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New Mom Harmes Plans to Return
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2005 world floor exercise bronze medalist Suzanne Harmes of the Netherlands told IG her plan is to "return to my old level" after the birth of her first child, a boy named Lugano, on May 24.
Suzanne Harmes

"I'm thinking I can start strength training in a few weeks," said the 21-year-old Harmes. "This strength training will be the start, and then we'll see how things work out and how far I can get. The idea is to return to my old level. I need to lose a bit more weight and see how my body copes with getting back into training. But I'm starting to work on it soon!"

Harmes, a 2004 Olympian, said Lugano was 54 centimeters (21.2 in.) tall and weighed 3230 grams (7.1 lbs.) at birth. He is now 58 centimeters (22.8 in.) tall.

"Lugano has very long legs, and big hands and feet, for a small baby," Harmes said.

At birth, people told Harmes that Lugano resembled his father, Gamaliël, a lot. Now, people tell her Lugano resembles her much more.

"He really is a quiet and happy baby," Harmes said. "He sleeps a lot, and only cries when he is hungry or when he needs to have his nappy changed."

Three weeks after giving birth, Harmes said she feels quite fit. "I physically didn't feel so well the first week, but now everything is fine," she said.

Read "Double Dutch," a profile on Harmes, in the May 2005 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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