Mommy of 2 Getting a Complete Makeover! What Am I in For?! - California

I am a mommy of two little ones (15 months & 2...

I am a mommy of two little ones (15 months & 2.5 years old). Lost a lot of weight and I'm having a Mommy Makeover! I will be having a full tummy tuck, muscle repair, lipo of my hips and a breast reduction with a lift.

I am super excited and extremely nervous/scared at the same time. I am afraid something terrible will happen to me while in the operating room and that I will never make it our of surgery and see my kids grow up. How can I overcome this feeling?


I am so excited for my upcoming surgery! I had my...

I am so excited for my upcoming surgery! I had my pre-op today (TT with MR, BR, Lipo of hips)....should I include lipo of outer thighs? It's $1200 more...would you do it? Anything I need to know? I am past the point of being nervous or scared and so wished my surgery was tomorrow! I can't wait!

It's the night before my surgery and I am...

It's the night before my surgery and I am beyond thrilled!!! I cannot wait for tomorrow morning at 7:15am! I just finished reading a bedtime story and tucking my babies into bed. I will post before pictures soon! Did I mention that I am excited?!?!Woohoo!!!

It's the morning of my surgery and I can't...

It's the morning of my surgery and I can't sleep because I am sooooo excited! After taking those pictures last night and looking back at them I am so glad I am going through with all of this. I didn't *think* I looked that bad when looking at myself in a mirror, but OMG I can't believe my husband thinks I'm attractive.....yuck! I can't wait for all the huge saggy boobs to be gone and the horrid tummy to be flat! Even when my hubby looked at the pictures he said I looked bloated...I can suck in REALLY good. I don't "normally" look like this. Goodbye fat/flubby figure....hello hotness!!!!

I'm home!!!!!!!! Last I remember was looking...

I'm home!!!!!!!! Last I remember was looking at the clock in the Operating room and it said 8:00....I was in recovery by 1:00. Operation was done around 12:30!!!! The nurse said I was a "perfect patient." Pain is very mild....a 1 out of 10 right now! Only 2 drains at the tummy tuck incisions and none in my breasts. One drain barely has anything in it. I just got done walking my hallway, sitting her munching saltines and drinking gatorade! Feeling good so far.....just really sleepy!

I can't stop staring at my boobs! I know that they...

I can't stop staring at my boobs! I know that they are swollen, but I am already loving them!!!

One question....I am starting to feel the paing of my TT more and especially one drain area hurts bad. Is this normal?! Tomorrow at my post-op I'm sure one drain will come out because nothing is coming out of it.....but the other one still has a fair amount of blood and it hurts at I believe where it is inserted in me.

Total pain level with 10 being the highest I would say is a 2-3! I think that is pretty good!

So, I sit here in a lot of pain. I have taken my...

So, I sit here in a lot of pain. I have taken my pain meds, but OMG my tummy is sore. Not the incision area, but my left side. Not sure if it is gas or what...I can hear and feel my tum moving around. I hope this is gas pains and not something else. I can't fall asleep cause I am so freaked out about this feeling. Someone reassure me that it is gas, please! My appt is at 8:55 in the morning, so I will talk with the surgeon about this feeling.

A little over an hour until my first post-op visit...

A little over an hour until my first post-op visit and I am so excited to see myself!

Also, it has been nice to have visitors. It gets very lonely. Yesterday one of my girlfriends came over while my hubby went and picked up the kids from his mom and dropped them off at my sisters. While she was here I had to use the restroom. She was such a trooper and helped me get to the bathroom and even unsnapped my "onesie" (as she likes to call it) and helped me get on the toilet. She was so scared the whole time that and kept cracking jokes....which does not help because laughing hurts SO bad! True friends are hard to come by!

Just got back from my 2 day Post-Op visit and they...

