Accepting the “mom” figure (Anonymous)

Before my pregnancy I was 115 lbs and stood at 5’8. When I found out I was pregnant I was scared. I was 17 at the time and my boyfriend and I were having problems. When I saw those two pink lines on the pregnancy test I knew my life would never be the same. I broke up with my boyfriend, transfered to a new school and graduated high school on my 18th birthday (5 months ahead of everyone). Having gained 53 lbs and endured 7 hours of labor, on February 20th 2008 at 5:06 I gave birth to my daughter Haylie. 8 lbs 7 0z and 21 1/2 beautiful inches. I credit her with being my saving grace. Since her birth we have moved out of my parents house to a new town where I attend college for Dental Assisting. Haylie is now almost 8 months old and she’s my pride and joy.
I see my stretch marks and while they bother me I’m so thankful my body was able to nourish and carry a beautiful child to full term. I have accepted my “mom” figure, even the good and bad.
I am now 118 lbs and proud of my body.

30 thoughts on “Accepting the “mom” figure (Anonymous)

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! I think your body looks beautiful and the picture of you and your daughter is precious! I admire your choice to continue with your pregnancy and keep the baby at such a young age. It takes a lot of courage and determination to do what you are doing! The way you think is very mature…Haylie is lucky to have a Mom like you!

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Honey, I’m sorry you are not 118 lbs. I used to be anorexic and I know what 118 lbs. looks like. It’s not healthy. I had no body fat at all. You look fine but your not 118 lbs. (P.S. I’m also 5’8)

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    you look amazing! Did you have to diet/exercise a lot to get down to where you are? i gained 53lbs as well, and I lost the first 30 in the first 4 weeks. I’ve been struggling with the last 20lbs.

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    WOW, you are both beautiful! Give your self some more time. You’ll be back where you were pre-baby in another few months. For me it took two years but it was soooo worth the wait because now I really appreciate it.

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    i love you tracie. very inspiring. you are beautiful, i hope you know that!

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I took yoga and a walking class to build up my endurance again. I’m hoping that I can start running again without killing myself at first. Dieting? Not really, I’m a pepsiholic but I try to make up for that with keeping active.

    As for “not being 118 lbs” it’s a pity that I should be judged on what someone thinks “118 lbs” looks like. I see 118-120 on the scale every morning (depending on if I’m on my period or close to it). Every woman carries her weight differently.

  • Monday, November 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I think you still look wonderful.
    (And to the commenter above, 118 lbs looks different on *everyone*, no matter your height, get over yourself.)
    (Adria’s Mum from Bloop)

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 12:24 am

    You should be proud! You look gorgeous! And you’ve got my breasts, too. I love my boobs! I’d wouldn’t trade them for bigger ones if somebody paid me!

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 12:51 am

    rachel, that was a cruel & unnecessary thing to say.

    to the mama who posted this, i want to say i’m proud of you for sticking to your priorities & not only graduating, but graduating early, being a single mom & pursuing a career. you are & should be an inspiration to young moms everywhere who are panicking, wondering if they will be able to “do it all”. you are proof that it can be done. keep going, mama.

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Amazing..u look absalutley amazing…i too am a young mommy 20 years old and my son will be 1 this month…my complication is i have stretch marks from my chest to my knees!!! and day to day i stuggle but in times everything only gets better…im on here under 19 and insecure (tamara)

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I just want to make sure people are not confusing me for the judgemental person above.

    Personally, I think you look wonderful and both you and your daughter are so gorgeous!

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I am sad that a momma would post her story only to have someone be rude in the comments. How ridiculous that is! How embarrassing for you.

    As for the momma in this post, you are beautiful!

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    You really are beautiful and you have created the most adorable little girl! I really admire you. I am currently struggling through college. Its really hard to stay motivated when you are torn in so many different direction, but here you’ve managed to go after your dreams. I wish you all the best!

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I think you look wonderful!

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    You look amazing, and you are so strong to move foreward with your life and get your education!

  • Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Tracie – you are amazing! You look fantastic for having a baby! I would be so ashamed to post on here. Maybe one day I’ll get the courage!!!

  • Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, that one mean comment was just uncalled for. I don’t care who you are honey or what kind of problems you used to have, you have no call being nasty and rude to the poster. Go find somewhere else to spew your nastiness

  • Friday, November 7, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I love how your daughter is looking at you in the photo of the two of you…now THAT’S adoration!

    You look great, too!

  • Friday, November 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Rachel, who the heck do you think you are? No one cares about what you think “118 looks like”. What a lame comment. Go away.

    Tracie, you and your daughter are SOOO GORGEOUS! What beautiful eyes. Your figure is lovely, your skin looks so healthy and smooth, and more importantly you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. Your daughter is lucky to have a mom like you! :)

  • Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 9:53 am

    you look good..way better than me!!!
    and your very very pretty!
    &&your daughter..she is beautiful!

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I’m not trying to sound disrespectful, but you have a very nice ah, behind (I feel so silly typing that word, but it seems no one curses on this website !!)

  • Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Rachel u need to focus more more on you’re insecurities and stop being putting all your negativities to others.
    Traci u and you’re daughter are beautiful keep you’re head up.

  • Friday, November 14, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    you look very pretty and you did a wonderful think and your daughter is absolutely gorgeous…my daughter was born feb. 1 2008 and im preg. again but im learning to accept my body

  • Friday, November 28, 2008 at 4:31 am

    you look great good for you girl! your soo slim you should be proud

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    you have an amazingly beautiful face and great body, you rock!

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Super cute baby, so good to hear about a young mom being successful, good on you!

    As for Rachel and her 118 lb comment? You’re an idiot. I am 5’7″ and 115 lbs and am not anorexic or without body fat. Keep your assumptions to yourself.

  • Friday, January 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    jeez you look great! and you’re face is beatiful!

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 1:50 am

    That last picture melts my heart the way your beautiful daughter looks at you. You have a beautiful face & body. Congrats on doing so great. I was 17 when I had my baby too.

  • Friday, March 20, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Wow your so cute!

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, you look great. Mothers are the most important thing. I am glad that there is a forum for you to post your feelings and have others comment and encourage. Keep it up. You look awesome and sound like a great mom. Cheers!

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