Wednesday, April 26, 2006

body image

I love my belly.

I love it way more now than I ever did back when I was skinny. Back then, I always felt like it was within the realm of possibility to have one of those gorgeous, muscle-y, flat tummies that beg to be adorned with a bellybutton ring just so there's an excuse to show it off. It was just that it was within that realm of untapped possibility that I just never could be bothered to realize. So I felt okay about my belly, but I was always slightly diappointed in it, and myself, because it wasn't the ideal flat tummy that we both knew it could be. It was just okay.

Now, I love my belly. I didn't expect to. I thought that it would be a real mental struggle for me to be all big and round and heavy. But it makes me proud. I love it that it's out there. My big ol' belly, even with the twisty-inside bellybutton turned inside out (not so gorgeous, I admit) and the funky linea negra.

The down side? Well, maternity pants kinda suck. As evidenced by the line of elastic torture marks across that beautiful belly.

4 comments:

kristen said...

Oh Jen, I'm in love. I love your belly too. And I love the kid in it. Maternity is so sweet.

TKP said...

Hi Baby! Jen, I got your super nerdy postcard and it made me laugh. It`s on my bulletin board in my room now.

RM said...

Love the pic! Can't wait to meet her in person :) I was actually just commenting to Tom B. the day before yesterday that you are one of the fittest pregnant people I know.

BTW, thanks for the kind words on the communion meditation.

R-Liz said...

I'm glad you love your belly, and I'm glad you're proud to show it off.

I loved my pregnant belly so much that it decided to stick around with me for awhile after the baby was born...and so did linea negra.