Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A twofer of sorts

Most of the time I do not give my boobs any thought.

It's kind of like how I feel invisible when I'm out running, and then am always shocked when someone I know mentions they saw me.

I don't think about them, therefore they're not.

I mean, obviously they're still there, but not in a way that is of particular interest to me. Except sometimes, when I fixate on their no-longer-perky-little-cupcakeness, and then google breast implants.

What I want, really, is just a little scoop up where it used to be. Or rather, two. One on each side. That is all.

But there are more pressing things in the world to think about, and I spend the bulk of my anxiety on my children, my family and loved ones, and on the crisis state of our country and the world.

Nick mentioned the other day that I have the least sexy bras imaginable. And I was surprised, not because I disagreed with him once I thought about it, but because I had never thought about it.

Lingerie was a priority for me for a while. Mainly in my 30s when I had some money and there was no consistency in who might be seeing my undergarments.

And here I will say that I hit one of my lowest points in underwearing in my 20s, just out of grad school. I was in a state of semi-undress with a guy and then realized that one side of my underwear was held together by a safety pin.

And I was all, "Oh, god. My mother would die if she knew I was wearing such terrible underwear." And then he was all, "Why are you talking about your mother?"

It went no further than this. I'm pretty sure I threw out those undies after that. But it's also possible that I didn't.


While I was pregnant and had young babies, I wore very practical maternity or nursing bras. And then when I was done nursing for the second time, and ready to go back to my beautiful bras, there was a lot of space between where my boobs ended and the bras began.


Post-two-baby-nursing, instead of embracing the boobs like a kind hug, my bras regarded them like a picket fence might gaze at the house across an expanse of yard.

Faced with replacing them, I discovered the joy of stretchy sports-y bras. Not with the stern construction and constraint of running bras. But made with lightweight fabrics and thin straps.

These bras have a good shape, no wire, no hooks. They're extremely comfortable. The have optional pads for warmth/looking like I have actual boobs.

Still, every once in a while, I do think about breast implants. I have friends who are utterly delighted with them.

Would I be utterly delighted to have some semblance of my old body back? To occasionally, with the right bra, have cleavage?

But then I think, besides the cost, and really, even bigger than the cost, is the fact that it is surgery.

They put you under. General anesthesia is no joke. It's a big deal.

My friend Maude had cognitive impairment after anesthesia. It is rare, but it does happen. And her surgery was not elective.

What if something terrible happened, when it was something you didn't need to do in the first place? You were altered for life because of something totally frivolous?

I decided no to breast implants. Absolutely not.

And then I realized that in the next couple years, I'm going to need to have a colonoscopy. They put you under for that as well.

So if there were a way to do them at the same time, then I'd only have general anesthesia once, for a non-elective procedure!

I told Nick I just need to find a way to simultaneously get the colonoscopy and breast implants.

He contends that finding this surgery combo seems highly unlikely, even impossible.

I concede that he is probably correct. In the meantime, I'm going to get an attractive lacy bra or two. They just need to not itch.

Boob itches are the worst.


  1. You should look into bralettes! But yeah, I had to do away with all my balconette bras because nursing. :/

    1. Jo, I think bralettes are the way to go! And even I needed sturdy bras with the nursing! So much to hold up, plus the need for quick access! :)

  2. I share these same thoughts about breast implants. Also the recovery time, it's not like I really have time to lay around recovering from beauty surgeries. I am excited though because I would also like to have a tummy tuck- & now they have a non-surgical thing that sounds like it might work. I haven’t really looked into it yet but believe me I will. It turns out Nora Ephron was right & at a certain age you will have a roll around your middle even if you are painfully thin (I'm not painfully thin, but still). But I’m really writing to tell you about a great bra- the Pure Luxe underwire by Natori- life changing. They are expensive but they are sometimes half price in Nordstrom sales.

    1. Oh, someone told me about these heat paddles that melt the fat. I think that's what it was. Some kind of paddles that they hold against you, and it's either really hot or really cold. I don't remember beyond that. But it's supposed to kill the fat cells or something. (Man, I have no memory.) As for the bra suggestion, thank you!

  3. Isnt it funny how years ago we went for the lacy even if it did itch a little so long as it was a sexy looking babies its all no itch and ultra comfort and I dont really care what it looks like so long as it fits and is comfortable. lol

    1. You are so right! Now I have no tolerance for discomfort in any area. With shoes, in particular, which makes me a little sad. I did used to wear some fabulously high boots.


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