Yesterday I cried because I bought a dress for my 1 year anniversary and when I tried it on... I didn’t like what I saw. I felt mutilated and I hated my body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then I looked at my beautiful, healthy son and I became appreciative. My body stretched and endured so much pain to keep him safe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I sincerely believe, social media has aided our generation in the increase of depression and suicide. It’s hard to be happy when you are constantly looking and comparing yourself to perfection everyday. And it’s no different for postpartum women. In today’s society, we glorify the 2 week super model SnapBack - you know, the girl who can get into her pre-pregnancy jeans right after having her baby. We rarely acknowledge or glorify the women who aren’t privy to the immediate postpartum SnapBack. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Two weeks after having Julian, I looked 4-5 months pregnant. I had NO motivation to workout. I knew I wouldn’t have the stomach I had but because women rarely show it, I didn’t really know what to expect either. I didn’t expect this to be my body almost half a year later. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So here I am, 5 months postpartum after surviving an emergency C section. No SnapBack. No filter. No editing. Flaws and all. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here I am showing the other side of the postpartum body spectrum - showing a different side of beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Because that’s what it is... beautiful.
We know, you’re considering coming but haven’t made the decision to actually take the leap. We are a motherhood blog, believe me...we get it! It’s not easy taking yourself away from your family, your babies. But mama, it’s okay to do something for you. It is okay to take a moment and enjoy your womanhood, your freedom. You can leave for a few days and trust that home will be taken care of. We have created The Self Care Retreat for you. Women only. Four days of holding space to release, relax, and unwind. Your roundtrip flight is included. Your food is included. We have amazing speakers, a day trip, yoga, so many wonderful activities planned. Not to mention, we are ending our retreat with a fantastic womb healing ceremony. We can’t wait to have you. Deposits are due February 28th. Tag a friend and join us in Santa Marta, Colombia.