Just got back from my 2 day Post-Op visit and they are leaving the drains in. :-( I was so hoping to have at least the one side removed! My PS is happy with how everything is looking and even the ladies in the office came in and saw me and were happy with how I am recovering. They said that I look good, not flushed like a lot of patients do when they come in. I go back next Monday and HOPEFULLY will have the drains removed! :-) Here are pictures from todays visit!

Well hubby went and picked me up some ex-lax...

Well hubby went and picked me up some ex-lax tonight. Hope it does some magic! He said to me, "after you poop me and the kids will make you some cookies!" I guess I get a reward if I go "poop"! LOL!

I want to eat real food soooo badly! Tired of a liquid diet!

I can't poop! Somebody give me some advice please!...

I can't poop! Somebody give me some advice please! I have been on a liquid diet since 1.5 days before surgery. I have been drinking prune juice. I have been taking my stool softners for almost 2 weeks and I have taken 2 doses of Ex-Lax. Nothing is happening?! Advice PLEASE! What is my next step???

Any suggestions on getting me to poop? I have been...

Any suggestions on getting me to poop? I have been on a liquid diet 1.5 days before surgery. I have been taking my stool softners for 2 weeks. I have been drinking prune juice hoping that would help and I have taken 2 doses of Ex-Lax. NOTHING is working! Any ideas of what I could try next?! I want to eat real food so badly!

OH MY GOSH! My sister in law came over and just...

OH MY GOSH! My sister in law came over and just washed my hair in the sink. Feels so much better! Going to have a sponge bath tonight. Too afraid to shower until things close up a little better and my drains are out. I'm gonna feel like a new woman tonight....all nice and clean!

I get to eat today!!! FINALLY! Don't know if it...

I get to eat today!!! FINALLY! Don't know if it was the MoM or the Ex-Lax, but I did it....had my first bowel movement! I think I may have lost 5 pounds not eating for almost a week (started my liquid diet 1.5 days before surgery)! ;-) Watch out food, here I come!

Let me just say that using a walker has been...

Let me just say that using a walker has been AMAZING! I seem to get around a lot better having that extra support to lean on....doesn't seem to hurt my back as much when I use it to walk. So, I suggest if you know anybody with a walker and can borrow it...DO IT! Best thing yet!

It's a miracle! I just went to the bathroom and...

It's a miracle! I just went to the bathroom and realized I can feel my butt and thighs again! They are no longer swollen!! Thank God! I feel so much better!!! Today is a good day! Not sure if it is because I was up and walking around a bit more yesterday or if it's because I slept a little more reclined last night, but I feel better not being swollen down there....and I didn't have lipo down there, just swollen from the surgery.

I'm REALLY missing my babies! I want to love on...

I'm REALLY missing my babies! I want to love on them, hold them, play with them and I can't. :-(

Ugh...so hard! I see my husband having so much fun with them and I just sit here. This will soon be over with....and mommy will be back to her normal self. Just a few more weeks.

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It's 4:30am and I cannot sleep. Just woke up...

It's 4:30am and I cannot sleep. Just woke up uncomfortable and found that I had kicked the pillows out from under my legs and my legs were completely straight. My stomach felt like it was stretched to the max....hopefully I didn't just f*ck something up! Somebody please tell me I'll be okay! 6 hours till my next pre-op. Pictures to come!

Just noticed in my last update, I put 6 hours till...

Just noticed in my last update, I put 6 hours till my next pre-op.....supposed to be post-op! LOL! I NEED SLEEP!

Just got back from my 6 day post-op appointment! I...

Just got back from my 6 day post-op appointment! I asked my surgeon how much fat/tissue/skin was removed and he said 4 pounds!!! WOW! I can't believe it!

I had one drain removed and OMG that was the freakiest feeling EVER! Felt like my large intestine was being pulled out of me or like a snake was unwinding itself inside of me and making it's way out. My husbands jaw was on the floor! CRAZY thing, but did not hurt....just a weird feeling!!! Also had a few more staples taken out. Friday I go back to have my last drain taken out! THANK GOD! They are a pain in the ass!

