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Finally got my body back! - Fort Wayne, IN

I am a 30 year old mother of two, ages 12 and 9....

I am a 30 year old mother of two, ages 12 and 9. Pregnancy took a toll on my body, ruined just about everything. I lived with it for a long time, knowing that one day when I could afford it I would finally get my mommy makeover. And the time has come!! I've lost 40 pounds and have kept it off for about a year and the tummy tuck/breast augmentation/lipo is the next step in getting my body back. I know I am not going to look like a supermodel when I'm done, but I will be the best me I can be!

I had my first consult on March 4th and I have to go back to set everything up on the 15th, and I cannot wait! I am hoping that I can get in before the end of the month, I just want to get it done asap!! I am so glad that I came across this forum! It has been so helpful with advice and just knowing that there are others out there that are going through the same things makes me feel much better!

Me and the hubby are going to see the Doctor today...

Me and the hubby are going to see the Doctor today. I am hoping that I come home with a surgery date!

Just got home from the Doctor and we have a...

Just got home from the Doctor and we have a surgery date of April 21, 2011. Let the countdown begin!!

12 years ago today my son was born, and 12 years...

12 years ago today my son was born, and 12 years ago today was the first day that I wanted a tummy tuck and breast implants! In less than a month that is finally going to happen. And mommmy couldn't be happier!!:)

25 days to go! It seems like 25 days is going to...

25 days to go! It seems like 25 days is going to take forever, I am so excited to get in there and get it done and start the recovery process, I think I'm driving myself crazy! I truly feel sorry for all the people that I talk to because it is the only thing I talk about! Not to mention it's pretty much all I think about too. The waiting is the hardest, and I try not to think about it so the time will go faster, but I totally fail at that! I'm not really scared or nervous at all, just anxious to get the show on the road!! So I continue to wait and try to be patient, it'll be here before I know it!

Tick tock 20 days left!! I am so excited! Every...

Tick tock 20 days left!! I am so excited! Every night I suck it in and lift it up just so I can get an idea of what it is going to look like, and then jump up and down cheering because it is going to be amazing!! I hope that my exceptations are realistic and I'm not let down! I went over and looked at the breast augmentation reviews and it made a bit worried, there are alot of people not too happy with them, I hope that mine turn out how I want them to. I've started to become a bit more nervous, not about the surgery but about the outcome. I think that I am just freaking myself out unnecessarily because I really trust my PS and know that everything will turn out wonderfully!!

12 days to go! I can't stinkin' wait!! The...

12 days to go! I can't stinkin' wait!! The time has gone by so quickly and I'm hoping the next 12 days go just as fast! I really want to see my after pics!

OMG, I can't believe that my new body is only...

OMG, I can't believe that my new body is only a week away!! I really wish that I could just fast forward a week. I'm not really nervous at all, just really really excited! Everytime that I think I have everything that I will need, I read something on here and say to myself, I need that too..lol. So I pretty much have a list everyday of things that I need to buy. I just got a travel pillow and a bed tray this week..I ordered them from amazon so I hope that they get here before I need them. I'm getting a laptop with wireless internet so that I can still update and check on all you lovely ladies! Hubby went out and upgraded the TV in the bedroom from a 19" tube to a 32" flatscreen...that's really nice:)He spoils the crap outta me! I've got the cupboards stocked up with things that the kids and husband can make themselves..I offered to make a bunch of meals and freeze them so it would be easy on him, but he said not to worry they would be just fine. I bet that they will all be wanting a home cooked meal pretty bad when I'm up to it though! I got the call from the surgical center yesterday afternoon and my surgery is at 7:30am, I have to be there at 6am. I know I am not going to be sleeping too much the night before, but that's ok I'll be knocked out for 6 hours, and have nothing but time for the next month for sleeping and healing. Now I just need to get through this week and I'll be one of the happiest girls in the world!!

So here I am at 1:30 in the morning unable to shut...

So here I am at 1:30 in the morning unable to shut my mind off and get some sleep. I've only got 2 more days until my surgery and some of the time it feels real and others it doesn't. I really just want it to be over so I can stop obsessing every waking moment..and every moment that I should be sleeping too..lol. I have to be up in 4 hours for my last day of work for a month, but here I sit looking at reviews and probably making it harder for myself to go to sleep tonight. Well I'm off to try and get a little bit of shut eye before I have to be back up.

