the shape of a mother

you are beautiful, do you know that?
and your imperfections make you even more perfect.

-xo.

(eta- oh loves… you’ve inspired me so. make sure you read the follow up here)

122 Comments

  1. Tiffany said . . .

    I am bawling…..can’t control it! I am SO HEAD OVER HEALS IN LOVE with this post, the photos…you both! love love love!

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  2. mb said . . .

    this is what they mean when they speak of goddess.

    i love you so much. you are divine beauty, mother goddess, sexy vixen.

    you do this so well.

    mb
    (did you send these to Shape of a Mother?)

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 11:46 am | Permalink
  3. Shannon said . . .

    Absolutely. Gorgeous.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  4. Alisha said . . .

    I love it! Is this you?

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  5. Jeanette LeBlanc said . . .

    Jaw droppingly, achingly, bravely perfect. I’m so head over heels in love with you. ITA MB – this is goddess.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  6. Lisa G. said . . .

    Thank you for this.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  7. naima said . . .

    Thank you for this. You have increased my capacity for love today – loving myself…and I’m soooo grateful!
    PS, we’re belly sisters, seriously, my belly looks JUST LIKE THIS!

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  8. mim said . . .

    I love you and your tiger stripes. And OMG, Claire’s little tushy in the first pic, too cute! I miss H having that baby shape, she’s all long limbs and mucky chops now.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  9. Cass said . . .

    You are beautiful and such an inspiration. I really want something like this with me, Charlie and Amélie… Have to work on my courage and confidence so I can get to the point of letting someone actually take the pictures.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  10. Kelsie said . . .

    Awesome. You are. Beautiful, too.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  11. deb schwedhelm said . . .

    love you erin. YOU are beautiful in every way.
    xo
    deb

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink
  12. lexia said . . .

    Incredible. This chokes me up. I am so moved….there are just no words for this other than this is hands down some of my favorite photography I’ve ever seen. Ill never forget it

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink
  13. Jenn said . . .

    HOLY. FANTASTIC.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink
  14. jodie said . . .

    Oh my gosh perfection. Simple and perfect.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  15. Amanda Schultz said . . .

    Real. Life. Gorgeous.

    Sent over by Fresh Art Photography!

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
  16. Sarie said . . .

    Oh my goodness… tears…. so much emotion in these shots… I can’t properly describe how these make me feel…..

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink
  17. Bree said . . .

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing these!!! To the mother in these images, not only are you beautiful but fantastically courageous! These images are so real, so beautiful and so incredibly empowering. To Erin (photographer)these images are innovating… I pray that you will show them to the world because WOW!

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 1:05 am | Permalink
  18. debi said . . .

    Tears roll down my cheek as I stare at these pictures. She fits you just perfectly. These are so moving. Oh Lord how I miss these days.Thank you Erin.

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink
  19. abbie said . . .

    Wow. So real. So raw. Makes me miss when I held my girls that way.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Stopping by from FreshArt Photography.

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  20. Fernanda said . . .

    Wow it made me cry! Great pictures!

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 7:44 am | Permalink
  21. Kristen said . . .

    I recently started posting a picture of my scale each week with my weight and people were commenting about my bravery. Girl, I’ve got nothing on you! THIS is brave and beautiful and wonderful. I’m so proud of you!!! Thanks for keeping it real!

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  22. Ria Mathew said . . .

    What a brave post! Beautiful! Like how Kristen said, ‘Thanks for keeping it real!’

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  23. stephane said . . .

    How beautiful you are…inspiring, brave, confident and beautiful. Thank you so much!!

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  24. Sarah said . . .

    total. awesomeness.

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink
  25. B said . . .

    My belly looks pretty much like this, I didn’t get stretch marks, but I thought for sure I must be the only mama out there with the belly like this. Lots of beautiful, warrior, womben in this big wide world! Thank you for sharing yourself through these images.

    Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink
  26. Carol said . . .

    Bravo for your courage and beauty ~ I love the term a previous commenter made about ‘tiger stripes’. Such an empowering term :-)

    Posted January 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink
  27. CatV said . . .

    Thank you for sharing this. Knowing others out there look the way I do really helps. I don’t exactly know why, but it does.

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  28. anjoli said . . .

    Women like you bring out the bravery in women like me. I am getting married next month and I have been so worried about that last 5 pounds but now I feel empowered and liberated. Thank you.

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  29. kewal said . . .

    Thank you. Beautiful. Real. Refreshing. Wonderful.

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink
  30. Jenn said . . .