Surgeon also said that I can start standing up a little more straight (yay!)....not all the way just yet! By Friday for sure! He also made it VERY clear that I am still to do NOTHING around the house or lifting of kids. Thank goodness for family and friends...I will have somebody with me at home for the first 4 weeks for support!

Of course I took some more pictures....I look forward to seeing that difference as the weeks go on! CAN NOT WAIT for the swelling to go down! I'm so happy I went through with this process! Doctor said I am healing nicely! :-)

OMG! I just sneezed and I feel like my insides did...

OMG! I just sneezed and I feel like my insides did a complete flip inside of my belly. It hurt SO BAD! Please tell me that everything will be okay. I'm really freaked out!

Well, I *think* my swelling is going down a bit...

Well, I *think* my swelling is going down a bit because tonight when I went to fasten my garmet it was a little less tight! That makes me so happy! I looked in the mirror and said to myself, "I can't believe how small I am!"

Friday can't come fast enough....no more drains and I get to see myself again....and probably shower! :-)

So I attempted to shave my legs/armpits and bikini...

So I attempted to shave my legs/armpits and bikini area. Still have not showered, but I feel a little better.

I also have changed my garmet and once I got it on, I realized it DOES NOT have snaps, or an open crotch of any kind! CRAP! Plus, I did not go pee before I put it on. Shit, shit, shit! It was not easy to get on either! This SUCKS!

I have a question for you ladies...

When I took off my garmet (first time since mommy makeover), my tummy felt very weird. I think it is because I am swollen. Do you recall having a weird feeling or do you still have a weird feeling in your tummy area? I couldn't wait to get my garmet back on because I felt so uncomfortable and weird. It's hard to explain. With garmet on it feels okay.

I go back to the PS tomorrow to get my last drain out! YAY! Then off to a nice warm shower it will be!! :-)

So I need some ideas! My husband took 2 weeks...

So I need some ideas!

My husband took 2 weeks off from work to care for me and our 2 children (18 months & 2.5 years old). It has taken a toll on him and I want to do something to show that I appreciate all that he did over the course of the last 2 weeks. He exceeded my expectations and was so helpful and caring. I want him to go and do something for himself....have some alone daddy time for a day or night or something. Did anyone do anything for their significant other who helped out so much and needs a well deserved "break"? Suggestions or ideas would be awesome! Thanks!

TODAY!!! Today is the day! My last drain comes...

TODAY!!! Today is the day! My last drain comes out!! WOOHOO!!!
:::::does the happy dance:::::

I hope this makes me start to feel better, things are changing, one step closer to my final results...and a shower!

Pics to come.......

Also....I am very excited because my in-laws are...

Also....I am very excited because my in-laws are watching the kids for my appointment this afternoon. My appt is at 2:45...which is right in the middle of their nap, soooo we are dropping them off at 1:00! We are going to go enjoy a nice lunch out, by ourselves! Might even try to find something decent to wear for a friends shower this weekend. Hopefully, I can find a nice comfy dress that will fit over all the swelling!

I had another post-op today. Surgeon says...

I had another post-op today. Surgeon says everything looks good and to start putting lotion on my scars. 10 days out and still very swollen....but I have learned from reading other reviews to NOT PANIC at my looks now, because I know in a few more weeks things will look completely different...and I can't wait for that!

Surgeon removed my last drain and staples. Feels so good to be without all that crap! He said to give my drain site 24 hours before I can shower! Woohoo! It's a miracle! Can't wait to shower and get rid of some of the dry crusty blood and marks from getting drawn on! I will post 2 week pics on Tuesday!

:-)

So I have decided to plan a camping trip for my...

So I have decided to plan a camping trip for my hubby with a few of his buddies! I think he will be so happy to have some time away after caring for me and our 2 babies! Some much deserved & needed time away! He will be so surprised that I planned this all out for him!

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I took the plunge today! I had my first shower!...

I took the plunge today! I had my first shower! Felt so good....but I was very tired afterwards!

So last night I slept in my bed for the first time...

