My Body My Choice

Eighteen glorious months ago I gave birth to a beautiful 8lb, 8 and half ounce baby boy. On January 20, 2011, Dominic Truth arrived on the scene and our lives have never been the same.

Neither has my body.

Perhaps I should rewind even further to the day I found out I was pregnant. Little did I know how much would change in the 42 weeks that followed. {yes, I said 42 weeks}

From that moment of conception my body began a rigorous marathon of growing life. And growing my body to hold this life. In the ten months that followed, my hips widened, my middle thickened and my face rounded. My brisk gait became a waddle.

just found out I was pregnant! So little!
41+ weeks!

After Dominic was born I began the long process of losing the weight that I had so happily {and easily I might add} gained in an effort to grow a baby. I lost a huge portion simply from walking, nursing my baby and returning to pre-pregnancy eating habits.

And I am proud to announce that although it took me over a year I have been maintaining my pre-pregnancy weight for a few months now.

But it’s just not the same. My clothes don’t fit the same way. And my shape is…different. It’s just not the body I had before I got pregnant.

And this could make me sad. Some days it does. But then I remember the wondrous miracle that took place in this body that now houses more skin than I’d care to admit.

Then I recall that my body before Dominic didn’t always make me happy either.

In those days, I could easily look at myself in the mirror and lament it’s shape and size. I could seamlessly criticize every extra pound and unwanted curve. I could scrutinize every gap in my teeth and lament over the acne scars that accent my face. I could tear myself down and ridicule my body from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet.

Or I could remember who created me. I could thank God for the body he’s given me. I can proudly look in the mirror and proclaim, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” {Psalm 139:14}

I can pull my shoulders back, lift up my chin and broaden my smile because it’s my body. And it’s my choice to love it just as I am.

 

You may not have had a baby or perhaps you’ve had several. Your body is beautiful. Created by God in a shape and size that is exquisite. You may not have had a choice in what you  look like but you do have a choice to love you and your body as it is. 

It’s your body. How will you choose to regard it?

Patty Parker

My name is Patty Parker. I write about finding beauty in the every day.

8 thoughts on “My Body My Choice

  1. Very good Patty. Sometimes we need that reminder that we were created by God and no matter our shape, dress size or weight we are wonderfully made. It is easy to not be satisfied and want that perfect body but what we need to remember is that we are beautiful because God made us. Our shape should never be the focus of who we are. We are so much more.

  2. ..and you are Very Wonderfully made! Very well stated thoughts, you have such a positive outlook on life. You are an amazing woman to spend time with each day, and I love you!

  3. Who would have thought that quiet Patty from high school would be so eloquant with words and bring me to tears. May I share your story on my facebook?

  4. Eleven years and five babies later I totally agree with you! I’m so glad I got to meet you. Let’s keep in touch!

  5. I love this! Pregnant with #3 I will have to remind myself this often. I can choose to love or hate what my God created. Was great meeting! We’ll have to keep in touch!

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