Monday, April 28, 2008

Motherhood Moment

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a Mother’s Day Photo Contest.

This is a photo of my baby bump. This picture was taken when I was 32 weeks pregnant with my first child, the love of my life.

I never had a belly that was sexy enough to show off in a bikini, and probably never will based on the aftermath of pregnancy, but my pregnant belly was a beautiful work of art.

Before I was pregnant, I used to scoff at women that were so eager to touch pregnant people without asking permission. I subscribe to the school of thought that everyone has their own personal space, a kind of bubble that protects them from the outside world. I feel that it is rude for strangers to intrude on this space.

Once my baby bump sprouted, I immediately understood the irresistible urge women feel to touch pregnant people. That priceless moment when you feel the power of the life growing inside another woman’s body, brings back all the memories and feelings from the most amazing time in a mother’s life. Memories of days spent in the most intimate contact with our children, nurturing their growing bodies and protecting them from the world. These are memories that we cling to as we watch our children grow up and venture out into the world on their own.

I miss my baby bump.


Elizabeth...mommy...etc said...

i'm with you...i have gone through moments of really missing my baby bump, too. that was one of the things i cried about when i came home from the hospital w/ my daughter, afraid i'd never use my belly butter again if i never had the chance to have another pregnancy... great photo...and truely the sentiment of so many mothers! *elizabeth

Heather said...

Beautiful picture!

I love looking a pictures of my pregnant belly too. Although it was an anxiety-laden time, I'm so thankful for God's goodness in seeing us thru and giving us our Ladybug (who will be 11 months old tomorrow - can you believe it!)

Smarty Pants Mama said...

Great picture! I never did take a picture of my bare pregnant belly. I have one of me on Mother's Day two years ago when I had just started to show. A tear rolls down my face when I see it - I remember the happiness a new mother feels. Can't wait for the next one!!