Stretchmarks are a sign of all our bodies have done for us
If you’ve ever been pregnant, there’s a good chance you may have stretch marks somewhere on your body. For a lot of us, these marks can be frustrating . There are so many things that happen to our bodies during pregnancy and stretchmarks are one more (very permanent) reminder of this. One mom of three decided to embrace her marks as a reminder of just how much her body has given her.
Hayley Garnett is a mom to newborn twin girls, Ramona and Ruby, and toddler son, Archer. She recently shared an intimate picture of her post-baby body on Instagram when her son asked her what happened to her belly.
Happy one week birthday, ladies ! This morning Archer asked me what’s wrong with my belly and I told him that all of my babies leave marks on my belly so that I never forget for a second that I grew them in my body all on my own and that they exist earthside with me now! A forever reminder, whether I’m truly confident having these marks or not, it’s no doubt a testament to the miracles my body has made ❤️. . . . . . . #gotd_1695 #neutrals2_nio
“Happy one week birthday, ladies,” Garnett posted on Instagram. “This morning Archer asked me what’s wrong with my belly and I told him that all of my babies leave marks on my belly so that I never forget for a second that I grew them in my body all on my own and that they exist earthside with me now!” she wrote.
Hey, hello, hi everyone!! Thanks for the sweet messages and well wishes !! We finally did it! My babies are safe and in my arms! . . Meet our brunette Ramona Bronx, born at 8:03 am, weighing in at 5lb 10oz and 17.5” long! Onto our little blond lady on the right – Ruby Lee, born at 8:05 am weighing in at 5lb 5oz measuring 17.5 inches !! . . . This birth was seamless compared to my emergency c section with Archer and I can’t thank the amazing hospital staff enough! I’ll write a bit about my experience later, I think I’m going to go cuddle and sleep for the remainder of my day ! Love you all! . . . . . . . #ministylekids #twiniversity #twinsandmultiples #doubleisthenewbubble #twinpregnancy #37weeksgestation #twinmama #twinmom #ig_motherhood #inspirepregnancy #newborn #fresh48 #cm_togetherness #familygoalz #cutekidsclub #ig_kids #candidslumber #jj_forum_2069 #cooltones_nio
The mom and photographer is no stranger to sharing details about her pregnancies, battle with postpartum depression, and all the changes her body has gone through as she prepared. Garnett posted a photo board series counting down the final weeks before she brought her girls into the world, a pregnancy that happened just two months after giving birth to son, Archer.
It’s the day before THE DAY! My husband started paternity leave yesterday, Archer played hookie from school and our day will be full of Denny’s, arcade games, puzzles, movies & cuddles – all per request of that soon to be big brother ! My nerves are like a rollercoaster but spending the day with these two will surely keep my mind at ease, right ?! . . . . . . . #37weekspregnant #twinpregnancy #twinmom #cute_pregnancy #maternity #babybump #honestmotherhood #inspirepregnancy#ig_motherhood #pregnantandperfect #magicofchildhood #aheadofthecurve #coi_mamamonday #girlscreating #momswithcameras #mom_hub #realparenthood #dailyparenting #gandt_secretself #shared_joy #beauties_embassy #huffpostgram #pixel_kids #cm_togetherness #gotd_1678 #Twiniversity #oem_2017 #RandRFinalCountdown
She says she helped Archer understand what the marks on her belly were all about. “I told him to feel the marks and that they felt kind of neat,” Garnett told Scary Mommy. “He’s never shy about saying what he’s thinking but he really was sort of speechless by the whole experience.”
Archer has been increasingly interested in "his gurls" lately and it melts me ! This photo was from a day where he wanted to "paint the babies". We are trying to make this whole thing fun for everyone 😆! . Sporting my super comfortable Never say Never Mommie nursing bra from @shopcosabella ! Gimme alllll the comfy nursing clothes, am I right ??? . . . . . . #tcp_iambeautiful #getin52 #iminthephoto #cosabellamommie #sponsored #inspirepregnancy #cosabella #honestmotherhood #mom_hub#kindredmemories #p52radness #coi_mamamonday #amothersbeauty2017 #uniteinmotherhood #ig_motherhood #motherhoodrising #instaprompt_us #twinpregnancy #twinmom #jj_forum_2029
“My stretch marks are a forever reminder, whether I’m truly confident having these marks or not, it’s no doubt a testament to the miracles my body has made,” Garnet wrote.
So I know I’ve posted a zillion photos of these ladies in their turbans and swaddles so it kind of looks like the same photo over and over BUT I love this one because it really shows their personality differences at only a couple of days old ! Ruby is wrapped up , sound asleep while Ramona is wide eyed and escaping her swaddle ! I can’t wait to see how these sisters differ and also what similarities they share ! . . . P.s. I have had a couple messages wondering about Archer ! I finally got some photos of him with the girls and solo yesterday so I’ll be able to edit and share ! Unfortunately he’s in preschool during almost all daylight hours now so it’s hard to snap photos of him during the week! He’s doing well and loving his sisters !! . . . #twiniversity #twinsandmultiples #doubleisthenewbubble #igw_portraits #kidsmood #portraitmood #childportraits #rsa_portraits #jj_portraiture #jj_allportraits #portrait_vision #main_vision #dearest_viewfinder #portraitstream #thesincerestoryteller #portraitpage #cpcfeature #girlscreating #kdpeoplegallery #siblinghoodlove #MoC_061 #jj_forum_2078
It seems those who have seen her picture agrees with her sentiment:
“Thank you! My oldest is 11 and I got so many stretch marks when I was pregnant with her. I find myself hating them but then think of why I have them. Wouldn’t trade any of my kids for a thing.”
“Absolutely amazing! miracles indeed!”
“I needed to read this. Congratulations on your newest additions.”
“Absolutely beautiful – I love this perspective as our bodies really are incredible.”
“We are so lucky to have these marks when lots of women would give anything for them.”
Garnett said it feels good to have resonated with so many moms. “I am not the first and nor will I be the last to share postpartum photos of my body, but I’ve always embraced my own vulnerability through my words and photos and I think it’s so important to share that with those who may feel similarly.”