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Hi all fellow tummy tuckers :) Firstly I'd like to...

Hi all fellow tummy tuckers :) Firstly I'd like to say how helpful everyones experiences have been in finding out information. I'm a 30 yr old mother of 6 and I've finally finished populating Ireland lol so I'm booked in for full tt on the 4th Sept 13 in Ballykelly Independent hospital Northern Ireland :D omg I cannot wait literally I am on this site day and night looking for as much knowledge as I an get.Hubbys treating me to an iphone for my anniversary this week so I'll up load some before photos then .

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Stopping smoking!!!!!!

I'm from Ireland and the price is in pounds sterling.So today I stop smoking that gives me 5 weeks before surgery,did anyone else smoke before surgery? Any tips?

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Congratulations, and good luck!
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my pre-op and surgery on the same day????

Well I thought id be getting a pre-op app at least a day before surgery but it turns out its on the same day I have to be there for 08:30 am and when tests are all finished I'll have surgery that day.Has anyone else had their pre-op and surgery on the same day????

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little bit about myself

I'm all topsy turvy at the moment and its reflecting in my updates lol well I'm 116lbs 4 ' 10" I've had 6 children they range in age from 2 to 13 my husband had a vasectomy in january so our family is now complete. Now its my turn to feelhuman again and gain back a bit of what I lost through pregnancies. I've never been heavy and I never over ate through the 6 pregnancies but being so small just means you cant stretch a lot :/ I am really scaref at the mo as I'm going through every emotion from elated to guilt but I'm sure this is normal. Cant wait to get my new phone so I can upload some before pics and see what you all think oooooo 34 days and counting!!!!!!!!!

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Got my new phone love my hubby soooo much x here's the dreaded before pics

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Thank you so much :)

A few more before pics so I can look back :)

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30 days and counting :D

Well today is the start of my 30 day countdown!!!!!! Eeeeeeeek nervous cant even come close lol has anyone any advice on vitamins and anything I can do on the run up to surgery that will benefit my recovery????? Any advice at this stage would be great :)

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Thank you so much MamaQ and littlekiwi it's great hearing first hand from people who have actually been there and done it. I've started taking vitamin c everyday and a good multivitamin aswell and I'm gona try and up my water I take as I can sometimes go a whole day without having any :( it's really surreal to think that after 10 yrs waiting its just around the corner for me it's like an actual dream come true hope I'm as happy after aswell :)
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I juiced and tried to cleanse my body so I wouldn't deal with constipation which is a huge issue due to meds. I drank coconut water for hydration has a ton of potassium and magnesium/electrolytes , lots of C too.., and Dandelion tea to cleanse my liver to prep for overload of prescription meds. Arnica is amazing still taking it.
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Just checked out your photos Weelaura and I think you are going to get an excellent result, you def don't look like you need lipo! You also look to have very good general skin tone so I think you're just going to love it..excited for you! I took 1000mg vitamin c tablets, and arnica spray from four weeks preop..I also drank lots of water with fresh lemon juice in it, tried to eat lots protein, fresh veges! Fruit too..I wanted to really have lots of vitamin c on board and prepare my body as best I could for this journey. I also washed myself with antibacterial soap for the week before surgery :)
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Just over 2 weeks to go!!!!

Well I've got just over 2 weeks to go before my surgery morning and all sorts have been running through my head. I haven't been sleeping at all I keep picturing the surgery going wrong,the scar too high,the bellybutton off centre and the scar openning up. When I sleep I dream that I already had surgery or that It all falls through and i dont get it done! My mind is doing overtime I hope this is normal but at the minute I am going out of my mind with worry :( My lovely hubby is trying to keep me upbeat he really has been my rock I'd be lost without him xx well I have a 30th bday party and my sisters christening to attend over the next 2 weeks and I also have 4 of our 6 children to get ready to go back to school.So hopefully this will give me something to do to take up the time til surgery :)

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Your tummy is a lot like mine too, and I feel just as guilty as you do. It's nice to know other people are in the same boat. I'm really excited to see you post TT photo's!
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Yeah I don't feel guilty anymore, love my new BB not the sink hole I had, but definitely a hurdle I had to get over ;))!!!! Felt so defeating knowing no matter how much exercise It would not help. Yes will post next week when Steri strips come off. Did your Doc say he may have to make a T scar?

