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No Longer Hiding (vsmama)

August 6, 2010

Age: 27
Previous entries here and here.

1 pregnancy; 1 birth
3 years 1.5 months postpartum

I made it a goal to feel sexier when my son reached 3 years of age and I wore a dress! A short dress at that! lol Everyone commented on how beautiful I looked and oddly, for awhile there I was embarrassed by the compliments because after hiding in clothes, hiding in my home, and no longer taking pictures of myself, this attention felt new.

I gave away every zip up hoodie and sweatpants, every over-sized clothing so I would STOP hiding. I began buying clothes that fit better and flattered my new body. The body that I’ve come to see as beautiful from the beginning of my progress. And now I am turning 28 shortly and I am more than satisfied with my self image. I can tell my confidence and love for myself shows when I smile, as well as in pictures, because I have my ‘glow’ back. I no longer have body pains at night and am still in no rush to be pre-preg size. I know I am going at a great pace and staying healthy, eating healthy, and pretty much just living and enjoying my family. Thank you SOAM. All the support from this community has given me a new definition of woman and beautiful.

First pic: June 5, 2010
Second and third: taken this morning July 15, 2010

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6 Responses to “No Longer Hiding (vsmama)”

  1. Rebekah Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Wow, your belly looks great! I love your positive attitude. Thank you!

  2. Lauren Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    You look wonderful and I am so glad you are proud of who you are. :)

  3. lilo Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I am sooo happy to read this. I am working really hard too towards my self image and this just boosts up my confidence. I am trying to see me in a better way and not bash my body… I THINK U LOOK AMAZING… ((hugs))

  4. Sarah Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I LOVE your attitude! And I love what you’re saying here. I think I might just think about doing the same thing. My daughter is three, too. Maybe I’ll go and wear a dress, too! Thanks!!! :)

  5. Missi Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    how ironic (if that’s what you want to say) I went out yesterday feeling down, about myself, and i thought what can i do to make myself feel better. so yep I bought a dress thinking if i actually wore it I would feel like a “girl” again, and not like a “beast”. My daughter just turned 3 last month. and maybe it’s time to think that as she grows, I should consider growing also. Maybe this IS where I need to start.
    thanks for sharing your story!!! :o) Bye the way you do look amazing! :o)

  6. jeesy Says:
    August 8th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    wow you look great! my lil one is 6 months and i’ve finally come to terms that its gonna take time for me to feel comfortable in my own skin again. I only wish I feel as comfortable as you do when shes 3 years!

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