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This is what I looked like prior to baby number three.

This is me laboring in the water with my third baby.

This is my belly 4 1/2 months after my third was born. I got remarried between babies 2 and 3. My husband is 6 years younger than me (he’s 23 and I’m 29), so now I’m extra self conscious about my tummy. My belly wasn’t perfect when he met me, but baby 3 did even more damage. I’m also holding onto the weight a little longer this time. When I met him, I was a size 6, but right now I’m holding at a size 9. Some size 7’s will fit if I squeeze. He’s a breakdancer, so we do go out to clubs when we can. I have resorted to saran wraping my tummy under my clothes so I can compete with those flat bellied 18 year olds. Nothing deflates my self esteem like going to a nightclub and seeing all those bare flat bellies. This is the first place I have come where I feel comfortable showing off my badge of motherhood. If only the world would honor motherhood in this way, I might feel comfortable going to the pool in a bikini again.

Here’s a picture of Adrianna (baby 3) nursing when she was a few days old. I like my larger breastfeeding boobies. I didn’t get many stretch marks on them, but they do sag naturally with the extra weight. My nipples are also much darker now to make a great target for baby.

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  • Sheldon Monday, July 17, 2006, 8:11 pm

    It takes a whole bunch of self-esteem to do this and a I admire you for it. There are many men who deeply love, cherish, respect their wives for what they have been through.

  • Manic Mom Monday, July 17, 2006, 8:48 pm

    I also admire you too, thank you for sharing what your body has become.I remember when I had boobies as big as my newborn’s heads too!

  • Anonymous Monday, July 17, 2006, 8:51 pm

    I had always been self-conscious of my large nipples, but they really do have a use! Nature really knows what to do. Your pictures are beautiful.

  • Siobhan Monday, July 17, 2006, 9:27 pm

    Hey summer,I remember you for our twentysomething moms group in San Diego. What a small world! Congrats on your third. I have three now as well!

  • Heathrr Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 9:48 am

    Totally adorable picture of your newborn girl nursing! She looks so happy. Love it!

  • Liz Tuesday, July 18, 2006, 4:48 pm

    What a beautiful baby. What a beautiful mother.

  • mamaloo Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 12:27 am

    I love love love the photo of your babe nursing. I just love the expressions on little babies’ faces when they’re enjoying their mama’s milk like that (I am nursing my second right now!)

  • R Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 7:46 pm

    Oh that picture of your nursing baby almost brought tears to my eyes. She’s just precious. What a beautiful picture!

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 9:20 pm

    I love this picture of you nursing your daughter. She looks so happy and excited to be getting some mama’s milk!

  • Anonymous Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 10:56 pm

    Does saran wrap really work? I will have to try that one. I have twin boys that are 5 and as they say, they painted mommy’s belly and left me playdough for a stomach. My youngest, who is 3 loves to make “mountains” out of the loose skin on mommy’s belly.

  • Drea Friday, July 21, 2006, 1:38 am

    Saran wrap.. hmmm…I bet thats uncomfortable but I bet it can work. Dont feel less than those 18 year olds tho. Look at what you’ve done… and the 3 beautiful chldren you have. Thats far more important than looking cute at some club!

  • Anonymous Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 10:34 am


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