This Body

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My hair is glossy black, the white, very visible.

My eyebrows, non-existent as usual, needing a little help with brow pencil.

My eyes, tired, the bags underneath, needing their own zip code.

My nose, a little red, from overblowing.

My lips and mouth, a little dry.

My skin, looking a little blotchy.

My neck, an area much neglected.

My shoulders, aching.

My arms, somewhat flabby.

My breasts, not what they used to be.

My waist, not yet back from vacation.

My belly, floppy and resembles a flotation device.

My hips, hello, where did you come from?

My thighs, still too large to fit into my old pants.

My legs, my least favorite part of my body.

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“Chubby”.

Just a word.

Right?

It punched me in the gut.

A word uttered to me, perhaps said with good intentions. Perhaps not.

Nevertheless, it punched me in the gut.

I know, only a couple of weeks postpartum, of course I’ll be far from my pre-pregnancy body.

I KNOW this.

Yet, it punched me in the gut.

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A change of perspective is required.

My hair is glossy black, still thick from generous pregnancy hormones, not quite shedding yet as before.

My eyebrows, frame my eyes just right.

My eyes, see my boys, and see the love my firstborn has for the baby.

My nose, smells my newborn’s heady baby scent.

My lips and mouth, full of kisses for my children.

My skin, as of now, no pimples (can we say yay), trying not to look its age.

My neck, skin still smooth.

My shoulders, strong, and bearing the weight of motherhood well.

My arms, always full – full of toddler and baby goodness.

My breasts, full, full of nourishment for my baby.

My waist, who cares?

My belly, carrier of two miracles of life.

My hips, just the size they’re supposed to be, bearing the weight of two children when I hold them in my arms.

My thighs, where my baby lies, where my toddler sits.

My legs, carries this body where it needs to go.

This body? Has served me well.

This body? Carried and delivered two beautiful children.

This body? Though not perfect, is mine and is what it’s supposed to be right now.

Body two weeks postpartum

What do you love about your body?

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • May 25, 2012 Anna

    You look AMAZING!!!! Not just 2 weeks post partum amazing, but amazing any day of the week or year!

    It is hard though, I remember, I am still there today.

    But you really do look amazing!!!
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Anna, that’s lovely of you to say!

  • May 25, 2012 Elena

    Um yes, I love this post. Your body has indeed served you well and has the markings of health, family, and love. I would say it is more than enough, but you know that already πŸ™‚ As far as my body…well, it is always easier to remind others of the good points than it is to find them ourselves, but I love the scars from my surgeries because each one is a reminder of strength.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Elena, thank you! I love that you’re viewing your scars as a sign of strength – because yes, they are.

  • May 25, 2012 -dweej

    Oh my gosh. Even if you were 2 YEARS postpartum, that would be an incredible photo. You look FAN-tastic!
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Oh Dweej, you’re just too sweet.

  • May 25, 2012 Raquel

    I love this post, changing the way you look at yourself is all it takes. It doesn’t matter what anyone else tells you. In all honesty; you look amazing! Wish I looked that good two weeks after giving birth, you go girl!!
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Raquel!

  • May 25, 2012 Sue

    This was lovely. As are you.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      None lovelier than you, my friend. xo

  • May 25, 2012 Emily

    THIS almost made me cry. I feel it so much and can relate. The part that got me the most was the belly, carrier of 2 miracles of life. That’s one of my biggest self consciousnesses but I try to remind myself it is that way because it held two beautiful babies πŸ™‚

    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Yes, it did! Never forget that. πŸ™‚

  • You look fabulous, two babies or NO babies. So, keep hold your head up high and smiling, lady! Beautiful post, by the way.

    Hugs to you and your boys!
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sharon, hugs back!

  • May 25, 2012 Jessica

    Um, you look phenomenal! And not just “for someone who had a baby recently” but in general. My youngest is 20 months and Im still not to pre-baby weight. It probably doesnt help all the crap I eat either. Seriously though, someone called you chubby?! Throat punch is in order.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Yes, someone did. A throat punch was imagined, but did not happen. On the plus side, a blog post came of it! πŸ™‚ And thank you.

