I became a mommy for the first time at 18. I never...
30 Jul 2011
10 days pre
I became a mommy for the first time at 18. I never had those sexy 20's, but I wouldn't trade my boys for the the world. I have three boys now, 11, 7, and 2 years. After having 3 BIG boys, and breastfeeding them...my body revolted. Seriously, it said...ok, I am done trying.
After my last son was born in 2009. I had , really had enough. I hit the gym, hard. I became a "gym rat" and lost 30 lbs. I was finally fitting into a size 4...wooooo! Some parts, just were NOT cooperating...not even coming close...
I started researching....heavily, to the point of obsession, maybe. ha! I have had 3 consultations, all of which giving me an idea of what needed to be done.
I am scheduled. August 10th 2011. Full tummy tuck, breast augmentation (with saline implants approx. 390 cc) and a breast lift, using the benelli method. I am excited...really excited, but nervous. I have never spent THIS much money on something, just for me. This is all about me, which is different from what it is normally. All about the kids, or the hubby...even the dog, but not mama....this is mommyhood, right ladies?
So here I go...I will keep you all updated. :]
Uploaded my video today...and YES it is sideways....
1 Aug 2011
9 days pre
Uploaded my video today...and YES it is sideways. Oh well, lesson learned. ha!
8 days to go...and I am NESTING like a mad woman!...
2 Aug 2011
8 days pre
8 days to go...and I am NESTING like a mad woman! Cleaning,Organizing, and making lists and charts. Am I losing it? Yesterday I cleaned window tracks (that haven't been touch since before my last son was born), and cleaned out two closets downstairs. Today I am pooped, but I am sure this is going to continue all week. ha.
ONE WEEK PRE-OP! Filled with excitement, and...
3 Aug 2011
7 days pre
ONE WEEK PRE-OP! Filled with excitement, and nerves...and excitement. So paranoid about the massive amount of downtime. I have a hard time staying in bed with the flu for 2 days, how am I going to manage this amount of time. My 3 boys, and husband are spoiled (my fault, are THEY going to let me relax. Let along, have time to help me? I am lucky though. My dad (who has been my biggest supporter) said he will be here everyday, for the first 2 weeks. So sweet. My dad is a biker dude, with a macho man attitude, but he really cares. He said he would even take pictures afterward for me. You KNOW that makes him uncomfortable. He told me that I took care of him for a year while he battle cancer, he says it's the least he could do. Sweet man. One week...here we go!
Less than a week to go and I get, "Colitis" um.....
6 Aug 2011
4 days pre
Less than a week to go and I get, "Colitis" um...what the heck. My abdomen is swollen and sore. Great. Do I need to rescedule? I am feeling better and the swelling is going down. I am going to call my PS in the morning. I hope I don't have to put it off. My bff seems to think it has to do with the stress, in trying to get everything together before the big day...we shall see.
Almost Surgery day...woah. I have been planing,...
8 Aug 2011
2 days pre
Almost Surgery day...woah. I have been planing, and cleaning, and making lists and charts like a mad women. I have 3 young boys and I want to make sure the people coming to help (My Dad, Mother-in-law, and Hubby) have an idea of when to do what. So my anesthesiologist called today, talk about a reality check. Hello...it's almost here..you ready? Hell yea...let's do this! Say a little prayer for me 08-10-2011 @ 9:00 a.m. Thanks Ladies!
TOMORROW!!!! Can I freak out yet?
9 Aug 2011
1 day pre
TOMORROW!!!! Can I freak out yet?
24 hours post op: I did it! I can't wait to see...
