3 months postpartum

Happy Friday my friends!

Thanks again to my bestie for writing up her pregnancy story – she’s one tough cookie and I have a feeling her tator tot will be here soon rather than later. 

It’s been an interesting week going back to work.  It’s quite the effort to pack a diaper bag, breast pump bag, laptop/work bag, and lunch bag every day, on top of the typical household and pet duties.  Soon it will be second nature, but this week was a wake up call back to the ‘real world’ as it once was pre-soybean.  Maybe that’s worth a blog post?

On that note, I realize this blog has become very baby-heavy, but fact of the matter is that’s what’s at the forefront of my life right now.  And from the direct feedback I’ve received, readers are interested – more importantly, my friends (IRL) and family like reading those posts.  And, really, that’s the audience that I care most about.  Perhaps the blog will return to what it once was, perhaps not.  We shall see Winking smile

Anyway, back to my 3 months postpartum status.  I haven’t updated much since 6 weeks postpartum, mainly because there was so little change.  I didn’t expect anything drastic anyway for a couple of reasons: breastfeeding has my body holding on to some additional fat; I’m not working out regularly or at any high intensity to garner results; I’m not eating that great and definitely exceeding my required calories. 

Here is a recap of where I was at February 8, 2012, 6 weeks postpartum:

  • Weight: +10.9 lbs (down 2.1 lbs (16.1 lbs since birth))
  • Ribcage: 29” (down 1”)
  • Waist (smallest part above belly button): 30” (down 2” (~8” since birth))
  • Hips: 35.5” (no change)
  • Right Bicep: 10.75” (down .25”)
  • Left Bicep: 9.75” (down .25”)
  • Right Thigh: 21” (no change)
  • Left Thigh: 21.75” (down .25”)

And here is where I am at as of March 28, 2012, 3 months postpartum:

  • Weight: +9.5 lbs (down 1.4  lbs (17.5 lbs since birth))
  • Ribcage: 28.5” (down 0.5" since 6 week status)
  • Waist (smallest part above belly button): 29” (down 12” (~9” since birth))
  • Hips: 34.5” (down 1” since 6 week status)
  • Right Bicep: 10.75” (no change since 6 week status)
  • Left Bicep: 9.75” (no change since 6 week status)
  • Right Thigh: 21” (no change since 6 week status)
  • Left Thigh: 21.75” (no change since 6 week status)


  • Skinnygirl Workout 1-3x per week
  • Treadmill intervals (jogging/walking) 1-3x per week for 30-45 min
  • Weights 1x per week
  • Dog walks daily – approx 1-2 mile

The progress is marginal, but it’s there.  And you know what?  I’m okay with it.  Sure I wish the weight loss was super easy and just melted right off, but if I have to work for it, it will feel that much more of an accomplishment once it’s off (at least that’s what I keep telling myself Winking smile) However, if I could make some progress on my thighs, that would be super because right now they are preventing me from being able to fit into my work clothes.  And frankly I sorta need those clothes since it is awfully costly to have to buy new dress pants.

Here are two shots I took last weekend:

Mar 25 2012_3mo_3Mar 25 2012_3mo_4

And there you have it. My blog post on bean at 3 months will be far more interesting since he is cooing up a storm and smiling nonstop Open-mouthed smile

As for the weekend, no firm plans yet.  Hoping some Thai food is somewhere on the agenda!

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21 responses to “3 months postpartum

  1. kitkat1126

    I started following last year and honestly, I love hearing anything/everythig baby related, especially now that you’ve returned to work!

    Seriously, I hope when I have kids I look like you post 3 months – you look great!

  2. I love your blog! I found it about a year ago or so and am also pregnant right now (due end of April). I love hearing about all the baby/pregnancy related things you write about. I say do what you want, it’s your blog and it sounds like most readers love it! If people don’t like what you write they don’t have to read it :)
    Thanks for being so open and honest!

  3. I think you look great! I hear you on weight not wanting to come off the post pregnancy body. I lost most of my weight right away and then I haven’t really been able to lose more no matter what I do. I went from not working out and eating kind of crappy when we have relatives in town for a month to eating healhty and working out 5 days a week and I’ve only lost a few ounces! Ounces! It is crazy, my weight is about the same no matter what I do. I had a goal of losing 5 pounds in the month of March and I have about 4.7lbs to go before Sunday! ;)

    But, as long as Pickles (one of Cameryn’s nicknames) is happy and growing that’s all I really care about. Although it would make me very happy to drop a few!

  4. You look great Shanna. It’s hard to believe you JUST had a baby.

    And keep the baby centered posts coming. I love them. Anyone expecting you not to post about him would have to be crazy.

  5. You look fantastic!!!! :) Keep up the awesome progress! And I love your baby posts :)

  6. Laura Nelson

    You look great, S! It is wonderful to hear about your pregnancy and baby here, especially since I don’t get to see you all of the time. :)

  7. Looking good girl. It’s great to hear about your post pregnancy and how much you are achieving afterwords. You will def get where you want too soon!

  8. Lookin’ good, lady! :)

    Slow and steady wins the race, right?

  9. Ky G

    As a new FTM I love the direction of your blog…huge life changes call for new direction. Mommyhood + health….exactly what I’m interested in most nowadays and are the types of blogs I’m paying attention to the most.

  10. jana

    I think you look fabulous!!

  11. Shanna you look incredible for just 3 months out!! I’m sure your daily routine will get easier as you get back into the swing of it all.


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  13. morriskr

    I could have written some of this! My son is 9.5 weeks, and I’m still holding onto about 9lbs. Even though at 2 weeks post I was the same weight! I had a rough recovery and could barely do much, then at 5.5 weeks post I started working out 5-7 days a week pretty hard. Yet the weight barely budges! The smallest part of my waist and also my belly button went down an inch, but like you it’s my thighs that are preventing me from fitting in my old clothes.

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