  • May 25, 2012 jackie

    Such a beautiful post! And OMG Alison, you look great!!

    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jackie!

  • May 25, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Yes, you look amazing!! I remember those first few weeks after baby, and your mind was ready to fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes, but your body couldn’t yet squeeze in. Don’t worry mama, you’ll get there. And in the meantime, squeeze those little miracles who wrecked your belly πŸ˜‰
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Yes, I’ll get there soon enough! In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy lounging around in my maternity clothes (so comfy!) πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2012 Leigh Ann

    You look beautiful. Post partum or not. But I completely remember that feeling of my body going from pregnant to not and thinking OMG whose body is this?
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      It’s slightly disconcerting, yes?

  • May 25, 2012 Julie

    Girl, you are smokin’ with those curves. Don’t even sweat it.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Aw, you’re the sweetest, Julie.

  • May 25, 2012 Elena

    You look fab 2 weeks postpartum, or even not. Seriously. I’d keep commenting on how fab you look, but I’m afraid it may seem stalker’ish to some who don’t know me. πŸ˜‰
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Funny lady. Thank you, for your sweet words. xo

  • May 25, 2012 Alexandra

    LOVE.

    And makes me remember Audrey Hepburn’s quote: (one of my favorites)

    “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Gorgeous quote, thank you, A. xo

  • May 25, 2012 AnnMarie

    Wow, Alison! You look great! I am JEALOUS! I wish I looked like that and I am 2 years postpartum. What a beautiful way to look at your body. I need to do this so that I stop harping on all the things I don’t like. I’m not sure I can even answer your question right now but you’ve given me something to think about.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      AnnMarie, I love that this has given you something to think about. This is why I blog! And thank you.

  • May 25, 2012 angela

    You look amazing! (but that’s not the point, I know.)

    Today is not a day I love my body.

    Sigh.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you!

      If not today, then tomorrow. xo

  • May 25, 2012 RoryBore

    what sorry excuse for a….said that to you?
    let me at ’em…I feel a throat punch winding up!

    oh….and you look bloody well fantastic! always. period.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Hah! You don’t want to know who said that to me πŸ™‚

      And thank you!

  • May 25, 2012 julie gardner

    Oh my girl. You rock a black t-shirt and jeans.

    It’s all in the smile, hands on hips, your look that says, “I can do ANYTHING.”

    And you did.

    Twice.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      You’re as always, awesome, Julie. LOVE YOU. xo

  • May 25, 2012 Jessica

    You are beautiful, Alison. Inside as well, for sharing an affirming message. We must all learn to view our bodies as simply lovely carriers of who we are, not what defines us. And we must all learn that each woman sees her flaws, but no one else really does. We all see your adjusted perspective. Now we all need to take a look at ourselves through that very clear lens. What I love about my body is it’s physical power. I love to flex my calf muscles and then look down behind me to see them.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      I don’t even know what to say to your beautiful comment, Jessica. Thank you so much. xo

  • May 25, 2012 wendy

    you look great! really really great and slim!
    right now, I don’t love a lot of my body. I go through this sometimes. It’s so familiar, which is reassuring as I know it will pass but also sad in that I waste a lot of time feeling icky about my body.
    I just try to ride it out…
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Just a change of perspective, Wendy!! And thank you!

  • May 25, 2012 Amanda

    Way to go Alison! I know that exact feeling, and I love your conscious decision to shift your perspective. If we could all do that, we’d change the world…

    (And I know you didn’t write this to hear how great you look, but I just really can’t help it – you do look fantastic! Strong and confident and beautiful, like a woman who could conquer anything and would move heaven and earth for her children.)
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Amanda!!

