The fact that Kate Middleton embraced her post partum belly seriously just made me giddy happy - it's probably the first and only time I have ever seen something like that on TV. And I am so glad! I had no idea that the belly would stick around the way it did. I mean, people in my DDC talked about it, but I still was floored that my belly was as big as it was. This time I expected it.
Last weekend I went to the beach and wore a bikini. I still have a small belly protruding, linea nigra and all. My thighs and butt are a lot more juicy still too. I ended up gaining almost 50 pounds again, and I have lost about half of it. I am 7 weeks post partum now. My husband loves my curves, and loves to feel my belly because it's so soft. I am sort of proud of it, but not really comfortable in my own skin either. I think it has to do with the fact that I *feel* like I gained too much weight this time. At around the 35-40 pound mark I felt okay, then all of a sudden the next few pounds felt excessive. Then I really started pigging out (DH's fault - he totally derailed me from my usual intake!!). I gained the last 10 pounds in the last few weeks of pregnancy. It was too much. And I feel it now.
I'm loosing a pretty standard and expected 1-2 pounds per week, I guess. And I'm not particularly worried about the number, just that I don't feel as strong as I did before the pregnancy. Or as healthy. I really miss that feeling, so I am hoping to really get back on track ASAP. Although now that I know I have Lyme, it may have to wait until treatment is over....I'm having some pretty good die off reactions, and my muscles feel really weak after taking walks with DS.
I am at about 155 pounds now, although it still deviates upward some days (now I have a scale at home, so I check more regularly compared with pregnancy where I was just checking at my appointments). My prepregnancy weight was around 135 pounds, give or take.