The Silver Lining

Uh. Postpartum weight loss. Not a fun topic, but one of those facts of life that is so utterly real it’s annoying. After Max was born I had this grandiose idea of documenting my journey back to … well, back to something “normal”. Whatever that is.  Pre-Jemma I had some of those happy marriage pounds and pre-Max I had found an ideal right around 140 pounds. I consider that ideal because 1) I felt good, healthy 2) I was able to borrow clothes from my sister’s which exponentially increased my wardrobe options.

I peaked at 179 pounds with my second pregnancy – a total of 39 pounds. Since two weeks postpartum I’ve wavered between 155 and 160. Boo. Holiday treats played a lot into my stagnant weight, but whatevs. I’m not gonna say no to a cookie when it’s staring me in the face. No sir. I had a plateau during my postpartum months with Jem too. I don’t think  I started dropping again until she was 8 or 9 months.

I say all that to say, I’m bummed about my thick middle. I’m limiting my sweets without sending my sweet tooth into complete exile. Literally, I can eat a dozen cookies in a day if they are just hanging out and about. I am the non-blue version of Cookie Monster. I’m also focusing on eating quality calories because I’ve seen a direct correlation between wholesome food and my milk supply. Quinoa – represent! And, I’m biding my time, hoping that by Max’s first birthday I’ll be feeling more myself.

I tell others all the time that it takes 9 months to grow a baby and it will take at least that long to lose it. I need to remember my own advice. And most days, I do. But some days, it just stinks to be the bigger version of me. And today I’m telling myself that it is just fine to have those thoughts as well. Because I know in my heart of hearts, that the silver lining is the chubby little boy in my arms who wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my chubby tummy.

-Gretchen

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  1. says

    ugh i'm so there myself! trying hard to love and respect my body and what i did and continue to do for my new baby, but it's hard! i had one pair of jeans that sort of fit, but now they have a hole in them – ack! do i go buy new pants in a size i don't want to be, or wear jammies and yoga pants until i fit my pre-preggers? and when/how do i fit in exercise that will get me there? because like you, my mouth can't stop inhaling food!! we can do this, right?

  2. Nessa Bixler says

    I lost the baby weight faster with my first than this time around. I have 15 pounds hanging on this time 6 months out. To top it off a separated abdomen that makes me pouchier. My baby's dimples are worth it… so worth it.

  3. ThatMamaGretchen says

    There is no doubt, having babies changes our bodies forever — if not with weight, then the distribution of it :) Here's the embracing all that comes with motherhood!

  4. ThatMamaGretchen says

    It was supposed to be my "before" picture, but it is my before and present photo now, so … maybe in another year an "after" will debut. Ha!

  5. ThatMamaGretchen says

    I have the separated abs too! Definitely contributes to the pooch :( I went to a PT twice to learn exercises to help it and I'm trying to stay on it, but I do it maybe half as often as I should.

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  9. Briana Runde says

    Thanks for sharing! I am sharing my journey on my blog too. Wish our bodies went back to normal as fast as they "pop"! :)

  10. says

    thanks for sharing a REAL pic of what a post-baby tummy looks like. it is so hard to lose that weight. i have the seperated abs too. like you said, we put the weight on over 9 months… it's reasonable to anticipate it will take the same time to lose it. best wishes!

  11. says

    I feel you girlfriend! Sadly, I'm 9 months pp and my stomach has not improved one bit. If anything I look worse! And I went to my ob last week and weighed more than I did at my 6 week pp checkup! Sad day. You are not alone! But don't be too hard on yourself! There is such grace and life is more important than fretting over external things! ( I'm telling myself this too!)

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