Friday, August 17, 2012

Stretch Marks: My Badge of Honor


(I’m back again participating in Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker – a flash mob of writers writing for five minutes without stopping to edit, over-think, or re-do. If you’d like to join in, head over to Gypsy Mama. This Friday’s prompt is stretch.) 


Twelve years ago, I sat on the bed, propped up by large flowery pillows, and rubbed cocoa butter on my swollen tummy.

“It’s supposed to prevent stretch marks,” I told my questioning husband. I continued reading The Chronicles of Narnia to my unborn child because that’s what first-time parents do. I rubbed and I read, determined to keep my girlish figure.


Today, the girlish figure is gone but the stretch marks are not. Six full-term babies have stretched me, and I have the badge of honor to prove it. I’ve also stretched to love and understand six different personalities (why did I think they would all be like me?). I’ve stretched the number of hours in my day and how many I can hug at one time and how long a pair of shoes can be worn.

I’m past the warm-up and well into the marathon, but I have a feeling the stretching will continue for the rest of my life.










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36 comments:

  1. I love this. I so am thankful for my stretch marks. I feel like they are a tale of something glorious. Six babies is great! Your short little post makes me want more!

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    1. You go, girl! Be fruitful and multiply!

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  2. A beautiful post!
    Stopping by from 5 minute Friday:)

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  3. Past the warm-up and well into the marathon...LOL! Me, too, sister! I have only four (3 in heaven) but we are on the adoption journey now, so who knows how many our family will s-t-r-e-t-c-h to hold??

    I wrote about lessons learned from my parents 40 years of marriage for 5 minute Friday this week:
    http://www.turquoisegates.com/2012/08/stretching-toward-each-other.html

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    1. Sweet post, Meghan! I LOVE being a Mom...it is such a blessing. I always tell my three that they are gifts from God. Can't imagine my life without them.

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    2. Genevieve, you are doing a wonderful thing seeking adoption. (I'm adopted.) Blessings in your journey, and thanks for stopping by!

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    3. Ronda, Steve and I often wonder what we did with all of our time before we had children. Life was boring!

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  4. I remember when I did the same thing with my first one. Everything looked great until the last month then all of sudden there were stretch marks everywhere: all over my belly!!! At first I was horrified then I began liking them. After my DD9 was born I actually wore my stretch marks with pride. Today I love them because my kids do too. They like to hug my squish belly (I am on a journey to lose some of it now!) and talk about my stretch marks. They know that they are marks of love. :) Funny how children can change the most vain person. :)

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    1. It saddens me when women don't want children because they don't want the stretch marks and the squish belly. I'm trying to lose some of my belly too, but I'd rather have the stretch marks and belly with my six than my pre-pregnancy body and no children! Thanks, Tereza, for your thoughtful comment.

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  5. This is so sweet! Thanks for sharing!
    Kristen @ Trial and Error Homemaking

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  6. It's hard to explain how a heart stretches to encompass each child as they arrive. Reminds me of how many children God has. His heart stretched to the cross.

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    1. Oooo, I didn't even think of "stretch" in relation to Jesus and His sacrifice! It makes me think of that picture with the caption something like "How much does Jesus love you? This much . . . and he stretched out His arms and died." Thanks so much for sharing today, Pamela!

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  7. Loved this, and had to laugh at "why did I think they would all be like me?" :) (For the record, however, I do have one who's turning out to be like me -- and it's far more terrifying than I imagined!) I also read the Chronicles of Narnia to my unborn child, and had completely forgotten about it until now. Thanks for a beautiful post!

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    1. There's just something about children that make you see yourself for who you really are! Thanks for stopping by, Amy, and I hope to see you again!

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  8. These short words gave me chills. The ones that resonate to our soul usually do that, don't they?! "Stretching the number of hours in my day" is my challenge so often as well. I love how God uses our children to stretch our understanding of ourselves, allowing us to appreciate those stretch marks all the more! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Jessica. These comments have made me think about this post (for more than the five minutes at midnight last night), and I'm working on a post for next week that explores this further -- our understanding of ourselves. So glad you stopped by, and I hope to see you again!

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  9. Ahhhh I LOVE this post:) Found you on FMF today :) I also wrote about stretch marks ;)

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    1. I think a lot of us wrote about stretch marks! :) Your post is excellent, Charissa. I'm so glad you stopped by today, and thanks for the follow.

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  10. This is beautiful. I'm glad I found you! I'm a new mom. My journey into motherhood is just beginning, but I'm already feeling the spiritual stretching that you mention. It is a hard job, but I love it so much. I actually wrote my five minute friday on a similar topic. If you want to check it out go to http://kaelynnjudd.com/

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    1. You have so many exciting things ahead of you! So glad you stopped by today, and enjoy that little girl!

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  11. Beautifully written! I too know those stretch marks after a dozen children, including twins and 5 c-sections! I don't like how it looks - but what treasures came from it!

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    1. Twelve? You're my hero! Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by today, Loni!

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  12. I have stretch marks in more ways than one. My failures and lessons learned in life have been my stretch marks too, but like you've said, Meghan, they are also a badge of honor! Thanks for reframing this problem area in life. :)

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    1. So many words could be (and probably have been) written about how we are stretched through life's failures and lessons. It would take a lot more than five minutes to write about those times (and not ready to share it with the blog world yet anyway). It's definitely satisfying when we can look back on those times as a badge of honor, though. Thanks so much for the great thoughts, Beth.

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  13. Loved every word. I, too, am the mother of 6 and have the stretch and "stretch" marks to prove it! Visiting from Women Living Well.
    Latisha
    confessionsofamartha.blogspot.com

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  14. I love this post!! Yep I am stretched also and loving every minute of it. Well almost every minute. Hahaha

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    1. My oldest is only twelve, so I don't really know for sure. But I doubt the stretching ever ends. Thanks, Sherri.

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  15. Good write! Thanks for sharing at WIP Wednesday!

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