Megan Louise Lantz (35), mother to Catherine (5 years) and Oliver (11 months - pictured)
Photographed in Seattle, WA
Megan shares -
"I've been lucky to have no pregnancy losses, although I did battle infertility.
I have battled with an eating disorder since I was 11 years old. Although I made huge progress before becoming a mom, the process of having my children and breastfeeding them gave me a new respect and love for my body.
My oldest was premature, delivered at 35 weeks, and the first few months were excruciatingly difficult. From my post-op complications almost needing a second surgery, to pumping every 3 hours and making sure she ate enough, most everything was vastly different than I expected. The sleep deprivation was the biggest shock, but once we got past that a few months in, I was finally able to sit back, breathe, and enjoy this little life we created.
There's immense truth in the saying, "The days are long, but the years are short." Cherish the days, even the hard ones.
My eating disorder battle has made me so aware of how often people think badly of their bodies. I love contributing to projects that celebrate all bodies, in an effort to help combat the parts of society that push people towards disordered eating. I also want my daughter to see and experience a celebration of bodies, and to see me celebrating mine. Lastly, celebrating my body helps remind me of how far I've come on my journey, and how much better life is for me now."