  • May 25, 2012 Jessica

    Over time our body changes, especially after having 2 kids. It might never go back to what it was before but that’s ok because of the special gifts it created.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Word, Jessica.

  • May 25, 2012 Kimberly

    I kind of hate you right now. You look amazing!!! After already birthing 3 children, I can tell you that your body won’t go back to what it was before. But the changes show what our bodies and hearts can do. And that is amazing.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      You now you love me πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2012 Julia

    You are gorgeous. I don’t look this good regularly; let alone two weeks postpartum! I love the way you re-framed your thoughts. You truly are a beautiful woman and you should definitely be proud of that.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Julia, you’re so sweet.

  • May 25, 2012 Barbara

    You look fabulous for 2 weeks post-partum.
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  • That was lovely! You made me all misty-eyed. And you look amazing! My baby is 15 and I don’t look that good yet! πŸ™‚
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Susanna!

  • May 25, 2012 January

    You look beautiful. And I love this post. So much.
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    • May 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you January.

  • You look WAY better than I did at two weeks postpartum. And chubby? Please look that word up in the dictionary, it most definitly does not apply.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Tinne. Someone needs to tell the person who said that!

  • May 25, 2012 Mark

    You look like you could kick some serious ass. Way to go!
    m.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Mark, you’re sweet as always. xo

  • May 25, 2012 Robin

    Someone called you chubby?! WTF?

    You do look great, postpartum or not. But more importantly you know what’s important and have a beautiful way of saying it.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Robin, really. I used to be really hung up about my body, but now, I have more important things to focus on.

      Also, I like that you said WTF. πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2012 tayarra

    Alison, you just gave me goose bumps. This is perfect. I am well aware of how you are feeling just being a couple weeks from birthing #2, but in all honesty you look great. I would not tell You that to blow smoke up your ass. You’ll get your body back some day. Well, maybe not the boobs, but really your body will be yours again. Sexier than ever because it was responsible for bringing two more beautiful people into This world and that you can carry on those shoulders that you can raise and tilt back ever so slightly while shaking those beautiful hips down the road of the rest of your journey. Wish I would have thought about writing this post. Maybe I’ll do something similar soon and kick it back go you.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Tayarra, thank you for your comment, really. You just made my week πŸ™‚ And yes, our bodies will never be the same again, but that’s okay. I’ve come to terms with that, fortunately.

      I would love to read your take on this, write that post!

  • May 25, 2012 deborah l quinn

    Well, I’ll chime in with the others and say you look fantastic, but ultimately that’s irrelevant. What matters more (most) is listening to you remind yourself (and us) that your body is valuable and beautiful AS IT IS. Because it is yours and because it provided/provides such a safe haven for those you love.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Yay, you, Deborah, yes, exactly that. Thank you.

  • May 25, 2012 Jen

    You are incredible! Strong, smart, beautiful.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen. YOU are the strong one!

  • May 25, 2012 Delilah

    :Tears: You are beautiful, inside and out. Always.

    And you look better at 2 weeks postpartum than I did before I had my first kid. Haha! You’re gorgeous.

    I’m not a fan of my body lately but I grew, birthed and nourished 3 kids. It should be celebrated not disparaged. Thanks for the reminder today πŸ™‚
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Aw, Delilah, thank you for your lovely comment. And love yourself and your body – your kids do πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2012 The Working Momaholic

    Thank you for this. Today, a day when my jeans fit a little tighter than I’d like, I’m reminded of why I should be grateful for my body. You look amazing.

    Adrian
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Adrian. We moms are amazing πŸ™‚

  • AHHHHHHHH! I can’t believe anyone said that to you!!!! That person is lucky that most of your bloggy friends are on the other side of the world. Just sayin’

    I love your perspective in this piece. And I’m glad you posted this picture because…You. Are. Rocking. It. 95% of the population wishes they looked that good BEFORE they had babies.

    Hugs to you! Ellen

    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Ellen, you are awesome. As always. I know, my bloggy friends are totally kickass friends.

