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I Found My Beautiful (Jessa)

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Age: 23
Number of pregnancies and births: 2, 2
Age of children: 3 (next month) and 10 months

I know my previous post had that confident vibe, but most days the confidence and acceptance of my body just isn’t there.

The other day I was very discouraged about my shape. It had been a rough day and I decided to take a picture of my stomach laying down post-Lexi to compare to the picture I took laying down while pregnant with her. It was a way for me to feel accomplished.

I snapped a couple pictures and forgot about them.

Life went on as normal for the next couple days, days that I was proud of myself and proud of my body for two successful pregnancies. Then I had another downer day. On my downer days I snap pictures of my kids playing. I then proceeded to upload those pictures to my computer so I could share them with our family who lives 12 hours away.

And that’s when I saw it. One of the pictures of my post-Lexi body. The way the light hit it, it was beautiful. It literally took my breath away. My skin, though dimpled and scared looked like a thing carved out of marble. Surely my body is art and my children are the medium. I think that is the first time since either child has been born that I have looked at my body in awe and total appreciation.

So now when I have downer days, on top of taking pictures of the girls, I look at this picture and feel proud. And you can bet I will be in a bikini this summer. A fact which has my husband thrilled. <— No really, I’m serious. He is excited for this *snicker* Pictures: #1 Laying down 9 months pregnant #2 Laying down 9 months postpartum #3 The beautiful picture. #4 My oldest, Haylie #5 My youngest, Alexis [gallery]

in Belly, Postpartum, Pregnant, Second Pregnancy, Submissions, Update

6 comments… add one

  • amber Friday, June 3, 2011, 7:40 am

    beautiful! im posting today my update as well :)

  • nirinleant Friday, June 3, 2011, 10:39 am

    you look beautiful and so are your daughters.. I just had my daughter 2 years ago and my stomache has same scars as yours which i think it makes my stomache looks more beautiful too.. you should rock the bikini and so do i..

  • Sarah P. Friday, June 3, 2011, 10:53 am

    Holy moly, are you sure those are your before pictures??? You look amazing! You have done a great job and your daughters are beautiful. :) Congrats to your hubby on bikini season. ;)

  • Kayla Friday, June 3, 2011, 2:44 pm

    This gave me goosebumps! What a beautiful way of looking at your post baby body. Your girls are beautiful and you are right, your tummy is absolutely a work of art. Read my post, we create beauty, we are beauty. Hopefully it helps keep your positive outlook as well. :) Every time I get down on myself I take pictures of my daughter. One time I decided to take “sexy” pictures of myself like I used to pre baby and my husband loved it when I showed it to him! It was a real confidence booster!

  • shannon Sunday, June 5, 2011, 3:17 pm

    You look so great! I too am wearing a bikini this summer…and I have more stretch marks than you :)

  • Alicia Friday, August 19, 2011, 12:34 pm

    “Surely my body is art and my children are the medium.”

    This brought tears to my eyes :)

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