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4 days pp (May)

May 19, 2008

I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant and turned 20 before I had him. I am engaged to the most amazing person I’ve ever known, and although the pregnancy was unplanned he was thrilled with the news; because after five years of trying to win my heart, he not only finally had me, but was about to start a family with who he calls the girl of his dreams. I cannot say that I was as thrilled at first – I was devestated. But that all quickly changed and although my pregnancy was less than wonderful, when times were hard I just had to hold my belly in my hands and feel my baby boy roll around and kick and punch and squirm – all of which he did 24/7 and it was the main (and sometimes only) joy I got out of being pregnant. I didn’t want to be induced and my doctor insisted, but after a week past my due date I reluctantly agreed, me and Anthony prayed for weeks about the possibility of an induction, so I was in ways prepared. It went surprisingly well, and I very comfortably and calmly gave birth to my BEAUTIFUL 7 lb. 7 oz. baby boy, 21 inches tall and looks just like his dad. I was able to go home 24 hours after he was born, no complications with him or me. He is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me, next in line with his father coming into my life. I just had him 4 days ago and despite friends with babies saying coming home from the hospital would be hell on earth, I have found it beautifully easy, mainly because I have a good attitude about it I suppose. I am breastfeeding him and my milk came in well, he is a wonderful baby and gives me no trouble [yet] :) I have very little pain and can move around great, I can even exercise although I guess I probably shouldn’t. I’m 5’9″ and I was 130lbs in a size 2. when I got pregnant with him, ballooned up to 169lbs and a size 7 in regular jeans (i never did buy maternity jeans as none that I found were anywhere near long enough!) by the day before the induction. I ate so well, very healthy as I did before I got pregnant and actually alot less than people would have probably advised but I just wasn’t that hungry during pregnancy, I exercised every single day walking and pilates but I still gained the weight. I was really worried and still am about what I will look like. But my mom snapped back down to a size 2 even after me and my twin brothers so maybe I’ll be fine. I got some stretch marks on my left hip and on the inside of my left thigh despite my efforts against them, but the little ones on my stomach didn’t appear til after I gave birth. I’m now 4 days postpartum and I’ve lost only 13 lbs. and that really disappoints me. These pics are of me about a month before I got pregnant, me at 9 months pregnant, me today and then my beautiful little boy, Cecil.


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9 Responses to “4 days pp (May)”

  1. Ashley Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 8:04 am

    You look great! And dont worry about the weight coming off… IT WILL!!! I have two daughters… my oldest is 22 months and my youngest is 3 months… and I am already back down to about 10 pounds over my prepregnancy weight… Dont stress! YOu look great and your little boy is so handsome!!!

  2. Kerstin Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I am really happy for you that everything has been going so well and easily. Not many new moms experience that.
    Coming from having gone through terrible postpartum depression/anxiety right after the birth of my daughter, let me tell you: don’t worry about the outside of your body. It’s nothing. I almost killed myself because my inside was so wrong. As long as your mind is beautiful, you are. And from your pictures – I am sure you are still just as cute and will get back to a size 2. Good luck for you and your little family!!

  3. kristina Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 9:46 am

    you look so great. just wait and see! you got away with barely any stretch marks and your tummy only pouts a tiny bit compared to most people, which means in a couple months or so you should have no pouch. no pouch, no stretch marks!? man, i wish i was as lucky as you. and your baby is darling……:)

  4. Kym Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    you look awesome! and only 4 days after!! Congrats on the wonderful man and the beautiful baby!

  5. michelle Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    You do look amazing… dont worry about the weight. my daughter is 5 months and i weigh less than i did before i got pregnant. I gained about 50 pounds during pregnancy and have lost 60… it will come off

  6. Milk Mama Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I’m sorry. Why are you looking at the scale at 4 days postpartum???!!! It takes weeks to lose the extra fluids and for your uterus to shrink back to its original size. Breastfeeding will help with all of that. I’m glad to hear that you are breastfeeding. I’m always impressed with young moms who breastfeed. I had my daughter at 22 and am extended-breastfeeding her (beyond 1 year. She is now 18 months.) I am still losing weight and my body is still shrinking even 18 months later. It takes upwards of 2 years for your body to get back to its original size. You are doing great! Please don’t focus on the size of your belly now. That’s ridiculous. You’re only 4 days pp!!! My advice is to STOP LOOKING AT THAT SCALE and wait until your 6 week postpartum checkup. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Instead of saying, Oh I only lost 2 pounds from last week, you’ll say “YES! I lost 20 pounds from 6 weeks ago!” KWIM? You look awesome. You look like a mom who just gave birth. And you did!

  7. Jenna Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    congrats! you are gorgeous! best wishes Jenna

  8. lottie Says:
    May 20th, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Oh honey, I sort of know what you mean. I gained 80 pounds with my baby and I was really hoping that half of that would melt away with the birth. Alas, not. Once I got over that, I focused on my baby, and the zombie like constant care and nursing, and before I knew it I was at my 6 week check up, and I had lost- you guessed right, 40 pounds. It takes time dear. Every momma I know is surprised to still have a round belly after birth. Remember though, it took 9-10 months to gain that weight, give yourself that amount of time (if not TWICE that, as in my case) to lose it. Stay healthy, stay sane. Best of luck and please, banish the scale!

  9. May Says:
    May 21st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    This is May, I posted this; I just wanted to say that I had my baby on APRIL 15th, not May. For some reason it took an entire month for this post to finally go up. Now a month postpartum, I have lost over 30 pounds, and gained 40 during pregnancy, so to those who said it would take a year or two, I guess not!!

    Thank you for all the kind words about my baby boy. We are doing fantastic and he’s now over nine pounds and a little over his birth height. We’re all very well and he’s the main attraction wherever we go :)

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