Thursday, June 25, 2015

We Are Beautiful

This is a collection of self portraits taken by some stunning photographer mamas of their post-baby bodies.  The idea for this post came from a picture and story that Michelle posted to our group encouraging other moms to do the same.Self portraits can be so touching to view since they are a representation of how the person sees themselves. It's a very personal and intimate thing, and these brave and beautiful women were so kind to share their self portraits with us. 

  Here is what Michelle had to say about her self portrait: 

   "Nothing makes a momma woman feel less sexy than trying on ill-fitting bathing suits with ruching, skirts, ruffles, and tummy tuckers meant to hide your "problem areas"…in a dressing room with the most unflattering lighting ever, surrounded by mirrors--all while your 1 and 3 year olds whine about how long it's taking and/or try to escape under the door (and bonus! Your sweet 3 year old boy telling you they “don’t look so good, mommy”).

But that was my morning. The kids fell asleep in the car on the way home, so I tucked them into bed and went to my bathroom mirror to inspect myself. And the truth is…

I feel sexy.

Do I love the way my body looks right now? No. Do I want to get fit? Yes. Have I learned to wear “mom clothes” well? You know, the kind that are decently fashionable, yet comfortable enough to run around the playground in…while hiding your problem areas? Yes. Maybe not the most exciting wardrobe, but it’s better than the yoga pants I used to live in.

But the truth is, I'm proud of my body. It has done absolutely amazing things over the past few years. It has grown two absolutely beautiful human beings and nourished them. Every part of my body has swelled and stretched and returned to some sort of normalcy. My body comforts my babies. I'm sat on, snuggled, hugged, kissed, pulled on--all day long, every day. My breasts have grown considerably twice, nursed two babies…have been stretched, pulled, wrestled with, and deflated. I'm still nursing my little one and because she prefers one side, my breasts are a bit uneven in size (really hoping they even out eventually). My belly has four scars—two from having c-sections with both of my babies and two from the laparoscopic surgery required 3 months post-partum with my second to removed adhesions that developed as a result of those surgeries. These scars have improved over time, but will always be there. My belly didn't heal properly and is lopsided and lumpy--something only cosmetic surgery could fix. I have cellulite and everything is soft.


My children love my soft body--it's comfy. My husband loves my curves and all the parts he can pinch, squeeze and grab. I may not have the muscle mass I once had, but I'm strong--momma strong. I don't get enough sleep, but somehow I always have enough energy to run, jump, play and dance with my kids--and run a business on top of that. My sex drive is back to normal (finally!)--and our intimate moments are better than they’ve ever been in the 15 years we’ve been together.

So, what I’ve discovered is that I don't really care what I look like in a bathing suit. I'm going to enjoy my time at the beach with my family. I'm not going to be embarrassed or ashamed. I am a momma, a wife, a business owner, a woman in my mid-thirties. I'm proud of my body, and I feel sexy when it counts--with and for my husband.

So, momma's--go find what makes you feel sexy. And be proud of your body. It's truly amazing!"

~ Michelle

Here are the photographs some other mamas took of themselves and shared with us!