I am a 39 year old mother of twin boys who are five. I had a difficult pregnancy that really took its toll on my body. I was a stay at home mom for the first 3 years, and during that time I felt myself moving into a deep depression. I loved my boys more than anything, but I kept feeling like I was losing myself and the person I used to be.
When I looked in the mirror, I saw a stranger. I managed to lose all of the baby weight through diet and exercise, but my body looked nothing like the way it did before, and I couldn't wear any of the same clothes. In 2007, when the boys turned two, I decided it was time to take my body back. I had my breasts reduced and lifted. I should have gone ahead and done the tummy tuck then, but I was still holding out hope that I could work out and diet enough change my shape. It didn't happen.
My decision to do the tummy tuck with liposuction came after the next three years of frustration, with the never-ending cycle of diet and exercise ghat never changed my proportion. If pants fit me in the waist, they were saggy in the butt. It they fit in the butt, the waist would be to small and I had the dreaded muffin top. Most everyone in my life has been really supportive in my decision to have this surgery but there have been a few who think I'm now "taking it too far" or getting "addicted" to plastic surgery. What I tell them is that I'm not looking for perfection, just restoration. I will never be a size two because my body was not meant to be, but I want to feel like me again.
My surgery was two days ago and so far I'm doing really well. The pain is similar to my c-sec, but nothing I can't handle. I just know it will be worth it in the long run. I'll try to keep up with this and post pictures of my journey.