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FYI: Athleta carries maternity yoga line

I was doing my weekly ritual of window e-shopping yoga clothes (not that I really need to buy anymore) and noticed that Athleta carries maternity pants. Prices range from $69-79, which is about what they charge for their regular pants. There aren’t very many reviews on their site to say whether they’re worth it or not, but they do have a good return policy if they don’t work out. I will say though, of my Athleta pants, I kept wearing my Chaturanga capris throughout my last pregnancy, and the waistband didn’t cut into my belly. Something to keep in mind if you don’t want to buy separate maternity yoga pants.

Work. Pump. Repeat.

This is exactly how my work day looks. I try to get in early so I pump before everyone else rolls into the office. I work until everyone else gets to go out for lunch socially and pump again. Then, I furiously work while I’m eating my husband-made lunch. By late afternoon, I have to excuse myself from meetings to go pump again. And then, I’m in a hurry to finish my work before I rush out the door to sit in traffic and make it to daycare on time for pick-up. I carry 3 bags to work every day, the bulkiest one being my pump bag. It’s rather exhausting. I’m a veteran mom, though. I dealt with all the hard stuff the first time I went back to work. The tears when my body wouldn’t letdown milk for the pump. The clogs when I wasn’t removing enough milk at each pump. The herbs, the lactation cookies, the power pumping, the lecithin, the manual pumping, the hand expression, the panic when the tiny rubber piece didn’t …

Must cram all the yoga in

My 12 weeks of maternity leave are quickly coming to an end, as much as I don’t want to think about it. We’re still in a sleep-deprived haze over here (Bear Shark is still waking up 2-3 times at night to eat), but I’m trying to make the most of my remaining time before I go back to the office life. With that said, I’ve pulled out and washed all the bottles for daycare. I’m so paranoid that I’m going to hit a pumping wall and not make enough milk, so I’m baking and eating lactation cookies like my life depends on them. To be fair, Bear Shark’s life DOES depend on them. And I really hope he comes around to the bottle VERY quickly with his teachers. Why do my kids suddenly hate the bottle so much?!? I think my cloth diaper stash is ready as well. Yay for free 2-day shipping from SweetBottomsBaby.com and some of the cutest diapers I’ve ever seen! (This is what motherhood has done to me. I am most …

Getting back to ashtanga

It only took me two months postpartum to roll my mat out at home and get back to my ashtanga practice. I realize I’ve only been okay’ed for exercise for 2 weeks, but the bigger thing that kept me from jumping right in was the simple fact that I’ve lost a lot of strength and stamina. I’m simply not ready to do a 90 minute vigorous practice yet. Um, or 10 sun salutations in a row. Gotta catch my breath! I spent the first month at home in my pj’s all day in survival mode. In this second month, I’ve been trying to stretch and stop feeling super achy from constant nursing and cuddling. So I’ve been to a few postnatal yoga classes the last couple of weeks. These are pretty gentle classes – as they should be. The body holds on to the relaxin hormones after birth, and my abs still have that weird separation that will only get worse with crunches. I’m trying to be mindful of any big movements, so no super wide …

Modeling yogic behavior for baby

At the Austin Area Birthing Center, they not only offer classes to prep for baby (including prenatal yoga), but they also offer classes for AFTER the baby to all of their clients. I’ve been enjoying their Baby Love and Postnatal Yoga classes, which meet once a week. One, the classes give me and Bear Shark reasons to get out of the house and do something together that doesn’t cost extra money (unlike visits to Target, where somehow $50+ disappears every time). Two, he gets to socialize with other babies, and I get to meet other moms with littles. Way more stimulating to him than our ceiling fan, which he stares at no matter where in the room we are. Three, we talk a lot about what’s going on with our babies and what’s happening with our bodies. Collectively, we share tips and experiences, and inevitably, someone has a trick that you haven’t tried before. All the discussion also helps jog memories for me. So many aspects of parenting I had already forgotten. And four, it’s never …

The post-baby “All Clear”

The last time I did a proper yoga practice was April 17. I was 2 days past my due date and figured if this kid was going to make a late arrival into the world, I might as well get one last round of ashtanga in. He’s now 6 weeks and 4 days old, which means I went in for my 6-week postpartum check-up. I finally have the “all clear” for physical activity again! Now, shhhh! I’ve been sneaking in some yoga stretches since he was about 2 weeks old. My back needed it desperately. I haven’t been able to really do much back bending since about the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy, so it’s been pretty cranky for a while. I kept it all pretty gentle since my organs were trying to get back to their original positions, and my ab muscles are still slightly separated. I feel like those things will take quite a few months. I remembered with my first son that it took more than 6 months before my abs felt like …

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