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I am a 29 year old mommy of 4. I have twin 10 year...

I am a 29 year old mommy of 4. I have twin 10 year old boys, a 7 year old daughter and a 2 year old baby boy who seems to think he should permenetly be attached to my hip. I have gained and lost weight countless times in my life but I have always been the chubby girl. My boobs have been teeny tiny too compared to my massive rolls of a stomach. LOL. I hate how hard I have always been on myself, and I am so ready to be confident and comfortable with myself.

I knew after my daughter was born that I needed a mommy makeover, but didn't have the $$ for it then. After my last son, I had my tubes tied and I am SO SO SOOOOO ready for this. After I made this decision with my husband, I have been going back and forth with it. My surgery date is Feb. 14,2011 and I am so excited but really nervous too. I feel a bit selfish spending so much money on myself. My husband has been really reassuring me and telling me that I deserve this. I think he loves me. LOL

The closer my date gets, the more excitement I feel. I am getting a tummy tuck, lipo to several areas, and a breast aug. My PS says I should go DD because my rib cage is wide and it would look a lot better on me. I agreed and so did my hubby.

Since my date was scheduled, I cannot help but be obsessed with this whole process. I think about it a lot through out the day, and I am constsntly seeking reassurance from my hubby. In a week and a half from now, I am going to look so different, and I could not be happier about that. :)

Thankfully, I am getting 2 pain pumps for after my surgery and I will have them for 4 days! Has anyone else had these? My PS says I wont feel a thing during this period of time. Also, I am not sure if I will have drains or not? If I do have them, then I don't know who will empty them for me because I certainly cannot do it. HAHAHA

I will post my before pics after my surgery so I can show you all the dramatic change!

Ok, so I have seen on this website that I am not...

Ok, so I have seen on this website that I am not the only one here who has probably seen all the mommy makeover before and after pics on the web..my husband asked me last night if I was thinking about palying for the other team. I reassured him, I was not looking at naked boobies and tummies for sexual enjoyment but to see what I am in for. LOL. I know he was joking but that is how obsessed I feel like I have been lately. A little more than a week to go and I will be and finally feel sexy! Whoot whoot! I can NOT wait! Originally, my surgery date was 2/24, but due to my being completely impatient, and my excitement, I called the PS last week and moved it up to Valentines Day. I didnt menton that before, but I thought I would share.

Also, I wanted to make a video diary to be able to look back and show other mommies who want to do this, that you will be OK. Also, so I can look back and see how my whole attitude about myself will change. :)

Ps- I love this website!!

OMG... 10 days!!! Whoot Whoot!! I can't believe it...

OMG... 10 days!!! Whoot Whoot!! I can't believe it is so close, yet still so far away! Hurry up Valentine's day.. PLEASE!!!!

So, I am in the shower this morning with my 2 year...

So, I am in the shower this morning with my 2 year old son, and I think he knows something is up because he kept trying to poke and lift my stomach flap. You know, the flap of fat and skin that hangs down to your pubic area.. anyway, needless to say, Daddy had to come get the boy outta the shower so mommy could wash her excess skin in peace.
9 DAYS.. the final countdown has begun...

OMG... I am freaking out!! I am paying for my...

OMG... I am freaking out!! I am paying for my surgeries with my tax return, and I have to pay this Thursday at my pre-op appt. I got an email tonight that said my refund isnt going to come in until 2/15! That is the day after my surgery is scheduled!! NOOOOOOOOO!!! It has to come in before that. It said that on the IRS website so I am hoping that is the last possible date it could come in but will probably come in before that. I am sure it will. I need it by the 10th..LOL.

Anyway, I do hope this week goes by super fast. I hate waiting.

No No Nooooo!!! I have to reschedule my surgery...

No No Nooooo!!! I have to reschedule my surgery date because my money will not be available until Feb. 15th. Will this actully happen?! I am so upset and frustrated right now. As soon as I know the date, I will update my review.
to be continued...

I am so completely stressed today. My surgery date...

