Deaira Lynn Elwell (38), Jeriah (8), and Wynnie (6)
Deaira shares -
“Parenthood improved my body image, it helped me see my body as a beautiful creation that was strong and capable of great things. Growing life, giving birth and nourishing these little people with my body taught me my body had a purpose that it was not a fat, ugly, waste like society taught me.
My daughter arrived very quickly, in less than 2 hours and she was breech. My midwife did not arrive and I delivered her all by myself alone in my living room. It taught me how strong I could be when I had no other choice. Her birth was normal, it was extraordinary just like the perfect autistic being she is.
My daughter loves my soft squishy parts they give her comfort and peace, she loves to bury her face in them, how could something that brings her such comfort be bad, ugly or anything less than perfect. How could I hate and despise a body that brought me such amazing love?
Postpartum life was about falling in love with these tiny creatures. I relished everything about them. Their smell, the way they cuddled into me the greedy way they drank milk from my breasts. Watching them grow has taught me many things, they've been my greatest teachers. In becoming a parent I became a better more mindful more loving version of myself.
Our journey to this place has been a rocky one. Being a mother was always easy for me but coping with the rocky road life has put us on has been harder. I'm still here, I have remained a constant, safe, secure place for my children and despite the storms they are content and happy because of me. I am committed every day to love and honor who they are and foster their wild wonderful spirits while they discover their path. Its beautiful chaos and I'm so glad we have each other. Being here today capturing this place in our life, in the storm, is my way of asserting that we will keep going, i will keep loving them, protecting them and encouraging them into the wonderful humans they're meant to be.”