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Wow what a great thing you are doing here!

I know that becoming a mother has been the best thing in my life…but for me and my body there were dark times. I’ve dealt with a weight problem (200lbs average since middle school) and a very low self image all my life. I had just gotten to a weight I felt I could “deal with” when by a miracle I got pregnant after 4 years of trying. I went into it with all intentions of enjoying every minute of it. And I did…from 145lbs to 215lbs. I was ok with that because I had pre-e and thought much of it was water weight.

The only part of my body I ever did like was my stomach which throughout my life had been very small compared to the rest of me. My belly didn’t get stretch mark one and I was even able to keep my navel ring in the entire time.

Post partum was a slap in the face though…I got bigger. The already too small maternity clothes were bustin’ at the seems and did for seemed like forever. I hated my body and myself for the way I looked.

Now going on 3 years since my son was born I am in total amazement as for some reason my body has turned into one that I’ve never known. I’ve lost 30+ lbs in the last year, my already small waist is smaller, I’m a whole size smaller than I was pre-pregnancy…I’m well I’m just amazed. I do still have my issues but when my son wanted to go to the pool this summer and I went to get my first real bathing suit in 6 years I saw a woman looking back at me that made me smile. I’m the mom I always wanted to be and for the first time in my life I’m proud of my body. Yes I feel more self confident because it looks a certain way now, but more importantly it did what it was supposed to do and gave me the child of my dreams. Now lets say a prayer for #2!!! And should my body do yet another turn around and become covered in stretch marks with the next I will think back to this site and wear them with pride! Thank you!

This is approx 20 weeks…my kitty liked the new head rest but not the punches from within.

Approx 28 weeks was on bedrest from then on

2 hours until delivery

This is me now 2y10months post partum

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13 comments… add one
  • Dominique Thursday, July 20, 2006, 9:45 pm

    I love the photo with your cat – it’s communing with the baby :)

  • jade Thursday, July 20, 2006, 10:08 pm

    You look great:)

  • Special Red Thursday, July 20, 2006, 10:31 pm

    You’re BEAUTIFUL!

  • Amy Thursday, July 20, 2006, 10:43 pm

    aww thanks ya’ll!

  • A Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:34 am

    wow…you look really good. I’m so jealous! :-) The cat photo is really cute.

  • Victoria Friday, July 21, 2006, 5:17 am

    Wow, look at that hourglass figure! Good luck with #2!

  • Nicole Friday, July 21, 2006, 7:05 am

    Impressive! You look great! You should be very proud!

  • Dee Friday, July 21, 2006, 8:31 am

    You really look fantastic!

  • Andrea Friday, July 21, 2006, 9:27 am

    WOW…you look awesome! How’d ya do it?? Lots of excercise??? Way to go!

  • Allyson Friday, July 21, 2006, 9:39 am

    Amy! You look fabulous! I didnt believe you when you said you were going to post pics here (on the PYM message board) Keep up the good work, you look great hun!

  • Anonymous Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:05 pm

    Wow! You have a waist like Salma Hayak’s! So beautiful.

  • Amy Saturday, July 22, 2006, 2:21 am

    nope no exercise unless chasing my almost 3 year old around counts…unfortunalty I think the recent weight loss is due to a huge amont of stress and depression. But I’m getting better with help. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments you’ll never know what it’s done for my self esteem to hear you all say such nice things.

  • Rachel Sunday, July 23, 2006, 8:11 pm

    Did you breastfeed? I saw a picture of my grandmother once after breastfeeding a toddler for maybe 2-3 years, and I couldn’t believe how skinny she looked! On the other hand, she’s always been a really wirey woman, which was part of the reason she looked SO weird even thinner. Just wondering if that is part of it- you look amazing!!

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