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How do you get going again after pregnancy?

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08/02/2013 at 06:42
Hi by'eck, my eldest Martha is nearly 5, Aidan is 3 and Benedict is almost 8 months.
Vixo, bed time was easier with B, he started going down in the evenings at about 12 weeks. I am having issues with him waking far too regularly at night still but he's not getting fed now unless its 4am in which case I class that as morning! So he's going 9 hours between feeding but still waking at least twice. Can't wait to get past this stage!
RF, I am still hanging on to the arm of a pair of Oakley sunglasses that I finally found but I am pretty sure I threw the rest of them away n the end as it took me about 2 years to find the 'lost' arm!

I might try to go for a run this weekend, my laryngitis is finally letting my voice get a bit more normal but its been 10 weeks so far! We are moving on the 21st so it would be nice to do an old route before I have to find sme new ones!
08/02/2013 at 08:00
We're getting a new kitchen in a couple of weeks. It will mean being without heating as well because the boiler is being moved. Any tips for surviving?
08/02/2013 at 08:25
survival tip for living without heating would be to take the kids and book myself into the nearest hotel.... (mother in laws probably). I have 3 boys (eldest 22yrs, Tom nearly 6 and Archie 4) I have no parenting skill, no patience and no shame but I do have plenty of mad ideas, a desire to run (usually away from kids/stress) and the ability to eat a whole box of quality street in one go (last night bleugh, oops).

I found my garmin under my drivers seat and found hubby's oakleys in the pocket of the baby carrier as I was about to sell it.

Sleep deprivation - no thanks, I have been suffering for months since bedtime crept past midnight but last 2 nights I have been tucked up by 11 again- much better!

still not sure on hair style..... an going to spend all morning looking at people's heads.....
08/02/2013 at 08:38

by 'eck - i had a new kitchen when my son was 2 and i was pregnant with my daughter. i washed up in the bath; took the microwave into the lounge and used a camping stove in the hallway. lots of toast, frozen meals that i'd cooked previously defrosted in the microwave with microwavable rice and frozen microwave veg. moved fridge into hallway as well.

08/02/2013 at 08:40

No heating would be my idea of hell! I hate being cold...thermals?! Hi By'eck... I have 1 daughter who is 4 and a new baby due any day now. I dont do the distances some do on here, but use running to stay sane and get my "me time" Looking forward to getting back to it, I stopped about 6 weeks ago.

Ha ha to no patience and shame and quality street Camlo!!

That Iron Man sounds nuts. I don't think my body would get through the training, but looking forwards to following yours CC and RF!

Lovely cold, crisp day today so getting out for some air after staying in after gym and dropping L at preschool yesterday and getting my head down with my assessment. 

08/02/2013 at 08:40
Hi to the new peeps, I am Tt or Tangy, used to b TT but we have another TT (TurboTid) now so can get confusing.

I have 2 girls 4 + 16 and 2 stepkids 22 (daughter)+ 25(son). Am also a childminder looking after 6 other kids throughout the wk. I live in central Scotland. My main but not only motivation for running is weightloss, have lost 58lb so far but bn fighting to lose the next 40lb, keep losing half a stone then putting it back on then repeat. Bn running on and off for 10yrs, started to lose weight, reached goal weight then slowly gained it all back + more when had my 2nd daughter, so keep on plodding on.

So I am probably one of the slowest ones on here, although start 17wks of marathon training next wk so hope to rectify some of that.

On the no heating recommendations I'd say lots of layers, never sit dwn, keep active, bring ur duvet into living room if want to watch telly + share it with at least one other person.

Pelvic floor, mine has always bn ok, but it was not good for 1st 3-4months after birth + that was with no stitches needed after either of my daughters births. So I wouldn't b too concerned after only 6wks. Just stick on a pad or try the mooncup for another month or so. I try to remember to do my pelvic floor exercises after I go for a wee.
08/02/2013 at 08:47

ah now i see it was heating. not kitchen. ffs. should read properly

i quite often have no heating as i am too tight to have it on!

08/02/2013 at 10:10
I'd move out! We did the new kitchen thing when isabelle was about 2.5 and it was hard work - but we did have heating! You can actually get some pretty decent stuff to microwave, but it does get boring, and expensive. Oh yes, and washing up in the bath gets old very very fast!

