3 Month Post-Baby Body!

Hannah is 3 months old tomorrow. I can’t believe it.

The night she was born.

It’s been a life changing 12-13 weeks, full of laughter, tears, frustration, and joy. Every day that passes gets a little more fun.

I have a daughter!  I’m a MOM! It’s crazy :)

Now at 3 months old, Hannah is like a new baby.

She cracks me up with her silly faces.

And lately all she wants to do is stand. I swear the girl is going to walk before she crawls!

She also LOVES her Penelope bird mobile. She would stare at it all day (or at least as long as it takes me to hop in the shower!).

 I look forward to all the new things that lie ahead, but I’m also getting sad by how fast it’s all going. Lucky for me, I have time to take it all in and cherish every blue-eyed moment. :)

As for me? This is how I’m doing at 3 months post-baby:

Self-Image: I am slowly starting to have more good days than bad. I’ve been desperately fighting off old eating disordered thoughts since Hannah was born. It was shocking how good I felt the first week after I delivered, but trying on old clothes got me down. I think I put unrealistic expectations on myself, even though I swore I wouldn’t. However, as the weeks went on and the more advice I got, my perception of myself got better. At this point, I think I’ve fully accepted that my body will take time to get back to where it was. Overall I would give myself a B – in the “love yourself” department.

Weight: I’ve lost 2 1/2 pounds this month but more importantly? I lost 1 1/2″ from my waist, a 1/2″ from my hips, and a 1/4″ from each thigh! I’ll take it, especially considering the typical loss post-baby is about a pound a month. I’m surprised at how well I’m doing with the scale too. I think the ole scale has finally found a healthy place in my home. I don’t even think to weigh myself anymore, but when I do? The number doesn’t affect me the way it used to. I think giving up the scale for more than a year was the best thing I could have done for myself. Yay me!

Exercise: I bought RevAbs a couple weeks ago and posted about it as being part of my Fall Weight-Loss Plan. If you haven’t come on board…you must!! Check out my Food and Exercise Journal! Anyway, I’ve only tried 3 of the 10 DVD set. While it’s a good workout, I find it a bit boring. It’s very guy-oriented as far as the structure of the program. I think Brandon would probably like it more than me. So what am I doing? Lots of NEAT activity; anywhere from 20-45 minutes of structured exercise 4-5 days per week, and carrying around a 13 pound baby! I’m not lacking in the exercise department. Trust me!

Eats: As counter-intuitive as it sounds, I’ve increased my caloric intake. I don’t count calories religiously, but I typically keep a rough tally in my head. The weeks that I’m eating over 2500 calories a day seem to be when I drop weight!! It’s hard for me to put my head around, but I guess when you factor in nursing, exercise, and NEAT activity, I’m burning a lot of calories!! My mantra has still been eat when hungry and only to satisfaction. While I haven’t been perfect, I think I’m eating healthy at least 85-90% of the time.

Favorite Eats:

  • Oatmeal
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Red onions (I cannot get enough)
  • Kale
  • Roasted potatoes

Belly Pics:

1 month; 3 month; 1 month; 3 month

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

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8 comments to 3 Month Post-Baby Body!

  • sara

    Your abs are flatter then mine and I’ve never had a child haha!! You look great and you daughter is super cute!

  • You look amazing! You put me to shame. Congrats- your hard work is paying off :)

  • I think you look fabulous! :D And Hannah is just as I expected – completely adorable!

    I have never had a child, but I imagine that after your body has gone through all that it did – nourishing another person, stretching to accommodate that person, going through labor to deliver that person, and then continuing to nourish that person – well, heck, that is a lot! Yes, pregnancy is natural and not an illness – but it’s still an adjustment. Your sleep patterns are different, your body is adjusting to not being pregnant, all of that stuff. So where you are is just amazing!

  • I’m glad you’re self image is improving, doesn’t look to me like you should at all be at be self conscious! You are looking great!!

  • Oh how so cute! I want to hug her!

    Nice job on the body progress. I too don’t fear the scale as much as I used to!

  • 3 months already! Seems like life happens so fast…

    She’s adorable, my friend. :)

  • Ok first of all — your daughter is ADORABLE. Love the pics — her facial expressions are the cutest!!

    And second of all – SO SO proud of you for pulling yourself up and out of that disordered eating mindset that was starting to creep in. I know you are struggling with it and I think it’s just awesome that you are able to see through to the other side, that you ARE working hard to get back to ‘you’ but that it will take time and to have the patience to see that is hard to do but you’re doing it. VERY VERY proud. And girl — you are looking fitter and fitter by the second, great work!!

  • APPLAUSE!!!

    Not only do you have a beautiful healthy daughter, but you are setting such an example!!

    Way to go!!

    The hoodie pic is my fave:)

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