Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Isn't Skin Amazing?

My mother-in-law and I were emailing about our trip to Hawaii and she asked about my swimsuits. I sent her some photos of the two I have finished. She said something like, "Wow, no one would ever guess you had twins two years ago." I realized that you guys had never seen the before pictures. These were my pre-sewing days. This is me at 33 weeks pregnant with the twins. I made it three more weeks but have no pictures to prove it. Wasn't I huge? They had me on a high fat, high protein diet. I was supposed to be eating 75 (!!!) grams of protein a day. Needless to say, I can't go near that protein shake stuff now.


I thought you guys would enjoy this. It really shows how elastic skin is and how your body reabsorbs things that it doesn't need. By the look on my pregnant face, you can tell I'm an uncomfortable camper.

28 comments:

Gorgeous Fabrics said...

Oh Dawn, if I didn't love you I'd hate you! ;-)

Skin is definitely amazing. Something tells me you help it along with killer ab crunches. So share - what do you do???? Pilates? Yoga? Clean livin'?

Angelia said...

well... I had a 10 pound darling, gained all of 100 pounds myself.. and my skin went back at first then about 3 yrs later I had a hanging mess of loose skin! So you're lucky yours went back ... and I had a tummy tuck!

melissa said...

Wow, the photos say it all!!

Cotton Picker said...

Wow. I guess there's hope for me yet. :)

Beth H said...

Wow! I hadn't realized those little cuties were twins! (Duh.)

How on earth did you avoid stretch marks?? I had two +/- 7 pounders, and I've got stretch marks up to and above my waist!

Sewfast said...

Wow...that is amazing!!! You look fabulous!!! Mary

Gina said...

Genetics baby. It's all in the genes. If that was me I'd have stretch marks up to my neck. lol

Elizabeth said...

I wish I had your genes. I have a mess of a stomach. I guess it doesn't help that I don't exercize all that often. ;) You look fantastic!

Dei said...

That's just down right unfair! I had twins boys 14 years ago and yes I lost the weight, but my stomach looks nothing like that! The internet is not ready for pix of my post-partum tummy. Ugh. You are blessed!

Martha said...

your MIL is right! No one would ever believe you had twins with the flat little abs in yet another cute teeny binkini! You are awesome.

-E said...

I still don't believe it. I'm beginning to think you are really a balding hermit in Kansas.

hehe ;)

Anonymous said...

Oooh boy, does that picture bring back memories.

26 years ago I had twin daughters. They weighed 6 lbs 10 oz & 6 lbs 4 oz. My stomach looked EXACTLY like yours.

Mine did not exactly snap back into shape like yours did.....I'm still waiting.
Mermie in Omaha

Melissa said...

ITA genetics baby!!!! Skin is totally amazing - I'm so thankful I got no stretch marks with my four pregnancies, but then again I only had one at a time and you probably had to gain more weight with twins than I did.

Lindsay T said...

Wow.

stacysews said...

Amazing!!! You don't even have a stretch mark!

Sharon said...

I'm with Ann...If you weren't so darn sweet I'd have to hate you. Dang you look good!

Kristine said...

If I was uncomfortable carrying one (7 lb) baby, I give you bit time applause for carrying two! I wish I like to run like you, but I really think it's a form of torture. Nice work all around (sewing and being skinny)!

Rose said...

Yowza! Oh my gosh, the body is an amazing thing. You did a great job in recovering/getting back into shape. It ain't all genetics, if you are running in the snow.... :)

Karen said...

My god, girl, you're made of lycra. Really good lycra.

AllisonC said...

It really is amazing. No stretchmarks, no photoshopping, nothing! good for you!

Paulette said...

Amazing....and so not fair!! ;) Can I have some of your genetics?! PLEASE?!!!!

Sewellen said...

OH yeah, lemme guess...you got back to your size zero rock-hard body in like 2 days after you gave birth? hmmmm? Great photos! I now wish I had taken more big pregger photos of myself...vanity prevented that! you look fab, have fun in Hawaii.

Cindy Lou said...

Did NOT KNOW that you had twins! :)

Wow. Memory lane... except for your 'after' photo... I got huge with my two, and also am blessed with no stretch marks. And I did get to about 10 pounds smaller than I currently exist, too-- but never had your abs of steel.
In short, skin is amazing. Especially yours. :)
And...WOMEN are amazing! Just look at what we can do as a mere part of our existence! We should be proud.

PS-- Where on earth do you go to run in subzero Alaska?

designdreamer said...

Not all skin is created equal!
I like the lycra comment! Te he
And a lot of us are, ummmm, a "tiny" bit older than Dawn. That's my "excuse" anyway.

loopylulu said...

Literally, my jaw dropped. You really don't look like you could have ever been that big.

Kat said...

No, skin is NOT amazing! However, YOUR skin is amazing ;) . I carried way out in the front with all four kids and my skin is around my belly button looks like crepe paper. Not suitable for Internet viewing, that's for sure. It's genetic though. My mom had four kids and her skin is only a little better than mine but still not-so-pretty. My older sister has 5 kids (two are twins), and her skin looks like mine. My only consolation is that I have a really good figure for someone, uh, *my age* :) . So aside from my crepe paper belly skin, the bod is just fine.

I do have a serious case of smooth belly skin envy when looking at your bikini photos.

Vicki said...

How fantastic! Now how did you do it?

Naptime Seamstress said...

So, why doesn't my belly look like that???? I've only had three single babies. It's not fair - must be the Alasakn air! *L*