  • May 25, 2012 Jaime

    I hate that women are so hard on themselves. I love my eyes, big and green but I hate my legs. My husband likes them and I’m working to tone so that’s what counts right?
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Your husband loves your legs (and you), that’s plenty πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2012 Carolyn

    What a great post. It’s so easy to be critical of our bodies, and forget the great things it can do, like grow humans! πŸ™‚
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Growing humans is no mean feat, indeed!

  • May 25, 2012 Mirjam

    I made it! I’m here, just in time to read your awesome post. Really great stuff, this is a post I will carry in my memory for a long time. I love that last perspective, perhaps it is the only true one..
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Mirjam!

  • May 25, 2012 sarah

    Sing it sister! Work it. Own it. Love it. Just love how you did version one followed by version two. Look at you looking fabulous!
    Let’s see…what do I love about me? Hm. That’d be my eyes. A nice blue all my sons inherited. And my arms–my strong muscley mama arms from hauling babies around.
    Thanks for this post! It made me smile.

    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      Your babies DO have gorgeous blues like you!! And yay for strong arms! Glad I made you smile πŸ™‚

  • May 25, 2012 KeAnne

    Great post and you look great! Did someone dare call you chubby? How?

    I like my hair and that the jeans I am wearing make me look “slim” as a coworker commented to me this morning. I like that my height and build let me get away with a lot.
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      I love that you can see the good in your body, yay!!

  • May 25, 2012 Missy

    You look fricking FANSTASTIC post partum. 2 weeks? That’s what I looked like after a YEAR! (Except for that whole I’m blond and your dark haired part). πŸ™‚
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      You’re too kind, Missy!

  • May 26, 2012 My Inner Chick

    Mama A,
    These words hold POWER, inspiration, and encouragement.
    I am applauding right now.
    can you hear me from Minnesota? Xx

    you look stunning. Damn YOU!
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    • May 31, 2012 Alison

      I hear you, Kim! And thank you! xo

  • May 26, 2012 Sarah

    I am going to echo all of the above posters and say the truth that you really do look amazing. Your words were so eloquent, I think they are powerful for all Moms going through the post-partum transition time.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thanks so much Sarah!

  • May 26, 2012 Bonnie Way

    Beautiful post! I love my arms and legs. I used to love my waist, but I’ve gained about twenty pounds since my last daughter’s birth (that’s right – after her birth, because I lost all my pregnancy weight when she was born) and I really need to work on losing that. Easier said than done, though… πŸ™‚
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      You can do it, Bonnie!

  • May 26, 2012 Jessica

    You look amazing and I’m so glad you were able to change your perspective on your own. I remember looking down at my post partum body and having a war inside my head between “oh my gosh look at this deflated mess” and “a baby or (babies) just grew here, how lucky am I?”
    You are perfect Alison and your boys know it.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Oh Jessica, thank you. We are so lucky, definitely.

  • May 26, 2012 Diane

    Since my body is well past the child-bearing years…I could relate to everything in your first version to the letter. Perhaps menopause and post-pregnancy body types are the same?!?!

    BTW…you look AMAZING and love your version 2!!!

    Congrats! Diane
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Diane!!

  • May 26, 2012 Katie

    I think you look AMAZING! You are rocking it, my friend!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, my friend. xo

  • May 26, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    a-I love this
    b-you look better at 2 weeks than I look at 2 years
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      You’re too sweet, Holly.

  • May 26, 2012 Janice

    I love this post. You always inspire me, Alison. You’ve taken something we women all do – look at ourselves and frown – and turned it all around. I think that I might just do this too – even if it’s just privately – because everyone could a little image boost via positive thinking now and then. Thanks!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Yes, if no one does it for us, we have to dig deep and positive think ourselves out of a funk. And thank you!

  • May 26, 2012 Leighann

    HURRAY!!! Perfection. This is what we all need to do!! Change our wording, change our perception!! Look what we do with our bodies!!
    Bravo Alison!!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly that Leighann! Thank you!

