It houses, grows and stretches to accommodate our beautiful babies. From the size of a poppy seed to a watermelon, we watch what we eat, how we lay when we sleep. we stress over weight, count the days till we feel itty bitty kicks and pray that that sweet heart beat will grace our ears upon the next doctor appointment or ultrasound.
We give every ounce of ourselves : mind, body and soul
For pretty extensive amount of time our body is everything to our children. Then before we know it. It's time. the moment we dreamt of, were anxious for or were completely pumped about. In some fashion that baby takes its first breath.
Now. Some "bounce back" in a matter of days & others it takes much longer but regardless of how your body reacts after birth, most. not all of us will end up with stretch marks. little bitty white lines just on the underbelly or hips, large & deep reddish purple valleys boldly making a statement on every place imaginable and some you hadn't. No matter where you fall on the spectrum those marks stand for something.
They are as i call them a tangible conversation that goes a little something like this; Mama i'm here! thank you for giving up your body so i can grow! Oh sweet baby of mine how i love you. Mama! today i started stretching my arms and legs, I'm beginning to learn how to move. Yes, little one i feel your every twitch, & wiggle. I love you. Mama! today i flipped around and i didn't flip back, i think I'm getting ready to meet you! Alright peanut, its getting really uncomfortable & i can't sleep worth beans anymore but, Oh how i love you. With every mark i love you.
Long after the conversation ends i can place my hand on my belly & feel your sweet i love yous. I can remember our time. A time i wasn't sure if I'd ever be blessed to have. After the loss of my two angels there was a deep and gut wrenching fear that I'd never come to carry the marks of that precious conversation.
So if ever you see a woman with stretch marks, remember what they stand for. look at them with beauty and admiration. And to you, Mama with marks faint or bold embrace the conversation. Embrace the visual love you now display on your body a symbol of your strength, of your sacrifice, because with time those precious babies will grow up and your marks will fade.
these moments are fleeting.
So lets all embrace ourselves where we are & with our marks