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Above all things, I am a mother (Anonymous)

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!

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  • tanya Friday, August 10, 2007, 10:43 am

    Your words are very inspiring. You are a beautiful mother with a wonderful spirit.

  • Sarah Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:17 am

    I love the first picture… it is so beautiful!!! I want to take a picture like that with my next pregnancy! Your body is beautiful!

  • eBirdie Friday, August 10, 2007, 11:29 am

    Love that pregnancy picture! Your belly is almost perfectly egg-shaped from that angle.

  • Shelly Monday, August 13, 2007, 12:49 pm

    You look beautiful. I feel the same way about breastfeeding!

  • Mel Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 5:48 pm

    Ahhh… Your words are so true and got me all choked up! You’ve expressed the whole experience perfectly. Your photos are beautiful; your pregnancy one is like a perfect marble sculpture!

  • Regina Sunday, August 19, 2007, 1:31 pm

    you’re words made me cry! Nothing more true has ever been said!! thank you! you are so beautiful. inside and out!

  • Karen Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 6:55 pm

    thanks for those words !! You really make me feel better

  • Arctic Sunday, November 25, 2007, 2:59 pm

    the second picture makes me think of a queen, mother,proudly saying “behold the glory of a fertile and curvy mother’s body” :) i think you look absolutely amazing

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