IN HONOR OF MY POST-BABY BODY: A SERIES OF HAIKUS
Last week, I wrote about my complicated relationship with my post-baby body. I know that I'm supposed to look in the mirror with pride. THIS BODY CREATED A HUMAN BEING! An actual human being - with a brain and heart and lungs. A human being with a personality and likes and dislikes. This body grew Avi from a single cell, carried him, bore him safely into this world and provides all of the nutrition that he needs. This body is miraculous.
And yet...I have a closet full of my favorite clothes that still don't fit me. I look in the mirror and see pouches and rolls. A too-round belly that, only 8 months ago, I wore clothing to actually accentuate. Even writing these words, it feels shallow. But there it is.
And so, in honor of this love-hate relationship, and because sometimes we just have to laugh at ourselves, I decided to capture my feelings in a series of Haikus. (Side note - this exercise in whimsy was inspired by one of my favorite authors and podcasters, Gretchen Rubin).
A Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry defined by the amount of syllables in each of its 3 lines. For example:
First, five syllables
Then, there's seven syllables
Last, we're back at five
See what I did there?
Enjoy and feel free to add your own in the comments or on the Facebook page!
Eight months post-partum
A closet full of old clothes
Still, nothing fits well
Fancy yoga pants
Pretend they're dressy for work
Keep calling my name
Rocks in the morning
Deflated in afternoon
Arms are on fire
From holding this darn car seat
This counts as the gym?
I made a human
Belly, my badge of honor
Still, need looser shirts