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Monday, January 6, 2014

Letter to my {Post-Partum} Body

Last May I wrote a letter to my body in which I apologized for the way I treated it.  At the time, I wasn't aware I was pregnant nor did I truly appreciate all that my body was about to do.  Since delivering CT, I decided to write a new letter to my body:

Almost 36 weeks pregnant and in labor with our beautiful boy


Dear Body (After Baby),

You amaze me.  You did something I never thought you could - even though I know women's bodies are made to do what you did, I really truly didn't believe you could do it...until you did.  And you did it so well.

When we started this journey I was so judgey of you.  I ridiculed every little inch to pinch and unwanted curve.  Little did I know those were just your way of prepping for baby incubation.

I must admit, I underestimated you.  You win.  You rock!

For almost 9 months you allowed me to carry on as though everything was normal even though I was carrying an extra 35+ pounds on my front side, my back side had lost all its muscle tone, and you even supported me while I continued to run until 31 weeks of pregnancy.  In an of itself, that was monumental.  How strong you are - I had no idea!

What I'm trying to say is, thank you.  Thank you for bringing my miracle into this world.  Thank you for giving me the ability to be a mom - it is truly the greatest gift of all.  Not all bodies were created equal and not everyone has one that supports a growing baby quite like you did.  I'm so blessed and it makes me so angry that I ever had second thoughts about you before.

From here on out, I promise to take care of you.  Each day I will appreciate you and be thankful for the changes you allowed to happen in order to bring me my greatest joy.  I promise not to judge, ridicule, or belittle you.  And while I'm at it, I promise not to put you through the turmoil of stepping on the scale each day or staring at all angles in the mirror for minutes on end.

I will value you and all that you are capable of.  I will appreciate your strength, durability, and flexibility.  I will not forget how far you have gone and how well you bounced back.  I will love you - every little bit of you.

Thank you.  I owe so much to you.

Love,
Me
Ready to go home; 2 days post-partum

7 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. I love your message not only to yourself but other women reading this.

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  2. Love this Lins. I have been having a hard time with my body lately and I need to remind myself that it's performing something amazing and miraculous!

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  3. My baby is one today and I am still working at the after preggers body- but loving what I can do for my boys. Still nursing! That hospital pump in your picture was the best!
    Marie @
    In Our Happy Place

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  4. This letter is so sweet! And so is your tiny little one!! Cuteness. :-)

    Tiffany
    #fundaymonday
    www.pinkfaithtoday.blogspot.com

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  5. Love your letter! I'm a grandma and think that your letter to your body will help so many others. At 62 I still remember how I felt after mine and my friend's first pregnancies. You go girl! Keep up the good blog. : )

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  6. I love this message!! It's so amazing what a woman's body can do!

    xo,
    Angela

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  7. This is fantastic. I am 15 weeks pregnant now, and I am in awe right now of what my body is doing.

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