A Happy Ending! (Anonymous)

Pregnancies: 1
1 year postpartum

My little girl just turned one a week ago. She is so beautiful, funny and smart. I can’t believe she is mine!

When I first got pregnant I had come to terms with the fact that my body would be ruined, based on family history. I would have a saggy belly, stretch marks, deflated breasts but I knew it would all be worth it.

During my pregnancy, my daughters father and I decided it wasn’t going to work out. That is when my fears returned. I gained 60 pounds while pregnant. I thought nobody would ever be attracted to me again. I was completely devastated about the whole situation. Once I had my little girl I really had no time to feel sorry for myself. She was extremely colic for the first 6 months and would only sleep cradled next to me while walking. So I walked and walked and walked….

A year later, my stretch marks have faded, I weigh 20 pounds less than before I got pregnant, I got my license, bought a van, I’ve met someone new and starting my dream job in 1 week. It’s amazing how things can change in a year. I’m so proud of myself and thank my lucky stars everyday.

10 thoughts on “A Happy Ending! (Anonymous)

  • Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

    You look healthy and fit, I’m so happy life is going great for you! And a little envious of your flat belly :) I’m working on mine with Jillian Michaels video, you just gave me the encouragement I needed today.

  • Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

    The guy is only a sperm donor not a father. I’m so happy for you that things have turned out alright.

  • Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I am so happy that things have turned out so well for you. I have a feeling that a few people may be critical that you called sagging skin, stretch marks and deflated breasts, “ruined”. I remember before I became pregnant for the first time how I viewed sagging skin and such. I felt that my body would be “ruined” too. But, now that I have my beautiful babies my perspective is so different. I see beauty in mommy bodies in a way that I could not have before I became one.

  • Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

    You look fantastic!

  • Monday, April 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Sara, I was thinking about not writing the part about about my body being “ruined” but that’s honestly what was going through my head at the time so I felt it was fair to share. I know now that that’s completely ridiculous. My breasts now are not ruined just different. I had quite a few years getting used to and trying to accept my pre pregnancy body so I expect I will need a few more to love this one. I think that goes for every new momma though.

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Adrienne, I do know what you mean. Before my babies I could never have imagined accepting my body the way that it is now! I could never have imagined seeing so much beauty in the bodies I see on SOAM and in the mirror! But my perspective is so different now. I am, by no means critical of your phrasing because I completely understand what you meant. Our outlook on EVERYTHING after we have children is forever altered.

  • Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Girl anyone would be happy to have that flat belly! Its awesome that things always have nowhere to go but up. I’m still waiting for my life to get better as my son grows. You look amazing! Almost as if you were never pregnant!

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

    You look great! Where did/do you have stretch marks? I cant see them in the picture!

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I have them on my breasts, inner thighs and lower back. It’s weird cause those places didn’t stretch nearly as much as my belly. I still have them but they are white except for the ones on my inner thighs which are still quite red.

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