I'm going to have to admit, I'm not very good at pregnancy. Honestly, my biggest weakness the whole time was my number one rule that I tell my pregnant clients...listen to your body! I pushed my body to its limits all the way up until the end. I taught group exercise classes up until I was 36 weeks pregnant and then continued on with P90X (I had to make sure Chad wasn't slackin') up until the end, hiking and I even ran (waddled) stairs in an effort to keep my contractions going...craaaaaazy! I have to say that a great deal of my discomfort was a result of all that. Don't get me wrong, exercise is so incredibly important during pregnancy. But, next time (if there's a next time haha) I am going to try harder to listen to my body and adjust my workouts accordingly. I did manage to only gain 27 pounds this time! While labor was a little more intense, pushing was a piece of cake! I only pushed one time! All those squats and lunges really did pay off. Recovery was much easier and my body is taking it's pre-pregnancy shape much faster. I'm only one week in and I can almost button my pre-pregnancy jeans...yay!
So, like I said, my labor wasn't quite as short as with Griffin. I labored for 12 hours but when it was finally time to push it was over in a flash. We welcomed Riley Ann into the world on Thanksgiving day at 7:12AM. She had me wrapped around her finger at that very second. She is such an amazing little girl that brings my heart so much joy. I always wondered how I could love another little person as much as I loved Griffin. Someone told me that you grow another heart and that couldn't be more true. She is such a blessing and I thank God every day for my two wonderful children. I love both my children with ALL my HEARTS!