I am 21 years old, and married to my wonderful husband who is in the Navy. We have known each other since I was a little girl, and we started dating when I was about 17. When I was 19 I moved down to Virginia Beach with him where he was stationed. A few months later we got engaged and then he got new orders to San Diego, and we found out he would be deploying as soon as he got there. We then made the decision to tie the knot before he left, because in the military you just never know what will happen. He deployed and came home 7 months later, and about 4 months after he was back I found out I was pregnant. We weren’t trying and I was still taking birth control so it was just an “oops”. It was the best oops of our lives though! I had a great pregnancy until the last week in which I kept having contractions. I would go to the hospital (navy) and they would tell me I wasn’t in labor. That whole week I dilated to 3 1/2 cm, and kept having contractions and went to the hospital 3 times but I “wasn’t in labor”. One day I was sitting on the couch at home and my water broke, well I “was in labor” lol. So, we went to the hospital and after they broke the rest of my water I had our son 4 hours later. I knew what my body was doing and it just angered me to be told that I didn’t know what I was talking about because it was my first pregnancy. Our son came and our lives changed!
My husband is now deployed again and will not see us again until our son is about 16 months old (he is 11 months now), so we are anxiously awaiting daddys return! I have my good days and bad days with my body. I have worked VERY hard to get my body to where it is, and get very offended by people who say to me that I just have good genes. That is not true at all because I have horrible genes, my whole family is overweight. I make time for myself to go to the gym, and I am very thankful that I have the means to do so. Just like every other woman I have my insecurities. I have stretch marks on my love handles, thighs, and hips that are so a horrible texture. My boobs are a bit saggy, and my nipples are a weird texture after breastfeeding for 3 months. Every woman has her own insecurities, and I think it is offensive to anyone to be told that their insecurity is stupid (which I am told a lot). I am thankful for this site, because it always lets you know you are not alone :). I am proud of where I am and so incredibly happy to be the mother of our wonderful little boy!
11 months postpartum