puttin’ on the big girl panties (Anonymous)

While having yet another conversation with my preschooler daughter that Pull-Ups were not “cooler” than real undies, she sassed me. Her reply? “You’re just jealous because you’ve had 2 babies and are too fat to wear them.” Never one to back down from a challenge, I showed her! So here I am, a birthmother of two, ages 4 and 2, wearing size 3T-4T Pull-Ups. Yeah, they were snug, but no more so than the “date panties” I used to wear before I was married. You can see in the picture of my front that even though I may be as petite as I was pre-babies, I still carry birth memorabilia around my middle. My middle really does stand out in contrast to the rest of my fit body. One day in the pool locker room I was dressing my younger daughter and myself when I made the comment “Let’s go get sister.” A woman nearby said, “Oh, you have twins? My sister has twins too and she still has the ‘twin skin,'” while gesturing toward my middle. I’m afraid my peals of laughter were a bit uncouth for a response. I told her, “I do have two kids, but they’re two years apart.” She was mortified and I had to wonder why. Why is belly skin okay if you have twins but not a singleton? I have not always had such a loving relationship with my post-pregnancies body. One day a few months after the birth of my second, I looked in the mirror and bemoaned the fact that I still had a huge sagging belly and probably always would. My then-2yo said, “But Mom, that’s where you carry your babies. It’s the most important part of you.” Never have I been more proud of my daughter or myself. (Of course then she added, “And since there’s no baby in it now, could we put some toys in it?”) I’m now newly pregnant with my third child and looking forward to all the changes my body will go through. I know it will be a different body in a year, but I will also be a different woman and mother. A stronger and gentler person, with the body to show for it.

11 thoughts on “puttin’ on the big girl panties (Anonymous)

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    You, chicky, are AWESOME!

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    That is the funniest thing I’ve read all week! Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you’ll post again after your third child is born.

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    That was great! Your post and pictures are funny. You expressed it very well. Congrats and thanks for sharing. Please post again but especially after your third blessing.

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Rock-on in your big girl panties!
    Great story too. : )

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Your daughter CRACKS me up! I seriously needed that laugh…can’t wait to hear what comes out of my daughter’s mouth in a few years. Kudos to you in those pull-ups!

    Oh, and thank you for sharing. Your tummy looks EXACTLY like mine, and yes, you are very fit. It just made me look a bit more differently at myself.

  • Monday, June 18, 2007 at 3:34 am

    That was GREAT, I LOVE your post!!! And your daughter sounds like a hoot, just like her mama!!! Way to go you, and congrats on the new baby (not to mention the great attitude!!)!! :)

  • Monday, June 18, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    your belly, your hips, your thighs, your knees – they are all just the same as mine. I had two singletons 2 years apart also.
    I also have disproportionately large boobs, which I can’t see in your pic, so I’m not sure if we’re complete body twins.

  • Monday, June 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    LMAO.. This is so funny, but at the same time your prooving a point. I love it :)

  • Monday, June 18, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Well, we know where your daughter gets it from! That was a great post; funny and upbeat. You seem like one of those women who is a hoot to be around and a great friend. :)

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Thanx 4 the laugh! Yer lil girl sounds smart:)

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I just wanted to tell you that you have a very nice booty! Can we trade?

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