Miraculously, Andie is 6 weeks old and I am back to my pre-Andie weight. (Not my pre-Sam weight, but really, I'll probably never see those numbers again...unless I get pregnant and start the morning sickness diet, but let's not even go there).
How did I do it? Three words: sleep deprivation diet.
In the profound words of my husband: "Nothing tastes as good as sleep feels." Too true, too true.
The diet is simple, really.
1.Get yourself a newborn and the weight loss will take care of itself. The key, though, is to get a newborn who doesn't sleep. If you get a sleeper, it won't work. You find yourself making choices based on how they will affect your sleep. Do I get myself a snack or get 5 minutes extra sleep? Get up to pee or 2 minutes extra sleep? Shave my legs in the shower or 7 minutes extra sleep?
2. Andie can't tolerate dairy. This also helps. It takes quite a bit of energy to find nutritious sources of food that don't have dairy in them. We've tried soy yogurt, almond milk (yuck!), coconut milk ice "cream" (not bad), and goat's milk, goat cheese, goat yogurt; frankly, sipping black coffee at the table while I nurse the girl and feed the boy is easier than being creative about my own food choices.
3. Get a hungry baby...one who must nurse every 1-2 hours. Making milk is a great way to burn calories.
4. Get a colicky baby. You'll bounce her for 2 hours a night...great exercise.
5. Finally, throw a toddler in the mix. The toddler has to be super active...as in jumping-off-the top-of-the-piano active. Take him to the park every day and chase him up and down the slide 500 times...while wearing a 12lb newborn strapped to your chest.
Yep, that should do it. Eat your heart out, Heidi Klum.