Chin Hairs, Wrinkles, and Saggy Boobs, Oh My!

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I’ve never been a model, nor have I ever been a size 4, but there was a time, long, long ago that I recognized my body. And as much I would not have admitted it then, I liked my body. Now after 2 kids, I hardly recognize it.  My boobs are saggy (that’s the thanks I get for breastfeeding a child!)  I have grey hairs (praise God for hair dye!) and hair grows on places it never used to (i.e. my chin. This is the reason I HATE magnifying mirrors!) Not to mention all the aches and pains. I feel like an 80 year old  when I get out of bed. And, with each passing day, my body seems to fail me more and more.

All I can say is, getting old sucks!

It seems the moment I turned 30 my body turned against me.

I thought we had a good thing going, me and my body. Apparently it does not feel the same way.

I guess it is getting back at me for taking advantage of the once higher metabolism and loads of energy I had, with all the late nights parties in college, eating and drinking to my heart’s desire. It is as if my body is a traitor because I know it USED to enjoy a good margarita with a side of chips and queso. Now, the margarita gives me heart burn and I am sensitive to dairy… BORING! Where is the fun in that? I thought we were in this together. Apparently, not!

And don’t even get me started on staying up late. It’s like 9:30 rolls around and I’m drooling and incoherent because I am soooo stinking tired. I recently attended a friend’s birthday party and it STARTED at 9:30. That’s my bed time people!! I went and survived it, but it took a few days to recuperate.  It wasn’t always like that, but this is the new me. The old, sleepy, just want to take my bra off and sit on my couch on Friday night instead of going out me!

I used to have that youthful glow. Now I have crows feet and age spots.

Sure, I can cover it with some good make up, but I know they are still there taunting me, reminding me that without deep pockets and the intervention of a good dermatologist, they are only going to get worse.

Why, body, why? Didn’t you like the times when I could just throw on a little mascara and lip gloss and call it a day? Now I have to spend money and time on expensive washes, lotions and tubs of concealer so I won’t scare little children with my “un”makeuped face. (And, yes, I am aware “un”makeuped is not a word, but my memory is also failing me in my “old” age, so I couldn’t think of a better word, but you get the point!) Gone are the days of that youthful glow, being just that. Now it comes in 3 “easy” steps; Primer, concealer and highlighter!

There is, however, one redeeming quality about my body. Actually 2. It gave me my boys.

It created,  fed and provided a comfortable home for both of my little blessings. And, what a powerful and truly miraculous thing that is! Think about it. Our bodies know exactly what our little ones need and provide it for them. Sure there were some awkward, uncomfortable and ugly (stretchmarks…EEK!!) changes to our body, but what an amazing thing it does to create another human being!

It may run a little slower and not always perform its job perfectly now, but my body’s job of creating my precious boys, was done purposefully and perfectly.

Even if I do have hairs on my chin, or saggy, dried up boobs that I have to roll up and stuff in my bra, I will forever be grateful to my body for giving me the greatest job of all… motherhood. Now, hand me my tweezers, I think I found another hair!

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Kathie is blessed to be a stay-at-home mom to two silly, handsome and loud boys. The ringing in her ears proves just how loud they are! For almost 11 years, she has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, the biggest hunter and fisherman you'll ever meet. All is great until the season starts and Kathie becomes a hunting widow. Kathie's boys share her husband's obsession with the outdoors, which allows her some much needed time to herself. Kathie loves all things pink, sparkly and monogrammed. She dreams of her next vacation and desperately wants to move to the mountains one day, even though she probably wouldn't last 5 minutes there in the winter. When she has time, she obsessively watches Hallmark Channel movies, especially ones with Candace Cameron Bure.

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