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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Baby Weight

Yup.  I'm doing it.  I'm a mom blogger, blogging about my post-baby body.  

Someone call the cliche police.

And now, I will swallow my pride and give you the actual, mind-blowing stats.  

At 31 weeks pregnant, I tipped the scales at a whopping 185lbs (3 lbs    shy of my previous pre-delivery weight).  By the time I got home from giving birth to little guy #2 and bravely stepped on the bathroom scale, it read 173.  

Granted, of that initial loss, 4 lbs were accounted for by the tiny person I delivered, and a large portion of the rest was, by all accounts left on the delivery room floor (and no, I did not eat the placenta, thanks for asking).  

Today, 2.5 weeks after delivery, I weighed in at 169 lbs, which would make me giggle if it weren't 25 lbs heavier than I believe to be necessary for my 5 foot 6 inch frame ...okay, 5 foot 5 and 1/2.

If you know me, you know that I am not normally by any means a *thin* person.  I work out because I am an endorphin junkie, because I get paid to do so (what up, Lab Gym!) and -- perhaps most importantly -- because I love to eat...and drink.

After little man #1, I was able to slowly sneak back into my pre-pregnancy pants, just in time to discover I was pregnant again.  

PSA: Nursing does not equal birth control.

Speaking of nursing, I am fully aware of the importance of keeping up my caloric intake to maintain milk production; It may in fact be one of my favorite things about nursing.  I also know that I should not anticipate losing weight at a rate greater than 1-2 lbs a week.  

Still, if I can't spend the next seven weeks binging on ice cream and chunking up myself and my baby, at least I can begin the process of correcting my figure and fitting into something other than elastic waistbands and maternity tops.  

And because I like to consider myself to be more practical than vein, I will end on this note: 

Sure, looking a little smaller through my mid-section would be a nice ego-boosting bonus.  And who wants a fat fitness instructor and/or Physical Therapist?? Still, the most important thing is that I am healthy and energized enough to keep up with two small boys and that I can set an example for them of how to be healthy and fit. 


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