11 Aug 2011
1 day post
24 hours post op: I did it! I can't wait to see what my tummy looks like, right now its wrapped up tighter than fort knox...but I can see my chest, and I have BOOBS! yes! I am really sore, and a word of advise: If the pain meds say every 4 hours...take them every 4 hours. I went 6 1/2 last night without them because I didn't want to wake up my hubby. When he went to help me out of bed, I passed out for about a minute. It was either low BP, low BS, or too much pain to handle at once. I am doing well, all things considered. Going to go rest...thanks for all of your support. :)
48 HOURS POST OP: I feel ok. Sore. It's funny I...
12 Aug 2011
2 days post
48 HOURS POST OP: I feel ok. Sore. It's funny I was told by a nurse that this pain would resemble c-section pain. I have had 2 c-sections...and this is NOT like it at all. Maybe it will be later on, but as of now...not so much. I still haven't seen my tummy yet, I figure I won't until I go in Monday to get the drain tubes out. Thanks for all the thoughts, I am feeling well all things considered,just sleeping alot.
Ranting about to take place..WARNING: So I sit...
13 Aug 2011
3 days post
Ranting about to take place..WARNING: So I sit upstairs on my laptop, as the party for my now 7 year old son takes place. I can hear the kids playing, and laughing...and I am secluded up here. This stinks, I should be out there. I knew this was happening, but I thought I could handle it. I can't even help out, I can even go downstairs and watch. My husband yells at me if I try to move out of bed on my own...or go to the bathroom on my own. This is the crappy part...I know it will get better and be worth it..but right now. Pppfff... :(
Day 4 POSTop: Feeling stiff, but all around pretty...
14 Aug 2011
4 days post
Day 4 POSTop: Feeling stiff, but all around pretty decent today. Looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow, and looking forward to my girlfriend Kelly coming over today and washing my nasty hair...yuck. I so want to feel human again! Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to take some pictures for you guys. Talk to you tomorrow.
DAY 5 POST-OP: Well, today I went back to the PS...
15 Aug 2011
5 days post
DAY 5 POST-OP: Well, today I went back to the PS office to get my tubes out, and only ended up getting the 2 in the breast out. I am so jealous to those of you that say that, that doesn't hurt because for me YOWZA!! It felt like she was RIPPING off a scab, and it burnt. NO BUENO :( Needless to say on Wednesday...not looking forward to that last tube coming out. So I go to see the girls, and they look great. Didn't get to see the tummy, I will on Wednesday. I was a little disappointed, but I want it to heal completely. I can be patient. I have waited YEARS for this, so what is 2 more days.
Oh! So my throat has been sore since surgery, and my tongue has been getting more and more raw feeling. I asked my PS what he though, and he ordered me to stop my antibiotics and thinks I may have Thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth common after lots of antibiotics. So if it doesn't clear up by Wed. (2 days) he may prescribe me meds for it. My tongue, looks SO NASTY ladies...and it hurts. It's raw. :( I might post a photo just so u can see it. Ugh. Ok, gotta get some rest I am super tired today.
ONE WEEK POST OP: Went to the PS today, and got...
17 Aug 2011
7 days post
ONE WEEK POST OP: Went to the PS today, and got the last drain tube out, and the stiches out of the belly button. I posted a photo (see below) keep in mind, I haven't full on showered yet, and there is tape and swelling. I think it looks quite amazing! I can't wait to up dated photo in a few weeks when I am looking more healed, less swollen...ect. BTW the drain tube that came out today (abdomen)did NOT hurt like the breast tubes did. Just so you all know. Feeling pretty good all and all....healing slow but well. :)
3 weeks (tomorrow) Post Op: I feel GREAT! I just...
30 Aug 2011
20 days post
3 weeks (tomorrow) Post Op: I feel GREAT! I just want to say without you lovely ladies, I would be lost. It feels great giving advice to others, and getting wonderful advice from others that went before me. I am healing up well. I should have another photo by my one month post op. My PS covered me up in paper tape to assist healing and scarring. I bought my VERY FIRST non padded, lace only bra ever! 36D I could not be a happier mommy right now. Got the green light to head back to the gym, slowly, but green light none the less :)
I want to send the biggest hug to a few of the ladies on here that have been going through some rough times healing, "Here I am", "Cottonmama", and "MarineMom". I am thinking about you all the time. I feel almost guilty that I am not going through the same setbacks as you women. I must say that you 3 inspire me to be more positive in my own life and healing process. To go through this with your heads held high, and your spirits lifted...you are TRULY REMARKABLE WOMEN! :)
I got to restart my GREEN SMOOTHIE regimen. I have only been drinking them the past 3 days, but I feel so GREAT! I feel like me again! Couldn't be happier!
