One Week Postpartum

If there’s anything you can learn about my two pregnancies, it’s that no two pregnancies are the same. I have a feeling the same is going to apply to my postpartum fitness journey.

First pregnancy? I gained 40 lbs.

Second pregnancy? I gained 22 lbs.

One week later, I’m already down 14 pounds.


I have all kinds of ideas about why this pregnancy has been so different, and I’ll probably fully write about those at some point. But here I am, one week after giving birth, 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.

It took me MONTHS to get this far after my first pregnancy. At least three months. Maybe more. From a numbers perspective, at least. I obviously still have a long way to go to get my level of fitness back.

But there is lots of time for that. Right now my days are full of snuggles and sniffles.

Yes, I’ve been fighting a cold since before Little Miss Athlete was born. Or I thought it was just a cold. We took her to her first doctor’s appointment on Wednesday. She got a perfect bill of health!

Me? Not so much. Her pediatrician (who is actually my doctor too) took one look at me and said, “Let me examine you first.” Apparently I have a nasty sinus infection, but hopefully will be getting better soon now that I’m on antibiotics. It certainly has made a sleepless week even more exhausting!

But hopefully I’m on the upswing now. We even took our first family walk last night!

It felt so good to get some fresh air. Obviously any “exercise” is a long way away, but I’m sure I’ll be back to my “wannabe athlete” ways before too long.

Right now, I’ll just be snuggling with this precious little one…

Because if there is one thing I’ve learned on this journey of motherhood it’s that the days are long but the years are short. And I intend to enjoy every moment.


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18 Responses to One Week Postpartum

  1. I can’t believe all the hair she has!!! So adorable!!! You look great for one week later!!! I’d like my belly to be a little more deflated by now, but what can ya do 😉

  2. Wow- I can’t believe that you’re so close to your pre-pregnancy weight already. Your kids are so adorable. It really is interesting how different each pregnancy is.

  3. Whew – you look fantastic! Whenever we decide on baby #2, I’m hoping I have the same experience you did. I gained about 55 lbs. with my daughter, and hope to at least half that for a second baby.

  4. Your family is so beautiful! I will be really interested in hearing your thoughts on what was different between Mini and Lil Miss! Congrats congrats congrats again!

  5. you look fantastic, and that last photo is so heartwarming. what a lovely family.

  6. Liz

    I think you could benefit from using a neti pot for you sinus infection. I wrote a really good post and there is video also. I use one every day. I believe you will love it. Here is the short link to the post I hope you feel better. 🙂

  7. You look AMAZING! I need to take some lessons from you. It took me 6 months to feel SOMEWHAT normal and back to myself after both of my pregnancies. Your family is beautiful!

  8. Oh my, she is just beautiful! And you look GREAT! Congratulations to you and your entire family. 🙂

  9. Shaina Reynolds

    Congrats!!! I’ve followed both of your pregnancies on this blog and always love hearing from you! What is that wrap you are wearing baby in? Is at a moby? Looks super comfy!

  10. Congratulations! You look amazing and your babies are beautiful
    ! I love that you are babywearing while pushing the stroller. My first just turned 1 and we don’t have a second on the way yet but its not too far off and I feel like babywearing will be essential when we have a newborn AND a toddler! What kind of sling is that and do you like it?

  11. Congrats on the new arrival and the clean bill of health for the Little Miss! She’s beautiful!

  12. awww… that is a cute family walk picture. 🙂 I love it! Your babies are the cutest! 🙂

  13. Chills. Loving reading your posts lately. It ALMOST makes me want another one, but I am so not there yet. 😉 You are looking amazing and seem so so happy!

  14. She is precioussss!!!! Congratulations 🙂 And you look fabuulous

  15. Allison

    Congratulations! can’t wait to hear all about newborns+toddlers…I’ll be in the same boat come March!

  16. Just got caught up with your last installment of the birth story and this post. You look amazing! I love the Mini Athlete’s obvious excitement over his new baby sister. I can’t wait to meet Grace!

  17. amy

    that is so convenient that your doctor is the same as the kids doctor.
    hope you are feeling better soon. You look great, though!

  18. She is just beautiful Callie! So happy for you and your little family! 🙂

    And wow, lady! 8 lbs. away from pre-pregnancy weight already? You go girl! Hope you start feeling better soon, by the way..sinus infections are the worst!

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