It is the eve of my mommy makeover! I am getting...

It is the eve of my mommy makeover! I am getting ready to go to bed here in a bit, I probably won't be sleeoing much because the excitment is really high right now. I took the kids over to my friends house for the night, they are going to get them off to school tomorrow. I gave them kisses and hugs and told them that I love them, and they both told me to promise them that I won't die. I told them that I will do my best! I didn't think that I would be nervous at all, but I am actually starting to get a nervous and it started after I dropped the kids off. I kinda just want to go get them and hug them some more. Well, I will try to update as soon as I feel up to it..wish me luck! No turning back now!! Can't wait to be in recovery..

I finally have a flat tummy,bigger fuller boobies...

I finally have a flat tummy,bigger fuller boobies and smaller flanks! I am 2 days post op and I'm feeling pretty good. The only thing that really hurts is getting back into bed. I've only looked at my boobs so far, the tummy is covered with gauze and then the binder and my PS doesn't want me to take it off until my 1st post op appointment which is going to be Wednesday the 27th. Although I can already tell throught the binder that it's flat!! My boobs are going to look great once they settle, I was afraid that they we either going to be too big or to small, but they are a perfect size for my body. I'm so excited about everything.

One thing that really sucks is that I pee ALOT! Like every 2 hours and that is the worse getting back into bed. I guess I should have known it would suck because even before this I always pee alot. Haven't had a BM yet but I'm not uncomfortable yet but I am going to start taking it here shortly. The first day that I was home my drains were filling up alot, now it has really slowed down, so hopefully I can get them out asap. They aren't bothering me yet, but I'm sure they will eventually. Overall though I am doing really good. I'm resting alot, I get up and walk around everytime that I pee which is alot and I am also flexing my calves alot while I lay here, blood clots scare me and I really don't want any. My appetite has been pretty decent, I am eating less, which is great. My husband and kids are being wonerful..my daughter stays in bed with me just about all day and we watch tv and chat, she is so sweet, she said that if I need anything that she can do she would love to do it, she also said that really like takes care of mommy. My son is also being great, he keeps checking up on me to see how I am and if he can get anything for me..the kids and the hubby are so caring and attentive I couldn't ask for better help.

I'll post pics as soon as I can, I'm really excited to see my flat tummy!

The meds are kicking in and I'm getting a bit tired so I am going to take a nap..I'll update later.

Well I went to my first post op appointment this...

Well I went to my first post op appointment this afternoon and it went great. I got both of the drains removed, which burned like a mother! But that only lasted a few seconds. I'm doing pretty good, I am just so tired, you ladies weren't kidding when you said that you tire out really easy. I'm pretty excited that I get to take my first shower tomorrow. Me and the hubby just went and took some after pics and holy hell am I swollen like crazy..I will try to upload them tomorrow when I venture out to my other computer. He also took some pics of the boobies and one is still bigger than the other, I hope that changed once things settle into place some more. But it is nice to have bigger boobs!

Well this computer sitting on me is really uncomfortable so I will update some more later.

Added some before and after pics of the old and...

Added some before and after pics of the old and new boobs!

Went to the dr this afternoon to get the stiches...

Went to the dr this afternoon to get the stiches taken outta my belly button, and everything went great! He said that everything is healing up perfectly..I like that!! I'm feeling pretty good, just trying to take it easy, and get plenty of rest. I'm doing nothing tomorrow besides making dinner. The kids and the hubby are really glad that I am able to aleast do that..just as I thought they would, they missed mom's cooking! I'm going to try and get some new pics taken this weekend if the hubby will do it.

17 days post op and I am feeling really good....