    Thank you. This is beautiful. I am a new mom myself struggling with realizes my body will never be the same. But my life will never be the same either, because I have HER!

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  31. darlene said . . .

    you are incredibly beautiful love, so incredibly beautiful … i had this crazy realization looking at these as the tears ran down my cheeks. i remember when i had my son and how beautiful i felt in my skin and realized that i have been self loathing my twin belly and lines because of my empty arms and now it may be time to let go of that last bit of grief and love myself whole again. i adore you.

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  32. Kristen said . . .

    You are pure, wonderful, luscious, goddess beauty. Your words and photos brought tears to my eyes. I am deeply in love with these photos, and with you. xoxo

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
  33. cath c said . . .

    been almost three years since my third kid’s birth (16 since numero uno) and was sharing a grab and flap with another mom just the other day….thanks!!!!

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  34. Deanna said . . .

    I am in awe. I am crying the ugly cry. These are by far the most beautiful pictures of a mother and child I have ever seen. You are a wonderfully spectacular woman!! You are a light on this planet and girl, you shine!! Thank you for being your magnificent self. Thank you for being you!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  35. Lisa said . . .

    Oh this is is divine deliciousness. You are so lovely. I am deeply moved by the power of this, the capturing of such beauty, the truth and seeing YOU so in this moment so absolutely gorgeous!

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  36. katie said . . .

    love.

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink
  37. Alison said . . .

    Thank you. Sincerely. THANK YOU.

    It is so nice to see what I see (pretty similar anyway). To know others see what I see. To know I’m not the only one. I am proud of my body. I’ve had three of my own children, and two surrogate babies. BUT it is so hard to remember sometimes as to what my body has done, because I get caught up in the media’s desire to see us skinny. UGH.

    So, thank you. :)

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  38. VZ said . . .

    Thank you for this. :)

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  39. jenica said . . .

    erin. wonder woman. seeing this and the amazing comments that are following, esp darlene, THIS is truth. this is bravery. we need a societal shift in how we see and understand beauty, because THIS is beauty. YOU are BEAUTY. those lines? those are the sign that you’ve LIVED your life instead of benchwarming, all of our scars and markings define us. i shared this with my soul sister that is just coming out of breast cancer, scarred and cracked open, THIS isn’t just about one person, and i know you know that. ;-D you’re pushing me, nudging me gently to take some affirmative action. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink
  40. Susan Valenz said . . .

    I LOVE what you’ve done! Thank you! My stomach looks just like that, it’s so embarrassing.Glad other moms feel my pain.

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink
  41. This makes me sad. Sad because when I look at you, I see pure beauty. I think, “Wow – she’s got a nice figure”. But sad because now, at 6 months post my 2nd c-section, when I look at myself in the mirror – and see that my shape is exactly your shape – I can’t help but beat myself up over how I look. I want to get to the place where you’re at, emotionally. I wish I knew how to do it… good for you that you can, I love you for posting this, so that I can at least have a realistic image of what other women look like… thank you so much – you are gorgeous!

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink
  42. Sarah P. said . . .

    You are so beautiful! Thank you for your post!!! I follow The Shape of a Mother religiously and found your post via their Facebook post. Thanks for posting! I hope posts like yours reshape what our girls grow up to believe is real womanhood! :)

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Permalink
  43. Heather T said . . .

    You are beautiful… Thank you for reminding me again about what is important…

    Thank you for your post…

    Posted January 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink
  44. csstrayer said . . .

    Love love love love this.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 12:18 am | Permalink
  45. terrie said . . .

    i MUST comment……you are so beautiful, and brave, and i absolutely adore these amazing photographs. thank you for sharing! i had a baby a month before your sweet claire was born, so can so relate to these powerful images. love your blog! :)

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:04 am | Permalink
  46. Ashley said . . .

    So beautiful! I’ve love to have a more intelligent responses, but these images are perfect — tasteful, timeless, and absolutely gorgeous. Rock on with this comfort in your skin; too few mothers truly experience joy in their post-baby bodies. <3

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink
  47. Tanya said . . .

    You are beautiful – and what amazing pictures, thank you so much for sharing them! Every mark you have has been well earned… consider them a visual representation of a mothers love for her children and respect for the body that carried them.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:35 am | Permalink
  48. Deborah Hollins said . . .

    Your work is most beautiful, as are you. Reclaiming beauty is part of the work that I do…taking back what has been denied to society for so long – that beauty is real and found in real bodies.

