Stephanie Thompson (40), Fletcher (3), and Arthur (18 months - pictured)
Elk Grove, California | Missoula, Montana
Stephanie shares - “ I have struggled with poor body image from a very young age. My weight has always fluctuated and being teased was common. I don't think I have ever truly been fit and have more negative thoughts than positive when it comes to my body. However, after having kids I am learning how to be kinder of myself and embrace the amazing thing my body was able to do twice.
We were never really sure if we even wanted to have kids, but found ourselves talking and playing with the idea more and more; so we decided to give it a go. To our surprise we became pregnant quickly, the excitement was followed by panic, did I mess up? I have no idea how to raise a child. One day while driving by myself It hit me, I was in fact now, not alone. I was now sharing and giving my body, there was no getting "away". We started of with an OBGYN and quickly followed our hearts to a nearby midwife clinic, the best decision we could have made. We eased into what I would call a normal pregnancy. All of my check ups were going great, then at around 24 weeks the midwife noticed my belly wasn't measuring where it should be and sent us for an ultrasound. Fletcher was diagnosed with IUGR, (intrauterine growth restriction). As if we weren't already shaken enough by the new direction our lives were headed. We kept up with frequent trips across town for check ups, there was talk of early induction but I wanted nothing more than to give my baby a chance to choose when HE was ready- so we fought. Rest, smoothies and Netflix.
The one thing that I read over and over again was "to have a birth plan, but be flexible"- yes indeed. (This truth can be applied to many things.) There was no music or swaying by the parents to be, Fletcher came earth side at 40 weeks and 2 days and seconds after his entrance I hemorrhaged and the room seemed to go from calm to chaos. Once we were released from the hospital, our household of two was flipped upside down and was now a house of three.
Full story at 4thTriBodies.com