14 Weeks Postpartum
Officially out of the newborn phase. Feel less zombie and more human. I am left with the marks of motherhood. A tummy that appears "flat" but has the stretch marks, the skin, the sunken scar, and abs that have not yet healed. It’s our best-kept secret as mothers. I have just got my first period. I have irregular periods at the best of times, so this I see as a true sign my body feels good. I now am ready to do some gentle activity, to help repair and recover. I may never run a marathon again, don’t think my pelvic floor would survive, but I will run the parenting marathon day in and day out, my boys are so darn worth it — my God, are they worth it!
You may be broken, exhausted, sore, have lumps, bumps, marks, and jiggly bits.
You may not look like the next Victoria’s Secret underwear model, but focus on how you feel. Be kind to yourself and your body — you will look like how you are meant to when you feel good. It may take some time. It took me a lot longer to feel good following the birth of my first son than this time around. There is no one to compare yourself to. No one is walking in your shoes, deals with what you deal with. You will be judged. I am judged every day, and there will be people judging me right now. Doing what is right for you and your family takes courage, takes strength, and as a mother, you have both. Nourish and love from the inside out, and do not forget: