Monday, October 07, 2013

First public outing

Sterling and I made our first public outing on Thursday, five days post-partum. It wasn't entirely by choice - graduation gown fittings were only being held last week so I waited until the last day and then went. Nothing like going out in public and being measured five days after giving birth! (Fortunately, it was really only a vertical measurement so nothing much should change by graduation in a few months.)

As we walked on campus, I found myself oddly grateful to Kate Middleton. When she introduced her baby to the world the day after his birth (God bless her forever - don't know how she did it!), she also showed the world what a very recent post-partum body looks like. Which is to say, it still looks pregnant. I still have quite a bit of a tummy, and I caught a few odd glances from students who might have been thinking that I was somehow four months pregnant, yet holding a newborn.

But I like to think that other people saw me and then remembered Princess Kate and her tummy and thought, "oh yes, that is perfectly normal." Let's hope so.


Yvonne Anderson said...

Rigdon is 21 months old and I STILL look 5 months pregnant!

Kathy Haynie said... that photo, it looks like you've cut your hair really short! The plaid shirt is a great postpartum coverup. :)

Jen said...

In all honesty, I don't think it can be overstated what Kate Middleton did for women everywhere. I, personally, didn't give her (or her clothes or her goings-and-comings, or her whatever-of-the-moment) a second thought until that day she showed her beautiful postpartum self to the public. I think it's a huge turning-point in the war on body-image issues in the media for women. I really, sincerely do.


Bridget said...

Why yes, my tummy looks great in that photo, doesn't it! :)

Liz Johnson said...

Completely agree on the Kate Middleton thing. Bless her and every other post-partum woman for stepping out and showing people what the real expectation is!


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