Thursday, February 23, 2012
You guys. How do you feel about your stretch marks? Way into my pregnancy I thought I won the stretch mark lotto. Not a one! Then in the last feew weeks, they just started apeeeeeaaaaring. Every day they got deeper and longer and darker and more intense. Until the days after Henry was born Ben and I marveled at the marks on my abdomen that we thought looked like a tiger had made, swiping mirror claw marks, swooshing across me. They were especially prominent after a hot shower or bath. My mom confirmed it "I (after giving birth at 18) never wore a 2 piece again." I was sure that was my fate.
But here is the thing; I hate wearing a one piece at the beach. Sand all up in everything. I don't like sand being up in everything. I hate having wet cloth on me when I am not in the water. And I go to the beach to actually get in the water. And those tiger claw scars? They have really chilled the f* out. They are there, don't get me wrong. But they are not so intense. The are more skin colored. I don't think under the California everyone in a mile radius of me on the beach would be able to see them.
Also? So much breastfeeding has helped to keep my weight down.* (WIN!) (Don't get me wrong. I DO NOT HAVE ABS OF STEEL. I will leave it at that, mkay?)
So mamas with marks, do you rock that shit in public or keep it covered up? (You know, I tend to keep covered anyways, but you know what I mean. Uncovered long enough to enjoy the water.)
*Related, for the first time ever my jeans are loose instead of getting tighter. Will I regret having them taken in when Henry weans?
portrait by my partner (!) michelle pullman
Posted by jamie at 9:09 AM