Put Your Mom Swimsuit On

mom and daughter in water

 

There I was checking and double checking my mom swimsuit.  Everything was tucked into the right places and all clips were correctly hooked as I removed my cover-up. I  was on the edge of the pool in my mom swimsuit.

I had spent hours upon hours, rifling the racks at every retail store hoping to find something that covered and contoured to give the best lift and shape for my post-baby body.  As an aside, how long can you claim post-baby body?  I am thinking forever.

I am pretty darn mad at my teenage self for worrying so much about what I looked like in a swimsuit and hoping just one year instead of the increasing cut-outs in swimsuits that the 1920’s bathing dresses come back into style.

My husband told me that in Junior High all the boys had to wear school-issued speedos for gym class and they hustled to get into the gym pool before the girls arrived for fear of them seeing them in those teeny weeny boy bikinis.  That’s how I feel sometimes.  If I can just hop into the pool fast enough and deep enough no one will see me in my mom swimsuit.

Some of you may avoid pools and swimsuits altogether because you don’t like how you look in them.

Be Brave – Put Your Mom Swimsuit On

Put on that swimsuit and get out there!  The people that you care most about think you are beautiful and want you to!

It might not be comfortable but if we want our kids to be brave, we need to be brave.  You are beautiful.  God made you in His image.    You birthed babies with that wondrous body of yours.  There is nothing to be ashamed of.  We are often far harder on ourselves than anyone else.  I venture to guess there is not a woman alive that loves every last inch of her body.

No one is looking at you like you looked at yourselves in that full-length mirror analyzing every stretch mark and cellulite pockmark.  They are all too worried about what they look like in a mom swimsuit and making their own mad dash to the deep end.

 

Get Your Hair Wet

Since you in your mom swimsuit don’t forget to get your hair wet.  Your kids are only little so long.  Someday you will be sitting on the pool’s edge in that darling straw hat.  For now get in and have fun.  They do not care if you look like a drowned rat in a swim dress, they just care that you are getting in there and making memories.  (and you don’t look like a drowned rat in a swim dress, you just feel like that 😉

Who are you trying to please the random person you don’t know or your kids?  We all fight the temptation, but in 20 years they will remember you got your hair wet and the gal down the pool won’t remember tomorrow.  Be the mom that wears their mom swimsuit, gets out there and has some fun.  We only have so many summers with our kids, I want to make the most of it!

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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