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Getting Back into Pre-Baby Pants

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(I will never be as thin as the model in this photo and that’s OK because I love curves)

Big news, everyone! Today I am wearing a pair of pre-baby pants! Whoo! Yes, they are stretchy pants, but whatever. They zipper and I can wear them comfortably to work. Thanks, Jessica Simpson for designing them.

I am thisclose to being able to wear my pre-pregnancy jeans. I can finally zipper them. I just don’t think I can sit down in them yet. But I’m almost there!

My goal was to get back to my pre-baby body by my daughter’s first birthday in September. She’s almost 11 months old and I have a few more pounds to go, but I think I’ll hit my goal.

I happily gained over 50 pounds during my pregnancy. I didn’t stress over what I ate, but rather consumed what my body needed to get through every nauseating day.

Likewise, I didn’t stress over loosing the weight either. I don’t go to the gym and I’ve barely even gone on walks or practiced daily yoga like I used to before the baby.  As a working mom with chronic fatigue, I just don’t have the energy or the time. When I’m home, I want to bond with my baby, not chase a number on the scale. I still eat what I want, and I’ve definitely indulged when cupcakes were around. I’m just being sensible. Ok, and I have reduced my intake of cheese a little! That was my go-to pregnancy craving that I couldn’t seem to kick after birth! And now that winter, allergy season and summer heat have subsided, I can take my little girl and the dogs on walks. It feels good to be active and even better to get the whole family out.

I don’t think women are meant to be super skinny unless that is your genetic body type. We’re all beautiful as we are meant to be. I happen to be bottom curvy but pregnancy of course added some extra inches to my hips.

At seven months post-partum, I stopped wearing maternity shirts. I learned how to dress in a way that I felt confident and still allowed me to incorporate my signature style. Yet, I still didn’t feel 100 percent myself.

It’s been a process but I’m finally at a place where I’m happy with the reflection in the mirror. And if I keep it up, I get to look forward to buying new clothes!

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Navigating life as a wife, mommy of two babies (Genevieve-3, Luca-infant) and two rescued fur-babies (Lulu and Gracey), and full-time public relations maven. I got divorced in my 20s and wrote a book about it (www.trashthedressonline.com), have Epstein Barr Virus/chronic fatigue syndrome/ Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, live in a renovated log cabin in NJ, can't cook, quit breastfeeding after four weeks and have no regrets, taught my daughter to say "tattoo" and recognize diamonds before she turned one, call soap operas as my guilty pleasure, and have a little rainbow baby boy who adores his sister. Instagram @ hellojoelle Twitter @ChippedNailsMom Email chippedpolishandpattycake at gmail.com

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