Hi Everyone! Back for another week of photo inspiration! I actually missed last week, just didn’t have time and wasn’t feeling very inspired, but as soon as I saw this week’s theme an idea popped into my head and I knew right away what I wanted to do. It’s not an overly creative shot, but I think the explanation of why I took it might help.
This week’s theme? LOVE. Here is my shot:
Now you might be wondering why a pile of scraggly old sports bras is a good representation of Love…well, the reason why is because these are my nursing bras.
[And let me start off by saying that this isn’t supposed to be a PSA about breastfeeding, it’s just my personal story/view on the matter. And it is kind of personal, but that’s the point of this project…]
You see, I don’t love breastfeeding. In fact, I don’t even like it. I find it inconvenient at times, and time consuming, and messy, and just plain annoying. I don’t get those warm and fuzzy bonding feelings when I’m doing it, and most days I wish I could just quit. I want my body back. I want my boobs back. I want to wear normal bras with underwires that actually give me some sort of shape. I want to wear clothes that don’t have to be ‘easy access’. I want to go just one day without having a wet sleeve from spit up and dripping. But you know why I don’t quit? Because I love my kids. I know that they would most likely be fine if they were formula fed, but at the same time, I know that breastfeeding them is the absolute BEST thing I can do at this point in their lives, so I do it even though I don’t enjoy it. It’s a small sacrifice I make in the name of Love for my children. I fed my son until he was 10 months old (and weaned himself), and I will do the same for my daughter. Since they are so close in age, I’ve basically been breastfeeding for 2 years with only a short break in between. Everyday, wearing those ugly old bras (which are getting quite used by this point).
There are many areas in parenting in which I know I’m not going to be able to give them my best, but in this, I know I am. I’m not an overly mushy or lovey-dovey person, but to me, this is Love.
Now, let’s head on over to Alberta to check out the incredibly talented Jenn Duguay to see what she did with this week’s theme (I bet it’s going to be dreamy and filled with light!)
Back soon with more “Favourites of 2011”,