17 days post op and I am feeling really good. I've been trying to take it easy as much as I can. I still have 11 days off of work and I want to go back feeling the best that I can. I try to stay in bed either sitting up or kinda reclining while the kids are at school, and when they get home I get up to hang out with them and start dinner. That's my busiest time of the day, because after dinner I get back into bed and pretty much stay there. I just got all the tape off of my incision this afternoon and it's the first time that I have really gotten a look at the scar..it looks really good, really thin and the scabbing is almost gone. My PS said that as soon as the scabbing is gone I get to start putting my vitamin E oil on it. I've been putting it on my scars under my boobs. And actually I've been putting it all over my boobs because they are a bit dry and the skin is really tight. I still a good amount of swelling, but I put my spanx on Friday night to go out, and OMG I can't believe how small I look! I love it, I can't wait to see what I am going to look like in a few months!

I'm feeling pretty tight tonight so I took a...

I'm feeling pretty tight tonight so I took a valium. I haven't had to take one for awhile, but I've been so tight for a few days that I just want some relief for the remainder of the night. I'll probably be able to sleep all night long too. I do sleep pretty good, just wake up a couple of times to re-adjust, and then fall right back to sleep, so it's not so bad. My poor hubby is still sleeping out on the couch, he's so afraid that he'll roll over and hit something that is sore. I'm still sleeping on all the pillows, when I lay on my mattress it's really uncomfortable. I thought that the memory foam mattress would be nice, but they are firm mattresses and firm is not working for me at this time. So I will continue to sleep on my pillows!

I've been taking it easy for the majority of the day. My swelling is going down, the hubby commented on it today..I had him help me with the binder this afternoon after him not helping me with it for a few days and he said that was the tightest he's ever had it, and that I was getting smaller around. That made me feel good that he noticed that. I'm going to try and get him to take some pics of me this weekend so I can update with pictures. Alright well I am going to get ready for bed.

Well, I was going to try and get some updated pics...

Well, I was going to try and get some updated pics on here this weekend, but I was just not feeling it. I have been tired just about all weekend, and I was feeling pretty swollen. I'm still not working until next week, so I will continue to rest as much as I can.

I still don't stand up straight, when I first get up in the morning, I am bent over and I get better as I'm up, but as soon as I lay or sit for a little bit, I get up and I'm hunched over again. My boobs are very sensitive to touch, and I mean anything that touches them, hurts them..not really bad but sore. I try to make dinner time my busy time of the day, but on the weekends that's hard to do with everyone home and things going on. So I've done more this weekend than I have all week! But I have gotten some rest as well.

I'm going to go to bed here in a few minutes, depending on how I'm feeling, I'll try to get some new pics up soon!

Alrighty, took a picture of the tummy this morning...

Alrighty, took a picture of the tummy this morning..I must say that it's looking really good! I love it, swelling and all!

It has been exactly 1 month today that I had my...

It has been exactly 1 month today that I had my tummy tuck. Feeling pretty good. I still lay/sit in bed as much as I can. I am going back to work in 9 days so that will make about 5 and a half weeks off and I'm pretty happy that I am able to take that much time off.

I'm still a little sore in places, but for the most part I'm doing really good. The swelling varies day by day, but it is getting better and better. My binder is getting too big. I have a spanx one that I wear when I go outta the house cuz it's not bulky like the one from the Dr. But the thing that I don't like is that it snaps in the crotch and it is so annoying when I have to go to the bathroom, so I need to find another one that is open at the crotch. I will see how I look this week and how I feel and I might post some new pics.

I just added a picture of the boobies after 4...

I just added a picture of the boobies after 4 weeks. They still have alot of dropping to do, but they seem to falling in place nicely! I'm pretty excited! :)

I had my 8 week check up yesterday and everything...

I had my 8 week check up yesterday and everything went great. Dr said everything looks really good, he even thought my toes and my ring were cute..hehe.

I'm all cleared for everything, there are no longer any restrictions. Although that happened at 6 weeks. I'm still taking it easy on my abs and I'm not doing any chest, I'm listening to my body and it says those aren't ready yet. I'll try to get some pictures posted soon, it's been awhile since I've taken any.

I went all day without my spanx, to work and to the gym. I haven't swollen nearly as bad as I thought that I would. I am still going to wear my binder to bed, I just like how it feels. I have finally been buying some clothes, and I must say, I really like the way I am fitting into clothes, it's so nice not having the excess stomach hanging out anymore.

Well here I am a little over 3 months after...