More ugly pics lol

I am stressing out because its getting nearer to d day so I'm just gona add a few more pics that I can look back on :)

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Congrats on the quitting smoking! I quit 15 months ago, best gift that I could give myself, then after that gave myself a gift of a breast reduction and finally a tummy tuck. Hang in there it's not an easy road but its so worth it! One day at a time Good luck tomorrow...you will be amazing!
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It's nearly time weelaura! Exciting! Enjoy it you will love your new tummy ! :)
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Mines getting close too and I am getting nervous too, afraid something will prevent me from having it... dh has no kids and we had been trying. So you know the luck, give up and get preggers...I'm just too old to do all that again, want a little me time. I think you'll do fine and look great!
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Thanks everyone :)

I just wanna say THANKYOU to everyone who've answered my questions and listened to me going on a bit lol I'm really looking forward to tomarrow but also a little scared. I've gained 7-8lbs this month from quitting smoking and I'm feeling very down because of it :( just worried that il look silly after as I'm not having lipo and I feel my love handles are going to stick out after the tuck :/ I have so many little niggles floating round my head but I really can do no more I quit smoking when I was asked I've saved up all the money I'm as healthy as I can be (except a few lbs heavier than I would like) so whatever tomarrow brings is out of my hands. I will update as soon as up to it sooooo yayyyy go me!!!!! Lol

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I go Thursday! We can do this together....will be thinking of you....
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Thanx thinking of you too here's to the flat side :D xxxxxx
Good luck for tomorrow. Are u ready ;)!!! Sending prayers for a smooth surgery and no nausea when you wake up. Is your doc giving you the patch?? I had Zofran, patch and anti nausea put in my drip. The nurse told me to say I get nauseous super easy which is true... Have crackers waiting helps a lot :)!!!
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The time has come................

Il be leaving home in the next half hr and hopefully il get to update a little later :) wooooooooo wish me luck............................

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Good luck today xo
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Good luck today! Will be thinking of you. I'm at 7 am tomorrow!
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Good luck today :)
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Well I survived!!!!!!!

Well here I am on the flat sed :) will post pics tomarrow when I get to see my tummy and when my drain is removed only have one in and it's draining only a small amount :) no T scar which I am ecstatic about and had my mons pubis lipoed and hiked up and he also said he gavel a lovely little heart shaped bellybutton :) here's a few preop and with garment on :)

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More pics I pushed upload button by mistake lol

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Wow you did it! So happy speedy recovery I love that you surgeon put a cabin immediately following surgery most just use that white wrap and you have a fancy drain there too! Any pain?
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CG not cabin! Lol
No pain just uncomfortable abs but its so manageable. I can only sleep for minutes at a time aswell but hopefully when I get home il get a better sleep :D

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Drain out cannula out saw my lovely belly :) soooo happy :D

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You're looking great already! Congratulations on having accomplished this! NOT and easy decision for some of us!
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Thanks so much xxx
nice pics! My surgeon never covered anything. I saw my incision from day one. it looks very low. feel good :)
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Welcome to the flat side :D

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Just saw all your pics and read some of your review. It's so funny how all of our posts are normal and spell check good, and then the day of surgery we're all drugged and then try to write lol. But I was totally tracking with ya ;) You will have GREAT results. Don't be discouraged when you swell though. You will swell for weeks and weeks, and it may seem to drag on, but it really it such a short period of time compared to the rest of our lives. Try not to judge your results by how your stomach looks for the next 10-12 weeks. It will fluctuate and change all the time. If you know this ahead of time, and brace yourself for it....it can help prevent the lows and the blues :) But really....you will have great results. Let me know if you ever have any questions as things come up!
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Thank so much I'm feeling so good at the minute I hope it lasts :) xxx
Yay! A flat belly! You look like you are doing awesome, cant wait to see what your scar is like because I'd say ill be in for the same as you :) Happy healing!
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I couldn't resist lol

I've been feeling so good since I had my TT yesterday I can even sleep on my side :O so when the hubby was sleeping I snuck into the bathroom with my daughters bikini lol here are the results..............

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Just wondering.. Because you didn't get a T scar, which is what I am likely to end up with did he have to go higher with your horizontal incision to compensate for not having a T scar? I cannot believe how awesome you look for 1 day post op!!!
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I think my scar is still low enough it goes from hip bone to hop bone aw thanx very much I feel brilliant :D

Such a difference ;)

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You look great! How are you getting up and down I'm in so much pain it kills to get up I'm po day 2
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I've been gettin in and out of bed easily since a few hours after surgery I think it's easier because I didn't get my top muscles pulled back together just the bottom ones :) take everyday as it comes as its not a race and everyone heals at their own pace xxx
You look amazing! I can't believe how straight you are standing already. Hope you are feeling well!
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Woke up feeling completely flat......

