Baby Steps: Regaining Myself After Four Babies in Five Years

I've spent a lot of time thinking about myself as a mom, as a wife, and as a friend. I may have been too hard on myself at times, but I've realized that I need to improve a lot of things about my lifestyle if I want to be in good health as I get older. I've realized that I've spent a lot of time making babies, nurturing babies, taking care of my babies as they've become toddlers, preschoolers, and so on. At what point do I take a little bit of the focus off of that and help myself?

Mothers are always told to take care of themselves in order to be healthy for their babies. More than ever, I know this to be true. As my latest pregnancy revealed, my health really isn't the greatest. No, I don't have the worst health in the world, but there's several things I need to change before I become ill in my adult years with diabetes, more back problems, and whatever other issues may come along.

I knew that I started Hallie's pregnancy at a less than ideal weight. I wasn't huge, but I wasn't small either. I've always been "a bit on the bigger side", but weight gain from pregnancy has pushed me into obesity. I had really been focusing on weight loss after the birth of our third child, who is now three years old.  However, a fourth pregnancy that came sooner than we expected it stopped that. I am now ten months postpartum and I am ready to get back on that road.

So, as I work on my health goals, I've decided to open up about it on my blog. I'm not sure if I'm looking for support, or a place to document it, but I just need to get it all off my chest. I'm working closely with my midwife to raise my chronically low Vitamin D levels, start a Paleo diet in the new year, and work on weight loss. In a year, it's possible that we'll try to add to our family again, so I would like to be as healthy as possible for a potential pregnancy.

Goals include:

  • Weight loss of 30 lbs by spring.
  • Curbing my pop and sugar intake (already working on this)
  • Transitioning into a Paleo diet (following 80/20 rule)
  • Raising Vitamin D level with supplements and a diet revamp (already working on this)
  • Raising my self esteem
I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. I hope to gain a close relationship with some of my readers. Thank you in advance for any support. 



  1. Weight loss is hard, but you can do it! Sounds like you have some great goals to work towards!


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