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Here We Go Again (Anonymous)

March 4, 2011

Previous submission here.

My age: 31
Number of Pregnancies: 2
Children: 21 months and 1 month
4 weeks post partum

I was surprised to find myself covered in stretch marks at the end of my eighth month of pregnancy. My previous submission shows an almost blemish free belly. Yet I am not upset about them, just as I am not upset about any of the scars on my body, they have all come with a story. If anything these are the scars I am most proud of, because they were the hardest to earn. What does upset me is the weight gain and the mommy apron. I know I am responsible for both of these things and in a way that is what makes them even more upsetting. How did I allow my body to get this out of hand?

I read posts from other moms who are in better shape post pregnancy than they were pre pregnancy, sometimes with in a few short months and I think, ” How can I be such a failure?”

I am proud of my two healthy boys and would not give them up for anything, but being a Mommy has definitely taken it’s toll.

I am hoping this post will help me to find the strength to get through the weight loss, and trials of mommyhood that lie ahead.

First four photos: 4 weeks post partum
Last two photos: 38 weeks and 6 days pregnant, day of scheduled c-section

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9 Responses to “Here We Go Again (Anonymous)”

  1. MJ Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    i could say were belly twins but my SM’s are so much worse lol!! i think you look gorgeous congrats on your new bundle of joy!! im due in 8 weeks and cant wait!! you will soon see my pp pics!!

  2. amber Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    you only 4 weeks pp- give it time.. you look great! congrat to the healthy baby!!

  3. Sara Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Oh, my dear, sweet girl- NEVER think of yourself as a failure for not “bouncing back” immediately after having your beautiful babies! You are a mommy, and that needs to be celebrated!

  4. Kat Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    i had those same stretch marks after my pregnancy. i love how they look!

  5. Sarah P. Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    You are most definitely not a failure. Don’t think like that! You are such a beautiful woman! You look pretty amazing at just four weeks postpartum, too! Keep up the great work! :) :) :) And thank you for updating your post. I remember your previous post. :)

  6. Karla Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I know what you mean!!!! I have thought the same thing over and over again! why am I such a failure? but you now what? we did not fail…our bodies did what they were created for!

  7. Liz Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    You look gorgeous!! I am so jealous about your legs! Anyway, momma, don’t be too down on yourself. In a couple weeks I’m sure you’ll still be seeing your body change — it takes time, trust me.

    You are beautiful!

  8. Lizi Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I’m nearly 4 weeks PP and look identical to you – it took us nine months to get to this position, so I’m giving myself nine months to feel better about myself again. For the record, your tummy makes me smile because it grew your people – your most loved people – it made magic inside its insides.

  9. Amanda Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Don’t get down on yourself honey. You are beautiful! You look incredible for being only 4 weeks pp. You are a gorgeous mama. Cut yourself some slack. It takes time to lose the weight. Don’t stress out about it.

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