Well I woke up this morning and felt so flat but my leg was killing me as my compression dock had rolled down :( I can't believe it's only been a few days because I feel really good I really thought I would have been in more pain than this. I'm sleeping in my own bed I don't have a recliner or a walker or anything I didn't have at home before the TT. Can't wait til this time next week as I'll get to meet my new bb and incision :D I took a few pics this morning when I woke but they don't show just how flat I felt lol

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Nausea and constipation...............

Well everything was going great until I couldn't go lol aw I feel nauseous and sore and bloated :( these meds and inactivity really do a number on your digestive track so I thought I'd up my stool softener and then when that didn't work I took 2 laxative...............BIG mistake!!!! I ended up the complete other way and couldn't keep off the toilet!!!!!!! The moral of the story is........... Actually I still have no clue as how to stop me I had to take 2 Imodium which took me back to not going again!!!!!!! Could only happen to me :( lol

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How did I miss your smoking post!!! YAY and CONGRATS on this massive accomplishment!!! I quit 8 weeks prior to surgery .... per doctors orders and I imagined I'd go right back when I was over the hump..... but that's not the case :) The 8 weeks was perfect to get me into a better space mentally and today I'm in my 15th week without a smoke!! YAY for being nonsmokers!
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Yeah that is something I'm most proud of and we should be definately be celebrating the fact we have up as its not easy but so worthwhile :) I'm putting all my cigarette money into me now with new makeup,perfume and beauty treats :D yayyyyy go us xxx
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Got to meet my new tummy :)

Well I got all my dressing off yesterday I still have the strip over the incision and the belly uttom is still packed but that will come out when I shower. I am so happy my tummy is so flat I still have a few pesky stretch marks but from what I had I'll take this any day of the week :) it still looks a bit angry but as soon as the dressing comes away sure it'll look lovely lol here's a few wee pics.........

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Pressed the wrong button lol here's more........

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Wow wow woooow u look mega girl at this stage!! Xx
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Thanx so much xxx
Wow! Looking good there!
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Shower me baby....

Well just had my first shower and can I say it was probably the best shower I've ever had :) I like looking at my belly I liked drying my belly in general I just liked having my new belly :D

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More pics...........

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Hey lady, looking amazing! So glad you're recovering well ;)
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Aww thanx soo much xx

Any ideas?????

I'm feeling a bit deflated tonight I know I'm not even 2 weeks po yet but because I didn't have lipo to the flanks I feel they're stick out more than before :( I know they were there before but because my belts been pulled so tight I now have a bigger muffin top. From tomorrow I'm gona start eating clean and as soon as I'm allowed I'll be back to exercising but has anyone had this too or has anyone any tips for me as there's no way I could afford lipo after this and I'd rather work at it to try do it myself :) any tips would be very helpful and make me feel a whole lot better xxx

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Is that first shower as good as your first LONG hot shower after countless sleepless nights after having a baby? Because I can remember that being pretty flippin' awesome :) Also I wouldn't worry too much about the muffin top. It might be swelling too. As soon as you start eating well and exercising the fat will have to come off there because there's none left on your flat belly!!
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Yep definitely as good as that lol aw lets hope it does I think I've lost a couple of lbs as my legs don't feel as chunky but it must be swelling CID I actually can't see it yet :( I'm def not a patient person lol

2 week update.....

Well I've reached the 2 week mark,and apart from swelling and the steri tape still stuck to my incision I'm feeling really good and loving my decision to have went through this :) I think slowly but surely the swelling around my fat backs is going down too and my ass is starting to come back (my husband hated my ass disappearing lol) the steri tape has finally came away from my bellybutton too it's nice and dry and looking like its healing well but is it just me or does it look weird? Don't get me wrong anythings better than the sorry excuse of a cats anus I had there before but,I can't quite get my eyes to realise this is now my new bb!! A small bit of steri strip came away from my left side and the incision looks like its healing well too it's a wee bit lumpy and still going through the scanning stage but its looking like its going in the right direction as is the rest of the incision :D well a few pics now to see my progress.......

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Looking great, you will be swollen for awhile, you wait to you see where that fat back used to be in a couple weeks!! You will be amazed. Someone asked me the other day how I could possibly be so flat back there, I did have to tell her "The Secret" and give her my PS's phone number, LOL.
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Thanx :)
You look amazing! I am just 9 days post-op and so swollen still. I too am questioning what my bb will end up looking like. I have not seen one shaped like mine yet... Congratulations!
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Tape is off!!!!!

Well all the steri strip tape is officially off and I get to see what I'm working with not really sure what to make off it. It's not too bad and looks like its healing great so any tips on what to do next will be greatly appreciated. I still have a bit of scabbing which I'm sure has to heal first before I start scar therapy but should I buy more tape and cover it til it heals or leave it uncovered? Not really sure but could anyone who's went through this stage let me know what they did to get the best scar results to keep it thin and get it flat?????????

