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I was so nervous about taking these pictures. I wore the flowiest top I could find, but there was no hiding my squishy, one month postpartum belly. I wanted to be good at being fiercely proud of all my body had accomplished. To feel like a warrior or a mother goddess and romanticize my stretch marks as tiger stripes, but the truth is I just felt squishy and messy and gross. The only styling I’d done to my hair that morning was to actually wash it for once, and even that had taken a Herculean effort of getting up early after three hours of sleep so I could shower before my newborn needed me. It was not a great time.
I don’t know where I’m going with this. I just think it’s important for moms to say that postpartum life is hard. It’s beautiful, yes, because have you seen tiny, newborn feet, (?!?!?!), but if you feel a bit dull and lifeless, and you’ve just gotten spit up on your one clean shirt, that’s you and every new mom ever.
Four months later, I still don’t have all the answers to embracing the mom bod, but I am so glad I have pictures of how my tiny baby fit in my cupped hands. My tiny baby who rolled over for the first time yesterday, and who now fills my arms with chubby thighs and cheeks and round baby wonderfulness. So take the picture anyway, because someday soon you’ll care a little less about the jelly belly and marvel a little more at how tiny he used to be. You’ll look at the picture and remember the fresh wonder of new motherhood that you’re currently struggling to appreciate through your sleep deprived haze.
Or maybe the moral of the story is don’t wash your hair, just hold a newborn in front of it?
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