I said I was going to be real on this blog but this may be more real than anyone is interested in. Feel free to click away from this page.
If you are still reading, I warned you.
Help! I’m bleeding and my boobs are gone!** No, this is not from one of my many Hunger Games nightmares. It’s the result of weaning Chloe.
Despite having two children of my own to care for, most mornings I feel like a 13 year old girl. Like junior high, I spend my time trying on outfit after outfit and looking at my profile in the mirror. Only instead of watching them grow, I’m watching them go. Seriously, how are my breasts DISAPPEARING before my eyes?!?! I didn’t think they were something that could be removed without my consent so I am a bit confused.
I was a full C pre-baby and during my first pregnancy my bra size skyrocketed. These days the only Ds I see are the batteries for Gavin’s toys. After nursing two kids for two years total, I am a laughable A cup. Is there a biological reason that withdrawing milk = removing breast tissue? And what’s a woman to do??? THIS is one of those things I wish I knew about. Not that I would have done anything different, but I would have appreciated a heads up. Maybe cherished my old boobs a little more.
[pause for full young perky breast nostalgia]
Since I don’t plan any plastic surgery in the foreseeable future (we have preschool to pay for, people!), let’s move on to something more constructive. Menstruating.
I haven’t had a period since 2008. One year without for pregnancy and one year without for nursing x two kids back to back. Almost 4 years to the month. But alas it is here. I feel like a teenager all over again. I’m scared of tampons — which might be hysterical since I passed two children through the same place the uterine lining is shed. Pads, thank god, have come a long way since I was a teenager. In fact, they have grown wings which helps a lot (why did it take so long for someone to come up with this?!?) but they still present most of the issues we struggled with as teens (jacket tied around your waist? Been there).
A friend suggested a Diva Cup, which I began to research once I realized it had nothing to do with Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin on VH1. It sounds like a really great concept but just reading the FAQ page makes my head spin. My doctor recommended Mirena, the modern IUD.
No kids and no periods for FIVE years. Sounds good other than I really was hoping to give my body a break from hormone regulation for awhile.
I admit my first one back wasn’t too bad. No PMS at all, cramps seem like a joke compared to childbirth and very light flow. Mother nature must be easing me into something terrible.
It’s amazing that being a woman presents constant challenges even in areas as basic as boobs and periods. I have been dealing with these things for decades – but this new chapter leaves me feeling as confused and unsteady as I did when tackling them for the very first time. Only now I don’t have the locker room to compare and no girlfriends to bum “something” from in the school bathroom. So I turn to you friends, am I alone in this? How has childbirth changed your body?
**mommy disclaimer – the opinions above are the opinions of Carinn and do not reflect the experiences of all mothers. Some get their periods back while nursing. Some claim to have larger breasts after childbirth. I envy them.