23 DAYS POST OP: I have been binder free for 4...
4 Sep 2011
25 days post
23 DAYS POST OP: I have been binder free for 4 days now. I must say, I love it! I know the majority of women on here say they love their binders, and keep them much longer. I have a difference of opinion in that department. I plan to keep my black "tube top" style one I got at Target, as an undershirt if needed. When I first started, not wearing one it was strange. I felt overly nauseated, which my PS nurse Lisa, said was a common reaction. She said I was welcome to wear it, or leave it off. I pushed through the first day of on and off nausea, and the weird "falling out" feeling. The first 2 evenings I was swollen, and at the end of the day I still swell. Not as much on my belly and my hips, and sometimes the incision site. I feel pretty darn good though. You ladies keep me grounded and positive. Best wishes to ALL of you! :)
4 weeks 1 day post op: So I feel pretty good,...
8 Sep 2011
29 days post
4 weeks 1 day post op: So I feel pretty good, ladies. The "girls" are healing nicely, and the gym (still in moderation) is going well. I am excited. I am not thrilled with my scar, it's a little higher than I excepted...but it's still and can lower somewhat, and I use bio oil twice daily, and use paper tap in between. We shall see how it clears...
...so a couple days ago I found my old tummy mole! Hahaha! I thought it had been removed, but I found it...it's right on the scar! Check out the pictures I put together to see what I mean. It makes me laugh just how much skin was removed.
6 WEEK POST OP: Wow...6 weeks already. I am...
20 Sep 2011
1 month post
6 WEEK POST OP: Wow...6 weeks already. I am feeling pretty good, all and all. Nothing much has changed since 5 week update. The only swelling issue I have is mainly on my "love handle" aka "muffin top" area. Which really pisses me off...I worked my butt off to get rid of that prior to my surgery, and now it's back 10 fold. Grr. It may be only temporary, but s*** it's bugging. I have to wear certain clothes to hide it...I didn't do this to hide my shape. grumble. pity party. ect. I am otherwise doing, really well. It's all a process, and I know this...but it doesn't mean I have to be patient, right!?!
7+ WEEKS Post op: Hello all you beautiful ladies...
4 Oct 2011
2 months post
7+ WEEKS Post op: Hello all you beautiful ladies out there. I am feeling 98% back to me. I haven't been updating as much, due to the kids back in school, music, sport, ect. Also, I have officially GAINED (ugh) 10 lbs. since my surgery. So I am back at the gym 4-5 days a week, and back on my smoothies, and will be back better than ever in no time. If that is what it takes to comfort myself during this timeframe, so be it. It sucks, but I know I can do it (again) and be even better than before.
Saw my PS yesterday. It was our last appointment for now. If I have any problems, or if this little pin-head sized raised area of the tip of my scar doesn't settle back down, then I am done. I will give it a month and see how everything settles. I am ecstatic! No more restrictions, other than keep the scars out of the sun. Seattle in the Fall/Winter = minimal sun anyhow. He says what I am using for my scars seemed to be working well, and to continue them as desired. It really feels like I am finally, turning this page. :)
I will be here for you girls, if you need anything don't hesitate to ask. I respect, admire, and enjoy ALL of you ladies! Thank you!
5 MONTHS POST OP: I am 98% back to normal. I did...
6 Jan 2012
5 months post
5 MONTHS POST OP: I am 98% back to normal. I did two red light therapy sessions, and the were great. It's suppose to help with scars. I have also still been using y scar gel twice daily (most days) and I absolutely LOVE my new lady parts ;) This was a great thing for me to do, and I am loving life :)