I have been seeing quite a few posts lately on body image and the lack of confidence us mothers have in our post baby bodies. I don’t know if it seems to be a sudden increase in posts regarding the subject due to the bikini season that is here or not, but one thing is for sure. I feel ya! I often stress over my post baby body times three. With the first two pregnancies, I bounced back quick and it has been much harder the third time around. If I am being honest, I am not trying as hard as I should either! I am busy, stressed and well busy and stressed. It is difficult to find time to work out, and let’s face it, I can’t even go to the potty by myself! But I have decided that instead of pinch all of my excess tummy, I am going to embrace it! My body is that of a mother, whether thin or slightly larger, I have the anatomy of a mother and it is about time that I embrace it!
Head – i use my head to plan meals, organize play dates, think quickly in those scary moments when my son is trying to be superman and fly off the couch! It tells me when danger is near and never shuts down! not even when I sleep not even for a second
Nose – to give Eskimo kisses that makes my son laugh, to pretend I am a pig and make a silly snorting sound, to smell stinky diapers and know baby needs to be changed
Mouth – Is used to kiss away those scrapes and bruises, to blow raspberries on my toddlers tummy, make silly airplane sounds to get said toddler to eat, I use it to help blow bubbles and sing nighty night lullabies that help my daughter rest her eyes
Chest – Our chest is a source of comfort for our sweet little ones, the sound of our heartbeat comforts and soothes them, a resting spot for their sweet little heads when we have been out of the house for a little too long,
Arms – a source of great strength our arms are used to cuddle and hold, to pick up our children when they fall, to give warm loving hugs, to embrace them with our love
Abdomen –our tummies serve as a home as we grow and nurture our unborn, to keep them safe and warm until they are ready for the world, our stretch marks are battle scars as we hold those sweet babies in our womb for nine months until they are ready, until we are ready
Back -our backs are for piggy rides to carry our little ones, to run with them laughing and smiling, to pretend we are horses and they are our cowgirls
legs– my legs serve as roadways for my sons favorite cars, pretending they are roads as he drives them with a grin on his face, they serve as a bridge for my girls make-believe tunnel, both legs serve as a chair for up to all three children, as a bouncy seat for my son to make him laugh and giggle, as a wall for them to hide behind when they are scared or unsure
Heart– my heart is a source for the love of all three, the pitter and patter of their feet make my heart feel so complete
So you see mom, our bodies have changed. but when feeling down, remember how wonderful your body is and why it came to be the body you have. It’s not easy, but I will try to remember the same. Anytime I start to feel ugly and fat, then I am going to look back at this post and remember that as bad as I feel, something so beautiful came from this body, and it can’t be that bad! You are beautiful!