I’ve just celebrated my very first Mother’s Day. Before this day I thought I knew what it was to be a mother. All of a sudden I felt connected, connected to all other Mothers, all other Children, and the Earth. I am a Creator of Life. This body has been used and abused and neglected but has done a noble thing. It grew a child. This imperfect body, grew a perfect life. It took all its goodness and passed it on to my son, my beautiful baby boy, who brings joy to my world every day. There is no question my body is different than it was before I was pregnant. Like aging, we wear our life experience outwardly as well as inwardly. We grow laugh lines, grey hair and age spots. These are signs of the life we have experienced. My body has stretch marks, extra skin, bigger but less firm breasts, all of these are signs of the life it grew inside it. Like a rite of passage, I will wear these signs with courage and pride. Thank you to all the brave and noble women who have posted on this site. Thank you for helping me to feel good about myself. My photos are 39 weeks pregnant and 7 months post partum. I gained only 17 lbs during my pregnancy and lost all but a couple of pounds within a few weeks. I’ve gained back about 10 pounds and don’t want to worry too much about it until after I’ve finished breastfeeding – which by the way, I love so much I can’t imagine not doing it anymore!