I Am Beautiful (Anonymous)

These photos were taken a couple of weeks before my daughter turned two. Actually, as I write this, she will be two years old in less than 24 hours. She is a total blessing, so bright and inquisitive. And I see that being a mother to a little girl who will someday be a woman bears its own weight. The way I see my body will effect how she sees herself. In realizing that, I will try to say I am beautiful and tell her that she is, too.

I posted here before, but now I can’t find any of my posts. I am still breastfeeding and from the way it looks, I think we’ll be going strong for months to come, despite being down to 1-2 sessions a day. I enjoy the closeness and she does, too, obviously. Sometimes she’ll just crawl in my arms and assume the nursing position just to be held close. I am so blessed. So incredibly blessed! And my husband has always been so supportive of breastfeeding. He helped me from day one and he still supports me 110% with extended nursing. I am blown away, amazed, and so, so, thankful.

As far as my body type goes, I carry my weight in my lower body. What you don’t see in these photographs are stretchmarked, cellulite pocked buttocks and thick thighs. But I don’t care. I think I have a lovely figure. Before motherhood, I did not have breasts or hips. I was commonly mistaken for a twelve year old. Today I’m mistaken mostly for a sixteen year old. I think that’s a step up lol. After having my daughter, I threw out all of my size A bras, certain I would follow the path of my sisters and retain my voluptuous breasts, but alas they quickly deflated and now I’ve had to go out and repurchase 34A bras. That’s a warning to everyone out there. I also threw away several size small shirts… that I really liked and now REALLY miss. I wear size 5 jeans. I’m 24 years old, around 5 foot 1 and 3/4, and 125 pounds. I definitely owe any and all weight loss to breastfeeding. I weighed 160 the day my daughter was born, 138 two weeks later, 128 when she was 6 months old. And I’ve yet to buy jogging shoes. That would be a “Do as I say, but not as I do” situation. Do exercise. It’s good for you. I’m just terribly lazy.

Attached are photos of me two weeks ago, and a collage of my pregnancy belly photos.

Updated here.

5 thoughts on “I Am Beautiful (Anonymous)

  • Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    congratulations on breastfeeding for so long!!! i never got to breastfeed and am so jealous to hear your story :) happy for you at the same time though!

    i love your daughters little pigtails!

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 4:15 am

    You look great! I’m amazed that you are still breastfeeding – that is such an achievement!

  • Friday, November 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks ladies! My name links to my blog. I blog about life and breastfeeding. ;)

  • Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Thank you very much!!! :D

  • Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 9:27 am

    “I am beautiful”
    Yes,you are!!:-D

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