Postpartum times can be tough, and I’ll admit that after having my babies I felt something LESS than beautiful on the outside, but that sweet new baby sure did make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. However, when I saw this photo posted on Facebook by Sakura Bloom, I drew in a sharp breath. And when I read what the woman in the photo, Erica Andrews, had written, I had to hold back tears. I guess maybe I really was beautiful after giving birth.
Andrews says, “This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow. My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday’s travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. I feel like I’m on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief. 23 hours ago I held life within and 24 hours ago I surged and transformed allowing life to flow through me, into my waiting hands. The emptiness in my womb brings a heavy feeling crashing into reality but then this new little life whimpers, searching for the breast with soft rooting, and I feel whole again. I am still processing the beautiful transition my whole family has traveled through and I am in complete awe of our strength as humans, women, and mothers. This time is simply unlike any other.”
I have to agree with Andrews! Her words truly took my breath away, as did her gorgeous picture. Baby, mesh hospital underwear never looked so amazing. Thank you Erica, for reminding us of what a beautiful miracle birth, life, and motherhood are!
What do you think of Andrews’ photo and post? You can see the original below.