I am so completely stressed today. My surgery date is still to be determined. I feel so greatful to be able to afford to do this because a lot of other people want to, but cannot. BUT... I am so impatient. My surgery is being rescheduled because my money isnt available in my bank until Feb 15!! And my PS office isnt being very nice to me today. They are acting like I am this huge burden on their back. Ummm.. I'm sorry, but I am going to be paying a ginormous amount of money on this, and I am nervous, scared, and unsure about what is going on. The least they could do is be nice, right??
Hopefully today I will have my new date. ANd hopefully it is only a few days after my initial date...
On another note, due to my being so stressed, I have gained 2lbs in the last few days!! 2 LBS!!! Wth is that about?! LOL
to be continued....

Whoop Whoop.. Pre op on 2/16. Possible surgery on...

Whoop Whoop.. Pre op on 2/16. Possible surgery on 2/21!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Excited, can you tell?!


Ok.. seriously? If one more thing goes wrong, I am...

Ok.. seriously? If one more thing goes wrong, I am going to walk away from this whole thing.
The money I am getting to pay for my surgery was supposed to be the exact amount I needed. Unfortunately, my huuby had a 1000 tax debt that we did not know about and it has been deducted from my return this year. Now, I am 1000 short for my surgery. I have until next wednesdau to come up with 1k. Anyone have any easy money making ideas??

Hip Hip HOOORRRAAYYYY!! Ok- so I have all the...

Hip Hip HOOORRRAAYYYY!! Ok- so I have all the money for my surgery now. Thank God! I weas totally stressed out all week long! I am so excited and anxious now. I really want this week to fly by as fast as possible. My husband bought me a new video camera, and I am going to make a video diary of my expierence and post it to youtube. As soon as I create a youtube account, I will update again so you all can watch it! :-)
Wednesday is my pre-op appt. What should I expect during my appt?

Getting down to the wire.. 6 days! Pre-op...

Getting down to the wire.. 6 days! Pre-op tomorrow, and I am kind of nervous about it. Almost more nervous than I am about the actual surgery. I am making my first youtube video diary tonight. After I upload it, I will post a link here so everyone can view it!

I had my pre op today, and it went really well. PS...

I had my pre op today, and it went really well. PS took my before pics and I was absolutely mortified tht I had to stand completely NAKED in front of him and his office manager. It was so embarassing. Picking up my prescriptions in the morning and hoping that Monday comes FAST. I want to be in recovery already! LOL

As I drove the looong 2 hour drive home from my...

As I drove the looong 2 hour drive home from my pre op appt last night, I started thinking about the ginormous amount of money that I handed over to the office manager of my PS office. I started feeling a bit of buyers remourse. Only for a moment, but it bothered me that I had that feeling. Has anyone else felt like that after paying for their procedure? I am totally ok with it now, but for about an hour, I couldn't stop thinking about how people are suffering and struggling in this economy and I felt a bit selfish. I have never done anything like this for myself, and I know I deserve it, but I also don't want to feel guilty. I hate feeling guilty.

Ok- I am 8 days post op and so much has happened!...

Ok- I am 8 days post op and so much has happened! First of all, I am an emotional mess. My husband was laid off 2 days ago, and his company filed BK so he will not get paid for the last 6 weeks of work. I now have a $600 cosmetic surgery payment coming up in 3 weeks and my resnt was due today with no money to pay it. I feel absolutely guilty, and selfish for putting our only money we had in savings for a down payment on my surgery. ($8400). I have been crying uncontrollably and I am so worried and dont know what to do. Also, my left arm at my elbow is so swollen from the lipo that it looks deformed. I still have all 3 drains in because I am putting out 120 ml+ a day from each. I called my dr this afternoon to tell them about my elbow swelling because I cannot extend my arm fully from it. When the dr called me back, he made me feel like a complete jerk for even calling. He made me cry... again. He acted like I should know that swelling is normal, and I do, but this is abdormal swelling. If I had known how his bedside manner was before surgery, I would have gone with a different dr. Anyway, swelling and drains and crying fits aside, I am feeling ok. Still very sore, and still cannot stand completely straight up but yesterday, I saw my tummy for the first time and I couldn't believe it was me. I look so different in a good way. I love the support I get from everyone here, and I need to make daily visits to the site and stay in touch with everyone so I don't feel so bad and guilty all the time. LOL