So last night I slept in my bed for the first time. I wanted to be able to lay flat and "stretch" out a little bit. Not sure if it was the greatest idea and if I should stay in my recliner longer, but I had to give it a try. I feel like I used my ab muscles too much when getting in and out of bed. I did use a stool to help me climb in and out and I rolled to my side when I was getting out. Also, trying to get situated in bed was hard. I did try to lay on one side in fetal position and I felt VERY weird....like everything was sliding to the one side, so I switched to my back. When did you finally make the switch from recliner to bed?

I'm two weeks today!!!!! YAY! Still very swollen...

I'm two weeks today!!!!! YAY! Still very swollen and unable to stand completely straight...can't wait for that! I started to use Mederma today, 3 times a day. Will post pictures in a few minutes!

I had my 3 week post-op today and PS said...

I had my 3 week post-op today and PS said everything looks good! He told my that I have to continue to wear the one piece garment verses a waist cincher....still have swelling below. He said I can do light lifting and walking....that's all. I go back in a month and he said most likely he will lift most restrictions at that time (I will be 7 weeks post-op). He also told me that I can start wearing a regular bra now....even though I will probably wait until another week or so before I try any on! I want to wait for as much swelling as possible to go away before I start any kind of shopping! I am very happy with how things are looking! I can't wait to buy cute sundresses and tops!! Did I mention the cute bathing suits and lingerie! ;-) Thank goodness I gave myself a shopping allowance!!!!!! I will post more pictures tomorrow morning when I am exactly 3 weeks out! :-)

3 week mark today!!!!! Loving my results! Feeling...

3 week mark today!!!!! Loving my results! Feeling GREAT! Will post pictures when my husband gets home tonight! :-)

This past weekend I went out of town for the holiday and everyone kept saying how awesome I looked! Some of my family didn't even recognize me since they hadn't seen my in over a year (when I was 45 pounds heavier)!

Here are my 3 week pictures! I wish my husband was...

Here are my 3 week pictures! I wish my husband was home in the mornings to take my pictures when I am not as swollen. Maybe I'll take some again this weekend.

I'm 4 weeks today!!! Feeling great! Have great...

I'm 4 weeks today!!! Feeling great! Have great energy during the day, but come night I am VERY swollen and tired. I took some pictures this morning...but I started my period this morning and I am bloated....so I don't feel like I was able to get a good idea of how I am progressing. Oh well.....there is always next week.

You will notice in my pictures that there is a little red mark next to my belly button. I have a suture that is making it's way out so I called the PS and was told to cut it. I'll have my husband do it when I get home.....I'n not good with that kind of stuff.

Also in my pictures you will notice that I have compression garment marks all over the place. Especially near my breasts is really funny looking cause the garment is a one piece so it smooshes the breast in a little bit and makes it look funny. I have a different garment that doesn't do that...should have worn that one instead to get a "prettier" picture for you!

So far though I am loving my results...very happy with how everything is looking! It doesn't seem like it has been 4 weeks and I can't believe how great I am feeling! Looking forward to being able to work out again....June 1st can't come fast enough!

36C!!!!

36C!!!!

I can't believe I am 5 weeks today! I went in...

I can't believe I am 5 weeks today! I went in yesterday to see the surgeon cause one of my breast is sore. I also had 2 sutures that had popped and he cut both of them. Since I am far along in my recovery it's not a concern. The sore breast is just from doing too much all of a sudden. So I need to really take it easy! Overall, he is pleased with how things are progressing as am I! I will post more pictures later when I have somebody to take them....in the meantime I did post a picture yesterday in my new bra.....36C! My desired size!! It's kinda a funky picture cause I took it with my webcam and was not standing straight...oh well, you get the idea! :-) A nice lacy bra with a bow and THIN straps! No more boring granny bras with 2 inch thick straps for this momma!

Added 5 week pictures!!!! :-)

Added 5 week pictures!!!! :-)

6 weeks today!!!!!! I am feeling EXCELLENT! I feel...