  • May 26, 2012 Kristin

    I remember feeling like a stranger in my own body immediately following Lil’ Bit’s birth. It just felt so foreign to me. And empty. Very, very empty.

    I forget when I finally started to feel like myself again, but I did. There was no celebratory Facebook post about being able to fit back into my non-maternity clothes or reaching my pre-pregnancy weight. It was just like one day I woke up and thought, “Oh, THERE you are!”

    You’ve already been through this once, so you know the drill. You’ll get there – to the point where you feel familiar again. In the meantime, I think you look fantastic. πŸ™‚
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      It took me 10 months last time to get to a place where I was happy with my body.

      This time, I’m not going to be so hard on myself. I want to enjoy my kids, not worry about being chubby πŸ™‚

  • May 26, 2012 Bruna

    Oh my gosh Alison! If you had seen me two weeks after baby came out of me, you would have died. It took me a full 8 months to get rid of the extra weight for my 3rd pregnancy. Weight Watchers was necessary the last time around. It all came off though.

    You’re doing wonderful and look just as beautiful as you did pre pregnancy! WOOHOO!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Bruna!

  • May 26, 2012 Sili

    What beautiful words. And what beautiful woman!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Sili!

  • May 26, 2012 Natalie

    You do look great! Seriously 2 weeks…you look amazing!
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  • May 26, 2012 Cynthia H

    Beautiful, beautiful post! Changing my perceptions is how I dealt with not being able to exercise, because of health issues, for a full year after giving birth to my son.
    Our thoughts and what we choose to focus on really do make a huge difference!
    Visiting from SITS πŸ™‚
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      It truly is!! Thanks for visiting, Cynthia.

  • May 26, 2012 Julie Jordan Scott

    Absolutely lovely… wow. So much truth and wisdom here. Congrats on your new little one and by the way, I think you look great!

    My youngest is 11 and lately… well, never mind!

    :~)

    Visiting from SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for your kind words, Julie! And thank you for dropping by.

  • May 26, 2012 Shell

    I love your change of perspective.

    And girl, you look AMAZING!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Shell!

  • I think you look great!!! Yup your body has delivered two little miracles and of that you should be proud.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      That I am!

  • May 26, 2012 Katie E

    I just had to comment really quickly to say how amazing you look two weeks post-partum! I think you look better than I do now. But I also know how those words can affect us – I hope you’re feeling better about yourself.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      I am definitely feeling better about myself. Writing this post really helped!

  • May 27, 2012 Christine

    You look so great 2 weeks post-partum! Are you kidding me? No visible spit up πŸ™‚

    The post-partum bit was bizarre – feeling not like yourself and your body taking on a whole other role that’s not just about you. But you will come back into your own. You know that. Everything just has shifted slightly, right?
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Shifted outward, yes, particularly the belly πŸ™‚

  • May 27, 2012 Nikky44

    I love that Alison!! Seeing the positive in everything. It reminds me of one of my posts positive positive positive
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      If I don’t stay positive, I’ll drown πŸ™‚

  • May 27, 2012 Ann

    You look amazing – but more importantly – you are happy with your body and the miracles you created! You are many things – wonderful, witty, amazing and talented….I’m glad that you’re not defining yourself by your looks (which are FAB, btw). You’re made of awesome!

    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Ann, you always say the best things, thank you so much.

  • May 27, 2012 misssrobin

    This is such a beautiful post. I love the change of perspective. Thank you for making us all think of our bodies a little differently, if only for a day.

    Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Robin – I hope you can look at your body differently for more than a day πŸ™‚

  • May 27, 2012 grace

    in lieu of so many friends experiencing tragedy of all sorts, I’m thankful to my body for being healthy. For the most part everything works as it should. (great post, btw).
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Yes, that’s a great perspective too, Grace. And thank you!

