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Baymax, Kelly Clarkson and gaining weight during pregnancy
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American singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson poses for a portrait in promotion of her forthcoming album "Piece by Piece." - photo by Carmen Rasmusen Herbert
Mommy, my 4-year-old said, wide-eyed, as he watched me get ready a few mornings ago, your tummy looks like Baymaxs.

Yeah? I replied, turning to the side and examining my giant growing belly from all angles.

Because its so big and white, he continued.

It was a pretty accurate assessment. We had just watched Disneys Big Hero 6 a few days before, and apparently watching me wobble around reminded my little guy of the enormous, puffy animated character.

Yeah, Mom, my 6-year-old chimed in. That bump is even bigger than those other ones.

I wont tell you which bumps he was referring to. There are several large bumps on my body right now as I get down to the last few weeks of this very long pregnancy.

Im pretty laid-back about my weight gain during pregnancy. I try to eat healthy, go on walks and generally take care of myself, but Im also not too worried about gaining weight. Im supposed to. Growing a human and increasing my blood supply and water weight and making a placenta and producing milk and all that tend to add a few pounds to a womans body. Im grateful for the opportunity.

But what if my son said this post-pregnancy? What if he told me I looked like a giant marshmallow robot after I had given birth? Would I have been able to brush aside the comment so easily?

Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson has been all over the media lately because of her recent size. Throughout the course of her successful singing career, her weight has fluctuated, and she has always accepted it with a sense of humor.

"Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can't wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk! Clarkson told Parade in 2013 when she discovered she was expecting her first baby with her husband, Brandon Blackstock.

I've never been a Gisele Bundchen, so ain't nobody expectin' that! she continued when asked how long she thinks it will take for her to lose the pregnancy pounds. I like to set a (low) standard so people don't expect a lot."

But eight short months after Clarkson gave birth, people are already getting on her case about slimming down.

British TV personality Katie Hopkins sent out a vicious tweet after seeing Clarkson appear on The Gram Norton Show a few months ago:

What happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all her backing singers? Happily I have a wide-screen.

After receiving a fury of backlash, Hopkins still didnt change her tune, responding with, Look chubsters, Kelly Clarkson had a baby a year ago. That is no longer baby weight. That is carrot cake weight. Get over yourselves.

After learning about Hopkins' nasty comments, Clarkson laughed it off: She's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me," Clarkson told Heat Magazine. "I'm awesome! Ive just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family I don't seek out any other acceptance.

And speaking of how her family has changed her, Clarkson recently gushed to People about her daughter, River, and the peace motherhood has brought her.

"I love what I do, but I feel like I relied on my career a lot for my self-worth. And now I'm more than that," she said. "I'm a mother and a wife and have this whole other thing going on."

Growing babies and becoming a mother has made me look at my body and my life in a completely different way. You really begin to understand what it means to live for someone else literally. My children need me and are relying on me for practically everything during their first few years of life. That is both an incredible responsibility and overwhelmingly humbling.

Some days are hard. Some months are hard. Even some years are hard. But in doing this most amazingly difficult and indescribably wonderful thing, Ive realized the same thing as Clarkson, as quoted by People: I guess the biggest success I want is that whenever I die, people will say, 'She was so successful as a mother, and as a wife.' That's kind of my big goal."

So to all you mothers out there, pregnant or not, large or small, gaining or losing weight, know this: You are pretty awesome. Using your life to bless, protect and help others is pretty awesome.

Just like Baymax.