I was never a fan of The Belly.
I had never even touched a pregnant belly, until my own. I was a little creeped out by the look of it, and don't get me started on the bellybutton. So I was extremely surprised at how much I loved my belly once it started to show. Now, it took me quite a bit of time to show. I was probably close to 30 weeks before it really started to bulge, but once it started boy, it did not stop. I was still a little uneasy about other people touching my stomach, but I was the exception to the rule. Langston never stopped moving, so there was always a little roll or kick to feel. So once little Lang finally came out, I was left dealing with the aftermath that is, The Post Baby Body.
Well, they're exactly what they sound like. Ugly, purple, and forever. I was pretty proud that I made it my entire pregnancy with not even one. Until I hit 39 weeks and there they were. Those little devils will be there for life, but at least they'll fade with time.
Side note: Please stop telling me that I'm a tiger that "earned my stripes" because that shit is annoying. I'm a mom, not a damn tiger, and having stretch marks will not have any magical effects on my mothering skills.
They were nice and perky before and during pregnancy, right? And even once you had your little one, they were still great when your milk came in. But now that's said and done, and your girls aren't so great afterall. Don't worry ladies, that's why push up bra's were invented. Buy one, stop complaining.
Oh, did you have a nice, flat, bikini ready belly before? Cool, I didn't. Either way, growing an 8 pound 14 oz baby can really take a toll on your skin, causing it to grow more than you ever thought possible. Now, if you're like me, you're left with a flat stomach BUT you can pull your skin like a rubber band. Sexy. I bet your belly button looks pretty fly too.
And for all you C Section mama's, how about the gnarly 5 inch scar?
I've been battling with my body my entire life, and I was especially self conscious once I had Langston. The truth is, it doesn't matter. My body produced something so special that I can overlook the flaws now. Being comfortable in your post baby body doesn't happen overnight, and it will continue to take time for me to adjust and that's okay. I intend to have plenty more children, and I will gladly accept the bodily flaws that come with it for a house full of babies.
Learn to love your new body.
If you need some help, check out the blog 'The Shape of a Mother'
where fellow mama's are learning to love their new bodies too.
Little man is rolling over from belly to back, and starting to grab and hold toys!
He's also teething, Uh Oh!