I enjoyed doing post baby monthly check-ins last year so I’m going to try to do a few quarterly ones in the second year of baby J’s life. Here’s the first one!
We’re already at 15 months, soon to be 16 months. In one year we went from this…
She is definitely falling into the stereotypical younger child “ham” of the family – she loves to be silly and make us all laugh. She and big sis will “wrestle” and their shrieks and giggles are so contagious!
She loves being outside and will often bring me her shoes and coat, and “ask” that they be put on (with lots of pointing and emphatic grunts.)
I know moms aren’t supposed to compare, but she is nowhere near her sister’s verbal skills at the same age – she prefers to communicate with sign language, hand motions and grunts or squawks. I’d prefer words but we’ll get there!
However, she is further along in other areas. She likes order, stacking, and putting things back where they belong (hooray!!) She notices details and will imitate everything we do (sweeping the floor with her mini broom, trying to put clothing on dolls, or throwing things in the trash can.) She will patiently try something over and over again (like putting a lid on a container) and is not easily frustrated.
Along with the fun personality, her ability to voice dislike has also grown stronger.
With kid #2, I find it more entertaining than stressful when she’s upset. The poor second kid!
She is still taking two naps most days, but can skip the morning nap if we have to. Typically she’s up between 6:30 and 7am, naps from 9:30/10 until 11:00ish. After lunch we do errands, take walks, or play and then she naps again either before or after kindergarten pick up somewhere around 3pm. Bedtime is usually 7pm.
Looking back at previous months, I think with each new update I felt more and more “normal” and if it’s possible, I feel even more so now! One of the biggest indicators for me that I’m back to my old body is when my race paces start hitting their previous numbers. More than the number on the scale, that seems to the measurement I watch for and I’m happy to have hit those paces again in my fall races.
Interestingly, I’ve focused a lot on strength training this past year and the number on the scale is a few pounds higher than it used to be (pre-kids) but my clothes fit better and are even a bit loose I really like focusing on strength rather than the scale- I might write more on this soon if I can get a post together.
If you have more than one kid, what were some differences you noticed?
How do you measure when you’ve successfully bounced back from pregnancy?