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Battle Zone

05/24/2013

Belle

My house looks like a battle zone. Tomorrow is the garage sale to end all garage sales. Actually, that’s not true. It is the first of two garage sales. Hopefully people will pay for all of our crap and take it away with minimal haggling. The Professor and I have a daunting list of things to go through still today, then need to haul it all upstairs, sort it, and assemble some wire shelving to roll outside in the morning and put it all on. It’s going to be a nightmare I tell ya.

Also happening, tonight are our maternity photos. I have REALLY mixed emotions about these and was close to canceling them more than a few times. I keep thinking I’ll wake up one morning and love this pregnant body, but I don’t. It is giving me a lot of anxiety and heartburn. Especially now that c-section is a real possibility, meaning that my flat abs will be gone forever. Hello front butt.

Was that vain? Yeah, I know it is but fitness is a huge part of who I am. I love to workout, I love to keep my body fit and I’ve been biting at the chomp for the past nine months to get back to the gym and reclaim my body. The thought of that being delayed even longer due to c-section, and having my abdominal muscles permanently hacked makes my head spin. Any wonderful success stories about being in your 30’s and reclaiming a flat stomach after a c-section? Please, no stories from 20 year olds (no offense to you youngin’s). A decade changes abs a lot, and not in the good way! 🙂

TURN CHICKEN TURN!

Last night Chicken had me writhing in pain with all the movement and bladder/cervix poking. I still don’t have a clue if he/she is upside down or right side up or lounging on the side. I’m still not entirely convinced that he/she is not a butt headed octopus… (See yesterday’s post and diagram).

I had another chiropractor appointment today. The first was two days ago and he worked on aligning my misaligned sacrum and releasing my round ligament. I’m not sure if it did anything but I’m willing to try! Today he worked on the sacrum and ligament some more and on my neck to help the massive tension headache I’ve been battling. It gave me immense relief… until I walked into my battle zone of a house and thought of the one million things that need done between now and 4 a.m. tomorrow when we will start setting up for the sale.

And finally, my folks are coming in town this afternoon to help us with the garage sale. I’m officially too pregnant to haul crap up and down stairs and finally sucked up my pride and asked for assistance. I’m glad they can come help and hope we can find a little fun in the crappy task! Then on Sunday my mom is taking me to Ikea to get Chicken a crib and mattress. This plus sheets and a few swaddle blankets are the last new baby requirements we have. The rest are all fun things like a bright colored peacock and a gnome footie thing. All babies should be dressed as gnomes regularly, I think!

And now I’m off to tackle this to-do list! I wish you all a lovely, productive weekend!

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  1. Kathy #
    May 24, 2013

    I’m heading to a baby shower tomorrow for my niece who had an full day of induction followed by an emergency c-section. Good news – healthy 9 pound boy. They then begged to be let out of the hospital early because they weren’t getting any “rest”. Rooky mistake, baby slept for 20 minutes at a time the first night. Can’t wait to hold the little stinker ! Your belly can be as flat as you want it after a c-section or natural birth. Chicken is smart, I just know it…he knows what to do.

  2. May 24, 2013

    If there aren’t any success stories about women in their 30’s with flat abs after c-section, I hope to be the first. haha

  3. May 24, 2013

    I got my flat abs back quickly, and I was 35! They don’t cut abs anymore for c-sections – they spread them. I too was worried but they bounced back just great, and with no exercise to induce it. They just went back to how they were on their own! It was amazing, and fun, watching it happen. I would say it took 3-4 weeks for me.

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope you sell all of your shit!

  4. Kaiti #
    May 24, 2013

    I had my daughter at 30 via c-section. I am petite and gained a normal amount of weight during my pregnancy. I managed to take off all the baby weight plus fifteen or so pounds that had been hanging around for a few years before I got pregnant. My stomach is as flat as it was in high school, though my belly button has never been the same.

  5. May 24, 2013

    Being a HUGE fitness fanatic, I can totally relate to this post and I’m not even pregnant yet! My Mom had c-sections with me and all my siblings and it wrecked havoc on her body. BUT I was happy to see Courtney’s comment that they don’t cut muscles anymore, just spread them. Also, have you heard about those belly bands that you wear to pop back into shape (I’m sure you have, they’re everywhere!). Apparently, using them immediately after birth helps your hips and belly shrink! I don’t know if it’s true, but I’m sure I’ll be trying’em when I finally do get pregnant and stay pregnant.

  6. jak #
    May 24, 2013

    whether you end up with a c or not, i really believe that all the yoga, massage, alignment, etc. that you are doing now is going to go a long way to helping with your recovery. and, you can have flat abs again. i’ve seen it happen to friends. i recommend PILATES!!!!!!! it will also help to align your spine. and it makes you feel just plain great:)

    when’s your next ultrasound? do keep up posted!! if chicken is wiggling that much, he/she really might respond to flipping attempts or even flip on its own.

    best wishes this weekend. hope you get lots of money and lose lots of junk:)))

  7. May 24, 2013

    Good luck with the big sale! It may be cathartic to get rid of lots of stuff–a release of sorts.

    My sister had an emergency c-section at 33, and now, 3 years later, she looks fitter than she ever has! There is hope!

  8. Amy #
    May 24, 2013

    2 c-sections, over 30 & while I won’t say you could wash clothes on my abs, I will say I am as happy with my body now as I ever have. You’ve seen me in snug fitting yoga clothes, so you can trust your own eyes 😉 remember: it will be a wonderful life with chicken.

  9. May 24, 2013

    Gnomes or bears at all times. That’s actually a rule somewhere.

  10. Jennifer #
    May 24, 2013

    You shouldn’t have a front butt 🙂 if you do end up having a c-section! They don’t slice you open anymore…at least not here in Tuscaloosa. Now it’s a 2- to 3-inch horizontal cut a few inches below your belly button.

  11. May 25, 2013

    I didn’t find any gnome outfits, but we did do lots of frogs (and still do), lions and dinosaurs. 🙂

  12. Mary Ann #
    May 25, 2013

    OK, here’s a success story for you.

    I’m 40! I had my twins via section in December, I was 39. I was 30w5d and had gained 40 pounds. Now, almost 6 months later, I look better than before I was pregnant. I look as good as I did when we got married- including a flat tummy! I’ve done nothing special. I did pump for the first month an a half. That honestly took most of the weight off. I didn’t eat enough to maintain a supply. Heck, most days I forgot to eat especially when they were both home. Taking care of two is a lot of work. I get little sleep and little to eat. I walk up and down my stairs dozens of times a day. I’m rarely sitting still- always bouncing one baby or another picking one up, playing with them. It can happen! Do not be discouraged.

  13. Mary Ann #
    May 25, 2013

    Oh, I forgot to add… my incision is way low. Like right above pubic hair low. It’s no where near my belly button. You can’t even see it unless I pull down my undies. So no worries there!

  14. Victoria #
    May 27, 2013

    While I’m not in my 30s, I was 28 when I delivered my son via c-section after 39 hours of labor (transverse is no good!). I recoverd better than a friend of mine who delivered vaginally around the same time. At 6 weeks I was on the elliptical and within 6 months was down below my starting weight. I made it a habit to get on for 45 minutes 3-4 times a week (usually one of his three naps) and walked with him daily. I believe that you’ve been active throughout this pregnancy and will be amazed at how your body can recover. I had a great pregnancy and was devastated by having to have a c-section but it all worked out. However, I will keep praying for a flipped chicken.

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