I am mama to five children ages 20, 14, 13, 10 and 4. I have been pregnant six times in the last 20 years and have nursed four of my five babies for 2-4 years each. I would say that my biggest regret is that I do not have any belly shots while I was pregnant. But here I am, standing in front of my kids dirty bathroom mirror, a 44 year old mother of five.
I sometimes tease my 20 year old that she has my body and I want it back. Yes, she does seem to have the physical shape and size of myself before I became pregnant with her at age 24 but no, I like the body I have today at age 44 as a mother of five. Thirty pounds lighter, 20 years ago, I truly lacked body confidence and did not see myself as beautiful…if I I knew then what I know now! Motherhood has given me the confidence and the strength that makes me beautiful.
About the footprints tattoo, those are an exact replica of my youngest’ feet at birth. He was born 4 months premature. My other children were born at 41 weeks, 37 weeks, 36 weeks and 38 weeks respectively.
This is an amazing undertaking. I applaud your vision that celebrates the beauty of motherhood.