I once had a patient in the hospital, a woman who was about 75 years old, I can’t remember if she said she had married…but what I do remember is, she never had any children.
Now I know I have mentioned before on this blog how I used to be afraid of having children.
Afraid for many reasons, but one BIG reason was I didn’t want to ruin my body.
I didn’t want stretch marks, I didn’t want lose skin, I didn’t want sagging breasts.
I apologize for saying “sagging breasts” but it is the honest truth.
so, at twenty-six, when I walked into a patient’s room and told her I was there to discharge the heart monitor…this 75 year old woman patient who had never had children….
You can imagine my surprise when this woman just opened her shirt, exposing her naked chest.
I quickly and gracefully removed the sticky electrodes from her chest – but couldn’t help noticing how saggy and stretched her skin was.
and for the first time in my life, I realized, that my body would grow old and stretch whether I had children or not.
I didn’t want to be an old woman, with nothing to show for it – if I had the choice.
So after that mildly strange encounter with a patient, I was much less concerned about what would happen to my body after I had babies.
I had a baby boy almost two years ago…and you know what?
I didn’t get any stretch marks, I didn’t get any loose skin, but I did gain an incredibly adorable little boy – who my husband and I just love with all our hearts.
Eventually my body will go the way of all the earth, and I don’t mind.
At least I’ll have things to show for it.
I’m expecting another baby August 25th of this year and we are very excited about it.