Let’s talk about those 2 postpartum words that on most days feel more like a 4 letter word if you ask me… BABY WEIGHT. Ugh. I gained 40lbs this time around. I was hoping to stick around 30lbs like I did with Rowan, but that didn’t happen. I started pregnancy 10lbs lighter this time around, so when all was said and done my highest pregnancy weight for both pregnancy was around the same. The day after Finley was born I stepped on the scale and was 22lbs lighter, so weird. Pregnancy is crazy. Over the past 6 weeks another 5lbs has come off. I think that will be it though- as far as loosing weight goes without working out and watching what I eat. I am going to have to work for those last 13lbs. I have been dragging my feet a little, but the fact that I can’t fit into any of my skirts/dresses or really any old jeans is helping kick my butt into gear. I gave myself until March 1st to relax, recover and take it easy. March 1st is right around the corner though! I am ok with the weight I am at the moment, but I know that for me I felt more comfortable in my skin when I was 10lbs lighter. I will never be a skinny minnie. It’s just not in me, nor do I feel that it looks good on my frame. I am 5’9″ and feel my best/strongest at 137-140lbs. I have been looking at marathons to sign up for. I always need an end goal to work towards. I don’t have the discipline to just run to run. I love running but love when there is a race to train for. I’ve been searching for a marathon in September. I am leaning towards the Scotia Bank Waterfront one in Toronto. Home town!!
Anyway, until the I lose the weight, I am trying my best to not get wrapped up in a negative body image. I am proud of this body for giving life and birthing a baby and for that I feel stronger than ever. Now on to clothes! I have been loving wearing ankle boots with a low heel lately. I feel like they are the Mom’s version of high heels. They are easy to walk in, easy to bend down in and super comfortable. Yet, they still make me feel a little fancy. Kork-Ease has to be the worlds most comfortable shoes and these boots are no exception. Love wearing cute socks (like these polka dot socks) and ankle length jeans. It’s kind of my go to daily uniform lately. Rowan’s daily uniform is of course any Minnie or princess dress up costume we have…
Chambray Shirt: Madewell
Cream Sweater: Swapped with Julie (similar– this one has elbow pads!!)
Polka Dot Jeans: old (similar)
Brooches: Vintage (how about a vintage style bib necklace instead?)
Polka Dot Socks: Target
Marlo Boots: Kork-Ease (50% off here)
I knew I recognized that sweater! This has to be one of my favorite look of yours lately, you look put together and beautiful, but most of all you look like you really feel confident and comfortable, which is what matters most. Miss you lady!
Fun look! It’s versatile and stylish, the boots are very nice. You look great dear no need to worry about the baby weight, you’ll get there soon.
I’ve had a much more difficult time with my self image/weight after Lucy was born than I ever thought I would. I’m starting to lose the weight, but not being able to wear wardrobe favorites is so frustrating! Plus, your body just straight up changes shape. So weird. Anyways, I’m right there with ya! Trying to eat well so those lose last pounds will come off. 🙂 Also- has it been 6 weeks already! Wow!
Yay Toronto!! Love that you are from the T.Dot!
I love Rowan’s little stripped pants. Who ever inherits her closet (Finley?) is one lucky little girl too! :o)
I know what you mean! Since my daughter was a few weeks old, I’ve made a point to get dressed (almost:) every day and at least brush my hair and put on a little makeup. It makes me fee like me, even if we’re not going anywhere special. I have a really similar pair of clog boots from Miz Mooz that I wear almost every day in the winter. They’re easy and stylish and something from my pre-baby life that has carried over easily. You look great and I think its really wonderful that you’re setting a goal for yourself, but not being hard on yourself about getting back to your ideal weight after having the baby. I’m developing a whole new relationship with my body after having my daughter, and its much more appreciative.
this is cute! love the pants and the layering here. the shoes are also awesome. 🙂
kw ladies in navy
You look fabulous!! Ah Toronto! We live just out sidebof there, I am dying to do the scotia bank half but am due in September so I will be doing it next year! Can’t wait to read about your running! Thanks for sharing!
Keep in mind that if you continue to nurse you may keep the weight on untill you’re done nursing no matter how much you work out/diet.
My baby is 5 months and now that my milk is drying up the last 14 lbs are just melting off with little effort. Where as before I was working out/watching what I ate like crazy and the scale wouldn’t budge.
ah toronto! i wish i was doing the half this year but i am due in sept so i will be partaking next year! we live just outside of to and its my dream to complete that race! thanks for sharing and looking forward to your journey!
I love this outfit! I think that you look great at this weight and 10lbs less but it’s important to be comfortable with your size 🙂 Best of luck to you kicking those 13lbs ass!
Dying over those booties! Too bad the sale price is still to rich for my blood lol
You look great Jen! Don’t stress about anything!
I felt like my baby weight would never come off, but at 4 months post partum all of it had, so you might be surprised, especially because you’re nursing more this time around. It was soooo frustrating that even at 8 week PP, when I felt like I’d lost a lot of the weight, my jeans were still no where near close to buttoning. It will happen. My daughter was born in May, so I just wore stretchy skirts most of the summer, I imagine it is much, much harder in winter because winter clothes are so much more structured. It will happen though! Now, at nine months out, I’m actually trying to keep weight on because nursing burns so many calories.
I think you look FABULOUS!!!!
Style in the City
love the outfit and I think you absolutely stunning … having a baby is hard work!!
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Run the Toronto Race! Nathan and I would come and cheer you on! plus its been too long since we’ve seen you.
I’ve been looking at that one too (I’m from Northern Ontario)!!!
Not sure about the full marathon though. I’ve only done a half-marathon so far 🙂 We might get to meet!
You look great, by the way. And the dotted pants are super cute!
The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront marathon is a great race – it was my first full marathon, and it’s flat, flat, flat, which is great for training purposes and wonderful on race day! Looking forward to reading about your journey to whichever marathon you choose!
Jen you are looking absolutely beautiful. And this outfit is fantastic… love the polka dot skinnies – pretty sure I need some ASAP. Happy weekend to you guys + best of luck kicking those last pounds. You can do it!! xo
I’m eight months post-baby this (Tomorrow actually!) and I still have 20 lbs to lose. It’s hard finding time and motivation to work out with a baby around- I can’t imagine it with two!
You are just so cute! The girls are totally gonna steal your clothes when they’re teenagers! hahaha
Thanks so much for being honest and open about baby weight!
I feel like a lot of bloggers like to act as if they step out of the hospital or birthing place wearing their pre-preggo skinny jeans and flaunting a fresh manicure in red!
Thanks for keeping it real….and healthy.
Isn’t it so much healthier to be honest. Making babies is hard work! The pounds pile on for a reason. We have to make and feed another human being!
Love Kristi proud mom of a two year old and a four month old
And still working on the last 10 pounds after gaining 50!
And doing it the healthy way. Slow and steady and with self love
Jen, you look really beautiful – and healthy! I love that you’re also a tall girl too (I’m 5’8″ and a smidge).
I totally agree about low-heeled ankle boots – the best!
you seem to have a really healthy view on your post baby weight so the pounds will come right off 🙂 healthy attitude means happy mommy & a happy mommy is always more fun!!! LOVE this look on you too!!! the layering & polka dot pants re great!!!
xo. c & v
cake & valley
I love your style! Those boots are to die for!!