Friday, October 21, 2005

StretchmarksRUs


Stretchmarks have finally begun to make their first appearance, and I'm sure they will only intensify. I thought all this time it would really bother me, but when I saw them it seemed kind of cool. I guess it's just that I will probably never be pregnant again, so having those marks might be a sweet reminder that I carried my babies in my belly. I'll know it wasn't all pretend.

Some say, "Well, there go your bikini days!" In truth, I never wore a bikini until a couple of years ago. SP thought it would be sexy, and for the first time in my life I didn't care so much what anyone thought. It felt really free and great just to do it without waiting for that year when I'd finally have tamed my tummy or firmed up my butt. So I don't know whether this new development will deter me. Time will tell, but for now I just like to look at the marks. They are quite amusing to me, and they will always help me remember what I longed for, waited for, and finally got a chance to do: nurture and grow life inside of my own body.

9 Comments:

Anonymous bri said...

Love those stretch marks!

Also, I love that you got a free feeling from wearing a bikini! I think I could allllmmmmost get there soon, if it weren't for the goddamn hair issue. That's one I can't get past, and as recently mentioned, I refuse to ever, ever, ever get waxed again. I have actually decided to look into Nair this weekend.

Wes, standing over my shoulder, would like to say that he thought that I was going to write, "decided to braid my pubic hair." And then he would divorce me, he says. Also, he says your belly button is creepy. I told him I refused to tell you that because it was mean, but then I know how you two like to be all catty and mean to each other as some sort of sick aphrodisiac for your sordid affair.

8:52 PM  
Blogger lagiulia said...

Briar,
First of all, what Wes and I have going on is a sophisticated dance of flirtatious verbal code. For instance, he may say that he finds my belly button creepy, but what he really means is that he is obsessed with it and would probably like the chance to lick it. If you could see past your jealousy, you would understand this.
Second, I do no wax or braid my hair but rather shave and trim, and if there are a few stray hairs, I say too bad for whomever is staring at my crotch and being offended. I did try a wax this summer because I had a gift certificate to a spa, but it was really quite painful (like someone blowtorching your whozeewhatzits), and it didn't keep the hair away as long as I thought it would. Let me know how the Nair works for you! I am afraid of a rash with that.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I hope they have dealt with the stink problem of Nair. When I tried it - for once and only - a long time ago, it reeked, and I swore I'd never use it again.

Do you know how long ago that was? 20 years. I can't believe I did ANYTHING 20 years ago. Wah.

Anyway, I am glad you wear your stretch marks with pride. I have lots already (just from being fat) so I think they will distress me somewhat but maybe not.

I'm so glad they're staying in and you are doing well.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Also, you have got QUITE the linea negra going! Go you!

12:31 PM  
Anonymous bri said...

Wes says that he worries that once the twins are born you won't have as much time for him.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous bri said...

Just wanted you to know that now we are sitting here going on and on about how much we love you two and how there has never been even an iota of a second with you guys that has been irritating or hard or weird or annoying and how glad we are that we have you and how we love you so so much.

For some weird reason Wes is now telling me that "iota" is a "Kansas word" that he thinks I picked up from my countrified baby-hood nanny, but which is, in fact, a perfectly good word. He is so fricking pompous. You can have him.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I like to consider stretch marks battle scars.
Speaking of bikini waxes, I decided it would be a brilliant plan if someone could give a laboring woman a bikini wax during contractions. That way, according to the "gate theory of pain," the waxing would detract from the contraction pain.
Who would administer the waxing? That is where the brilliant plan falls to pieces. By the way, JB, Bri and JD, I made fagioli al ucceletto last night, petto di pollo al limone and Chiocciole Spinaci e Ricotta Friday night, and I thought of you all 10 years ago!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I've got highways for stretchmarks...see where I 've grown! They are a badge of honor (unless they are on your butt...)

My mom showed me hers and said, see they fade! And I had to remind her that she had me 30 years ago, a LOT of things have faded since then!

Also, iota is a crossword puzzle word.

1:38 PM  
Blogger lagiulia said...

Briar,
We feel the same way about the two of you. Come over soon- we miss you!!!

4:44 PM  

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