I don’t know about you other moms out there, but after having my belly skin stretched out 15 inches larger than my normal waistline, I no longer have any feeling in my skin on my belly. I mean, I can feel pressure when I touch my belly, but I can’t actually sense my finger touching my belly. Nor can I really sense heat or cold very well, or wetness (like when I lean against the dishrag draped over the front edge of the kitchen sink). It seems all that stretching did something weird to the nerves…hopefully it’s not permanent. The big problem I have with a numb belly, besides walking around with a huge wet-spot on it, is that well, I never know that my shirt has hiked up and I’m flashing several inches of raw, stretch-marked, flabby, post-baby jelly-belly skin to all the world to see. It’s one thing when I’m bending over in my room to put on my socks and catch my reflection in the mirror of my belly hanging way out of my shirt and reaching for the floor…and I can’t feel that it’s hanging. It’s even better when I do it at work! Like when I got up to leave for the day, put on my jacket, and as I bend down to look at the zipper of my jacket, I saw my shirt was hiked up and belly hangin’ out. How long has that been there???? It had probably been that way for over an hour because that’s when I last stretched my arms up way over my head. And several people, including my two office-mates, had been in and out of our office, going past my desk, or standing talking to me, in that last hour of the day…and there I was, showin’ off the numb belly! I’m surprised no one took me aside to discuss the appropriateness of middriff-baring tops in the workplace.
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