One Month Postpartum Update

My sweet girl is a month old now and I wanted to share a postpartum update!


I know she’s my child and all, but isn’t she CUUUUTE!! Oh my I love sweet little babies.

Postpartum Update


Weight loss: 21 pounds down, 14 more to go

Exercise: I started exercising at 2 weeks postpartum and started off slow with 2-3 mile walks. At 3 weeks postpartum I did my first short run (2.25 miles) and am now fitting in 3-4 days a week of a variety of workouts such as walking, P90x yoga and running. At 3 weeks postpartum, I ran 3 miles and I feel ready to push myself past the 3 mile mark so that will be my goal for next week.

Breast or bottle: exclusively breastfeeding- same as I did with my other 3. I have been blessed to have a great supply and flexible schedule therefore have never needed to buy formula. Not a drop! I tell my husband that gives me the right to splurge more in post baby shopping. Totally fair right?

Sleeping: well yes actually. With my mom in town helping I was lucky to sleep in and take naps. Makes those mid-night wakings much more doable. That’s all about to change since mama headed back to Texas a few days ago. Sniff sniff.

Baby schedule: not yet. Too early but she is pretty consistent with a long morning nap and long afternoon nap.

Mood: pretty decent. I remember having way more episodes of the baby blues with the others so I am actually quite shocked given the circumstances. Ask me again in a few weeks and that might change!

I am excited to say I found a half marathon in May that should work with my schedule and another one in June so by then end of February I will start the actually training plan for the one in May. I always use the Hal Higdon training plans so here is the one I will use this time. I am excited to get started!

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I totally missed posting Super Bowl recipes but here are some anyway (yes I realize that the game will be over by the time you read this but it never hurts to link up some yummy recipes, right?)


Black Bean, Corn and Chipotle Dip

Southwestern Egg Rolls

Cilantro-Jalapeno Hummus

Southwestern Turkey Burger Sliders

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Meat (to eat with chips, on nachos or for taco salads)

Vegetarian Hummus Pita Pizzas

Vegetarian Quesadillas

and from Cooking Light…..

Artichoke Spinach and White Bean Dip

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix


Hope you all have a great, productive week!


Questions: How was your weekend? Did you watch the game? Eat yummy food? Are you training for any races? What training plan do you use?

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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thanks Laura! I know- time flies. I am sure your pregnancy will too! Sooo excited for you to have #2!

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thanks so much Sandra. Although I’ve never had a C-section I have always waited longer too. It has been such a blessing to workout early this time. It really helps with the stress. :)

  1. kristen says

    Congratulations!! What a beautiful girl and I just love the name. Such a doll!

    I came across your blog from a twitter follower posting your latest post and started poking around. We have a couple things in common. One – we are both in Washington. Two – we both have husbands gone alot. Mine is a merchant marine. Works out of the country 6 months out of the year. I’m pregnant with number 2 (35 weeks so almost there) and have a 20 month old. So very busy. So very tired. I’m trying to figure out how you handled three other little this pregnancy. Such an inspiration and always good to find other moms that are in similar positions. It really is a different lifestyle. My husband is due to come home right at 38 weeks so I’m *pretty sure* he’ll make it home but I had my first at 38 so who knows!

    Enjoyed reading your birth story and I’m so glad the timing all worked out! So many great half marathons in May. Which one are you doing? I know you post alot about food, but looking forward to following your training as well. I don’t blog anymore (or read blogs much anymore for that matter) but I’ve followed you on twitter and instagram so I’ll see you around.

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Thank you so much for your comment! Where in Washington do you live? We’re about 50 miles south of Seattle. It definitely is challenging when Daddy is away. I think being pregnant was almost more difficult than now. At least newborns sleep a lot! Plus I can enjoy a glass of wine when the other littles are driving me crazy! 😉
      I sure hope your hubby makes it in time for the birth! I know how stressful it can be just to think about. Do you have family around to help? My parents came about a week before the baby arrived so that was helpful. Anyway I’m so glad you found my blog. I do love fitness and food of course. I plan on running the half marathon in Olympia and maybe the rock n roll Seattle.

      Wishing you the best over the next month! PS I’m typing this on my phone so hopefully it’ll make sense 😉 Melanie

      • kristen says

        I keep telling myself it’s harder BECAUSE I’m pregnant and soon I will have some energy back. So thank you for mentioning that! I just sent you an email with more details on my location….

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