The Body My Babies Built

Love My Body

This is the first week I am participating in the Wellness Wednesday link-up over at Scoops of Joy, and one of the prompts this week is “Why I love my body.” I immediately knew that this was the prompt I wanted to write about…not because I have some smokin’ hot, perfect body, but because I really have come to love my body how it is.

I didn’t always “love my body.” Growing up, my body was always way taller than anyone else’s. I hated it! I was always trying to make myself smaller, by hunching over, or bending one knee and kind of leaning to the other side. I’m sure I probably looked ridiculous. Plus I have been struggling with bad posture and the resulting back pain all my life because of those bad habits I adopted as a pre-teen. I can remember whenever a loving relative would comment on how tall I was getting, I would have to hold back tears. Why did they always have to point it out? Like everyone couldn’t tell I was a giant freakshow!

If I only had known then what I know now. Tall is beautiful! Even more beautiful is confidence, something I surely wasn’t exuding in my hunchback of Notre Dame stance.

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Fast forward to me now-30 years old and 5 babies later. I finally come to embrace my height, and something else comes along I surely don’t want to embrace. FAT. I miss the days when my tall, lanky body could eat pizza and cheeseburger and junk food all day, every day, and not gain an ounce. But add age and back to back pregnancies into the mix, and it seems like if I even look at food I gain weight. At least with my height it seems to proportion pretty well. Thank you tall gene! I’m sorry I was so cruel to you before.

But you know what? I do love my body. Extra baby weight and all. Of course I am going to try to lose it, and one of my goals is to lose 30 pounds this year, but right now I’m not stressing over it. You know why?

Because my body has packed on the extra pounds to carry a healthy baby to term.

My body is carrying a little extra weight to make milk so my baby can gain weight and be healthy.

I even love the stretch marks I’ve accumulated over the past 5 pregnancies. Because they remind me of how miraculous it is that my body can stretch that much to hold a life inside it. (Even though ever since I’ve been rubbing Young Living Frankincense oil and coconut oil on my tummy, they have faded so much you can’t even see most of them anymore. My mom was amazed when I showed her!)

No, my body isn’t perfect. But it’s mine. It’s the body God gave me and that my babies helped redesign. I’m happy with it. And that is why I love my body!

This is me, 6 weeks after having my baby.

This is me, 6 weeks after having my baby.

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  • Theresa

    Wonderful post. I was always the tall one too since most of my girlfriends growing up were shorter than me. I can definitely relate about slouching and hunching over to be a little shorter. I definitely have embraced my height once I got to college. I’m only 5’7″ (not even that tall…lol). You look fantastic 6 weeks after giving birth!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you so much! Why do we girls do that to our bodies? It seems like no matter what, we are trying to fit in and be “normal” when we’re young!

      • http://unremarkablefiles.blogspot.com Jenny @ Unremarkable Files

        Men/boys do it, too! My 6’2″ husband often slouches – except when he’s around my 6’8″ cousins!

        • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

          How funny!

  • http://angiesangle.com Angie Agerter

    You are beautiful Miranda – inside and out!! Love this post!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Aaw thank you so much!

  • Sammi | Grounded and Surrounde

    Beautiful perspective and love your writing style. I am not familiar with Young Living Frankincense oil. I may have to look into that 😉 I found you on the Work in Progress Wednesday link party. Take care!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I sent you an email, and I’m going to go check out your blog now :-)

  • http://www.scoopsofjoy.com/ Maureen @ScoopsofJoy

    You are beautiful Miranda, you have a beautiful attitude too and you are right aren’t we funny when we were young?! Sheesh! I was like you even until this day (being 5’5″ asian is rare lol) I usually am taller than my friends but I did exact same thing when I was teen. Hunching over lol. Silly isn’t? But then I too embrace my height. 😀

    Thank you so very much for joining us this week. We hope to see you around next week. It’s an absolute joy to share this with you.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you so much! If only we could have the confidence as teens as we do as adults!

  • Sim @ Sim’s Life

    Could not agree more, our body’s are miraculous things! Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday, hope it inspires you and look forward to following your journey! Sim x

  • http://unremarkablefiles.blogspot.com Jenny @ Unremarkable Files

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love the perspective you share here. Every time I stop and think about the fact that our bodies can BUILD A PERSON, and nurture said person for months afterward, I am so amazed by the awesome bodies God gave us.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Isn’t it amazing!? God is so awesome!

  • Guest

    I agree…confidence is very attractive. Hating our bodies doesn’t help anyone.

  • Renee Bergeron

    I agree, confidence is attractive. Hating our bodies does so much damage.

    Renee, cohost of the #shinebloghop

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Yes, it does! And thanks for co-hosting and stopping by!

  • aprilaakre

    I love this post. I needed this reminder. I put myself down a lot and don’t like how I look. I especially love this sentence It’s the body God gave me and that my babies helped redesign.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I’m so glad it was a help to you. We ladies need to stop putting ourselves down so much.

  • Mary

    Thank you for this reminder to love our bodies! Women in general struggle with this, me included. You have given us permission to love our bodies and that is a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you so much for hosting. I love linking up there every Saturday!

  • Rina

    I love how you describe it: The body my babies built. I think I have to try that coconut oil…as much as I love the stretch marks, I want to get rid of it..at least reduce the appearance a bit :)

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      I think it’s actually the Frankincense that is helping the stretch marks, the coconut oil is just a carrier to make the essential oil stretch farther. Although the coconut oil couldn’t hurt by itself 😉

  • http://mummymsmemories.blogspot.co.uk/ mummy M

    Confidence is key…. fat or thin… its the confidence that is sexy and hot… #wednesdayweightloss

  • terri presser

    Miranda, I think you look beautiful. I had the same problem as you but I had and still have the short gene, what I would do for another few inches :-). I am glad that you have accepted what God has given you and thank you for this reminder to love our bodies and all the lumps and bumps because they tell a story and share our journey. Thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Our bodies do tell a story, what a wonderful way to put it!

  • Julie S.

    I love this! Our bodies are awesome, they create and nurture tiny humans. Also, we’re using the same theme! Yay for a cool theme pick!

    Julie @ velvet-rose.net

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      How cool! I just went and checked out your blog also. Nice to “meet” you :-)

  • MirrorWatching – Gina Brown

    I loved your story. After I had my baby I too marvled at the awesomeness that my body produced.

    • Rahab to Riches

      Yes our bodies were created so amazingly!

  • http://www.mum-bo-jumbo.com Kelly Ninyette

    Good for you for embracing your body after giving the gift of life so many times. Personally I think you look fantastic after 5 children. Love this post

    • Rahab to Riches

      Thank you very much!

  • http://www.mum-bo-jumbo.com Kelly Ninyette

    Congratulations Miranda! Jennifer has selected your post as her pick of the Mum-bo Monday Link Up Party and it will be featured this week

    • Rahab to Riches

      Thank you so much! How exciting!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks so much!

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  • Latisha

    That is an absolutely beautiful testimony. After 5 pregnancies and seeing how my body has evolved, I’m learning to love my body too. God has used this body to do good things. I thank God for my gifts.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      God definitely sees our bodies as beautiful and so should we! Thanks so much for commenting.