Wednesday, September 29, 2010


"It's you I like,
It's not the things you wear,
It's not the way you do your hair--
But it's you I like.
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you--
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys--
They're just beside you.

But it's you I like--
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you'll remember
Even when you're feeling blue
That it's you I like,
It's you yourself,
It's you, it's you I like." - Mr. Fred Rogers

I had come to a small crisis point last night, and you other moms will know what I'm talking  about here.  DH and I were lying quietly in bed, Maeve was asleep in her crib, and DH whispers to me: Are you okay?

I had just been thinking about how much I hate feeling unattractive.  I have never weighed this much or paid this little attention to my looks, and when I feel this way, I start to pull away a little from DH.  It's kind of a defensive maneuver so I don't get hurt in case he rejects me.  So I admitted that to him.

"If I'm not pretty, and I don't have time to do thoughtful things for you around the house or cook for you, what is there left of me that's attractive to you?" I asked.

"You," he said, "just you."

Oh yeah.  Thanks, honey.

Back when we got engaged - 2005


  1. I know exactly what you mean; it's almost a daily struggle for me and in a way I'm glad that my husband isn't around so I don't have that added self-inflicted pressure to get my "pre-baby body" back. It sounds like your DH is an awesome and supportive guy!

  2. He is. Oh, and I ran this blog by him before I posted it, in case anyone was worried.

  3. What a sweetie!!! That's a great post.

  4. I would probably feel a little guilty, too - if I was still married - but since my divorce, I take care of myself to an extent, but my daughter takes priority over anything concerning me.

    I'm glad you have someone who understands that being a mother keeps one busy and away from the elliptical! :)

  5. Mmmm. You really got a good one.

    I remember not starting to feel like myself until I stopped breast feeding (I'm not sure what you're doing). But it's just plain hard at this point. Be gentle with yourself. Your husband obviously is.:)