Baby #1 at 25 (Anonymous)

I was a fat child growing up and had stuggled with weight always. I had lost a lot when I got pregnant, but was about 220lbs. was 285 at 41 weeks- the day I gave birth to a 9lb 11oz baby boy named Orion (now 15m and 32lbs!)-I lost 20lbs right away. I had a lot of problems with nursing and that beat me up emotionally, as I planned to nurse for 1 year or longer- when I could barely produce 10oz of milk a day (with the help of meds and herbal remedies-6oz without) I decided to go over to the bottle when he was 6 mos old- I weighed 296lbs at that point. Since April, with the help of a low-carb diet that my doctor endorsed I have lost 86lbs and am 35lbs away from the ultimate goal- at which point I will try for baby #2. I still get down on my body- but I feel more like a woman that I ever have and I appreciate my body so much more- I have wider hips that balance me out (I am 6ft tall and had narrower hips) and my breasts, albeit a little south, are fuller than they were and I love them. I’m still going for the mother’s special when I’m done having children- but even if that never happens, I love my body more than I ever have, because I gave life to the most precious being the universe has seen (in my eyes!!)

For the pictures I submitted-
the first is me now
the second is me @ 6mos pregnant
the 3rd is me @ 9mos pregnant
the 4th is me 10mins postpartum
the 5th, 6th, 7th is me after 86 pounds lost- 15 months postpartum with 35/40 pounds till goal.

My body has never been like other teenage girls or women my age- I love it more now than I did when I struggled with ED and was thin for about 2 mins. My husband loves my body and cannot wait until I am ripe with baby number 2. My husband reminds me everyday about how wonderful it was to see my body do such fantastic work and about how happy I was and am now since I have been able to use my body the way it was designed to be used. I still want to be in better shape for next time- but at least I know that the human machine is a magical thing and that no matter what- I am beautiful!

6 thoughts on “Baby #1 at 25 (Anonymous)

  • Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    i named my son Orion also! And he was 9 lbs even.

    Congrats on your weight loss, i envy you. im stuck at 190.

  • Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 11:14 am

    With my first baby, I had trouble nursing also. She was very sleepy and I didn’t seem to make much milk. Finally my doctor recommended supplementing the nursing with formula (at the end of each nursing session.) It worked and she gained weight. Then with my second baby, nursing went much better. My second baby was a strong nurser and I had lots of milk. So I hope it works well for you when you have your second child.

  • Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    You ARE beautiful! :)

  • Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    you are cute as a button, girl! look at that top photo – you’re like the cutest dr. seuss elf or something! isn’t making babies the greatest?

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    You are beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Friday, December 21, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    You look so familiar to me, I swear I know you. I think I went to cosmetology school with you in High school! If not, what they say about everyone in the world having a “twin” is right!!

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