Dear Body –
Thank you for your gift and service in crafting this angel I hold in my arms. Thank you for dedicating nine months to nurturing her, loving her, and growing her into the treasure she is now outside my womb.
Stomach, thank you for growing and expanding to cradle my daughter as she developed. You are now neither flat nor defined, but strong and powerful in a new way. I revel in the reminders of what you’re capable of. You are soft and feminine as I rest my hands on you, closing my eyes, remembering the gentle kicks of my darling’s feet as she grew.
Breasts, how amazing you are. You have nourished my precious baby from day one. Delicate streaks on your surface remind me of how you stretched to hold the life-giving milk that continues to sustain my daughter. A bit lower you are upon my chest, you plunge, the perfect height for my daughter to find as we both snuggle to sleep.
Hips and thighs, I could not forget you. As you widened to welcome my daughter into this world, how grateful I am for your broadening as the gateway through which she emerged. Soft and round, truly feminine and lovely in a way I had not thought possible before.
Arms, you are strong now, not from weights or gym hours, but from holding the growing body of my child. Of tossing her in the air as she laughs, of holding her as she nurses, of snuggling her as she falls asleep, of nestling her when she cries.
Back, how powerful you are, from neither yoga nor push-ups, but from wearing this babe for hours a day. From carrying her, strapped to my front to keep her close as she naps or safe in a crowd. From wearing her as we peruse the vegetable aisles or hike rugged mountains, you complain very little now as she settles in against me for hours at a time.
Eyes, though bright with love and joy unknown before now, I see those dark circles, badges that remind me of the nights of sleep regression and teeth emerging. Lines dance a bit deeper around the edges, carved from hours of smiling and laughing at the new life brought into this world.
Body, you are beautiful in a novel way, unlike what the past strivings could ever accomplish. You represent health and life and balance, and a mind heavy with eternal perspective, tangled a shade or two less with the fleeting struggle for the vacant beauty of this world. Thank you.
Dear Body –