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WeeLaura you look great! Your belly button will be pretty promise!mine was like a black rock I was like oh boy is this going to be good lol the incision is ruff looking at first but fades and flattens no worries girl your going to be great! You look so flat wow!!
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Aw thanx for that I really can't wait til I can look at it myself and see great progress xx
Looking great lady! I wouldn't worry too much about the belly button, I think it'll come around once the swelling goes down. I was reading a trick to stick a earplug in there, or a marble if it really bothered you. How are you feeling? How much longer for the compression garment.
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Feeling like we're getting somewhere :D

We'll today I actually feel like progress is being made. I feel flatter and more in touch with my new tummy :) my scar is still ridged but is nice and thin and I think will definitely turn into a nice scar I'm taking advice and keeping it covered to try and flatten it and next weds when I'm 4 weeks po (cannot believe it the time is flying) il start using bio oil. I've been gently massaging the incision through the Cg just to get blood flowing better to the are and it seems to be working as one side is nearly flat and I'm not even 3 weeks out yet :) I am so happy I did this it's the best thing I could ask for for my birthday on Oct 1st :)

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Yes! You look great! Love the belly!
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Dunno where my other pics went here we go again.........lol

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U already had a cute lil' frame before...now u r really able to show ur true beauty off. My fav' pic is of u in the black and whtite striped shirt..adorable!
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Aw thanx so much just had a wee nosey on your page and omg girl you look great congrats on the weight loss you look brill xxx
Thx so much :)

Feeling low.............:(

I'm feeling so low at the minute my healing couldn't be going any better I'm walking straight can do a my chores and my tummys flat but I
regretting not having any lipo to my love handles and they are really sticking out now I dunno what to do!!! Has anybody any tips on how to shift these I feel they are really hampering my overall recovery as they're the only thing I'm concentrating on!!! I've started eating really clean and walking more I dunno maybe rushing this whole recovery process I'm just stuck in a downer and can't seem to perk up :(

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I agree with NevertoLate I think you are just swollen, you are just over 3 weeks, give yourself time. You look great!
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Thanx very much xxxx
I honestly think that you are just swelling - I don't think those are love handles at all! And if you check out this gal, http://www.realself.com/user/171883 she lost so much fat AFTER her TT. It's an inspiration and gives hope that we can still improve after TT without more surgery.
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Feeling better, eating cleaner......

Well I've been eating cleaner and being more active the last few days and I'm feeling so much better for it :) this is not a diet but a way of life for me now I hope to never be on another diet ever again lol

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Looking great - hot mama!! Love the skirt!
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you look amazing!!
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Thanx very much that's so kind xxxx

Can anyone help?

Today my incision is really sore a little bit is weeping and another little bit has turned black and hurts has this happened to anyone else and should I be worried? I'm actually freaking out abit about it :(

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You look amazing! Your waist is getting so tiny and your scar is looking awesome! Hope the black thing sorts itself out otherwise I would go to the doc! xx
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Ask thanx him how are you feeling I hope you're healing well xxxx

Pics of area....

Well I removed half the tape and put on a less restrictive body because the Cg was feeling very tight so now I've just got padding against the area. I think the black area also looks bright green as of a stitch is working its way out its a shame because my incision was getting nice and thin. I took a few pics to see what anyone thinks but it actually a looks worse in the photos than it does in real life....,

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You are looking so good girl!!!
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Incision looks good. I would put antibiotic and yup go see Doc. I had a few ooey gooey spots all popped stitches. Doc says it won't close and will be irritated until stitch is pulled.
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Yeah hopefully il get it sorted soon xxxx

O sweet sweet progress :D

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You look amazing!!
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Thanx so much that's very kind xxx
I didn't have the lilo either. And do feel like I got giant flanks! Lol! Oh well, give me something to work off when the time comes. No roll laying next to me anymore! Or driving with me to work!
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And I'm feeling good...dah nah....dah nah sing it with me lol

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and you're lookin good too! singin' with ya girl lol
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Omg I had more to upload we here we go again........

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And again.......

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Looking fabulous!!!
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You look tiny, what happened with the green bit in the scar? Did you spit a stitch? The though of that freaks me out! Xx
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I've left it alone all week taped up I'm gona take off the dressing tonight and see what it's like and if the stitch hasn't came through any I'm goin over to Ballykelly tomarrow to h ave someone take a look at it :) xx

Anyone have little fashion parades by themselves????.....no? Lol

Well I was going to bed to have an early night then somehow I ended up having a little cat walk in my bedroom now at 4 foot 10 I'm miles off being a model but for that half hour i could have been Giselle lol love love love my new belly :D xxx

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Another few.........

