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'MOMMYHOOD'
by barbara brickner-nowack


Plus Size Mom vs. Straight Size Mom:  What's the Dif?

Have you ever considered the question "What is the difference between a plus size mom and a straight size mom?"  I have.  Just as we are transitioning into the September months ahead, parent and children have all enjoyed a wonderful summer season with our kids and family -- away from school, at camp and being together at the pool or on a trip.  While August is SO “Summer,” September is a completely different season in most parts of our country!  It reminds me a lot of the comparisons of a "plus" mom and a "regular size" mom.  We are different, yes, but much the same in many ways. 

I travel quite a bit in my ‘working-model’ life.  I have to be away from my daughter much more than I really want to.  It provides a comfortable lifestyle for my family and myself, but it also provides a lot of heartache for a mom! How is that really different than the entire working mom's that I have met along the way?  We sometimes are criticized for making the choice to work away from home.  We don't get to cook all of our meals for our family (I am not sure that is a bad thing in my house!)  I often wonder if sometimes there might be another underlying issue that mom's are not really addressing.  And that is the ‘size issue’ of being a mommy. 

We all hear of the celebrities who lose their entire baby weight the NEXT DAY after delivering.  I don't know about you all out there, but that just was not the case for me.  I am really happy about my healthy pregnancy and that my daughter was a healthy child.  It took me a while to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight.  Quite honestly, it has been harder to maintain my body shape (which is very curvy to begin with!) after having a child.  But I am honoring that by knowing that this body gave me, “My little miracle.” 

So how IS that different from our smaller mom counterparts?  Do we love our kids any less or any more than them? I will have to say a resounding NO!  That is why I think we mother's out there need to start supporting each other.  No matter size, culture, working mom, stay-at-home mom, breastfeeding mom, formula feeding mom and so on!  Senator Hillary Clinton was right when she shared an famous quote -  that it takes a village to raise our children.  So, I say,  let's put down our negative thoughts and support each other as we raise our next generation. 

 

 


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Just as a side note, I will support you when you eat salad with no dressing at our lunch date if you support me getting that apple cobbler for dessert!  Because really, what matters most is that we have just finished talking ONLY about our kids and how much we love them!  Let's celebrate each other for that!

A ‘sweet dream message’ for
my daughter and your children
by Barbara Brickner-Nowack


Barbara has been a working plus size model for over 10 years. She made her start in Seattle and has moved to the NY and European markets. She holds a degree in communications from Washington State University. She is a frequent speaker to students about body image and her role as a model in breaking unhealthy thinking about the ultra-thin images in our society today.

Inspired by her pregnancy, Barbara created BB Maternity, a collection of pieces that take the curvy Mom from the beginning to the end of her pregnancy and beyond!

For more information, please log onto barbarabrickner.com or bbmaternity.com.

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Sweet dreams my little pumpkin,

My knower of the truth...

That when mommy says "I love you,"

It is bigger than the moon

 

 

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about barbara brickner-nowack

Barbara has been a working plus size model for over 10 years. She made her start in Seattle and has moved to the NY and European markets. She holds a degree in communications from Washington State University. She is a frequent speaker to students about body image and her role as a model in breaking unhealthy thinking about the ultra-thin images in our society today.

Inspired by her pregnancy, Barbara created BB Maternity, a collection of pieces that take the curvy Mom from the beginning to the end of her pregnancy and beyond!

For more information, please log onto barbarabrickner.com or bbmaternity.com.

barbara brickner-nowack

 


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