As women, we often pick apart how we look and constantly compare ourselves to the girl next to us. Last week I was scrolling through Instagram [ probably avoiding doing the laundry or dishes, just being honest], and I came across a new mom. She had just given birth to her sweet baby girl less than a month ago ,which also happened to be her third baby, and I would have never guessed that she had just been pregnant. Did I feel a little discouraged that I didn’t look like that right after having Alyson or heck even look like that now almost nine months later, absolutely. I was then reminded that it’s okay that I don’t look like that and it really made me think about how harsh I am on myself sometimes.
As a mom, and a mom to a beautiful girl, I do not want her to grow up thinking that it’s normal to pick apart how your body looks. God created us to be exactly who we are, belly rolls, double chins and all. It took me nine months to grow a healthy baby and it took me almost nine months to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. Even now that I am below my weight I was when I got pregnant, my body is completely different. Clothes fit differently, things have shifted and changed but I would not change it for the world. My goal as a mother is to have my child [ or any future children] grow up understanding that it is important to love the skin you’re in, regardless of what others might look like.
It has taken me many, many years to come to terms with the way my body was built. Somethings will never change no matter what I eat, or how much I work out and that is okay.
We can be so harsh on our bodies by picking apart all of the things that are “wrong” but each day our body allows us to get up in the morning and move, breathe, and enjoy life. I encourage each one of you to give yourself, a friend, or family member a compliment. Our bodies truly are a gift from God that we should treat with respect.