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Sexy lady!!!! Congrats hun
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Your results look really amazing!
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Thankyou so much I've been feeling down the last few days thinking my results aren't as good as others so I'm just having another wee look over my photos to give me a good kick up the ass to see how fortunate I am xxx

Wee scar update.....

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You look fabulous girl! I just read your blog and thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely be checking back. You have such great questions! Your tummy and the rest of you look awesome! I love the fashion show! I know I will do the same. Take care!
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Thanx very much please do check back I must have a little look on yours too :D xxx
Hya, how you doing? The nurse took all my dressings off yesterday so now I have nothing over the incision. I notice yours did the same at day 15. What did you buy to put over it? She said I don't need anything but others seem to have them covered up :/ xx
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Just having a mess around with some pics....

I've started running and ab exercises now so hopefully I'll start to see progress in the coming weeks :) down to 117lbs now 7 more to go :D xxx

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Few more.......xxxx

Loving me at the min....xxxx

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How's u stranger??
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Hello missus I'm great I know I haven't been on in a while but normal day to day living just takes back over and now Christmas is coming fast so I've just been concentrating on presents for the kids. I must take a wee nite and update my profile I'll be 10 weeks tomarrow which it actually feels longer if I can't get updating soon I'll def be doin it at 12 weeks :S how are you doing?
You look amazing!!!!
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10 weeks out......where did the time go?

Well I've been busy recently with normal day to day living taking over and Christmas coming up fast so I've sort of forgotten about my TT lol yes really life goes on and you just go with it. Had a weekend away with the hubby and friends at 8 weeks po and I just felt normal as if I'd never went through any surgery....weird I know but hey life goes on and so on and so forth :D few wee pics not all tummy related xxx

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Looking fab ;)!!!!! Love the pencil skirt..
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Thanx so much xx
Looking good!! Can't want to see how my belly looks in the coming weeks! It's exciting!
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Scar revision

Well had a wee appointment with my ps tonight for my 3 mos po even though it was a bit earlier than 3 mos lol well I've just had 3 areas of my incision revised and I'm a bit tender now that the anesthetic is wearing off. Don't have to go back for 3 more months (unless I want to see him in the mean time) for any more revision I might need before he's happy to let me be on my merry way :) so happy I chose my ps he is the kindest man who isn't out for the money he's been making sure I'm happy every step if the way and that makes this journey all the more worthwhile :) I have to keep my incision under wraps again for a week and no water for a few days on it either so I'll upload pics in a few weeks when it's healed a bit :)

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Looking awesome!!
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Thanx so much xxxx
Why did you need revision? Looking at your pics, all seems normal and ok.
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Bandaged up again.......

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Why did u have revision on the incision?
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Hey Laura, hope ur well&keeping great:-) haven't seen u on in a while, how's boot camp ? Ps hope your weathers not to bad up there, is getn really windy here at the min but thankfully I'm not near the sea, catch u later& can't wait to c ur updates take care x
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Wow look at you now! Such a huge improvement in such a short time...........wowza! You look HOT!
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Life goes on....

I know I haven't updated in a while but life really does just go back to normal. It's so weird looking back on all my pics today it's like a different person......not the tummy just in hoe I feel about myself now :) I will upload some pics tonight just to let everyone see how I'm getting on :D

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9 months since TT............

Well here's a few wee pics I've been working out for the last 5 weeks hard and I've 4 weeks to go til our first bikini holiday :D

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Wow, you look great! Congrats! Can you please post a close up pic of your BB? And how does your tummy looks, when you're sitting on something hard, like a chair, and, at the same time, bending slightly forward? (It's my biggest concern about my operation to be...) Thanks!
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I'll post a few pics for you :)
Wow, you look great! Congrats! Can you please post a close up pic of your BB? (It's my only concern about my operation to be...) How does your tummy look, when you're sitting and, at the same time, bending slightly forward? Thanks!
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Few wee pics to show close up of bb and sitting :)

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You look great! Congrats!!!
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Aw thanks :)
How does your actual scar look has it faded well ? :) x
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9 months just flew by......

Well I'm 9 months po and getting bikini ready for our first family sun holiday :) I am beyond excited and have been working out hard for the last 6 weeks only 3 more to go til I can unveil myself lol well to anyone thinking about a TT I'm gona upload a before and after and you decide for yourself............:D

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Wow ! You look amazing, well done :)
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Aw thankyou :) xx
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