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Face of a Single Prayer (Allyshia)

April 23, 2012

age: 17.
Pregnancies: 2 // births: 1 and 1 on the way!
Age of children: 13 months and 9 weeks pregnant :)

I was 15, struggling through anorexia and I was 78 lbs. I was 4’10″ and still am at the moment! I was about 87 lbs at the time I conceived my daughter and my weight went up and up and up! I had a sudden realization that I needed to eat. So from 200 to 1800 calories a day I went. I put on about 25 lbs in the first 20 weeks. Which, was actually 20 lbs of weight I needed for myself. So 5 lbs for baby! By 38 weeks, I was 138 lbs. I had gained about 30 for baby and 20 for me. I felt pretty good. Big but good! I didn’t get stretch marks untl 28-29 weeks though. So I had a long way and a lot of stretch marks to gain. I got them on my boobs, butt, back, belly, the back of my knees, my ankles, everywhere!

On February 24, 2011 at 12:30 am, my water broke. At 8:50 am, after only 3 hours and 20 minutes of hard labor, my beautiful 7 lb 11 oz baby girl was born naturally. No epidural. Nothing. Just breathing and relaxation. She is a beautiful little toddler, healthy and happy and just so happy! She has the normal health issues any baby would have; ear infections here and there, a yeast infection once, bladder infection once. I think it’s because I didn’t strengthen her immune system by breast feeding. I feel bad for not being able to but she has done so well anyway.

On February 15, 2012 her little sibling was conceived! (From the ultrasound we got) We are 9 weeks pregnant and ecstatic. It was unplanned but one night of passionate Valentines day love turned into another loved little one :) He/she looked like a little bean on the ultrasound.

My weight is about 118 lbs right now (still healthy range) and has only gone up a lb since this baby. Our weight gain goal is about 25-30 lbs. I plan on exercising and walking and eating healthier this pregnancy so it is easier to flatten my tummy. I don’t care about the extra skin. I just want to stop looking pregnant whenever I eat (except now. it’s okay now!). I might get a belly band as well. My stretch marks have faded all naturally. No procedures at all.

Thanks for reading :)

PICTURES!

1st) 5 weeks/pre pregnancy body:
2nd) 20 weeks with baby girl:
3rd) 34 weeks:
4th) 38 weeks belly! :
5th) 8 weeks with this bub! :
6th: 8 week 5 day ultrasound:
7th) postpartum belly (taken today):
8th) my girl on her 1st birthday:
9th) my Lilia today! :

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7 Responses to “Face of a Single Prayer (Allyshia)”

  1. Melissa Says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 am

    So glad you gained weight for yourself and your baby! It seems like your doing wonderful! I was 19, 21, 24 & hopefully 25 were TTC #4but I’m still nursing LO who will be 1 next month so it’s proving more difficult than I was expecting! I hope this pg goes smooth as well and you look amazing!!

  2. Nicole Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I’m so glad you were able to overcome the anorexia because of your pregnancy! There are so many people who can’t. You look GREAT. And your daughter is gorgeous! Good luck with everything.

  3. Lauren Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 10:45 am

    WOW you seem so positive! Hard to believe you are only 17 from your writing. You and your baby are beautiful. Good luck with #2!

  4. amber H Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    awesome! great post- we are tummy twins. :)

    blessed and tortured

  5. Sarah P. Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    A couple of thoughts: Wow! You carried low the entire time.

    Second thought: You seem like a happy and confident girl. Congrats on your second baby. Lilia is a beautiful girl with beautiful eyes!

  6. lyshia Says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Its me :) the girl who posted this!

    update:

    I have relapsed. I am 12 weeks pregnant and I am carrying higher this time so I look a bit bigger. Baby is starting to have little pokes (tiny kicks lol) and has a heart beat of 150.

    I have lost 2 lbs in the last few days and I am going back into treatment. I will be put on nutritional supplements but I still take my prenatals. I get vitamins but I guess all food I do get in goes to bub.

    I can see it ending like this: Bub at a healthy weight at birth but me staying around a 10-15 lb weight gain and not being happy at all through out.

  7. bth Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    you have the same pp belly i do. please update up with your 2nd one and the belly. i am exercising really hard on my belly now and it hasnt changed a nything. im losing hope.
    you seem inspirational to me tho.

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