Dr. Lance Wyatt

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
1 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
1 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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hi girl:) i was jsut seeing how u are doing i hope all is good and things are evn better for you... :)
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Hello Amandav81
I hope everything is well with you.
I'm pretty sure by now most of your swelling went down. I hope your situation has gotten better.
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Hey there!! I am 4 days post opt (had tummy tuck and breast aug) but I am feelinf miserable! My back hurts (guess from being hunched over) and I am swollen everywhere! My boobs look huge and I like them but my belly...I pray it starts to look better! How are u feeling now!?
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I am doing well, thanks. Your tummy will start to take shape soon. Don't rush it. You may be real swollen. I still am numb in my tummy and have a "roll" above my insicion site that I hope is just swelling. Your boobs will settle with time don't worry about that. I didn't have a breast aug, I just had a lift with my tissue as implants and when I got home I felt huge and they felt like rocks. Over time they have softened up and look much better. I will be doing to the PS tomorrow to have him look at my boobs because I'm still not happy with the way they look at the bottom. Hang in there girl all will be fine in time.
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How are you doing girl? I'm doing quite well. Just wish I could get rid of all the swelling so I can see what my new body really looks like.

Let me know how you are doing!!!
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Hey- I am doing better. I had a really bad couple of days where I could not stop crying. And I have this crazy burning on and off on my hips where I had lipo. It feels like fire. LOL How are you doing? Can you believe we made it to 10 days post op!! I am getting excited because everyday I am feeling a little more normal and more like myself. Feels good :-)
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I'm glad you are doing well. I'm doing great thanks for asking. I totally understand about the crying. I went through two days of crying for no reason this weekend. I'm still swollen and numb in my tummy and thighs. I'm so happy I did it!!!!
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thanks for ur email:) i will prob start email in u on that...:) but yes i know the burnin pain is awful i have that to so damn itchy lol but im glad u are doin good otherwise.. it took me almost a week and a half to stand completely strait up and im still findin myself hunched over after ive been sitting for awhile..lol so funny..
anywys ya my breast have dropped alot also and stil a funny shape.. lol but i do love em...:) i did hear evntually thy do form to a normal shape.. does it seem like one is a little bigger thn the other?lol i mean not ot bad but before i had implants the right ws a little bigger thn the left.. but now that i have them i can tell a little... im just a parnoid person..lol

im so happy ur doin good :)
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hi there.. iam so sorry to hear about ur stress u are goin thru.. i hope that it all goes well for u.. it is so hard to keep urself composed when u are tryin to recover.and deal with all the everyday stress at teh same time..l
dont feel guilty for doing what u did.. u are human we all make descions that we dont know what will happen in the future.. im sure u didnt know that ur husband was goin to be laid off and didnt know u could'nt pay ur rent.. just try to breathe and take it one day at a time...
im sure u have been told before but if u are under stress ur body wont heal... so try to rmeber that... i really do hope things start to get better for u.. just remeber it will get better...
beleive me my emotions are so up and down lately.. my husband has been gonbe outta state for the last 4 yrs and more consitiently in the last 2 yrs.. when he comes home and we think he wil be home for a few months it ends up being a few weeks that he is only home then he leaves me agian... i hate it i have a 10 yr old daughter who ask's me every day when her daddy is comin home.. im basicaly a single mom...granted he got to come home for only a few days for my sx and then left me shortly after.. and he has yet notybeen able to come home... so i do know alot about stress... so hang in there girl we will get through it all..
and btw.. ur surgeon should not make u feel that way by any means caus for one u paid him all that money.. and for 2 that jus makes hjinm look like an ass.. so if i were u i would call and complain as much as u want that is what he is there for to answer any of ur concerns.. my ps gave me her home #... ya granted i dont bother her but knowin i can call her is awsome,. so idk what the deal is w/ ur surgeon bein mean like that to u but that is horrible.. im sry i u have to deal w/ that...
well i will ttyl hope overall u are doin better today..:0
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You always make me feel better. :-) Today was a better day. We were able to sell our Suburban today so we can pay some bills, and I am ok with not having a vehicle for a while. Things have settled down quite a bit today and then at the end of the day... my husbands phone rang. He was offered a job with his old company's competition. They offered him a job, with better pay, benefits, and bonuses! He accepted it and starts on MONDAY! Oh my goodness- I burst into tears AGAIN. LOL For a good reason this time. I am sorry that you have to deal with stress too. It sucks that you cant see you hubby and have him there with you all the time. We should keep in touch because you always lift my spirits. :)
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aww:) well im glad tha ti could make u feel better... and im happy that u got some very good news...i told u things would start to fall into place..:)
what is ur email adress? i would like to start emailin u... and keep in touch with u as well... :)
so how are u comin along? are u walkin pretty straight? and how are the boobs? did they drop any more in swelling?
:)

