I am thankful for my flabby belly that gave me 5 beautiful children. Who in turn have given me a lifetime of love and happiness as well as my beautiful granddaughters!
My 3rd child will be 3 months old tomorrow. In the shower this morning I was looking down at my deformed stomach thinking “wow I still kind of look pregnant” except now it is misshaped and kind of points out to the left. My next thoughts were how lucky I am to be a woman and be able to carry life inside me. Before I was a mother I thought I knew what love was, but it was only when I held my first born for the first time that I truly understood. I love who I am as a mother. My pregnancies and births have transformed me. Like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. The stretch marks, flabby skin and less then perky breast are beautiful because they are a reminder of the lives and love that surround me. How lucky I am that this body carried 3 beautiful healthy children. How lucky I am to be a mother and feel my baby kick and move. How lucky I am to be a mother and be able to provide nourishment for my baby. My body empowers me. What’s a few stretch marks when my body has done all these wonderful things. LIFE! What could be more beautiful than Life?
I will be sharing thoughts from our readers during the week about the things we struggle to be thankful for. If you’d like to participate, e-mail me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post this sometime this week.