Well here I am a little over 3 months after surgery and I am still swelling like crazy. I've had multiple stitches come out along my incision line, and let me say that those freaking hurt. I hate all the swelling, but I'm not going to worry too much about that just yet..I have to keep telling myself to be patient! My boobs are doing pretty good, they change all the time and they are still sore. I still have soreness on my flanks from the lipo too. My tummy is still numb over the majority of it. I am still not doing any chest exercises and I go very light on the abs. So far I'm pretty happy, just can't wait for the swelling to subside, but in due time I know!
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Hey Brooke,

Nice to hear from you! Glad your loving your boobies! Sorry to hear about the stitches coming out...that is crazy. I am 4 months out and still can't feel my tummy but I think I am getting use to it... So you are still swelling some huh? Sometimes I feel like I do but not sure. Are you back to a normal exercise routine? I just started ab exercises and it feels really weird!
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Hey Blondie! I am still swelling like crazy..it sucks that I still have to wear a compression garment, I thought that by now I would be about done swelling, but I guess I'm just one of the unlucky ones that has swell hell for a long time. I have been working out as much as I'm able to, some things have been getting in the way, so it's not as much as I would like. I've done some ab work and I over did once and that felt like it did after my surgery so I have been staying away from the abs for now. I've also been staying away from chest exercises as well cuz my boobs are still sore. I all is well with you! Take care.
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Hi Brooke, sorry to hear that after 3 months you are still have stitches pop and more swelling. Grrr I am just over a month post op and get so despondent knowing there are still going to be lots of good and bad days ahead. You look fabulous tho, love your boobs. I had a chuckle to myself when reading your earlier posts about going to the loo frequently........ LOL I do too need to "wee" all the time and that was one of my concerns when I had the surgery. Fortunately I had a catheter for the first 24 hrs so didn't need to get up for the loo every 5 minutes. Travelling can be a real pain too with this problem don't you find ??? Hope you have some better days ahead :) Hang in there !!
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Thanks! I really am so happy with my results..the swelling is just a pain in the booty! I do still wear my spanx almost everyday to keep everything tight, cuz it just looks like I am a little chubby in the tummy. I hope all is going well for you, take care!
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You Look amazing!! I was wondering have both your breast dropped down? I had mine done 4 days ago and my left one is still way higher than the right. Also about how many cc's did you put in? I went with 550cc's hoping to be between a D and a DD but I think I will just fit into a D at VS.....btw Idont think from the pics your inner thighs need anything done they look nice!
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Thank you! They have dropped a little, but they still have a long way to go. They look really good in bra's and bikini tops, but naked, they still need to drop alot. The doctor told me 15-17 weeks normally, but they can take up to 6 months to a year for them to get to where they are going to be. As far as the cc's I'm pretty sure the right one had 300 and the left one 350. The left one still has a lot of stretching to do, it was an entire cup size different from the right. So that one is higher and it sticks out more than the right one, so right now they still look like different sizes, but when I cup them both in my hands they seem like they are the same size, just shaped differently at this point. I'm pretty sure that I am a full D now.

Congrats on getting your's done! How are you feeling being 4 days post op? And thanks about the thighs!:) I hope that you heal up nice and fast! I'm sure your going to love the new you!!
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I sure hope that it I don't drop anymore, I like where they are!! LOL. I have been told that it can take a long time for them to drop into place specially if one implant is larger thats more muscle that needs to relax. I also hear that the hand that it dominate, that muscle takes longer to allow for it to drop. It hasn't been that long so I am sure they will look as amazing when your naked as they do in the pics with your bikini top!!

Wow, you only had to put 300-350 into get into a full D...your lucky!

Being a few days out I feel pretty amazing. I think the first day and the first two nights were pretty uncomfortable. I couldn't sleep the first day which was horrible! I sleep on my side and the fact that I over did it the second day was probably the reason I couldn't sleep. The day after I drove to the store with my girls and went to get a new sports bra and ended up shopping for 3hrs. I was sooo sore when I drove home. My two year old had been really cranky and pushing her was hard on my boobs. I feel almost back to normal though!!

