Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Greasy guys in gold lamae.

For the last nine months when the subject of my post partum weight arose I said “It took nine months to gain it, so I’m giving myself nine months to lose it.” Well tomorrow is Noah’s nine monthaversary – and that means that my time is up. And I still could use to lose about 15 – 20 pounds more. That won’t put me near supermodel weight, but it’ll make my clothes fit nicer which would make me a much happier person. I don’t think these last few pounds will slowly slip away like most of the rest of my weight did. I’m going to have to do some work - get some exercise and watch what and when I eat. And that sucks mostly because I think I generally eat fairly healthy and I hate micromanaging every little thing that goes in my mouth. But if I do it right I won’t have to do it for too long before I can back to normal.

Both for my own peace of mind and to let other nursing mom’s know (Patrice) I want to mention that at my most recent doctor’s appointment my doc said that some women’s bodies while nursing will hold onto a “fat reserve” and therefore they won’t be able to lose that last few pounds. So if it’s not working for me I’m planning on sticking by that “fat reserve” alibi.

On a more Noah tip, I think he’s rebelling against our teaching him some sign language.. We’ve been trying to teach him the signs for milk, more, eat and all done. And though he’s seemed to have picked up the milk sign, he does it all the time. Like when he sees the cats, and I’m not sure but I don’t think he wants the cats to nurse him. But even more odd is the sign he’s made up. It bares no resemblance to any of the signs we’ve been teaching, in fact it reminds me of a hand gesture Bowser did with Sha Na Na. And he does it consistently and stares at us intently when he does it, as if to say “See? Understand?” I haven’t a clue what the poor kid is trying to communicate. Maybe he's telling me to lose weight.


patrice said...

god, I loved sha na na.

I have found that the sign for milk is very similar to something bella already does when she's excited, so we stopped using the milk sign for now. we are focusing on eat, more, and all done. when she's good with those and realizes that signs help her get what she wants, we'll start with that one again.

I had heard that breast feeding actually helps burn calories, but that yes, some maternal fat stores are retained. just in case there is no food left on earth and you still have young to nurse. sometimes it's amazing how much of what goes on in biology is a throwback to caveman days.

since there seems to be no end in sight for breastfeeding, I guess we have to keep lugging the extra pounds around. nice.

Marksthespot said...

I think I've figured out the meaning of Noah's own special sign: He wants to play darts.

lonna said...

Dermot's daycare is teaching him signs, and he uses all of them incorrectly even at 18 months. When we ask him if he's all done, he signals "more" even if he is all done. He also likes to do the sign for "more" when he's nursing, which cracks me up. I keep trying to explain to him that it's up to him to get more. I think that now he's doing the more sign when he wants me to sing to him.

I am also with you on the fat stores, and believe me I had plenty before I got pregnant, I don't know why I need to keep extra.

Missuz J said...

I never did the baby signs with Sophie. I feel like they were just coming into vogue when i had her.

Jen O. said...

How long does a mother breastfeed? I am sure it's different depending on the mother and the child, but I'm curious how long you plan to, and the length of time recommended by doctors etc.

NME said...

My first three months of breastfeeding were hell. I had alot of pain - that went away overnight. But I stuck with it though it hurt because I told myself I would breastfeed him until he was 6 months old. But by 6 months it was no big deal so I didn't stop.

The American Pediatric Association recommends breastfeeding until the age of 1. I think that is my plan for now.