Lizzie Easton-Montes (43), Ishmael (4), and Phoenix (9 weeks)
Miami | Asheville, NC
Lizzie shares -
“13 years ago I had an abortion, its hard to explain why but at 10 weeks, 4 days I did and it nearly broke my heart. Because of this and an extremely abusive relationship I almost took my own life and landed in rehab. Many years later and happily living and happily married our first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 10 weeks 4 days. It felt like full circle/karma closed/pain released.
If anything parenthood has made me love my body more - even though my stomach muscles are torn, I’m over weight, and I have rashes all over my body - because I’m in awe of what my body did and how it recovered. Also being pregnant has made me so appreciate not being pregnant and the ability to move, run, and play tennis!
With Ishmael we snuggled up at home, rested, nursed and loved each other up. Recovery was slow but steady and I loved every second of postpartum. Nursing while heavenly, kicked my butt so I definitely needed naps daily to get thru the nights. With Phoenix I hit the ground running. Bleeding stopped after 4-5 days and my body felt amazing. I rarely nap and I feel like I have some sort of super powers but it also doesn’t feel as hard as with Ishmael. Either way this stage is heavenly to me and I could live in it forever.
This is a beautiful project and I’m proud to be a part of it. I want to freeze this stage of life, even if for one frame.”