Carrie Underwood says she ‘stopped trying to be perfect’ after baby No. 2

Carrie Underwood was on the Today Show this morning talking about kicking off her Cry Pretty World Tour and how she has changed since she welcomed baby #2 three months ago.

“The first time around, with Isaiah, it was easier for me to (get back in shape),” she said. “I think that’s just the way of it. So you kind of have unrealistic expectations about the second time — ‘It’s going to be just like the first time.’ And it wasn’t. And I’m like, ‘What is happening? What am I doing wrong?'”

The answer was “nothing.” The problem wasn’t her body; it was her expectations.

“I hold a high standard for myself,” she explained. “But if you set the bar too high and you have unrealistic expectations, at some point you’re going to realize, ‘I’m not there,’ and, again, you’re going to feel like you’ve failed. And it’s ridiculous. You know, my son is 3 months old, and I was expecting to … I don’t know what I was expecting, to be quite honest.”

She revealed “I stopped trying to be perfect immediately. And I started putting one foot in front of the other, instead of trying to plan everything out — putting one foot in front of the other, and being on my journey, and being on my path and, you know, thinking about my end goal. And it really doesn’t matter exactly when I reach that goal, as long as I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.”