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Anatomy of a mom

Love your body

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

Abdomenour 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!

 

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I am a wife of ten years, mom of three, Nurse and student! My household is quite chaotic and busy. With a six year old going on sixteen. we shall call her "Sassy", a four year old, who is stubborn as a mule, she shall be called " mini me", and a one year old, we will call "Buddy". Our girls do Ballet, and our son, well he is all boy! Very curious and always getting in to something. When we found out we were having a boy i laughed and said " god must have known we needed a little less diva in our life," Ha, little boys are quite the handful! I love my kids with all of my heart, and i love my job too! As a nurse leader i get to see many sides to healthcare and help encourage and guide new nurses. I love taking care of patients and being able to have grown up talk and then come home to my babies. The house is usually chaotic with lots of tantrums, and messes, but i wouldn't change it for a bit. On the rare occasion that i am able to have some spare time to myself, i like to read, bake and decorate cakes, and take pictures of my kiddos. Time to myself is rare so i decided to start this blog to have a creative outlet and connect with other working moms, who might be going through the same situations as myself. I hope you enjoy my thoughts and stories as a mom, student, wife and Nurse! These stories will range from Diapers and tutus to meetings and boardrooms! and everything that falls in between. Enjoy and thanks for visiting my site.

8 thoughts on “Anatomy of a mom

  1. This is a topic that makes it into many of my posts and is really important to me because I work as a therapist in an eating disorder clinic. Last year I worked with a woman who I made do something like this, and she worked on loving her hips because they allowed for her to give birth to her son and gave him an area to sit on when holding him in her arms, and she loved her thighs because their strength allowed for her to carry him and keep up with him. Glad you posted this!

  2. What a beautiful post. I love thinking of the body this way, in all its usefulness. I’m going to try to think of my body this way. And actually, it’s good advice not just for moms but everyone.

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