Thursday, January 17th, 2008
Reality Blog: The Shape of a Mother
“One day I sat in a restaurant in Anaheim, California eating breakfast, when a woman passed by my table with her infant carrier in tow. As she lifted it up to fit between the tables, her shirt raised and I saw that, although she was at a healthy weight and her body was fit, she had that same extra skin hanging around her belly that I do.”
That quote is from the introduction to The Shape of a Mother Blog (NSFW) where moms “share images of our bodies during and after pregnancy so we can see what real women look like.” It is Not Safe for Work due to nudity. The NSFW designation is the blogger’s own; I’m not making a political statement about women’s bodies.
A don’t-miss area of the blog is the reader submissions section. Unfortunately, it’s ginormous with the full text and photos of every blog entry on a single pageâ€”it takes forever to load.
What can I say as a dad? Before my first child, I had no clue about such things as stretch marks. I’ve tried to convince my wife to have them tattooed into lightning bolts, but she remains unconvinced. I’m hoping to one day find a photo example of that type of tattoo, but every “stretch marks and tattoos” website seems focused on how stretch marks affect pre-existing tattoos. Oh well.
I discovered The Shape of a Mother while looking for an amazing time lapse photo collage of a triplet belly that has been floating around web social networks for a year or more. Each time it resurfaces, the hosting web server has its bandwidth maxed out before I can write about it. This version is hopefully reliable.