I started bringing Tucker to the pool when he was about 6 months old. From a very young age he loved the water and was always splashing and giggling. I got him comfortable in the water by always making it a positive experience. I let him ride on my shoulders and bounced him up and down in the water. The pool was our playground!
Strategies for Maintaining Milk Supply during Exercise
By this point Tucker was 4 months old and had strong neck control and was past the newborn phase. I also began working part time and my key to finding time and motivation to exercise was routine. Everyday when I get home I immediately change into my workout clothes. Before I sit down or do anything I gear up to get my workout in. I workout for about 20 minutes and then I'm done and go on with my night. Working out relieves my anxiety and gives me mental clarity. Battling my fatigue is a constant struggle but I push through it everyday! I workout about 4 times a week with Tucker. All my workouts can be done outside or in the house. It is possible to get back in shape without a gym and with a baby. Find your motivation and some type of accountability!
I have always been athletic and enjoy working out. However having a baby was a whole new ball game for me. Suddenly my energy levels were bottomed out and I was barely functioning. I was very adamant about breastfeeding and that presented a whole new realm of challenges. To say I was unprepared would be an understatement. The first 6 weeks my exercise consisted of taking Tucker on walks. At the 6 week mark I began adding in a few exercises. I wanted my body back. I couldn't believe how out of shape I was. My biggest obstacle was finding time. I was still learning how to juggle everything and find balance. I started very slowly with a few exercises everyday in my living room and gradually increased intensity. Every time I felt like I was finding a groove and routine with my workouts ...BOOM I got mastitis. BOOM I got an awful stomach flu. BOOM had to get surgery on my mouth. The set backs were endless! It was like starting over from square one every week. Now I was 4 months postpartum and I felt like I hadn't made any progress. My energy levels were still tanked. One afternoon I walked down to the little gym in my complex and Tucker was giggling and squirming around as I was doing my lunges. I picked him up and finished my workout with him in my arms. He had a blast and was smiling the whole time. It made my workout fun and I was inspired to incorporate him into my workouts. That was the beginning of BABYFITGYM!