    I salute you and your contribution to empowering women; mothers and all women, to be proud of their scars and bellies and hips – such as they are – for the gifts that these bring are enormous!

    In Spirit,
    Deborah

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink
  49. tara said . . .

    Simply stunning. bravo, mama, bravo.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  50. heather said . . .

    beautiful and brave. thank you.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  51. heyKA said . . .

    makes me want to be a mother!

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  52. elegance and beauty – you make motherhood look good. xo

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  53. jonnah walters said . . .

    ? pure bliss. BREATHTAKING. Thank you for having the courage to show others what being a beautiful mother is all about. ?

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
  54. Daria said . . .

    Powerful and beautiful images. I am so moved by your bravery. It’s all there, the love, the sacrifice, the connection. Wow!

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Permalink
  55. Jenny GG said . . .

    erin – you. are. the. best.
    love!

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
  56. Kylie said . . .

    Soooooo refreshing. So beautiful. So true.
    It reminds me of me, one day showering with my husband and so sadly pointing out my marks on my belly after having my second baby, his answer was “Be proud. So many women would give anything to have those marks and have the children we have” so so so so true….. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  57. Sarah said . . .

    Gorgeous! THANK YOU. Made me feel so much better about my body after 5 babies and not loosing weight fast enough.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  58. Ampy Galpin said . . .

    Amazing how the human body can endure 9 months of change and the it leaves behind a badge of honor to remind us of what we brought into the world ! you are beautiful embrace your scares of honor and love that little baby for all its life !

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
  59. Maria Trader said . . .

    beautiful, thanks for sharing.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink
  60. Kristen Joy said . . .

    Thank you!

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink
  61. Kristen Mintz said . . .

    this is absolutely beautiful.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  62. Christal Thomson said . . .

    These are absolutely beautiful. I too have the “mom belly” after having my three daughters back to back and call the stretch marks my battle scars ;) While I think it is important to stay in shape, we must also appreciate the shape of a real woman, a real mother. Thank you for these photos!

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Permalink
  63. Leia Johnson said . . .

    You are making women cry all over the place with this. A friend shared it with me on Facebook–I cried and turned right around and shared it again. So far, four of my friends have also shared it. This is singlehandedly the most beautiful thing I’ve seen. Bravo to you for capturing this beauty. If you ever decide to expand on this idea, I’ll be the first to take my clothes off for you and stand with my flaws and my two beautiful boys.

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink
  64. This is so honest, so real, amazingly beautiful!

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink
  65. Olga said . . .

    add me to the crying mamas. i saw the first pic and thought, oh my god, that’s my body, too. and then i saw the smile on your face as you nursed your baby — THAT is what matters, that love, that beauty. (and that tummy, it makes for great baby support, doesn’t it? :-)

    Posted January 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
  66. Jen said . . .

    I also have chills! Wonderful and real sharing and love here. That is wonderful! I love it. Thank you. If only people would understand that this is what a REAL woman looks like and treasure each stretch and sag as it should be a precious reminder of the life brought forth by our bodies. The most wonderful thing a man has ever done is to treasure my stretch marks and to truly love and appreciate them for what they mean (and this man was not the father of my children but someone I met after my divorce).
    Youth and beauty is fine and has it’s place but age and motherhood do not often get the respect it deserves. I was recently asked (after 4 children and now I’m a single mom) if I was going to “get boobs”. I said, “HELL NO. I fought long and hard for the ones I have! If someone doesn’t like me as I am, go find someone else!”

    Women are not usually so cruel as to compare our partners to porn stars or strippers and focus on what they are lacking…it would be awesome to see a shift in society to appreciate REAL women for what they are and for what they have gone through in the name of love and life. If the men can not or will not support us, it appears there are plenty of female supporters and fans out there. Kudos to all of them!! Thank you again!

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink
  67. Lorien said . . .

    This — this is fantastic. I love. What a beautiful mama you are, you are, what a beautiful mama you are.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 12:37 am | Permalink
  68. Erika said . . .

    Stunning. I love love love it.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink
  69. Karen said . . .

    Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  70. Beautiful. I love it.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  71. christine said . . .

    How beautiful! Thank you so much for posting this.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink
  72. juliedoula said . . .

    Absolutely love love love these pics! They are real!

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  73. Ashley Sansone said . . .

