remember when my friend Kristin sent me these pictures. She had come over when I was just a few days postpartum to capture the magic and she had been at the birth as well. When I saw this picture, I felt so much body shame I decided I would never share it. In that time I couldn’t see this strong powerful body that had just grown a healthy 9 lb baby boy and birthed at home, surrounded by an incredible birth team.
Why is there so much shame around the mother’s body? Or any body for that matter? Why is there an entire industry around “getting your back body before baby?”
I’m guilty of this just as much as the next person. More than once, people have said nearby me after I’ve just birthed babies in days past or weeks past, “I wonder when the body goes back to normal” like I’m not right there and can hear exactly what’s being said.
He was born on a Thursday, the Aries New Moon. It was a dark and stormy, a windy day here, totally the opposite of Sunny which already feels like his personality coming through. Just after 6am I woke up with a gush of bloody mucus and a bit of water leaking. My water continued to leak through the rest of the day - sometimes pink tinged, sometimes clear, but definitely messy. I was in labor from about 8 am and on, but was able to do stuff around the house through the contractions until about 10:30am.
Fall is here! My favorite season. We're about 2 weeks into it, but I just felt inspired by the gorgeous colors this morning. I had to drive into town and the gorgeous views of fall foliage on the drive are just insane. Some of the views actually look like fake backdrops. Just heavenly. Fall also means it's time to start getting ready for winter! For us homesteaders up here in Maine, there are loads of things to do in preparation.