Baby got bigger, I got smaller -update from previous entry (Anonymous)

Facts: 3 pregnancies, 2 children, 1 cesarean. 2 1/2 years postpartum. Age 27.

Story: I first posted to The Shape of a Mother in an entry in April 2008 entitled “Never Been More Proud“.

I wanted to update because I talked about in that entry how proud I was of my body for the 2 miracles it created, and while that was true and still is true today, back then I really did not like my reflection in the mirror too much. It wasn’t long after that submission that I started working on my outward appearance…not for anyone else, but for MYSELF. To feel better about MYSELF.

And since then I have lost about 60 lbs! There are still some things I would like to work on and my body still definitely looks like a mother’s body, saggy stomach and all. But, I feel better about myself and my body now at this moment in my life than I have in years. No, it’s not perfect, but perfection is an illusion. All I want is to feel the best I can physically and mentally and have good self esteem so that I can raise my children to be happy with their bodies and feel good about themselves. And that is what I have accomplished since my last submission. I feel so good about myself now and am finally, for the first time in a long time, happy with what I see in the mirror. It’s still a work in progress, but as of right now, I feel great. :)

I tried to re-create the same image as in my last submission for comparison.


16 thoughts on “Baby got bigger, I got smaller -update from previous entry (Anonymous)

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    WOW! What a remarkable transformation on the outside and I am sure, inside as well. This is a very neat idea for a photo progression. You son looks like he grown up fast, as they do. You are a beautiful woman.

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    You look fantastic! Congratulations on losing the weight and doin it for yourself.

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Congrats! You look great and Im so glad you posted an update! You’ve given me hope that I can lose weight as well, now if only I can get motivated! lol. Keep up the good work and work it girl, you look FABULOUS!

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations, you look awesome! I love your statement ‘perfection is an illusion’, I’ll make it my new motto :)

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Both photos are incredible! You look amazing! Besides, your baby’s grown up so soon!
    That’s life, isn’t it?

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I love the picture. and that is great u are feelin better bout ur self

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I loved both pics but I must say you are even more sexy! Great job mama you look fantastic!!!! Your story inspried me so thank you!

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    You look great! I love this picture. Great job on losing 60 lbs!!! Your baby looks beautiful and healthy- and breastfed!

    Thank you for being so brave, and for the update and I like the title of your post. It definitely fits.

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  • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Good for you! The hard work certainly paid off and most importantly you feel great! :)

  • Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Looking good mama!!!

  • Friday, December 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wow, huge change! You must be really proud!

  • Monday, December 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    HOLY COW!!! You look amazing! You have lost so much weight! Oh I love that you did a comparison shot in almost exactly the same pose! Fantastic! :D

  • Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, what a super cool picture. I love it. Your babe has grown so much and you truly are smaller. I’m 6 weeks pp with our second child and I have to keep telling myself this is only temporary; my body will slim down with time.

  • Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Oh my goodness.. your pictures are beautiful… BOTH of them…

  • Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    kudos to you! Your original posted picture mirrors my body now…however, your new pic is great, and I hope someday to be successful at that as well! (waiting for blood pregnancy test results for baby #4 right now) Anyway, I gained 20 with my first (he is 15 now) 15 with my second (she is 13 now) and 30 with #3. I was 200 in 19995 and now in 2009 I am 270…very depressing!

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