I’m home alone for the first time in awhile. It’s kind of a strange feeling not having the little guy and his mom around. They’ve headed out to the in-laws to rest and get taken care of for a few days, as my wife hurt her back and it’s hindering her ability to pick up the little fellow. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to help out much due to a crazy work schedule.
What put us in this unforeseen circumstance was my wife’s refusal to slow down for a few days. Due to the sheer boredom of being locked up in our 700 sq. ft. apartment for a week (and possibly the desire to regain her girlish figure), she headed down to the gym on a morning her mother had come over to take care of the little guy. Twenty minutes on the elliptical trainer was all it took to throw her muscles out of whack. We read later women who’ve just given birth should lay off of heavy physical exercise for at least six weeks.
Now she’s in major pain, and we’re both worrying this isn’t going to subside. Luckily we’ve got a good support network, and she doesn’t have to work for another 11 months (thank you Canada), so it’s fine. Hopefully, she’ll be better in the next couple of days and we can chalk it up to the fact we’re rookie parents. But for anyone out there thinking of exercising heavily a couple of weeks after having a baby, take a walk instead.