Saturday, February 6, 2010

Stretch Marks, Jelly Belly, Muffin Top - Oh My!

Yes - those words now describe my lovely post-baby belly. Now, my belly pre-baby was no washboard. But boy-oh-boy, this post-baby belly is quite the situation. Surprisingly, I lost the 30 lbs of baby weight I gained pretty quickly - in about 2.5 weeks. I know, I am shocked too. But I am certainly not back to my pre-prego body. Can my jeans be pulled on? Yes. Can they button? Yes. Is it a pretty site? NO! Muffin top city. (For those of you who don't know what a "muffin top" is, it's the bulge of fat that busts over the top of too-tight jeans. Like the top of a muffin. Nice visualization, huh?) See, once Paige came out, that nice round belly dropped like a deflated balloon. I had no idea that was going to happen. I figured it would slowly go back as I lost the weight and my uterus shrunk. But no, ma'am. Over the past six weeks it has shrunk considerably - thank goodness - but not enough to fit into my normal clothes. I've been rocking the "sporty" look with sweatpants and hoodies - but this is getting old. I want to wear my jeans again!! So today I went to Target and bought a pair of tummy-flattening underwear. Think granny panties that extend to my rib cage. In a word, H-O-T! I'm going to try them out tomorrow and see if they help at all. I'll keep you posted. As for the stretch marks? Holy smokes. I don't think they are going anywhere soon. I guess I'll be rocking the one-piece bathing suit this summer!