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Lillian Grace (Anonymous)

September 23, 2008

i am a 21 year old mother & wife of a United States Marine, who is currently deployed to Iraq. for deployment number two!! Our Little blessing, Lillian Grace, was born three months into our first deployment together, and because i don’t have a constant (or – let’s be serious, ANY.) means of a man reassuring me, of how i look post-partum, i’ve come to find myself struggling recently with insecurity issues, because of how my body has changed so drastically since giving birth. i am slowly learning by excercise, books, and this wonderful website to embrace the new markings i’ve got from growing a tiny little peanut inside of me, but i have found it to be very hard very hard. i was in labor for 21 hours, and even after i had an epidural, i found the pressure of the baby moving down the birth canal, to be just as uncomfortable as the contractions! after 19 hours of labor, and restlessness, i was taken for an emergency C-section (which was the last thing i wanted!! goodbye abs!!) which turned out for the best. i now have a beautiful baby girl (who got to meet her daddy whenever she was a little over 4 months old!) who weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and i love every minute of being a mother. i am so happy to share my story, and read everyone else’s. thank you so much for helping me love my body again. God Bless America, and all those who serve at home, and abroad.








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9 Responses to “Lillian Grace (Anonymous)”

  1. akinoluna - a female Marine Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 9:00 am

    That face in the last photo is so cute. haha

  2. Kristen Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:10 am

    oh my god! i love the little nudy bum pic, my husband thinks im crazy for takin pics like that, but I guess it’s a woman thing eh?!!!
    you look gorgeous, and I agree with you, its a journey and this site helps for sure! but your girl was worth it!

  3. Berni Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:33 am

    you look graat!!

  4. blen Says:
    September 23rd, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    you are a beautiful person, not because of some man’s validation but because you have been blessed by God to bring a new life into this world that your husband is protecting. my husband is a wonderful personal trainer and i know he would love to help you out at no cost but just because he loves to help. you stay positive mom and love your self. lillian thanks you. thanks for your story.

  5. MilkMama Says:
    September 27th, 2008 at 11:59 am

    You look great and awww what a beautiful little girl!!! :D

    Thank you to you and your husband for your sacrifices! God bless your family. :D

  6. Bob Says:
    October 19th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    honestly, with breasts like those, i wouldn’t worry about how your body looks. they’re amazing!

  7. Jeff Says:
    December 21st, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I’ll cover for your husband and say, You look great. We can never thank you enough for the sacrifice your family makes for the rest of us.

  8. Whitney Says:
    September 10th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I know how you feel when you say you didn’t have a man to reassure you of your beauty. I’m currently 23 weeks pregnant and my husband is a Marine deployed to Afghanistan. I wish he was here to come along this journey. I know it’s rediculous but I’m so afraid of being a dissapointment when he comes home.

  9. Kasandra Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    You look amazing! I just had a c-section 8 days ago and I really hope I look as good as you a few months down the road.

    I too am a Marine wife, and even though I’ve yet to go through a deployment (as my husband is currently in a non-deployable unit this enlistment) I’ve seen firsthand from close friends how hard it is to have a baby without your husband there. You are a strong woman to go through all of this without him at your side- don’t ever forget that!

    You look great!!

    Semper Fi!

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