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!… a hundred times over from the bottom of my heart. I look at this every morning re assuring myself that I AM beautiful and NOT alone! It made me cry. …… And if we made a calender I would buy it! xoxo – ashley

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink
  74. denise said . . .

    oh goddess you.
    oh goddess.
    how i love you so.
    how i am constantly inspired by you.
    how i never feel alone in your presence.
    how you speak for so many of us.
    how you wrap beauty around the raw parts.
    how YOU live and breathe and exist takes my breath away.
    so lucky to be your friend.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
  75. carrie said . . .

    wow – never posted on a blog like this before but this post moved me so much i felt i had to. thank you so much for letting me look into this beautiful mirror. i saw myself in a way i haven’t since having my daughter ten months ago. beautiful….
    thank you so much.
    carrie

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink
  76. Melanie Little said . . .

    crying…the reality…wonderful…

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
  77. Anonymous Mama said . . .

    I am a 28 year old woman that has given birth to 3 healthy babies. My tummy looks much like yours. I am always judging my body so harshly..I am always thinking of all of the plastic surgery I feel I should get. I had my last baby over 5 years ago..but still have a jiggly tummy. And you know what? I think I feel better about myself now. I am so in love with the idea that a very beautiful and REAL mother can share what a woman is supposed to look like after having children. Thank you so much dearest! Extremly appreciated. Now I can feel happy about myself-because I feel I have the freedom to do so.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
  78. Jaime said . . .

    I love the fact that this is absolutely real!!! Why are so many woman afraid of showing this….dont’ get me wrong…I am one of them. I look just like this…I love the bravery and love that this shows. It’s simply amazing…one of the best posts I have seen.

    I need to get the courage up to do this…I actually look at myself differently now that I see this and read it…THANK YOU!!

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink
  79. Wendy said . . .

    thanks! I’m in my 36 week of pregnacy and is brave what you did, we need to accept our body is changing to bring someone here… doesn’t matter if your baby smiling in your arms..

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  80. Tani said . . .

    I found your post and images utterly beautiful. It made me think back fondly of all the birthdays I shared with my Mom. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink
  81. laura said . . .

    beautiful, simple beautiful. thank you for sharing. so empowering.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  82. Junebug said . . .

    I think this is truly amazing. I am diabetic and my insulin shots apparently made stretch marks worse from what I was told and I am glad that you took them and made them into something beautiful. I appreciate that you did this. Thank you.

    Posted January 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink
  83. Susan Reynolds said . . .

    Achingly beautiful and bravely courageous! Love these and moved to tears ~

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink
  84. Holly said . . .

    Thank You…

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink
  85. Lisa Kizer said . . .

    Thank you for sharing this with the world. You are beautiful, sexy, loving and have given all us MOTHERS a gift we could never repay…. Bless you and your miracle of love.

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  86. Jenni O'Connor said . . .

    I am in tears. Thank you for showing the very real side of mothering, but making it beautiful. As a fellow photographer, and as a mother… thank you.

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  87. Rachel said . . .

    Thank you so much for this! I am having just one of “those” days and this is beautiful! Thank you

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  88. Dro Fraser said . . .

    wow so beautiful!! I’m a mother of three & I’m always beating myself up about my body but now I see that my body is beautiful, well done for taking this pictures:)

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
  89. Laurie said . . .

    I shared this on my blog too!!! I think as many women need to see this. Thanks for being brave for the rest of us chickens.

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Permalink
  90. Alice said . . .

    These pictures are breathtaking. But I must say, it is the comments that made me cry. The fact that this mama shines so brightly she gives other women the courage to do the same–it makes me have such hope that our daughters will grow up proud and feeling beautiful. Thank you for leading by this precious example.

    Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Permalink
  91. Desiree said . . .

    I am 25 with a one year old son and at a year postpartum, I think I should be back “in shape” but this has made me realize that I am “in shape” – MY SHAPE! I will celebrate the body that has given birth to and nourished my son!

    Posted February 2, 2011 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  92. Shelf said . . .

    Silly that I thought I was the only one with the belly shelf. Thx for posting.

    Posted February 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink
  93. Liz Lollar said . . .

    I love this. Makes me realize that I’m not the only one out there…

    Posted February 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  94. sonal said . . .

    so empowering. i see myself in your photo… thank you for sharing this moment!

    Posted February 3, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink
  95. Bernadette said . . .

    My “Baby” is 7 years old. My Baby Shelf and Mommy Marks are my Badges of Honor…
    P.S. I never wore a bikini till after I had my babies…

    Posted February 3, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  96. krystal said . . .

    beautiful. i already loved my stretchy belly. after seeing your photographs, i love it even more : )

    Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink
  97. Julie Alvarez said . . .

    How did I miss this?! Well, ditto to most of the comments here.
    Love you, reddie..

