First Date Night

Frank and I went on our first date night post-Frankie last night. I very much needed to get out of the house, brush my hair, put on some lipstick and something else besides leggings. This mama needed to get out! 

It was great to receive this Infinite Possibilities Bra from Le Mystere last week just in time for date night. I got a 34B and it fit me perfectly. It feels super luxe and can be worn 6 different ways. I can already imagine myself wearing it with cute dresses this spring and summer- anything from low-back to racer back to halter styles.

  
So we decided to go to this Italian place, Fiore’s, in town that we’ve both never been to. He got tuna and I got scallops and we shared a fancy bottle of French wine we’ve gotten on our honeymoon in Beaune. 

   We then stopped at David Todd’s for one last drink (bourbon for him and brut rosé for me) and then headed home to our boy. I can’t believe he turned 1 month already! 

     He loves playing hide and seek, looking at shiny objects and getting his hair brushed. 
 Oh and I had to share this photo of Frank from last weekend when the Jonas blizzard hit. So much snow! 

I’m still keeping up with some of the Sara Haley workouts from the 28 day challenge that I mentioned in my last post. I didn’t include too much info on her but she’s a fitness professional who specializes in pre and post natal fitness (www.sarahaley.com). To be honest, I don’t do them every day but only when I’m feeling up to it as I still need to be careful. Always remember to check with your doctor on when you should resume your workouts post-delivery, especially after a c-section. 

Have a great weekend! Xoxo

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3 Weeks Postpartum

It’s been 3 weeks already since Frankie’s birth and I’m slowly working on getting back in shape. I recently signed up for Sara Haley’s 28 Day #saynotocrunches challenge. Can’t wait to get this core nice and tight again! 

11 days post-baby.

 
Taking Frankie out for a quick stroll.
 
 If you’re looking for some motivation to get in shape, look it up, it’s free! There’s a Facebook group top where you can check in and hold yourself accountable for each day’s workout. There are are some fun movements like the “praying mantis”-check it out. You can even do it while holding your kid for some added weight 🙂

Life has been crazy busy lately with the baby so even if I break it up and do bits of the workouts throughout the day, I will feel like I accomplished something. 

That’s all for now. Have a great day! 

First Post-natal WOD

It’s been 2 weeks + 1 day since I gave birth to my little Frankie (have you seen all his cute pictures on my Instagram?!? @juliafastinista) and this mama is ready to start getting back in shape! Although I have done little things here and there before yesterday, like push-ups off my couch, leg extensions and weight-less arm curls, I don’t consider them real workouts yet as I was only testing out what my body could handle. I did, after all, not only have a C-section, but I went through hours of labor and pushing prior to that.

 

LSIT
Doing L pull-ups last year…can’t wait to do these again soon!

So yesterday, while my son was napping, I did 3 rounds of:

20 Deadlifts

16 Bicep Curls

10 Push Presses

16 Side Bends

I used my 8-pound dumbbells as usual…

Ideally, I would love to be ready to do the CrossFit Open WODs next month and kill them, but… I won’t be too hard on myself if I have to do a lot of scaling back.

Please don’t think that just because I’m already working out 2 weeks post-partum, that you should be too. Everyone is different. The last thing you want is to get injured and have a big setback. Please be careful and always, always consult with your doctor first.

I just want to say that staying active has been a huuuge help in helping me bounce back. I fit in my skinny jeans just a week later. Now I’m almost pooch-free…just didn’t have time to take a photo.

Have a happy and healthy day! xoxo

Frankie’s birth story

My life officially changed on December 29th, 2015 when my beautiful baby boy, Frank Hickman IV was born. 

I woke up on the 28th around 3am and started feeling contractions, but was not sure if they were the real deal. I paid attention to their frequency and timing for the next 45 minutes and then woke up my husband. I said, “Babe, I think I’m having real contractions.” We called and were told to head over to the hospital and arrived just after 6am. I was feeling nervous and excited and wondering what the next few hours would be like. 

   
   
They admitted me after checking that I was 3-4cm dilated and then moved me to a Labor & Delivery room. One of my 2 nurses was one of the awesome nurses I had had while I was there hospitalized for pyelonephritis back in August. She got me a room with a tub, which I ended up using for about 20 minutes before I couldn’t take the pain anymore and asked for an epidural. My water ended up breaking not too long after they admitted me actually, so I was glad they didn’t send me home to wait it out more. 

To make a long story a bit shorter, I got some Pitocin to help me dilate more. I also ended having a fever due to my prolonged labor. My OB had me start pushing at around 6pm for 30 minutes but we made no progress. Three hours later we tried again for 1 1/2 hours and it was then that she determined my pelvis was just way too narrow for the baby. My husband is truly my hero for being there, holding my hand, offering a touch or massage when he felt I needed it. He was awesome and made a tough experience much easier to deal with. 

So I ended up having a C-section just past midnight. I had mentally prepared myself for the possibility of it since I am very small, but it was still a little scary. Seeing my baby for the first time though, I forgot everything that had happened. They have the 3 of us a few minutes to bond as a family and then whisked him off to give him an IV of antibiotics since I’ve had a fever. We both were fine. He’s been such a sweet little baby. There’s so much more I can write right now but where would I stop? 

   
   
I look at my son and I’m amazed at the little miracle that he is. He makes me believe even more in God. I feel love and peace within me because of Frankie 😊

Thanks for reading! I’m taking some time to rest my body so workout posts may take a while…