One thing that really has amazed me these last few weeks is how strong I feel. After two years of picking Sadie up and carrying her around my arms are stronger than they ever were when I was doing pushups every day in karate class, playing rugby or surfing. Nothing beats spending 14 hours a day lifting 35 lbs up and then setting 35 lbs back down again.
The best part is that I don't get tired carrying Maggie. I remember thinking that Sadie's 9 lbs 4 ounces used to get heavy after a while. But Maggie feels so light to me I think I could carry her around all day (and if you count the time she spends in her Moby wrap I guess I do!). And hoisting her car seat into and out of the car is a breeze.
I never really thought about it before I had Sadie, but Mom's really have to be pretty strong! Being a mom is a way better arm workout than I ever got at the gym!