    Posted February 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  98. rain said . . .

    my womb has never borne, yet i’ve birthed many…and heart-womb fills over and over, expanding to make room for nourishment of one more. as a woman learning to love every shadow and light of her soul and flesh this post means so much to me. thank you for your braveness and your tenderness. so much love. xoxo.

    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:01 am | Permalink
  99. MJM said . . .

    OMG these pictures made me cry. I miss my pre-babies body. I am pregnant with #5 and I am 100lbs heavier than I started my first pregnancy 19 years ago! You are so brave and beautiful!

    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  100. Teressa said . . .

    I love the term “tiger stripes” thats what I call mine. I have them from my first child. I love them makes me remember how beautiful my pregnancy was all those 16yrs ago. I wish I had your courage gorgeous Mumma you are beautiful.

    Posted March 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink
  101. Violet said . . .

    Beautiful!

    Posted March 16, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink
  102. Katherine said . . .

    Omg! These photos are so beautiful. It made me feel just that much more accepting of my stretch marks.

    Posted March 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
  103. gresa said . . .

    so wonderful!

    Posted March 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
  104. Missy Bodine said . . .

    Thank you for posting these. I can’t tell you how much better they make me feel.

    Posted March 29, 2011 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  105. Carrie said . . .

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

    Posted April 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
  106. Yazzle said . . .

    Beautiful! So much lovely, pudgy flesh and the grainy texture of the shots is also sublime. These are classics.

    Posted April 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  107. lex said . . .

    pure love and beauty; thank you for sharing
    i want to learn to see me the way i see you

    Posted May 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
  108. vittoria said . . .

    thank u,are beautiful…
    after 2 kids my stomach it’s
    like this !

    Posted June 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  109. Jenn said . . .

    This made me burst into tears. BEAUTIFUL.

    Posted June 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  110. Alyssa said . . .

    Absolutley stunning… So beautiful and heart grabbing… Love it!!

    Posted October 11, 2011 at 5:47 am | Permalink
  111. Sammabamma said . . .

    Your stomach looks identical to mine. I feel like I’m looking into a mirror. Bless you!

    Posted December 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
  112. Nicole said . . .

    Erin, you seriously rock! I just came across this while looking through your blog and am humbled by the realness and honesty in these pics. These pictures are such an encouragement to all of us to embrace our mother bodies and I just loved looking at these, as we’re living in a world of photoshopped, unrealistic and unattainable images of women’s bodies and these are a breath of fresh air- real beauty. Growing a human inside of our bodies and giving them life is an amazing thing, and you captured it in these photos.

    Posted January 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink
  113. Katy said . . .

    I am 6 weeks pregnant, have always struggled with my body, and am already worrying way. too. much. about how this pregnancy will make me even bigger, even, uglier than I already am. Even as I have dear friends who are struggling just to GET pregnant. Thank you for posting these. It does me so much good to see them.

    Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  114. Jennifer said . . .

    Thanks for the tears…gosh! ;-)

    Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink
  115. hussler said . . .

    Too Ligit. Raw, real & brave! Love it, reminds me of my tummy :)

    Posted March 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  116. jane O'Donoghue said . . .

    this is a beatiful picture of a real mother and a real mothers body this is how it should be raw and unriqited love .not an air bursh insight this is wot should be published in the press a picture of a beatiful mother and child

    Posted April 22, 2012 at 4:24 am | Permalink
  117. Amber Lackie said . . .

    I LOVE IT! It’s just so true and real. All there is is beauty <3

    Posted July 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  118. LoveMommyhood23 said . . .

    Beautiful!

    Posted September 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  119. Prego17 said . . .

    I can see the beauty but these picture do give me anxiety about what’s. coming I have prom and senior trip in April and I’m due this month I’ve gained 59 pounds and it all has to be gone in time for my dress shopping I’m so afraid this will happen to me and I’ll hate my body and have a grudge towards my baby and parents for not letting me end the pregnancy when I first found out you’re really brave and I wish I had your confidence

    Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink
  120. ?ary said . . .

    it’s like i’am seeing my own body…but there’s the thing.i hate my body right now though i have two beautiful children.i really can’t help that feeling….

    Posted June 18, 2013 at 6:50 am | Permalink
  121. Olivia said . . .

    As a Mama who’s body looks almost identical, thank you for posting this. Thank you to the Mother who agreed to this photoshoot… thank you. The confidence and the life in this image is what makes it so beautiful and moving.

    xoxo

    Posted September 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
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    Posted December 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

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