Does anyone have any suggestions for good warm gloves for small people? E seems to get very cold hands, and we spend a fair amount of time outdoors - the school run, bike rides etc, and yesterday when I took her to a nearby wildlife park she ended up crying her hands were so cold. I think I need to get her some tiny knitted gloves so she can keep them on when she's playing, and then some warm thick mittens to bung on over the top when she's happy to sit in the pushchair to keep her warm. Off to google now, but any thoughts welcome!
08/02/2013 at 10:26

Mine would never keep anything on their hands despite having frozen fingers. When I could get stuff on that is what I'd do - cheapy gloves (those one size fits all packs you can get in Tesco and the like) and then some waterproof mits to bung over the top - with the obligatory elastic to stop them losing them. In fact just about to sew elastic on the ski mits - go J some fab ones in the Tiso sale for £8 but with a retail cost of £20 we are not losing those off a chair lift!!

We had no heating when I was 7+ months with S and J in tow. Had one bedroom that used to catch the afternoon sun and get quite cosy so would camp out up there. Layers, hot water bottles, electric heaters are good for heating a small room - do that here in the computer room during the day if hubby working from home. Saves putting on the heating for the whole house.  I did eventually decamp to my parents for a week then as well.

Am actually feeling quite fired up about mixing up the training a bit - I always am when injured!  But am absolutely going to get down the swimming pool when we get back from skiing and start working on the swimming, biking will come anyway and will fingers crossed be building back up the running. That race is really calling me!!!  

Right, really need to get back to the packing ... collecting kids from school at 2.30 then across to Inverness airport, fly to Gatwick and meet hubby, night in hotel then Gatwick to Grenoble tomorrow then coach to La Plagne. Phew.  So looking forward to a sleepless night tonight - four of us in one room. Kids are sooooo excited though after seeing pictures of how much snow is out there. J's face was an absolute picture. So even though I have been stressing about trying to remember everything, their excitement is definitely contagious

08/02/2013 at 10:26

Oh and good luck Kinsey with getting out for a run - some really evil stuff around. Chatting to a friend this morning in Tescos who's friend is a dr who basically said recovery from current viruses is about 10 weeks 

08/02/2013 at 10:58

my god - 10 weeks. i am about at that point now. cough is still very much there, but the inhaler helps when i start wheezing. i have actually started taking the antibiotics now - put it off for a week but the cough is as bad as ever so i am now taking them as i don't have the kids till monday so if i start vomming, it will not be so bad. all ok so far

am going for a swim at lunchtime. won't have time for a mile i don't think - will have to see how busy it is!

gloves - cheapy ones from tesco. the ones you get for a pound - or is it 2 pairs for a pound? i just put those on E. she likes to wear odd ones. obviously...

08/02/2013 at 11:18
Hahahaha Camlo- I'm normally running away from the kids also but there's been a lot of buggy runs lately as couldn't face going out at night ( just wanted to get to bed!) so no peace, just lots of whining n stopping to give said child snacks or attention! I also have little patience!
Brrrrrrrrrrr to no heating by'eck. Go out lots I would say!!!!
Tange- what marathon you doing again??? Think we're similar in speed!
Kinsey- about time you felt a bit better. Are u moving far?
Rubbish sleep last night as M awake loads= knackered today. Have running stuff on & did wash face n brush teeth but have been doing washing, hoovering, tidying etc n thought a better play dough for a wee while with M!!
Will try and go out soon with trailer.
Girls swimming lessons this afternoon, joy.
On hols now as schools of next week
08/02/2013 at 11:22
Have a fabby time CC, sure u all will
Can so see u doing the celtman but visualising me doing it is a slightly different story!!!!! Ha ha
08/02/2013 at 11:53

ooh yes, meant to ask where you were moving too Kinsey?

Hope you get out soon RF - is nice here at the moment.

Hope the antibiotics are useful CM and you don't vom . Question for you - how are your eyes now after the laser op? Was talking to friend this morning (big gossip session in Tesco's with friends in the 'beauty isle' - ha), she is -7.50 with some astigmatism and would love to have them lasered ... I know you were similar to me I think (I am -8) but couldn't remember how it all panned out in the end ...

Big heap of stuff on lounge floor so time to start making it fit in the two bags I am taking!

08/02/2013 at 11:57
Welcome LankyLiz and by'eck. I'm the other TT. Moved out to Florida about 3 1/2 years ago when pregnant with oldest, Max, and have a 1 week old, Oscar. Stopped running a long time ago in this pregnancy, I think I was carrying O very low and was uncomfortable for a long time. Was never as keen a runner as most on here, have had my moments when I ran more but generally only 8 or 9 miles a week.

CM, hope the ABs don't make you sick, also hope they make you better!!

Tt, how's the boy you mind now? Is he completely recovered?

