The other night as I was scrolling through my overflowing DVR, I stopped to watch the Wendy Williams Show. (LOVE her! We're friends in my head! How you doin' Wendy?!) I had tuned in just in time to catch Patricia Heaton, from "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The Middle", sitting on the couch discussing the plastic surgery she underwent after having her 4 boys.
*Side note: If you haven't already, add "The Middle" to your scheduled DVR recordings! It is hilarious! So funny that sometimes I have to pause the show, get out all of my giggles and resume play lest I miss any comedic anecdotes that make me stop and say to Kit, "That's me! I totally do that!" Like the episode where Frankie (Patricia Heaton's character) is given the entire day off for Mother's Day and ends up fixing the toilet while her husband and kids have fun at the fair, or when Sue (the teenage daughter) goes bathing suit shopping with her mom and ends up buying a bikini that never sees the light of day underneath her oversized coverup. And if you're worried that you won't have enough space left to record much less time to watch it, go ahead and pull the trigger on canceling your scheduled recording of the upcoming season of Two and a Half Men. Admit it! You know Ashton Kutcher is only going to make that show worse!
Forgive me, I digress! Patricia Heaton has spoken out many times of the plastic surgery she had years ago (a.k.a. the "Mommy Makeover"), but for the first time, as she was speaking of her experience, I began to see the cosmetic procedure not as a vain attempt to seek perfection by morphing one's body with bits and pieces modeled after "the most beautiful woman" of the year according to People magazine, but instead as a (sometimes necessary) means to lift one's self-esteem by rediscovering who we once were before we became mothers.
I don't think I would have ever fully understood the state of mind of a woman who has chosen plastic surgery had I not experienced my twin pregnancy. Don't misjudge me! I was not delusional nor in denial of the ways our bodies change during and after pregnancy, however (not to sound cliche') nobody told me it would be this bad! Now my body seriously looks like an overexaggerated caricature of an 80 year old woman that you might see in the Sunday Funnies "Cathy" comic strip! ACK! Meanwhile, this is how I'm trying to keep up appearances!
Patricia Heaton speaks of a plastic surgery heaven where I could have a full figured bust that requires no assistance from underwire bras and a flat stomach that I won't have to slave over hours and hours crunching at the gym to have. *Sigh* For now, I can only dream of a day when I don't think twice about the muffin top that is spilling out of the jeans that are somehow far too baggy for my legs yet almost impossible to button shut across my hips. Or the day when I don't require 2-3 sports bras to hold in the jiggle while I jog.
But until that day comes, I can only fantasize about wearing swimsuits like these!
So how do you feel about plastic surgery? For or against?