Monday, July 15, 2013

Body By Baby

Many of us feel embarrassed of our post baby bodies. Some of us are surprised that we didn't snap right back to our pre-baby bodies. The truth is, no matter how fast you bounce back to your pre-pregnancy state, you will never be the same. Be it from stretch marks, wider hips, sagging breasts, or just a new state of mind about your body, you are now forever changed by the miracle that is childbirth.

So, because Gisele and all her friends make it seem like stretchmarks don't happen, I started Body by Baby. Stretchmarks do happen. So does saggy skin. And saggy boobs. And that is ok. Because we are real women. Our bodies aren't perfect. But they didn't get this way on their own. They got this way because we are fucking awesome and CREATED A HUMAN IN THEM. What's a stretchmark or a muffin top when we actually made life?

This is what a real woman's belly looks like. This is what having beautiful babies does to a girl. And it is awesome:

This is Caitlin. She is the mom of a 25-week-old little girl.

Here is her story:
This is my belly at 25 weeks...first thing in the morning (the smallest of all the belly sizes in a day). There are lines and bumps and very mushy parts to it, although it managed to maintain some of it's dignity and not completely fall to pieces. My belly button looks to me like it's winking, the eye of Sauron, less of a button and more of a pit. It's surrounded by stretch marks that reach out from it like sun beams...except less lovely. I still have that line that magically appeared during my pregnancy which does not give the illusion of a six pack like I was hoping it might. I don't have those feelings of amazement about my body some claim to have, nor to I completely hate the way it looks now. I try not to spend too much time thinking about it either way...I'm just thankful for a healthy, happy little girl and for having the common sense not to name her something crazy.

Thanks, Caitlin. You are the shit for sharing with us what we all hide from each other.

Body by Baby all started here, but you glorious bitches have kept it going. Feeling frisky? Send me your own Body by Baby portrait and I will share it with all six of my readers the world. Anonymously or not. Your choice. Email them to me at ilikebeerandbabies @ gmail . com (remove spaces).

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