Holy cow. How has two years gone by so fast? So much has changed since the last postpartum post at 15 months. Our toddler had only just started walking then... now he's running, climbing, starting to ride a bike... just full of energy. He's so much more confident on his feet, but that also results in more accidents as he runs and trips. He currently has three bumps on his forehead, one was a bump over the top of a week old nearly healed bump, and has formed a huge egg. He just shakes it off though, a hug and if we are home some ice on the bruise, and he's off running again.
He's also starting talking, slowly over the last few months. It started off with him displaying interest in an item, i'd then name it, and after i'd done that for a few weeks he'd try to start saying it. I made a big fuss over him when he attempted it, and gradually he starting trying to copy more and more often. In the car on the way home from work, he used to point out motorbikes and when one had passed by he'd say, 'more?'. I made a game of it, calling out 'motorbike' whenever i could see one in my rear vision mirror, and slowly he started to copy me. Now when we see a motorbike he yells 'biiii'!
He'll have a go now at copying most things we say, but single words only. I can get him to say 'more' and then 'cheese' ('dees') but he can't yet put the two together. He'll just say 'dees' if i ask, 'more cheese?'.
He's still not very adventurous with food, but he has added a few new items lately - he loves cheese, deli meats, and grapes. I did have him drinking my green smoothies (he'd sip from my straw) but he's refused to try any the last few months. He's now got his full set of 20 teeth (although the top molars are not yet fully through).
We're not any further along with toilet training. He will wee most mornings after waking, but it's more of a bonus if we get any during the day. I've had a talk with daycare about putting him on the toilet before nappy changes, as they are doing this with some of the other children. As he's one of the older kids, i'd have thought they'd do it with him as well, but now i think they wait for the parents to ask.
As for me, i've still been trying to complete the sixth week of the Tupler Technique. Most days i managed to get six sets of contractions done, but i'm supposed to be doing nine. Or ten. I should check my checklist again. My diastasis is still closed at the top (or at least, so shallow that i can't press in), three fingers wide at my navel and medium-shallow, and two fingers wide below my navel.
View from the left, with my picture from 22 months postpartum on the left and 24 months on the right. There's a definite change just below my ribs; my stomach has flattened out there. It looks like the pointy part of my mummy tummy has moved lower.
Same thing from the right side view - a dip below my ribs and a new roundedness below my navel.
The lighting was different between the two days i took these shots, but it does appear that my belly is a bit flatter in the newer picture. I've taken the shot so that my scar is visible... normally it sits below my bikini bottoms or underwear. You can see how the whole scar seems to dip in and the skin above is a bit pouchy. This is where my haematoma was, but i don't think there's any of it left now. The skin above and either side of my scar moves easily, but there is still an adhesion in the middle. I haven't done the scar massage, it's one of the things that i just run out of time to do each day. I'm focussing on trying to do the Tupler Technique every day as my priority body-wise.
My outie belly button looks pretty much the same. Hard to tell since the previous month's picture wasn't a close up like this month, i just cropped it from my full length photo, so it's slightly blurry. It looks like it might be a little more contracted this month?
Looks like the navel has got worse here. :( Not surprising seeing as i had been doing the Tupler Technique very regularly, whereas i'm barely making four sets a day now. Have to try harder.
Fingers crossed the next postpartum post will be a pregnancy series!
The postpartum series: