Friday, May 27, 2011

My Mummy Tummy

Please don't let the title of this post confuse you. I do not think I'm fat. Quite the opposite really. I currently weigh eight pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm probably in the best shape of my life. So why does my stomach still look like this?

Answer? Diastatis Recti. This is when the outermost abdominal muscles separate, causing a protruding belly and belly button, as well as back pain.

My chiropractor described it to me like this: there is a line all the way down the middle of my stomach where the muscles have separated. No matter how many crunches or ab exercises I do, the muscles won't just "go back together." My mummy tummy will remain FOREVER. Or not. I just have to do a very specific set of exercises and wear a special splint, and after some time, the muscles will eventually form back together, and I'll feel like a new woman. At least that's the goal.

After Denver was born, my midwife told me that I had diastasis recti. She said I would need to do some physical therapy and probably wear the splint. A combination of pride and ignorance made me pretty much ignore the advice. "I'm a hard worker," I thought. "I'll just work really hard, eat healthy foods, do some exercises, and this tummy will eventually go away." It turns out I was doing more harm than good. As I did more crunches, the separation actually grew. As the rest of my body shrank, my stomach was getting bigger! ARGG!!

So I have conceded defeat, and now I am willing to admit I need help. I will be following the Tupler Technique, which is a four step program to heal diastasis recti:

  1. Tupler Technique® Exercises (Elevator, Contracting & Headlifts)
  2. Splinting with the Diastasis Rehab Splint™
  3. Using your abdominals correctly with activities of daily living
  4. Getting up and down correctly

I have ordered the splint, and it should arrive in the mail any day now. I will be wearing it 24/7. I will also be doing her exercises five times a day (at least that's the goal).

I will update pictures of my belly every once in a while so that you can keep up with my progress. My goal is that by the end of the summer, I will no longer have the diastasis, which will hopefully help with some of my aches and pains.

Here we go...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I nursed my baby on Alcatraz

... and at Fisherman's Wharf, and at Golden Gate Park, and in Napa Valley....

If you watched enough Carmen Sandiego growing up, you know from the above clues that we just got back from San Francisco, California.

We went with my family and enjoyed four days in the City by the Bay. There are so many pictures I want to post, but I narrowed it down to a few of my favorites:

day trip to wine country in Napa Valley

Muir Woods to see the giant Redwoods

Lombard Street

at Alamo Square looking out over the "Painted Ladies," aka the Full House backdrop

at the Academy of Sciences... fascinated by the fish

sleeping through most of the Alcatraz adventure

wiped out... thank goodness for a wonderful aunt

Monday, May 9, 2011

My First Mother's Day

Well, my first Mother's Day as a mom, that is.

It was 95 degrees and sunny in Texas, so we enjoyed some time in our new backyard. A perfect Mother's Day afternoon for this new mommy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mama's Little Helper

Glad to know that while our family goes through many changes, some things stay the same...

Helping my mom pack up the old house

Helping my mom unpack at the new house

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Couch Connection

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of moving houses, please allow me to brag about my husband for a moment.

Austin and his close friends are in an improvisational comedy troupe called Curtis Needs a Ride. A few weekends ago, they participated in the Dallas 48 Hour Film Project, and they won BEST FILM. That's right, out of the 39 teams that entered the competition, theirs was the very best. They also won for "Best Use of Character" and "Best Writing."

They've already received some press:

Here is the winning film. Enjoy!!