My Two Kids Told Me Their Grandma Had A Flatter Tummy Than I Did -- And She Had Four Kids!

PirateMom on 21 Aug 2013 at 9:00am

Community member PirateMom was 30 years old, 5'5", and 170 lbs., when she started her RealSelf mommy makeover journey on March 26, 2013. This is her journey, in her own words. 

I'm 30, a stay-at-home mom and freelance photographer, and I like to do anything on the water.

I’ve always had big breasts. I started wearing a bra when I was nine. Once I had kids, I had those big Dolly Parton boobs from breastfeeding and they just never went down.

I could never find tops to wear. I could only wear a certain style because everything is made for teeny tiny boobs and little triangles. It’s almost like they are trying to dress little boys nowadays. 

My mom actually had it [a mommy makeover] done years ago and it’s always given her such confidence. My kids look at her and they look at me and they go, "Oh, mommy, Grandma has a flat belly after having four kids."

I would go into the dressing room and take 10 hangers with me and literally find one thing I could buy.

I felt like my husband and I didn’t match anymore. He has an incredible body, but he didn’t have to have two kids.

To see very honest photos of PirateMom pre-surgery, click to read her review

It took me a long time to get my husband to agree: I ended up in the emergency room when I had my son, and we almost lost both of us. So once he researched it a little bit alongside me, he became a little bit more comfortable with it. My kids and I have a very open relationship: I just explained to them that my son stretched out mommy’s muscles (which is what happened: he separated my muscles by about 3 or 4 inches sideways), and I explained that they are going to go in there and sew them back together where they belong so when I exercise you can see that I have a pretty stomach. 

PirateMom had her surgery on April 2, 2013. 

On the day of surgery, I was just so excited I couldn’t stop smiling. All the hospital staff kept saying, “You’re so happy! Usually people are sweating bullets."

Since the surgery, I've noticed a huge difference in my body. I recently went to a friend’s engagement party and even putting my jeans on over the garment and the binder, my jeans were loose! I can definitely see my waist back to where it was, pre-kids.

I have a waist again and I’m really excited about it. I’ve never been petite, but having my hourglass back is enough for me. I used to be able to put my hand underneath my breast and my whole breast would cover my four fingers, right now my boobs are actually lifted to the point where there’s nothing covering my fingers if I put my hand under my breast. My boobs are just staying up there by themselves!

I don’t think I have ever had perky boobs!

I’m looking forward to finally being able to wear strapless tops or anything even with a spaghetti strap because before I could never wear a strapless bra. My boobs did not like them. Also after having kids, the skin around my stomach was so stretched that my pants would fall off my hips just because it had to fit around my waist. 

Before the surgery, I would look in the mirror and feel like I was looking at somebody else’s body.  After every workout I would look at myself and I would feel like my body was letting me down. And now two weeks after the surgery, I'm just excited to go out there and show everybody the old me again because I’ve met so many people who only know me as a mom, with that body that I’ve been stuck with. I can’t wait to unveil who I really am. 

-- As told to Nicole Fukuoka, with gratitude to PirateMom for sharing her Journey with us.

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