Looks like the Duchess of Cambridge is once again in the family way.
Remember last time, when people went crazy about her disgusting fat belly a mere EIGHTEEN HOURS after she had given birth?
I wrote a little bit about the Kate Middleton belly and showed off a little bit of my own postpartum loveliness.
Here’s hoping Kate’s midsection won’t be scrutinized so severely next year when she gives birth.
Somehow I doubt it.
She’s in the public eye and one of her jobs is to look good. Of course, she does humanitarian work and raises a child, but she has to look good while doing it because there are royal traditions to uphold and much of the world is watching (blah blah blah).
It is likely that, after giving birth, it won’t be long before Kate returns to her regular svelte self. Maybe she works out rigorously as soon as she gets the green light from her doctor or maybe she has a personal chef making very precise portion controlled meals. Or maybe she is just genetically programmed to have a slim figure. Perhaps all of the above?
I have a few friends who’ve carried and birthed babies, but you’d never know it because their abdomens look utterly flawless and untouched (at least to my eyes). And that’s ok! Everybody is different and every woman’s body will react to pregnancy in a different way.
I myself have always been a small person. After my first pregnancy, I returned to my previous weight within days. After my second pregnancy, I again returned to my previous weight very quickly. My body was thrilled to get that baby out and return to normalcy; an average weight for a woman of five foot one. However, while I did weigh the same, my body was drastically different. I’ve never had a flat stomach and I definitely don’t now! Despite weighing the same as I did seven years ago, my belly permanently looks like I did when I was 5-6 months pregnant with my first.
I say permanently because I’m not currently seeking to lose weight or tone up.
I’m not terribly upset by my stubborn post-baby-belly anymore. Sometimes I find it distressing or annoying, but often I’m not upset with what I see in the mirror. As long as my clothes fit and I feel good, then I’m going to try thinking positive thoughts about this body that carried two beautiful babies.
I think body acceptance is something we should all strive for, even though it’s probably incredibly difficult for some. But still, I think we should try…
My friend Jessica of Jessica L Wyatt Photography is working on a project that, I believe, will certainly help.
Let me introduce you to…
The Mother’s Look!
Remember the photo from yesterday:
Here’s a closer look:
It’s Jessica’s take on 4th trimester photography and I will let her words tell the story:
Through The Mother’s Look I am embarking on a new (to me) branch of photography themed “4th trimester photography.” I am developing a collection of portraits of mothers that will challenge society’s contrived notions of female identity/beauty, specifically those of motherhood. This is an evident theme in recent social media and current events and I would like to contribute to this discourse through my own lens.
The project’s goal is to capture portraits of women who are mothers in a manner that is artistic, tasteful and natural while also capturing both an essence of motherhood and of woman herself. The woman may have stretch marks, or extra skin. She may be a small or bigger girl. She may be breastfeeding, she may be an athlete, she may be an artist, she may have a young child, or an old child. She may have multiple children. She may have lost children. She may have found children. She may have grandchildren. There is no “one woman” in this project.
The Mother’s Look project is a collection of digital photographs depicting mother’s bodies. The images in The Mother’s Look project are created in such a way that the lighting and poses tell a truth about the mother’s body that is (at times) absent from mainstream media, but that is beautiful and worthy of a look. In addition to posing for photos with their children, the mothers also pose with props that they believe represent an element of their authentic self. Photos are paired with the mother’s words [TBD for Facebook]. The juxtaposition of the bodies and the words results in a celebration of the female experience.
Shall we take a look at some of these gorgeous mothers? I think we shall…
Some of these photographs are more light-hearted *cough*katie and her sewing machine*cough* and others are incredibly intimate. But they are all beautiful and unique and do a great job showcasing magical moments of motherhood and humanity.
Jason snapped a quick picture on his cellphone of my boys and I posing yesterday…
…but it didn’t work. He did capture Jessica behind the camera though. You’ll have to wait a bit for the professional photo of me and the boys!
If you live around Thunder Bay and want to participate in this amazing project, please email Jessica at jessica.L.email@example.com – put Mother’s Look in the subject line!