  • May 27, 2012 Hotly Spiced

    What a great post and you have a wonderful attitude. Congrats on the birth of your second miracle and no, you do not look chubby to me!

    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Holly!

  • May 27, 2012 Stasha

    You are so beautiful and positive!
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Stasha, I have to be positive. Or I’ll die. And thank you.

  • May 27, 2012 Kellie

    I remember someone once said to me “You have a body, you are not your body”. I always try to remember that when I start to get down on myself.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      That is a great quote!

  • May 28, 2012 vanita

    i’m so bloody jealous. woman, if i saw you on the street i could never guess you just had a baby. even if i saw you nursing on the street i wouldn’t be able to tell you had a baby. you look really darn good.

    i’ve got to say, it’s really silly, but i like my nose. my mom did one good thing for me for sure, she rubbed my nose everyday when i was a toddler to make sure i didnt get the broad flat nose that comes from her side of the family. lol
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Vanita! And I totally cracked up at the nose thing. πŸ™‚

  • May 28, 2012 Susi

    I think, you look great two weeks postpartum or not. And all those points you made… yes, yes, yes!!! Some people really need to stop before they speak. Hello, you just made and brought a gorgeous new life into this world… that’s what matters!!! πŸ™‚
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Yeah that’s right! Thanks Susi!

  • May 28, 2012 Tina

    Love Love Love this post!

    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tina!

  • May 28, 2012 Blond Duck

    You’re gorgeous and fabulous! Don’t ever forget it.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!!

  • May 29, 2012 Kelley

    That’s beautiful, Allison! I think you are perfect and beautiful just like you are. A mother’s body is a wonderful thing.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Kelley, thank you.

  • May 29, 2012 Lady Jennie

    I’m trying to get over the shock of “chubby.” Let’s just gloss right over that like your shiny black hair. You are GORGEOUS!

    I think for me … I like that I smile from the inside and it shows on the out.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      That’s lovely, I like that!! (and thank you)

  • May 29, 2012 Elaine

    I know it’s all relative and it’s your body and you know it’s ins and outs but GIRL. If I had looked that good 2 weeks postpartum, well, I would have been smiling really BIG. You look great. And I love your new perspective. πŸ˜€
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Elaine, thank you. It’s not easy to turn things around when it comes to our bodies. I am not 100% happy with the fact that my belly will be around forever, but I accept that it will and just won’t look at it as much. And remember that I bore 2 kids. πŸ™‚

  • May 30, 2012 Jessica

    Alison. You are your postpartum body are beautiful. I love this post, sincerely.
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica. Glad you like the post!

  • May 30, 2012 Galit Breen

    Such an important post about owning your body and loving its beauty, my beautiful friend. xo
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    • June 1, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my friend. You are an inspiration to me, know that. xo

  • June 2, 2012 Charlotte

    Holy hot momma… you look GREAT!!!!!!! Love this post.
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    • June 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Charlotte, you’re sweet as always.

  • June 3, 2012 Amand

    First, you look amazing for being two weeks postpartum.

    Second, you brought tears to my eyes with this. Sometimes I fear that I spend so much time hating my body for what it doesn’t look like that I miss out on the wonderful things it does.

    Thanks for being such an inspiration!
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    • June 3, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for your kind words! I do hope you can look at yourself positively. Life is too short to hate our bodies πŸ™‚

  • June 3, 2012 Jade

    Oh you beautiful mama! Chubby?? This is the BEST one of “these posts” I’ve read by miles and miles x
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    • June 4, 2012 Alison

      Oh you’re too kind, Jade, thank you!

  • June 9, 2012 Tonya

    I love this and you look amazing! Our bodies are wonderful machines, aren’t they. So glad you appreicate yours, flaws and all.
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    • June 9, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tonya!! It’s not a daily thing, but mostly, yes, I am thankful for my body.

  • You, my dear, are gorgeous! Congrats on the baby and congrats on a beautiful attitude (and HOT BOD..look at those curves!)

    • June 9, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

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