Everyone has been asking me to update. I know, I’m a little behind. Things have been busy. After a week at grammy’s, the kids came back home. No more laying around the house and doing nothing. Right…actually, I have been working a bit again! Not personal training, that would be difficult right after surgery (although I wouldn’t put it past me). Rather, I am developing some curriculum for a certifying agency. It sounds like more work might come my way which is fabulous since I won’t get back to training for a few months.
Although the kids are back, I still need help since I have been given strict instructions NOT to get on the floor with the kids or pick them up until my next appointment. So, Max is in charge mornings and evenings and Grammy P is here during the days. The Grandparent G’s came this weekend to give Grammy P. a break. The whole family has been a huge help in keeping the kids busy, they hardly notice I’ve been around a little less.
On top of that, my PC laptop is out of memory so I’m trying to learn the logistics of the much more efficient Mac.
My tt recovery has been a little rough since the kids arrived home. I feel great. Nothing a little extra strength Tylenol can’t handle. But, it is REALLY hard not picking the kids up. Three toddlers is a lot of toddlers. Even with 24 hour help, one or more are falling down, fighting over a toy, or just need a cuddle. The grandparents cuddles are the best but sometimes the kids just want their mommy. Don’t tell my doctor but I’ve stole a few cuddles. On top of that, when one of the kids is about to fall down the steps, the mother in me cannot help but reach over and catch them. Don’t tell the doctor that either. For anyone considering this surgery, I do recommend waiting till the kids are older. I’m doing my best not to pop a stitch and ruin my doc’s job but I’m not doing a great job of following the rules.
My progress report so far (besides what my doctor doesn’t know) is great. My surgeon said my muscle separation was among the worst he’d seen. 4″ all the way up through my ribcage. So there wasn’t much protecting my organs from the outside world. I needed this surgery. I’m healing fine and have had no complications. My drain came out last Thursday. I will have to wear compression garments for 6-8 weeks. I go back Monday for “the talk”. I expect to hear “after 2 weeks you can do whatever your body feels like doing but no lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs.”. Since I feel like I could go out and run 5 miles, my doctor is going to have to give me more specific and stricter instructions than that.
I’m posting some pics but you have to read a little disclaimer first:
I know the results are impressive BUT I still don’t recommend it for the everyday gal who has a “pooch”. I will have a nasty scar, I still have some stretch marks and my skin prunes a little when it is lax. I recommend running 5 miles a few times a week to get rid of your pooch rather than this surgery. If you decide on this surgery, at least wait till you are down to and maintaining a weight you are happy with. For me, I am at the weight I have been at for the past 15 years (besides the pregnancy and one bout of chubbiness right after college) For me, the difference between the before and after are striking enough to be worth it.
Here I am 8 weeks pregnant with the triplets. This is the closest “before” pregnancy pic I have. (Note: If you ever intend to get pregnant with multiples (please don’t), take a close-up pic of your tummy first. It will never be the same).
Here I am before giving birth
Here is what you have been waiting for, my post-triplet belly. Otherwise known as, “that is what triplets will do to you”
And here I am 8 days post tummy tuck, muscle repair, hernia repair. Remember, I am far from heeled. But yes, my doctor is a genius!