It helps to know I’m not the only one (Anonymous)

I will never ever get “my” body back. If I had the money to get a tummy tuck, I’d do it in a heartbeat! My stomach is the thing I’m most self concious of, but I have plenty of stretch marks all over my breasts, thighs and butt too. I’m 5’2” and currently weigh 134, but even when I’m at 120 (my pre-pregnancy weight) my body STILL doesn’t look the same as before. I know I’m not “fat” perse (although sometimes I feel it), but it bothers me when my friends tell me I look great. I feel like lifting up my shirt and telling them “Really?? Does THIS look great?!”…But I don’t. I’ve never shown ANYONE my belly P.P. except for my husband. Not my best friends (who are super curious), or even my mother. I think the thing I miss most is my belly button! It seriously looks like a…butthole or something now. What happened to my cute tiny circle? I am jealous of the mothers who can have a kid and then go back to looking like nothing ever happened. Why wasn’t I that lucky??

The first picture is a glimpse of what I looked like before baby.

The other pictures are from today March 2010. How in the world can my husband be attracted to THIS??

7 thoughts on “It helps to know I’m not the only one (Anonymous)

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I know how you feel sweetheart, I have TONS of friends who are untouched by weight and stretchmarks after having kids. I myself also suffer from the “butthole” belly button and am currently still 30 pounds over weight from having my last kid 2 and a half years ago!! There is a shea butter cream from Baulmers that REALLY does wonders for stretchmarks and extra skin.

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You are DEFINITELY not the only one! I look “good” with clothes on too, but know there is a secret underneath. Baring my tummy has made me WAY more confident, and so has this website. I hope you grow to realize we are actually the majority! Those of us who carry signs of the ones who grew inside our bodies :) How magnificent! You look a lot better than you may think, and sounds like you have yourself a good man! Dont dont dont compare yourself to other moms bodies! God created us all very beautiful and unique! That’s the great part… we DONT all look the same!

    p.s. I have a “butt hole” button too ;)

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    lol, I look fantastic with clothes on too! Though I show my belly to a lot of girls, and one of them (who is very vain about her looks and body) said she would never have children after seeing my stomach. Fine, she’s missing out! I’d never be so conceited as to trade motherhood for a body that’s going to get old and wrinkled someday anyway.
    And one other note; be thankful you even have a bellybutton! Mine is hiding under a skin fold.

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    well i dont have a butthole looks more like the end of a hot dog melting…wanna trade butthole for melting hotdog? :)

    i know how you feel though! I’m SO INCREDIBLY self conscious about my tummy. I have stretch marks on my boobs thighs and tummy but my tummy matters the most.. I am TERRIFIED for anyone to see my tum or even ask about what it looks like..

    If we all keep encouraging each other to eat well and exercise I’m sure that we’ll see results soon!!

    you are great.. just remember that :)

  • Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5:17 am

    My belly button is gone, too!
    RIP Belly button^^
    And yes, I’m jealous :) I wish my stomach would look like yours!!

  • Friday, March 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

    HAHAHAHA!! I have the “butt hole” button too. (I think that’s priceless lol). You look great to me and as we all know we are our harshest critics. I agree with the other poster-showing my “jelly belly” has made me so very confident and accepting of it. That coupled with NOT comparing yourself to others and I think you’ll be able to see what we see :-).

  • Friday, April 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Girl I feel you 100%. I have never liked my body although now looking back on it, I was gorgeous! My stomach was flat and toned, my arms so slender and toned…my butt was lifted! ugh now I wish I had only learned to appreciate it. I gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy and I refuse to get on a scale and find out how much more I have before I can get back to 140. I hate what I look like now. I walk by my mirror and wish I could afford a trainer or nurtitionist to get back to my old self…

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