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pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum (Anonymous)

February 23, 2008

I’m an 18 year old (19 in March), a high school graduate readying for college, and a first time mother in a long term relationship with a college graduate. Before my pregnancy I weighed 130lbs, just about, and by the end of my pregnancy I weighed 190 on the dot. 60lbs, WOW. I did not over eat and was active throughout my pregnancy, but gained a lot of weight due to excess fluid retention and other factors. In fact, my legs, ankles, hands, and face appeared larger to me for so long that I forgot just how skinny I really was before I got pregnant. (After the pregnancy when I shed it in all of those areas I felt tiny. I didn’t look like a sausage anymore!!) You’ll see I have many MANY pictures, some where I’ve taken only the belly rather than the rest of me, but for personal reasons, some are older than others… I don’t have much of a story. We were (surprisingly) happy, despite my age. Our daughter was born at about 41 weeks, my labor was induced, I had an epidural, and a vaginal delivery with an episiotomy -which is SO annoying to still be *recovering* from after going on three weeks… I delivered a healthy 8lb 3oz, 19 1/2 in baby girl, named Kaylee Marie. She was due on the 4th originally (my twin sister gave birth to her son at 26 weeks gestation on that day, ironically, but he’s doing wonderfully!) then I was due the 8th, and gave birth on the 15th of January, which so happens to be the day after her fathers birthday, and our anniversary. =P What a special day! We call her our little “hapa” baby, because she’s Eurasian American. -Due to her mixed European heritage on my side of the family, and Asian on her fathers side. Race does not matter, but there’s no issue in sharing mixed culture, and I hope that it will something she will be proud of, rather than shamed by when she grows up. She’s a beautiful little girl, and despite the pain of childbirth, she was entirely worth it =) Now to work off this belly… =P I actually lost 30lbs within the first week and a half, which is half of what I gained! Amazing… I chose to breastfeed but also use formula occasionally, but feel guilty mixing her up on the two, so I try to breast feed (and pump) as often as possible. I’m not sure there’s much else I can say about myself, my pregnancy, or my daughter at the time being, but here are some photos =)


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6 Responses to “pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum (Anonymous)”

  1. Ashley Says:
    February 23rd, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I have never commented before, but I had to when I read your entry….amazing! I love your attitude towards life and your baby! You seem like an awsome person who really has a great head on her shoulders. You are absolutly beautiful too! You are doing an awsome job with your daughter, don’t waste one moment of her precious life feeling guilty! God Bless you

  2. nina Says:
    February 23rd, 2008 at 10:51 am

    You look so cute when you were pregnant. Your baby is adorable and your attitude is wonderful as well. I, myself am a hapa – my mother being asian and my father being of mixed european decent. My son is very mixed! asian, european from me and latino from his father. I also am 13 weeks preg with another little baby on the way! I want them to grow up teaching them everything I know about their culture! Good luck!

  3. happy mama Says:
    February 23rd, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I must say, you look sexy in the after baby pics – you’re curves become you. You looked good before, but now you look womanly.

  4. Sarah Says:
    February 24th, 2008 at 8:17 am

    You look great and your little girl is gorgeous! Your family looks very happy!

  5. lorraine Says:
    February 24th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    im 18 and pregnant with my first….your baby girl is 1 of the most beautiful babies ive ever seen(her eyes are gorgeous) *interacial* now the world is getting somewhere….and i love that grey vest ur wearing in one of ur pics where did u get it from?

  6. Deena Says:
    March 24th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I must say you look wonderful! I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my little girl and I hope I look as good as you do after I have her.

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