Mitchell Joe is exactly 4 weeks old today and look at that smile!
These exciting weeks have flown by and have already changed my outlook on life. I must begin by saying how grateful I am for our perfect, healthy baby boy. Mitchell has brought an indescribable amount of love and joy into our lives. Here is a photo of him when he was just a day old! He's already grown so much!
I can be a somewhat reserved person, but I want to share my pregnancy, labor, and postpartum experiences. It has been rather eventful! I won’t be able to write about everything in this post, but be on the watch for more. I also want a written record of my memories that I can easily reference in the future. It should go without saying, but attitude plays a huge role in anything you do. This certainly holds true in pregnancy. I did my best to keep a positive attitude, and this had a huge impact. I would say running was the next best thing! Just for fun, here is the progression of my baby bump! I didn’t get every week at the beginning, but you get the idea!
Pregnancy - what a wild, beautiful experience. I can genuinely say that loved being pregnant. Being a first-time mom, I had no idea what to expect. As the weeks progressed, I was continuously amazed by everything that was happening. To watch my belly steadily grow during pregnancy was one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever known. It meant our healthy baby was growing! The female body is truly amazing and quite freaky honestly. To think that I housed a baby for about 9½ months still blows my mind. I have never felt more self-love for my body than after pregnancy and delivery. I hope other mommas feel this way, too!
One of the favorite aspects of the pregnancy was not finding out the gender! With my Type A personality, I am normally one who likes to plan and feel in control. However, this was one of life’s few surprises that is just too special to try to plan for. I know many feel differently about this, and I totally respect that! Finding out the gender, especially with a gender-reveal party is a sweet and fun way to include family and friends. Personally, I am not one for decorating or shopping, so buying baby outfits and planning a gender-specific baby room were at the bottom of my priority list. Besides, I was too busy with work, graduate school, and running to plan much else. When we were in the delivery room at the hospital, it was a magical moment when Rob said, “We have a baby boy!” Despite all of the excruciating pain of labor, hearing those words was worth it all. Plus, pregnancy goes SO much faster than you would think. I still feel like it was just yesterday when we found out we were pregnant.
To those who follow my Instagram stories (if not, follow me @mitch8blog), you know that I ran A LOT during my pregnancy. I even ran a mile at an 8:45 pace when I was 41 weeks pregnant! Running was wonderful for my physical and emotional health. I only have a couple weeks until I can get back out there. After all, I have the Des Moines IMT half marathon in October to start training for. It will be strange to run without my baby bump, but I still have my work cut out for me. I know running while breastfeeding comes with its own set of challenges. I welcome any tips and suggestions from other running mommas!
Last but not least, Rob and I have always had a close relationship and strong marriage. However, this little baby has made me love my husband even more! His support for me throughout my pregnancy and especially during labor has shown me just how blessed I am. Rob has also gone above and beyond in helping with Mitchell and making me feel loved.
I have probably written enough for now but will post more soon!