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Welcome to my blog! I'm Michelle and am a mother and a photographer. You will see pictures of my amazing clients here, as well as my three beautiful children. You may even see some shots of my handsome hubby. I take my camera everywhere I go, capturing life as we know it now. Kick off your shoes and stay awhile. Glad you stopped by.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Time for a Change

So it is time for a little change.  As you know five years go I delivered twins who totaled 13 pounds 13 oz.  I gained 55 pounds all out front.  I then had Weston 22 months later who was 8 lbs. 10 oz and I gained 45 pounds all in my stomach.  If you need and a reminder of what my stomach looked like pregnant with the twins you can see that here
For five years now I have had loose skin that just hangs over my pants. below aren't pretty.  You have been warned. 

Always a treat to tuck your skin into your pants.  Since my abdominal muscles have separated they are really weak, and the muscles I do have are protruding out.  Doing abdominal work at the gym isn't comfortable.
At the gym doing certain moves where my shirt may ride up I try to avoid.  I would like to be able to wear certain types of fabrics and not be worried if people are staring at the skin that hides my belly button. I would like to not freak out if Makenna lifts my shirt while riding in the cart at Trader Joe's for the whole world to see my stomach.  I just want to look like I did before I had kids. 

I have wrestled with plastic surgery wondering, "What will others think?"  "Am I being vain?"  "Is this sending the wrong message to my daughter?" I was going to have this surgery two years ago and then canceled the appointment.  Canceled out of fear. 

I have friends who have had mommy makeovers and it has inspired me.  They went for it and are happy with the results.

Bottom line at the end of the day, how do I feel?  I want to repair my stomach back to how it was and that means a tummy tuckI am nervous and anxious, but really excited about it.

I am an open book just like I was when we did IVF for our twins.  So I am going to be blogging about this journey. I can't help it.   


Toni Shay said...


I think what you are doing is wonderful. Your body created three lives and unfortunately your tummy took the beating. You are not sending the wrong message to your daughter if you get it corrected. No matter how many sit-ups you do the skin will never go away. I think it would be worse if you didn't do anything and you had to see it everyday and have negative feelings towards the way you look. We are our worst critics. A postive mind and body is the best medicine. I look forward to reading about your journey.


michelle said...

Toni, Thanks for taking the time to post this! Means a lot! Hope your little Robby is doing wonderful!

Anonymous said...

You will inspire many others to think about what they may want. As mom's we are trained to only think of our children. I can't wait to read about the journey. It will be a fun one :-)
Always here for you friend. Your blog is awesome!

boysmomma said...

It's very brave to put up those pictures. I can completely relate to that skin that sags and I would love to have a normal belly button again. I try to look at my belly as a sign of love for my kids but to be comfortable in your own skin is really the ultimate goal. Keep us updated at then give me the referral because that's on my 5 yr to do list!

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