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My boobs are amazing! I will post a pic, but I am stil really swollen everywhere else. It's funny because even though I am swollen everywhere, I am still a lot smaller than before with the swelling. My breasts have dropped quite a bit but they still dont have the shape that they need yet. I guess that takes time. I am 10 days post op today and I feel good, and I am walking fairly straight. My tummy is still really tight, and I am getting this weird burning on my hips where I had lipo. It feels like fire, but there is nothing there! DRIVING ME CRAZY! LOL

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hi ther i was wonderin how u wer doin... i hope ur doing good..im doing pretty good still some damn swellin lol mostly in my tummy above the icsion line and some on my sides where i had soem lipo.. some days are def better then otheres..lol well keep in touch..
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I am so glad you are doing so well Fun In The Sun! That is so great to hear.
I am doing ok now. Tomorrow will be 1 week post op and I am JUST beginning to feel ok. I was absolutely miserable and in so much pain from day 1. My entire backside was lipoed, I had an exteneded tummy tuck and implants. My tummy tuck, and boobs feel fine. Not a bother at all. It is the complete lipo of the back that is causing so much pain and discomfort. I really wish I had not agreed to lipo of my entire back. I have been crying a lot because my house is a mess, and I can't do anything for myself. Ahh.. I finally got to the dr tomorrow to get my drains out and I finally get to see my tummy. This binder is too itchy and bulky. I am so so soo ready to feel better now.
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I totally know how you feel. This weekend I went through a 2 day crying spell. Not sure why but I did. I looked at the bottom of my breasts and was just in tears because I felt they didn't look right. My sister came over and took a look at them and said they are fine, it's just the tape making them look funny. That helped a little.

I've been better since Monday. I know what you mean about feeling like you can't do anything for yourself. I do a little here and there but I don't want to cause any discomfort so I stop short of doing it all.

I agree with you my tummy and breasts really didn't bother me at all, but the lipo is what has bothered me the most. I only had lipo of the upper and lower abs, inner and outer thighs as well as the front and back of the thighs. I can only imagine how you feel after having lipo of the entire back.

Hang in there girl!!! I wish my swelling would go down so I could get a true idea of how my belly will look.
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I hope all went well with your surgery. I'm doing very well. I have very little pain and have been up and down with no help several times.

When you are ready let me know how you are feeling.
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Hope all is well
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hi :) i was jsut wondering how u are doin? i hope u r doing well im sure ur already starting to look beautiful :)
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Tomorrow is the big day. Take today to try and relax!!! Good luck to you! I will be thinking about you as I'm recovering Monday.
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HA! You are so right! Good Luck to you too!
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I totally understand. I have my pre-op tomorrow and just can't wait for Monday. You know once Monday comes and we are home recovering we will just be excited to hurry up and recover so we can show off our new body!!! Good luck to you!!!!
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LOL. I don't even know what questions to ask! I don't know what to expect at my appt either.
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I do hope this week goes by fast!!! Good luck with your pre-op! make sure to make a list of any last minute questions you may have for your ps.
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ummm.. what?
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