are my greatest adventure.
So then there's also the tiny little issue of "nine months on, nine months off" - have I lost all my pregnancy weight? I promised that I'd let you know, and I'm all for keeping it real, so here it is: Yes and no. No, because I still weigh one kilogram more than I weighed before my pregnancy with J Bear (I gained a total of 16 kg during the pregnancy). But also yes, because I'm 1.5 kg lighter now than I was before my pregnancy with his older sister, Miss K (and I was at a pretty happy weight then). But you know what? Writing that down almost seems silly now - somehow having kids just makes the numbers on a scale or having a bit of a muffin top seem totally irrelevant. Note that I'm definitely not an advocate of letting things go after having kids - far from it. But, if after (mostly) eating a really healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis, I still carry one extra kilo, I'm 100% okay with that. Perhaps it will disappear in good time, and perhaps not - I'm totally happy either way.
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We have some pretty exciting countdowns going on in the Running the Race household at the moment: Our family trip to Namibia (and my goal half-marathon for the year!) is in exactly two weeks and one day, whooop! Aaaaaand, the winners of the Big Blog Exchange 2014 (of which I'm a finalist, thanks to all of you!) are announced in exactly four days from now... Can you feel it?!?
Happy weekend, everyone!
Fellow running mamas out there: What are your views on losing pregnancy weight? Have you lost yours?