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July 18, 2006

Good morning!

When I was about 20 weeks pregnant with my first son (now 2) I started to get stretch marks. I was slathering on every lotion I could find. i was bummed because my mom didn’t get but like 2 with my sister and I, so I figured my chances were pretty good.

not so much. Once they started, i couldn’t stop them. When my husband and I had my mother in law take some belly pictures for us, she asked if we wanted to do any “naked belly” pictures, I said no, and my husband chimed in with “Oh she doesn’t have a normal pregnant belly, she has so many stretch marks!” I think we both wanted to choke him, but then realized it wasn’t his fault. I mean whenever you see a picture of a naked woman most of the time they have been airbrushed beyond belief and there are no stretch marks.

When I got closer to delivering my son, that’s when I finally got the courage to take pictures of my “naked belly” I remember standing in front of the mirror in total shock and just marveling at the fact that our son was in there and we would be meeting him anyday. Of course I didn’t like the stretch marks but what a trade! I’d take some unsightly skin for my awesome son anyday.

The stretch marks that were once a bright red had faded to a soft shimmery silver color and I usually forget about them. Sometimes though when I am lying in bed I can trace them with my fingers and it reminds me of how awesome this whole pregnancy thing is.

Now that I am pregnant (25 weeks) with baby number 2, the marks are starting to liven up again, but I still don’t mind. As many other women have said, i look at them as my own personal badge of honor and “war wounds” I’ll always have them as a reminder of how amazing the 9 months that only I got to spend with each of my children.

I may never wear a bikini again, but that pales in comparrison to the joy that my family brings me every day.

38 weeks with my son

25 weeks with my current pregnancy:



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6 Responses to “Ceece”

  1. Lynn Says:
    July 18th, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    I just found this site. You stretch marks are similar to the design of mine….I think they look like flames – rising from the heat center of life…Kind of hippie sounding I know, but I think it would make a great tattoo design ….only we got it w/out going thru that kind of pain and a great prize at the end.Thanks for sharing your beautiful body & being a pioneer for the rest of us.

  2. erika Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 5:17 am

    You are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Jenny Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 6:42 am

    Beautiful! Just beautiful!

  4. Manic Mom Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    Lynn, love your heat center of life phrase. really beautiful.

  5. Anonymous Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    My stretch marks are very similar to yours even though I didn’t get them until later in pg they came full force once they showed up. I am amazed how fast they started to fade after giving birth.

  6. ceece Says:
    July 19th, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    I like the heat center of life phrase too. I never even looked at like that.I love to see and hear everyones differant perspectives!Thanks for all the compliments.


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