These are my previous posts:
2 Babies Later
Love Youself, Mama, Then Love Everything Else
# of Pregnancies: 3
# of Births: 2
-Rayden 8lbs 4oz 21 inches Dec 12, 2005
-Cairo Sofia 8lbs 7oz 21 inches June 23, 2009
How far PP: 12 Months
This is technically my 4th update, but my 5th post. It is officially 1 year post partum from having my last child, as of June 23rd. It’s definitely an accomplishment but also a moment of realization. I am no longer going to have babies in my house! I have done what my body was designed to do for 2 beautiful children, and now I can go on with watching them grow and become beautiful and amazing people. This brings me more joy than I can put into words. They are gorgeous and brilliant children that I am thankful for every day, every single day.
But now onto myself and the accomplishments I have personally gained. I have learnt to love my body, whether it is “flawed” or not. I love my body. It is beautiful and shows what hard work I
have put into having my children (BIG children at that, especially for my tiny stature of 4’11”!). After my first child, Rayden, now 4 ½ years old, I hated my body. I hated what pregnancy had done to my body and I didn’t dare look at myself nude. However, I was only 18 when he was born. Image was everything and the “right” image were those portrayed through magazines and such.
But once becoming pregnant with my 2nd and last child, Cairo Sofia, 1 year as of June 23, I all of a sudden adored my body. I loved looking at myself knowing I had another child growing inside of me. I would trace my stretch marks and embrace my loose skin. For whatever reason, I had a realization that my body was Beautiful. It is amazing and can do remarkable things that seem so bizarre.
Now that I look at myself at the 1 Year Milestone, I love myself even more. I love myself from the inside out. I am beautiful. My children are beautiful. And I would like to thank them for helping me to see true beauty. Thank you for allowing me to accept myself, “flaws” and all, but no longer view them as “flaws”. Because if it weren’t for the “flaws” you 2 beautiful children would not be here, gracing my life every day!
Thank You Babies!
2 thoughts on “Thank You, Babies (Bryana)”
I think you look beautiful! I too am a young mommy…2 kids at 24. Connor was born 9.24.06 and Liam was born 4.10.09. I had cesareans with both, so I have the lovely “apron”!! I am finally starting to love my body. I still have lots of bad days, but it is getting better! I even tried on a bikini the other day and liked it! I am not confident enough to wear one yet though! I hate what society has done to the mommy body…we feel ashamed of our stretched/saggy bellies and we hide them…I hope to soon have the confidence to show mine off!!! I LOVE your confidence…flaunt your lovely mommy tummy!!! It will make girls like me more brave to join you :)
I remember your posts! I remember how uplifting they were! You are a wonderful woman! :D