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I Still Can’t Believe It (Lucia)

August 30, 2010

20 yrs old
1 pregnancy 1 birth
8 weeks pp

My story is short, I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant, my boyfriend noticed before I did. I had a rather easy pregnancy, no nausea but lots of heartburn, I started swelling after week 31 and for some reason I had a pretty small belly and started showing at 6 months. In one of our first appointments the doctor said I wouldn’t show a lot because my abdominal muscles were really strong… I honestly don’t know how that happened since I haven’t worked out since junior high and even then it was 70 minutes every week, and I went to great lengths to avoid it.

I ate as healthy as I could, I drank as much water as my shrinking bladder would allow me, I put lotion on once a day, too lazy for more and against all advice I scratched my belly like a madman the last month. I went into labor naturally at 39 weeks and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who was 7 pounds 10 ounces. It was traumatizing, I got an epidural and it only worked on the right side of my body, I could feel everything in the other side, at some point while I was pushing, right in the middle of a contraction
I heard scissors, I was deadly afraid of having an episiotomy and damn right! It hasn’t quite healed yet…

I look in the mirror now and I can’t believe I had a baby, my hips are a little wider and my boobs a little bigger but the rest is the same. I didn’t get any stretch marks and my skin popped right back when I was a week pp, I can’t believe my feet are not swollen and that I can actually see the lower side of my belly, I can’t believe I have my body back, so familiar from my crooked navel to the stretch marks I always had on my butt and my third nipple (which also got darker and bigger, lol)

I hold my baby and I still can’t believe has real, I can’t believe we are over all of the issues we had with nursing, I see how big hes getting and I cant believe its still all me, no bottles, no formula, just me. I was so afraid my boobs would sag, I had thought about nursing him for only a year, then I found out the recommended minimum is two years and I was ok with that and its been such an amazing experience that I think ill just let him wean on his own, even if my breasts end up hanging so low then can sit on my
knees! It will be absolutely worth it.

Pics are me the day i went into labor, me and my little man, me at 1 week pp, me at 8 weeks and my cute little bunny the day we first took him out for a stroll

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10 Responses to “I Still Can’t Believe It (Lucia)”

  1. Shannon Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    It is amazing isn’t it! You look great by the way. Also, congrats on planning to breastfeed for 2 years, I am on almost 17 months now :)

  2. Kerry Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    You look great and your son is adorable :) I agree, nursing your own baby is the best thing in the world! mine is 17 months and still nursing. Sounds like besides the delivery you had a great pregnancy and are doing well in the early throws of motherhood.

  3. Susy Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You look great! And good on you for breastfeeding so long. I’m aiming for at least 2 years as well. And don’t let them fool you. It won’t make your boobs sag. Pregnancy and that innitial engorgement some people get right after the birth is what makes them sag. Not extended BF’ing.

  4. Sarah P. Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    You look simply amazing! :D And what a beautiful baby you have!!!

  5. Mary V Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    You look great! And you have such a great outlook on becoming a mommy, good for you! Your son is adorable!

  6. Colleen Says:
    August 30th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Shoot Susy beat me to it–breastfeeding has nothing to do with your breasts getting saggy, pregnancy does. I recently weaned my daughter at a year (my milk supply had dropped so low it wasn’t really feasible to continue), and they haven’t really gotten any saggier than they already were. Awesome job giving him the best start possible, my little one never had formula either!

    You look great, btw!

  7. vsmama Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Just wanted to comment, breastfeeding my child for two years actually made my breasts nicer!! Lol I went from a 34B to now a 36C. Sure they r a bit softer but they r full and not saggy:). But it took awhile for my body to adjust n it look like this. :)

  8. Carolyn Says:
    September 2nd, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Hurrah! 19 months breastfeeding and still going strong, I swear it’s more enjoyable as time goes on. It’s about the only time now that my baby will cuddle with me he’s so busy lol.

  9. MtnHarmony Says:
    February 13th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    wow you body did snap back! And hooray for wanting to keep b/f. at some point people, including family, may make rude faces or comments. Just ignore it. I made it 2 yrs and wish I had done it longer! I miss it and know it helped my son and of course our relationship. It didn’t seem to affect my boobs at all. they were already saggy and pointing downwards, lol. In fact there were times they were bigger and better looking! (i have gained weight and lost weight so much since then i dunno whats normal, lol)

  10. ren Says:
    July 23rd, 2011 at 10:51 am

    It’s so encouraging to read this, I’m also 20 and about 7 months along. I had been pretty chunky my whole life until about a year and a half before I got pregnant.. so obviously I had a lot of issues with the weight gain, I didn’t want to go back to being big again. Reading this was just very reassuring.. thank you :)

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