6 weeks today!!!!!! I am feeling EXCELLENT! I feel so good! You will all be so happy you decided to do this for yourself! After going through a pregnancy/delivery we ALL deserve this for ourselves! Can't wait to have my hubby take pictures today so I can post them for you to see! Every week it gets better and better.....it may be hard to tell in the pictures, but I can see it and so can everyone else!

So here are pictures from yesterday late last...

So here are pictures from yesterday late last night (6 weeks post-op). Unfortunately, you all know how swollen you can be at night and I'm so bummed that I don't have anyone to take pictures first thing in the morning because I was soooo small looking when I woke up. Also, I had an airbrush tan last week, so it is starting to fade and it looks REALLY bad in the pictures....plus I covered up my scars with surgical tape so the color wouldn't affect them and it looks super funny! At least you couldn't tell when I was in clothes what it all looks like underneath it all! LOL.......

I'm 7 weeks today!! Feeling great! Started working...

I'm 7 weeks today!! Feeling great! Started working out yesterday and it feels sooooo good to get moving again! Went to the PS today and he is happy with how everything is looking and healing! I go back in the middle of July (I'll be 3 months out) and at that time I am hoping to be released to ab workouts! I want to tone up that 6 pack! ;-)
I'll post pictures tomorrow...I'm too tired tonight. :)

Photo Update

I'm really sad because I feel like not being able...

I'm really sad because I feel like not being able to work out for so long has set me back. I think my 5 week post-op pitures look the best so far. I am adding my 7 week pictures, but I feel so blah....no working out=weight gain and loss of my toned body. :-( I started back up at the gym on Monday and I am soooo out of shape...just after 7 weeks. It amazes me how fast I can get out of shape. I also am getting over a spray tan so the pictures looks weird like week 6 pictures.

I'm really sad because I feel like not being able...

I'm really sad because I feel like not being able to work out for so long has set me back. I think my 5 week post-op pitures look the best so far. I am adding my 7 week pictures, but I feel so blah....no working out=weight gain and loss of my toned body. :-( I started back up at the gym on Monday and I am soooo out of shape...just after 7 weeks. It amazes me how fast I can get out of shape. I also am getting over a spray tan so the pictures looks weird like week 6 pictures.
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I feel FANTASTIC! Best decision of my LIFE! I love everything about my body! I am 130 pounds (137.8 prior to surgery) and have 12% body fat! My breasts are 34C and I NEVER have back pain! It's a miracle!!!! I do need to post pictures, but I want to wait until I am tan and not in the evening....especially after I just finished up a session with my personal trainer! I do have some lumpy parts of the abs but the PS said that it can be that way up to a year along with some bruising I still have. He gave me the clear to work all parts of my body and said that in 3 months when I go back he wants to see my abs nice and tight and strong.
:-) I will try to post some pictures this weekend when I can do it first thing in the morning and my husband is home!
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How you doing CP? Can you believe it's been over 3 months? I'm loving every minute of it now -- well almost every minute. The few things I would be happpy to give up are my sensitive spots on my TT scar where the drains came out, and the odd feeling everytime my entire abdomen decides to tighten up. It's so weird, it's not tight & within a second, it will be. Not sure what makes that happen.

Are you feeling great? Are you going to post some new pics soon?
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you look great!
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THANK YOU! :-)
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Hey there CP. I can't believe we're 2 months plus out. Hope you are feeling as good as me. Just a few minor things here & there, but overall I feel great. One of the hardest things is getting back into the workout routine. It was so hard to get into in the first place all those years ago, and now I just want to be lazy. I tell you what though, when I do weights in front of the mirror, I have to concentrate on not staring at my body instead of looking at the muscles I'm supposed to be working. What's a woman to do? ;o)

