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Perfection Has Changed My Body (Becca)

August 10, 2009

Your Age: 22
Number of pregnancies and births: 1 birth
The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 2yrs, 8 months.

Perfection has taken the name of Zachary. He is my whole world. He is my strength, my courage, my rock. My reason for waking in the morning, and my prayers at night. He has helped me to discover myself as a person, and my purpose in this life. He has carried me through the hardest of times(never realizing it), and never once has taken me for granted. Loves me for me, and can hug away any tear that I may cry, always replacing it with the biggest of smiles.
I am 2 1/2 years PP and it is still very hard to look at myself in the mirror and except the changes that my body have gone through to create PERFECTION.
I have my strong days, where I have the confidence to wear a BIKINI! I have my weak days where I would rather wear a large sweatshirt to hide any possible sign of my stretched out stomach.
Why is it that we have such a low self opinion of ourselves? Why is that we look at our tummies, our breasts, and in my case, legs, and think that we are disgusting, ugly, repulsive…
If we could only look past the strechmarks and skin, past all of this to the beautiful little one looking up at us with wonder and excitement in his eyes, then it will all make sense! Every mark, every inch of loose skin, every new nook and cranny. We did it for them!
Don’t look at yourself as being ugly, NO! Look at yourself as loving. We are how we are because we love them. Self sacrifice to create our own version of perfection. Every mark tells a story of the little boy who has taught me so much. And I love these marks, for allowing me to have experienced my very own personal lifetime of perfection.<3

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15 Responses to “Perfection Has Changed My Body (Becca)”

  1. kim Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    thank you for your post! You helped me to forget about my vanity and remember what giving birth is all about. It’s about them.

  2. P Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    You are very Smart, AND beautiful. Stay strong.

  3. Kristen Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    That is an fantastic picture. Striking and Perfect.

  4. Healthnut mama Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    your body looks so much like mine and makes me realize that it is beautiful!I can see the muscle tone in your flat stomach. I have to work tirelessly to look like you. I love your positive attitude and youre son sounds like an amazing individual. You are truly blessed!

  5. Stephanie Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Both of your photos are amazing. They tell the story all on their own. Thank you for sharing.

  6. kristen Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    you look amazing!!!

  7. Christie Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Your son is a treasure :) And he has one smart sexy mama, congrats to you both :)

  8. ashley Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    your belly is beautiful, its so artistic looking, i actually find it sexy, its like looking at magic when you see it, you know a baby grew there, and its almost unbeleiveable but it makes you want to look and admire it!

  9. Mary Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Great post! I know what you mean when you have good days and bad, such is life. Your son is adorable!

  10. 16married17first baby Says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    omg..we look the same..im 18yrs old and have an 18month old baby girl..i also have stretch marks and lose skin and everyday i looked at myself and thought eww this looks nasty..but when i read your post it made me feel beautiful and i havnt felt that way since the day i gave birth!thank you for posting that it made a diffence in my life!and by the way you do look good!

  11. Sarah Says:
    August 11th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    My little girl is also 2 years and 8 months old, born November 2006. So our bodies are at the same postpartum stages. I know EXACTLY what you mean. For the first time since my daughter was born, I wore a bikini… twice… this summer. The rest of the time I was in shorts and a tee shirt sitting it out. It’s hot and cold. Some days I love my body, other days I’m ashamed of it. Why should I be ashamed of a body that created something so perfect? How can I be ashamed when pregnancy and childbirth are impossible for some… and even more than that… end in death for some mothers and their children. It isn’t a walk on a smooth and paved path. It’s a journey. A difficult, treacherous, sometimes dangerous journey. When we reach the summit, should we not be proud and celebrate?

  12. Autumn Says:
    August 11th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Your picture is staggerlingly beautiful. You are amazing.

  13. Amanda Says:
    August 11th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    WOW! Your belly I swear is a clone of mine, its great to see im not alone. You are inspirational and your have a beautiful son. Take care hun, you look beautiful.

  14. Anonymous Says:
    August 18th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I feel like weeping tears of gratitude. Your stomach, scars and all, is so beautiful. And so incredibly sexy. I’ve often looked in the mirror and thought how I love my stomach shape, but I feel it is so scarred that I should keep it hidden. Thank you for showing your picture. You have made me realize that I should show my stomach, too. I have never seen stretch marks look so appealing. Thank you. It’s actually a very interesting, attractive part of your body.

  15. heather Says:
    September 11th, 2009 at 4:06 am

    i love that photo of you. Very artistic, and sexy.

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