We welcomed our fifth child to the family in late December. As promised, this week’s podcast episode is all about the baby’s arrival. Sarah and I recorded this one on January 9th, and it’s funny to think how much has changed even in the last 12 days since then! I’ve been enjoying getting to know the little guy over the past few weeks as he’s become more alert. He is growing bigger by the day and I’m feeling more and more like my old self. Week one was tough (partly because of the bad cold I contracted, and partly due to some abdominal muscle weakness) but now I’m feeling much stronger and more energetic. I have a newfound appreciation for core muscle strength. It’s something I plan to focus on when I return to strength training in a few weeks.
I’m looking for opportunities to spend individual time with the bigger kids, particularly my 5-year-old, who’s had a slightly rougher adjustment to big brotherhood. The good news is that I know kids do grow up — and the older kids are genuinely helpful. My daughter held the baby for about an hour Sunday as she sat on the couch watching TV, occasionally sticking the pacifier back in. I enjoyed being able to use both hands during this time.
The Q&A section covers a query from a listener about first trimester productivity. How do you handle the extreme fatigue while at work? We recommend figuring out what absolutely has to happen on any given day, and limiting your to-do list to that. Note if there are certain periods when you’re slightly more energetic and aim to take advantage of those windows, knowing the rest of the day might be a wash. We found that exercise can help with energy, even if it’s hard to get going. And we both found ourselves feeling far more like ourselves during the second trimester. This doesn’t happen for everyone, but it’s possible the listener might be able to push more complicated projects to those months if they seem impossible during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
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