I pray you never question how lovely you are. Because of that, I promise to never talk about myself in disgust in front of you.
I can assure you I will make plenty of other mistakes in motherhood, but calling myself "fat," "ugly," or "gross" will not be one of them. Because right now you look at me like I am the most beautiful being you've ever seen, and as soon as I make you question that by voicing the opposite opinion, you'll start doubting the way you see yourself. Because you'll grow up hearing, "You look just like your mommy!" and if I follow that up with, "Your mommy is too chunky and disgusting," you'll think you are, too.
Your self esteem is so fragile--I know. I'm still working on repairing mine after growing up thinking I was less than lovely. My own mother didn't know the negative things she said about herself fell back onto her still-developing daughter. But I look back on them and know I could shatter your sweet soul with one comment about my own squishy stomach or prematurely graying hair. I could make you think analyzing every inch of your reflection and comparing it to what we see in the media should be a part of your everyday routine.
I hope to take care of your heart in treating your beauty like the perfect, delicate gift it is.
I love you,