A few days before I gave birth (a year ago tomorrow!), I looked like this:

Then, eleven days after giving birth, I looked like this:

Oh my, I was so squishy!

Now, just a little less than a year after giving birth, I look like this (taken the day after Colton’s party):
I’m pleased! For comparison sake, here’s a never-before-seen photo of my abs the day I found out I was pregnant (at about 8 weeks).

Aaaah, flat(ish) abs! Also, the insane cropping is for decency's sake. The internet does not need to see my bra.

I obviously had flatter abs before I gave birth, but for right now, I’m pleased with where my body is. I’ve made my peace with the belly pooch and have said goodbye to the idea of ever having a totally flat stomach.

Still, I’m about 5 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight and a little more than 5 from where I’d really like to be. However, while I’ve worked out in fits and starts over the past year, I haven’t really been doing anything consistently, which makes me even more pleased with my progress. I am wanting to start exercising with regularity, and have started doing some stroller aerobics with two other friends three times a week.

Because I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in before I was pregnant, I’m not expecting to be in that kind of shape again anytime soon simply because I don’t have the kind of time to do what I used to do. I know it’s not ideal, but I’ve made my peace with not being in fantastic shape for a while (though I hope to get back there someday!). Also, I recently realized one of the reasons I was unhappy with what I look like now, is because my body has been constantly changing for the past 19 months and I honestly don’t remember what I used to look like!

Sure, I looked good before I carried another human around inside me, but I didn’t have a super model body. And I knew that, but it was hard to visualize what I really looked like and how that compares to where I am, so this post has been enlightening to put together!

And, while its taken almost a year to get mostly back to normal, my body has done it on it’s own, even without breastfeeding. It’s been a slow process, but it has happened. I’ve been doing some of it, watching what I eat, eating small-ish portions, trying to at least walk regularly, but I’ve not been doing anything specific to focus on getting back to my former body shape.

Bodies are amazing.