Before having a baby I was not happy with my body. Not happy in the way that nobody is happy with their body - some bits too big, some too small. If I could take this bit and move it there, and push the muffin top fat up a bit to fill out my bra. . .
I was one of those annoying people that had trouble putting on weight rather than losing it.
When I found out I was pregnant I couldn't wait to grow. I wanted a bump I couldn't see over and the curves I had never really had.
Pregnancy provided me with this and more and my tummy swelled with the 8lb10 chunk I was growing.
By 13 weeks strangers asked how far gone I was, by 26 they told me I must be due by now and by 30 I had outgrown most of my maternity wear.
I couldn't get enough of it, even when those tiny red lines started creeping higher and higher. By 38 weeks I looked like there were several babies in there and I was glad to pop.
Since having a baby my body has not regained it's pre-pregnancy shape. I may still be 'slim' but my hips are wider, my rib-cage broader, my tummy covered in hundreds of stretch marks and my boobs have lost their roundness.
It is plain to see that I housed a growing child.
But how do I feel about it? - I couldn't be happier. Finally I have found the confidence in my body that I lacked.
My body has faults, (and yes I would consider swapping with a supermodel) but I earned my stripes.
I carried my baby for nearly 9 months and I fed him for just as long. My body served the purpose it was designed for and I am not afraid to show it off.
I may be one of the only people to prefer my belly stretch-marked to washboard but I never said I was 'normal'!
My son loves me just the way I am so I don't see why I should want to change.
About Love Mum-Body
This month on story of mum, we’re sharing photos of how our bodies have changed since we became mums and grandmums. You can photograph your actual body, or you can shape your body in plasticine. We don’t mind how you share it, as long as you do your very best to love it, stretch marks and all.
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