Babies Ruin Bodies by We Seek Joy
Shortly after my daughter’s birth I would look into the mirror and the phrase “babies ruin bodies” would repeat itself over and over in my head. Someone told me before getting pregnant that this would happen, and now these words haunted me. Months would pass and my body would shed the weight, but I realized my bones widening and my skin scarring wasn’t something reversible.
Every time I saw myself, “babies ruin bodies” would repeat itself over and over again. I couldn’t keep that thought from my head. But while I was focusing on the imperfections, I noticed one day the way my daughter looked at me.
She really looked at me, you know? She would touch my face, and feel my hair, and breathe me in as she’d fall asleep. She would look right into my eyes, and I could tell she really saw me.
This new revelation helped me learn to love myself again and love my body in its curved womanly glory. At the end of last December, I wrote a post about this love on my blog, We Seek Joy.
ABOUT N’TIMA: N’tima Preusser is a new mom, military wife, freelance photographer, and culinary arts graduate. She lives in Tokyo, Japan with her husband, Steven and their daughter, Anabel.
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