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For the love of the fight (Dani)

March 24, 2010

Age: 24
Number of pregnancies/births: 3/1
Age of child: 10.5 months

I struggled with infertility for years. I suffered 2 miscarriages and finally, in August of 2008, I got pregnant again for the 3rd time. I was afraid, but confident. I carried the pregnancy to term and now have a beautiful daughter. When I saw my body after I had her, I was crushed. I had a very hard time looking at myself in the mirror. I had gone from a size 8/10 which I worked HARD at keeping up with because of PCOS, to a size 16/18. It’s been almost 11 months now and I’m in a 12/14. Not where I want to be, but I’m comfortable in my skin now and I’ve come to realize that the scars that I carry are BEAUTIFUL. I may be squishy and saggy and any other negative word that society wants to slap me with, but I have a miracle who smiles at me everyday and SHE is worth these scars. I am a Mom. That’s what I’ve always wanted to be… And I am beautiful. This is a before/after and a picture of my daughter.

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6 Responses to “For the love of the fight (Dani)”

  1. Amy Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Your daughter is SO cute! I LOVE the expression on her face!

  2. Stacy Says:
    March 24th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    You are beautiful, your stomach is sexy and defined, and your daughter is precious like her mama. Congrats!

  3. Shan Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Yeah, she was definitely worth whatever you might have to go through. But I have to say that you look great, really.

  4. Sarah Says:
    May 9th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I’ve never commented on here before, nor have I ever been pregnant, but I just had to comment. I’m so glad that you finally got your miracle, and you are soo beautiful! I wish I had your stomach–even postpartum! I wear the same size as you, but my stomach doesn’t even look that flat!
    I must admit, I’m a little jealous. :P

  5. Amanda C Says:
    July 9th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    You are gorgeous! I can sympathize with you on the infertility. We suffered five miscarriages, four of them before the five week mark and one of them at twelve weeks, which we didn’t find out until our sixteen week appointment. I am now pregnant for the sixth time, and am seventeen weeks today. The little one is growing and moving and that little heart is still pumping away, as of an hour ago when I played with my doppler. :) Anyway, you inspire me to respect my body no matter what it looks like when I come out on the other side of this pregnancy. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t concerned, but I’m sure everybody is. Will I gain too little? Too much? Will my boyfriend/husband/partner still find me attractive? Your story and pictures show me that no matter what, I’m going to be beautiful. I’ve waited too long for this miracle, and I’m going to be extra careful to love myself and embrace the body that will be left behind after we welcome this baby. I’m so happy that you finally achieved your dream, and you and your daughter are beautiful beyond words. Thank you again.

  6. Lydia Says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I saw the name Dani and I KNEW it was you. You are beautiful! What a nice way to honor your body and what it has done for you.

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