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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 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!!

Congratulations!!! How exciting for you.
I had a breast aug, full tummy tuck, and a hernia repair one week ago today. I had 2 pain pumps, also, and 2 drains. Trust me...after 4 will be able to empty the drains!

I was the same way. I was obsessed about the surgery and could not think of anything else at all! I want to give you a few words of advice that I was not prepared for:
1. Give yourself time to feel better. After being a mom for 10 years, it's going to drive you nuts not to be able to be up to par. You will feel guilty at times for not being the mom you are used to being. You will be back and better than ever within time. This has been one of the biggest hardships for me...watching my husband struggle with "doing it all" while I was sitting right there.
2. If at all possible...Get the kids out of the house for the first few days after surgery. It was hard to relax after they came home, but I was glad that I didn't have to think about their well-being during those initial days.
3. Be prepared for a little guilt and remorse afterward. I am usually a very optimistic and happy person. I was not ready for feelings of remorse. It was only for a few days, but it was there. Once you begin to feel like yourself (kind-of), you get over it and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Good luck with'll do great! If you have given birth to and raised 4 children, you can do this. Being a mom is so self-less and thank-less. You deserve to feel confident while being the best mom you can! Your husband sounds very supportive. My husband was fantastic. He amazed me so many times! My husband is not the verbal type of guy who gushes over his feelings. After going through this with me...I know how deeply he cares for me. He gave me such patient and tender care, and didn't complain even once! He emptied my drains and pulled out my pain pumps when they were done. I feel so much closer to him now. After 10 years of was nice to have a reminder of how much he cares for me. I hope you and your husband have the same experience!
Thank you so much for your supportive words! I still do feel completely obsessed with my surgery. And even after having my children (who were all c-section) I am still not confident about the drains. I have read on here that it is a disgusting process, and am kind of squemish. LOL.
When you had your pain pumps, did you feel anything? My PS told me I will be completely numb for 4 days. Also, are you taking any pain meds now after one week?
I would love to see your before and after! I will have to check out your profile!! :-)
I just got my drains out today. I was so nervous, but I didn't think it hurt at all. I did think the drains were gross at first, but as the days went on, it got easier and easier.
My pain pumps did seem to help alot. I wouldn't say that I was completely numb...but I was not in a lot of pain. Overall, pain was not the hardest part for me.
I was off of my pain meds since Sunday. Then, I started taking 1/4 of one every 4 hours yesterday. My breasts were really sore. Overall, my breast aug was much more painful than my tummy tuck. I do not think this is normally the way it works, though. I don't know why it was that way for me. I was extremely flat chested before my it felt as though my chest was HUGE after. I'm just starting to get used to them now.
I have not posted "after" pictures yet. I was waiting to get my drains out. Now that they are out, I will do it either tonight or tomorrow.
Honestly, the hardest part of this process for me has been emotionally. It's getting much better now!!

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!!!!
That's so exciting! I can't wait to see it!
Prior to surgery, I decided on 375 ccs of silicone. My doctor went with 400ccs because he said that the muscle pushes them down and flattens them out. Right now, they seem overly large when I'm looking at them naked. When I have clothes on, they look normal. I guess it takes 3-6 weeks for them to settle in and for the swelling to go down. I'm anxious to see the final results. I have to go back to work on Feb 14th (your big day!). I'm hoping they will be at least a little better by then!
What size are you going for?
My PS is recommending I go very large.. DD. I am totally fine with that and so is my hubby. LOL. He said he will probably go 675cc high profile memory gel implants. I told him that I trusted his judgement and he has free reign to do to me as he pleases. Anything has to be better than what I have now. :-)

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.

Hi Amanda,
This week is going to go so fast for you. Do you feel prepared or are there things that you want to get done yet this week?

My final week went soooo fast. There were lots of last minute details that I wanted to get done. It just flew by. I'm very excited for you.

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...
hi ther my name is dee and i just had sx 6 days ago:) i dont regret a thing.. the pain is tolerable ... for the mosyt part its ur back that hurts caus u are hunched over. but i had a full tummytuck with a lift breast augmentaqtion w/ 400 cc silcones high profile put in... they are huge right now cauz of the but i love em..i also had lipo of the flanks done.. which itch and burn like hell but that is strtin to go away... thank
i was so obessed w it to gettin it done felty like forever then the last 2 weeks jus flew by so fast u will be suprised... i hope that u get ur date straightend out soon... u will do fine and love it.. so far this expereince for me has been up and down and im just in the erly stages of healing but i alwys look back on this site w all my online friends and chat ... and they aRE ALL HERE for ya....
good luck girl:)

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 Ladies... I called the office back today because after 2 days, the office manager still had not called me back. So being the pest that I am, I kept calling. The office manager was super sweet to me and schduled my pre op appt for Feb. 16th!!! YAY! and my surgery will possibly be on Feb. 21. She said they had someone scheduled that day who was not sure about her surgery, so they will call me and let me know if I can have that date!! OMG.. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am right now. Wheeeew. I can not wait to be recovering. Is that weird? LOL
Hi there:) keep ur head up it will all fall into place soon enuf, in a firm beliver in everythin haPpens for a reason nd whn ur rdy ur rdy, belv me I had a lot of hoops I had to jump thru to get eher I'm @o tody:) ull get ther sweeite! Keep me posted!
Hi Dee!! I wish I were in recovery too.. LOL I am so glad to hear all of the ladies are so upbeat and happy with their results :-)
It gives me hope! I am having a bad day today, and I havent even had surgery yet! LOL Uhh, when will this wait be over?!

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??
ummm.. what?
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Well good luck in wever descion u make, I def do like the high profile look tho instd of moderate, idnt if ur ps explained tht to u, I never even knew ther we're differences in high profile or modrate or etc, I alwys tht thy we're all the same, , well I'm happy for u and no I'm here w ne questions! So is ur husband gonna b takin care of u?

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?
LOL. I don't even know what questions to ask! I don't know what to expect at my appt either.
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.

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.
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.
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.
Hope all is well

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

hi girl:) i was jsut seeing how u are doing i hope all is good and things are evn better for you... :)
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.
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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