Did you have drains for your TT? Were they at the ends of the incision? That's where mine were & that area of my scar is still pretty sensitive. My hubby will come up and grab my waist, and always is hitting those spots. Do you have any issues with that?
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I am feeling great! The past 2 weeks I've been getting 2-3 hours of exercise in a day! Feels so good to work out! I was sensitive int the tummy drain areas but that has gone away. :-)
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Last comment was for "lovesmaui". Sorry.
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Thanks for the info. My pre-op is on Monday. I am pretty excited.
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I know this is a little late since it's so close to your surgery. At the beginning of my journey, I hadn't planned on getting any implants with my lift. Two of the drs. i interviewed said that would be fine & I would be happy that way. The Dr. that I ended up going with said that I would be a very small B cup without much on top. I ended up going with saline (370cc & 380cc) and I'm in the same bras I wore before the surgery 34D (Vanity Fair) -- which is exactly what I told my surgeon. I really like the inexpensive sports bras that Dr. Craven had me get for surgery, so I bought some more & wear those a lot too. I wear a 34 in those. Be able to wear a sports bra without it killing my neck feels so good.
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I am so worried that w/o implants I won't have any fullness on top. It looks like you got the fullness/roundness.
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I think I am pretty full! Everyone who sees me says that they think I am still pretty vulumtious (sp?). Also....that is what push up bras are for!!!!! ;-)
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Hi, your story is so great. My MM is scheduled for 6/16. I have been trying to find before photos that look close to my so that I can visualize what I might look like after. It's been a bit difficult to find MM's with just lift and no augmentation. If you don't mind me asking, can you tell us what size bra cup you were in before your surgery?
You look great!
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Thank you! I will be posting my 6 week pictures in about an hour!!!!!! :-)

I was a 36DD before my surgery and am now a 36C!!! What I wanted to be! When I was nursing I was a 38H! YIKES! My very first picture posted shows my before and look directly under that picture and it goes week by week!
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your boobs look awesome!! Super pretty bra, I love it, how have you been?
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Thanks! I am loving it! Love everything so far! I have no regrets. I went and had an airbrush tan yesterday and I covered up my scars with surgical tape. With a little color on me, a new haircut & color today and freshly painted finger nails... I am feeling very sexy!
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Awesome, good for you!!! I have been thinking about getting a spray tan as well once I'm healed, I first plan on firming up the rest of my body, still got some flab on arms, butt and thighs then I will get myself a spray tan and summer here I come haha!
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OMG!! I just checked your latest pic. WOW -your boobs look perfect! And is that a "little" bra? With "little" straps?? How wonderful is that?!
I am also 5 weeks post TT now, and I am sooo wishing I had the reduction done also :( It occurred to me that even when the tummy swelling (if ever) subsides, and I can finally wear a bikini, I will still hafta special order ($$) from the UK to accommodate my 32F.
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Thank you! YES!!! A "normal" bra! Cute and with tiny straps!!! It is so wonderful!!!! :-)
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Cpmama...its funny you wanted to be a c cup...and I want to be a DD CUP. People also want what they don't have!
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Hi!! I have a question for you since we have the same PS...my surgery is on May 5th and I am kinda freaking out that he wants to do lipo of my entire abdomen, I am just sooooo scared I am going to end up lumpy or with wrinkly skin...question is, how did he do, do you like your results from lipo? You look awesome!!!
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I am loving it so far. He did Lipo of my abdomen as well and I am still swollen in the upper ab area, but everywhere else looks great to me. I do not have any wrinkly skin. :-) I am posting my 4 week pictures in a couple of minutes.
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Oh awesome, I would have never guessed you had lipo on the abdomen, I can't see any bruising! your flat and tight, you have inspired me to trust him and go for it, he did and awesome job on you!!! I love you swimsuit btw.....Thanks so much for getting back to me....can't wait to see you pics =)!!!!!
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wow you look great!im jealous! im also thinking of getting a mommy makeover and this gives me the courage to do it. thanks! =)
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Thank You! I am feeling pretty good and am LOVING my results! :-)
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Awesome Awesome is all I can say!! You look great!!! Just in time for summer *wink *wink =)
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