earrings~ aether design, gift from jim
sweater~ Old Navy
shirt~ b. (a resale shop)
i recently read an article about drew barrymore and how she has not yet lost her baby weight. the article was saying this like it was a bad thing. this made me angry because, why should she have lost the weight yet? her child was born at the end of september, making her not yet four months old. ben was born in august and i most certainly have not lost all of my baby weight. and i've had a whole month longer than drew! this got me to thinking...i have basically been beating myself up about this very fact since i got home from the hospital. now, i know that i am by no means overweight, but when i look in the mirror and see my flabby belly, i feel a bit glum. when i try on an old pair of jeans that don't fit quite right (or at all) anymore, i get a little bummed out. i decide i need to eat less, work out more...i need to get back to that pre-baby body...and fast! but why do i feel like i need to look like heidi klum did six weeks after giving birth when i never looked like heidi klum to begin with? i will never look like heidi klum. and i will never look like i did before i had kids. and that's okay! i have two amazing children that i carried and nourished and grew in this body. my body has done amazing things and i have the stretch marks and scars to prove it. i am so proud of what i have done...i just need to try and remember that more often. of course, i still want my beach body and i will still work hard to get it. but i have to remember that it takes lots of time and hard work and it's not going to happen overnight. it took me nine months to grow these babies, after all. i should give myself at least that much time to lose what i gained and firm what got flabby, right? i will also try to remember that there is no such thing as the perfect body...and as long as my family and i are happy and healthy, that is all that really matters. that is perfect.
xoxo, nora bird