Every new mom has a frustrating day now and then. For me, that day was today.
I guess it all started last night, when the baby refused to go to bed. I think we were up until about 2am. She got to sleep in, but I did not. I had to get up early to pump and get us both ready and out the door by 10:15am for my pelvic floor rehab appointment. Usually, I am able to pump about five ounces every morning but this morning I only managed to squeeze out about two.
We made it to my 11am appointment, and she slept through it (yay!). The appointment was good in the sense that I am going to be able to repair the damage done to my pelvic floor during childbirth. The not-so-good part is that a problem even exists. I'll do a more detailed post on pelvic floor rehab later on, but in short my pelvic floor muscles are very weak (despite doing lots of kegals during pregnancy), and if I don't do something about it know I might end up with pelvic organ prolapse. Not fun. My treatment protocol for now is a couple of pelvic stabilization exercises in the morning and lots of kegals all day long. I also have to wear a sacroilliac belt, and I have to scale back my workouts a lot. And by a lot I mean A LOT. This is really disappointing to me because we are in the middle of doing a bunch of strength challenges and benchmark workouts and, well, I have goals. But, my therapist implored me to avoid any heavy lifting, as well as squats and lunges or any other move that might put pressure on my pelvic floor. Yoga is also out. Wait, no yoga? And here I thought I was doing myself a favor by making yoga a priority. Great!
Anyway, I know the scaling back and the crazy belt are for the best, but it still put a damper on my day. For the next few hours, everything just felt a bit askew. Spit-up in my hair, dirty diapers left on the changing table, a sink full of dishes, the realization that I do not like the Zella Activewear that I bought at Nordstrom last month, etc. Plus, I felt irritated by the 21-Day Sugar Detox. It is citrus season for goodness sake, and citrus (in moderation) is healthy! I seriously felt like giving in and enjoying a fresh grapefruit. But Carl reminded me how disappointed I would be if I didn't see this through till the end, and he's right (instead, I had carrot sticks, almond butter and decaf Nespresso ). Four more days till the 21-day challenge is over. I can easily do this.