We look like some pretty hot moms!! Congrats and thats so much
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Yup I agree with your boobs looking so natural! Congrats you look good gurl!!!!!
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Thanks!! I love em!!
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You must be so happy with your results.... you look amazing....the new pic looks great and looks so natural!
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Thanks Blondie! I am really happy with the results so far..everything is healing up great! I really can't wait to see where I am in a few months! I'm going back to the gym starting today. I'm going to do some light cardio. I go back to the PS in a few weeks and I'm hoping that he will let me start lifting weights again..I miss it really bad! You had yours a few weeks before I did, are you cleared for lifting weights yet?

Well I hope that all is well with you and that your hubby is healing well too. Take care.
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What up Brooke, looks like your doin well with yoru new tummy and boobisesess...hehee owesome. How many weeks are you now post op. I honestly think the not working out thing is gonna kill me after the surgery. Im gonna be so bored..OMG My doc said that I can start back walking on the treadmill at about 3 weeks. Would you say thats when you started?
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I know believe me the boobies take time to settle in...I would say six months to a year realisticly for me that is when it happened... I personally love the natural look opposed to the other look. =) My PS said the 4 month marker for the TT because he said I am still swelling at 6 weeks here! I know you will feel so good getting back to the gym and doing some cardio! I am cleared to lift up to 25 lbs...but remember I just got a TT... I had my boobies done some years back... You really do look amazing though and I hope you feel that way too =)

Hubby is going through physical therapy and can't stand on his leg yet... thanks for asking =)
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I am 5 weeks post op today. I haven't started to work out at all yet today was going to be my first day, but now my left hip is hurting me and I took tylenol like an hour ago and it hasn't helped so I don't know if I'm going to make it to the gym today or not.

I start back at work next week, and I'm kinda looking forward to it. I'm not super bored, but I'm getting there.

@Blondie, I know it's going to take a long time for my implants to completely settle, the one was so much bigger than the other and it's still SO high, I just can't wait!!
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yeah take er easay! YOu dont wanna keeeel yourself. I say skip it! YOu look fab btw...jus make sure your eating really healthy and you will jump right back into that. Have you started any supplements or anything>
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Yeah I decided not to go today. I didn't want to mess things up anymore..seeing how it hurts to walk. And thank you for saying I look fab! I think I'm looking pretty good so far, only going to get better from here on out. I've been trying to keep my calories low since I haven't been working out but the past week I have been being bad..I'll get back on the wagon soon though. Gaining weight is the last thing that I want to do. I haven't started taking any supplements, I wouldn't know what to take..my doctor hasn't said anything about taking anything, but I may ask at my next appt.
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Wow you do not look swollen at all in any of the pics...you're results are beautiful! I can't wait till my bellybutton heals...
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Your only at 4 weeks..OMG that makes me feel so much better. I keep reading all these stories of swelling horribly at 10 weeks...you are an inspiration to us all to recover fast.. :) hope all is well.
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Omg! You look sooo good! You must be so happy with your results!
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Thanks! And yeah I am so happy so far! I really don't think that I could have asked for a better experience or better results at 4 weeks. It has been so amazing..exactly how I wanted it to be! I hope that you have a great experience when it's your turn..not too much longer! Good luck with your surgery!
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Your Tummy looks awesome! Look at that tiny belly button! You must be so excited! How are you feeling?
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I'm feeling pretty good. I am still off of work and I hope to be for another week and a half..that will make it just over 5 weeks off. My belly button looks like a slit, I'm hoping it's because of the swelling still, I hope that it gets more round..if not then I guess I will try the marble trick!

Your tummy is looking awesome as well..you are so flat from the side..I'm still really swollen and you can really tell from the side. I hope that you are doing good and feeling good, how is your husband doing?
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That is nice you are off of work still.... take all that time to rest up! I went back to work after 2 1/2 weeks. Hmm... so your belly button is just a little slit huh? I would ask your PS if its going to stay like that or what you can do! I still swell at night or if i do alot...my swelling started to go down some at the 4th week... Be patient, you look amazing!

Hubby is doing alot better... they took off all of the bandages yesterday and he will be exercising the leg at home on his own and maybe able to walk again sometime next month! Thank goodness... and go back to work!
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Yay look at you, it also looks like your belly button improved and is more centered with your decrease in swelling. That's awesomeness!
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Your pics are making me wish I'd gone for the brests too! They look really natural. You look great!
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