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Strong Is the New Pretty
"When your 5 year old sees your post-partum stomach and gives it a big ol' tummy twister while laughing hysterically and hollering 'IT FEELS LIKE BUBBLE GUM!!!', you post that ridiculous, unflattering open-mouth pic instead of the "prettier" one. Oh, sweet girl.. I hope you always feel confident in the skin you're in. Stretched, loose and marked up. It's beautiful. This belly of mine will forever share my story. It's a novel that pleaded and prayed to house my babies. The fresh, crepe-paper skin means that tiny Avery is nestled in my arm instead of on the inside. My sore chest means that I'm still single-handedly growing this baby. What a straight up miracle this is. I'm feeling 100% proud of this post-partum body, with its jelly abs and shriveled up skin. It made me a mother. A mother who now has cellulite because that's just how my body handled pregnancy. This was my road to Motherhood. Paved with miserable pregnancies and yet a lifetime of unconditional pure love for these 4 little ones. And yeah, I'll make these girls reenact this childhood photo when they're grown with bubblegum bellies of their own."
Credits: JaneneCrossley
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Helloivoryrose 150 points
NO way! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing!
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Jul 13, 2017
meredithhaynes 150 points
Love you, Janene! :)
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Jul 13, 2017
Ambowler4712 150 points
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Jul 14, 2017
Puddin4311 150 points
I've thought you were fantastic from the first time I took your body pump class!  Love this!
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Jul 15, 2017
Kristencrespo 150 points
Yay! Go janene!!
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Jul 19, 2017