Had good night with O last night. Late feed around 11:00 then bed. He went to about 2, fed then back to bed about 3 then awake again about 6:15 which I sort of class as morning! For some reason Max has been coming in to us during the night too the last couple of nights. The first might he did it he just snuck into our bed ninja style without saying anything. Usually when he comes in during the night he'll say something like 'my really hungry' or the like. He didn't say anything again last night, just came in. Mr TT took him and they slept in spare room. No sign of either of them yet (6:50).

One of my friends is throwing a 'sprinkle' for me and another friend on Sunday (scaled down baby shower as we both already have kids). The other one was due to be 5 weeks older than O but turned out to only be 2 weeks between them. Hoping people buy nappies, wipes and other similar useful stuff as we have soooo many clothes and other stuff already. Mr TT commented that O has more seats than us already!

Have good weekend all and keep warm.
08/02/2013 at 12:01
Oh yes, I meant to say, CC, have a fab time skiing. Only been once when I was 17 but l loved it. Bet you and your kids are pretty good so should be a lot of fun.

And yee-ha to an Iron Man. I'd happily live vicariously through you ladies if you go for that
08/02/2013 at 12:10

yes, it will be no heating and no kitchen

I must confess that we have never been on holiday since having moo.  Its too much work given everything he needs food wise and I just cant face the hassle of packing and unpacking and paying for the 'pleasure'.

Forgive my ignorance, but how does a mooncup help/work?

08/02/2013 at 12:47
Mooncup just puts a little bit of pressure on the right bits, makes things sit right I am guessing, and therefore prevents leaks.

RF- doing the Strathearn marathon in Comrie.

TT- D is doing fantastic, he is back at football training + doing fine at school. Still has some issues with change in taste part of his brain which affects his appetite so not quite managed to gain back all the weight he lost + he is getting help with memory issues, has problems remembering more than 1 thing at a time. But all considered he has made a remarkable recovery from such a serious head injury and his poor parents have learned to let go a bit more too. Initially they were scared to let him out, understandably so, but he's 14 he needs to go out with his friends. Led to a lot of falling out as he was so frustrated at not having his freedom as well as frustrated at having to build himself back up physically + he never went through the agony of seeing himself in a coma or recovering from brain surgery or the trauma of nearly losing him, so was hard for him to understand where his parents were coming from. But it is all ok now, they are getting on with it and doing well.
08/02/2013 at 13:55

Jeez you lot have been chatting, struggling to catch up!

CC - Have a brilliant hol, sure you will. I am so envious. Looking forward to seeing some lovely piccies! We get that First News for the kids, they seem to like it. Our local shop stocks it.

Minks - good to hear from you. Just keep the faith and it will all come together on the day.(likewise MM). And yes, sure we have heard you say no more marathons before!

Welcome to LankyLiz and by eck. I have 6 kids ages 12, 11, 9, 7 and almost 5 year old twin boys. Also like the longer stuff, currently training for a 100k race next month and putting in too many miles!

I would like to do an ironman one day too. Always thought I would but at the moment I am too focussed on running to give up any run time for other training so can't see it happening yet, but maybe in the future when the twins are at school ... oh they are in August .

Been getting plenty of miles in this week. Have had a bit of a wobble this week worrying that I am not making the most of my training. I don't do training plans. Not sure if that is good or bad but works ok for me. I basically try to do two speed sessions a week(one track and one on the roads usually tempo or marathon paced) and a long run and then fit in as many miles as I can where I can otherwise. I think my worry is that I tend to just pick my hard sessions from mid air and they don't follow a progression or have any scientific thought behind them. I like reading about running up to a point but when I try to understand the sciency stuff I fall asleep! Sort of wishing I was doing a marathon in a few weeks as I feel ready for one! Don't think I will ever feel ready for this 100k!

08/02/2013 at 13:56

cc - haven't had to be re-lasered and vision is good and stable. went back for my 1 year check and they were really pleased. there still seem to be some days where it's better than others but i never find myself struggling to see things and i don't get all the glare i used to have at night either. so all in all, it's been a success. just  been swimming again - haven't done much swimming for myself since i had the op. it is brilliant being able to see properly. i had prescription goggles before but they didn't make them strong enough for my prescription (-10 and -9) so it was all a bit blurry.

did 2km today in the pool. it was lunchtime lanes and a big difference from weds night when it was full of people d1cking around! everyone was swimming today and that makes a big difference!

and yes, mooncup / tampon means your muscles have to contract slightly as they grip it (i think) and that helps with the leakages. fortunately i don't suffer, although recently with all the coughing i've been doing, there have been a few occasions where it's been pretty close!!

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