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I’ve been wanting to include myself in this for a while now. I’ve been reading this site, and looking at everyone’s pictures, for quite some time now. It’s shown me that even though I’m a mother of three, and a plus-sized woman at that, I have nothing to be ashamed of. And that I am beautiful, too, as I am.

I went to term (38 weeks 4 days) with my first child. A daughter who is now 6 years old. My 2nd child was born 6 weeks 1 day early. A son, who is now almost 15 months old. And my 3rd child was born 6 weeks 2 days early. A daughter, who is 3 months and 1 week old.

My first pregnancy was a piece of cake. The second and third took a toll on me. I was in pain a great deal of the time, due to back strain and my hips spreading. I got bigger with my 3rd pregnancy than I did with the previous 2.

And now, my body is done creating life within it. I feel sad about that. It was the only time I felt completely and totally beautiful in my own skin. I miss the pregnant body I had. But I have scars and tiger stripes that will always serve as my reminders.

And I have 3 of the most precious, beautiful children God could have ever blessed me with.

the first picture is of me at 34 weeks pregnant with my first child.
the second is of me at 33 weeks 2 days pregnant with my son.
the third is me at 33 weeks 5 days pregnant with my last child.
and the last child is of me now… 3 months postpardom.

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5 comments… add one

  • Suzanne Thursday, March 15, 2007, 9:56 am

    You had such beautiful hair.
    Is there a reason why you shaved it off?

  • Maijken Friday, March 16, 2007, 6:01 pm

    In response to your question, I have an OCD called trichotillomania. It causes me to pull out my hair. I chose to keep my hair short until I can get this OCD of mine under control to where I’m not tempted to pull it out so much.

  • Sara Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 7:06 pm

    As a fellow OCD sufferer, I just wanted to write to tell you that I can absolutely relate to the need to control my body in different ways. I wish you all the best and, for what it’s worth, I think your shaved head looks great!

  • Shari Thursday, October 18, 2007, 2:19 am

    Your body is wonderful, and I’d like to say that you have the most beautiful pregnant body I’ve ever seen. So perfectly swelled with a gorgeous sway to your back. Your pregnant body is what every artist wants to paint.

    On the OCD, I understand. I mostly suffer from Pure O ocd, but I have uncontrollable dermophagia (trictotillomania, but with scabs… picking and eating them.)

  • Maijken Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 5:49 pm

    In response to Shari… *blush* thank you SOOOO much! it made me feel really good to read your comment. thanks!!!!

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