Today I noticed new stretch marks on my body.  I’m not sure how long they’ve been there but they’re there.  And from what I know, here to stay.

In the past, I may have felt angry.  Regretted all those fattening meals I had consumed. Professed to myself words of self-hatred and felt like I failed myself. I fall victim to body issues just like a lot of women out there.  But this time I was surprised by my reaction.  Really surprised.  For the first time ever, since noticing these new residents of my body, I actually feel like I earned them.

I’ve carried two healthy, beautiful children and have delivered from both the North exit and South exit. I have devoted 80 weeks of my life to pregnancy. I have endured morning sickness, heartburn, weight gain, discomfort, sleep deprivation, postpartum depression, life-altering change, exhaustion. I am raising people. Hopefully kind, independent, confident, trusting people.

For all those reasons and more…I have earned my badges of honor and I will wear them with pride. You should too, my fellow mommy heroes.