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Plus Size Mommy Memoirs

A blog to support and inspire plus size women before, during, and after pregnancy.

Jen is a winner of Top 25 Family Blogs by Moms - 2013

What's your favorite family tradition?

Each year on my son’s birthday I hire a professional photographer to come to our home and take family photos. We gather around the dining room table to sing happy birthday while Braeden blows out a candle on a cupcake. We giggle in the nursery, snuggle on the couch, and are able to have our love for one another perfectly captured within the comfort of our home.

Our photo shoot, taken during one of the most magical days of the year, is a tradition I hope will last for many years to come. Or at least until he’s a teenager who no longer wants to snuggle with his mama while having his picture taken.

What's the most challenging thing about being both a blogger and a mom?

I started the Plus Size Mommy Memoirs (PSMM) blog and Facebook page in April of 2011. I was just a mom who wanted to share my experience of being plus size and having a healthy pregnancy and natural childbirth. Now PSMM has become a community of over 115,000 women supporting one another before, during and after pregnancy. It has been a beautiful adventure but often requires more of my time than I’m able to give. Balancing my passion for helping others and my role not only as a mother but also a wife feels impossible at times.

My son started to say, “in a minute” when I’d ask him to do something. It broke my heart because I knew he was mimicking me. Without the love and support of my family I wouldn’t be able to be pursuing my dreams right now. So I’m learning to set boundaries, not always be connected to my phone, and no longer say “in a minute” when my son wants to make me lunch in his play kitchen.

What's the most rewarding thing about being a mom?

When I became pregnant I was so worried I would be high risk because of my size. I feared I’d develop gestational diabetes or wouldn’t be able to have the natural childbirth I desired. Braeden’s birth changed everything for me! On paper I was morbidly obese but in my mind I was a weightless warrior as I gave birth on my knees. The very first thing Braeden ever taught me was to love my imperfect body and for that I’ll forever be thankful.

Along with a new appreciation for my body, the love I immediately developed for Braeden was unparalleled to anything I had ever experienced. He is a piece of my heart that walks outside of my body. Motherhood has taught me what it’s like to love stronger and deeper than I ever imagined. Love is truly the most rewarding thing about being a mother!