Swimsuit season can be hard on moms. As a woman it can be so upsetting to look in the mirror and see your body aging into something you may think doesn’t match how young you still feel on the inside. But it’s especially important for us as moms to put on our swimsuits and have fun with our kids in the swimming pool and on the beach.
Today, Kristen is sharing how she decided to stop cringing and start splashing in this sponsored post for swimsuits at Yandy.com.
This is a time of year where I find myself cringing a lot. Putting on shorts – cringe. Trying on a bathing suit – cringe. Even online shopping for shorts and bathing suits – cringe. I know it’s silly and pointless to feel uncomfortable about how I look because let’s face it – I’ve had two children. My body isn’t the same as it once was. It’s done a beautiful thing and housed the lives of my two sons, and I am so proud of that miraculous feat. I know that I should accept the stretch marks and endlessly soft tummy that comes with the mom territory, and on most days, I really do. Because I am so grateful to be a mommy!
But something about swimsuit season seems to bring to the surface all those deep-seated insecurities that I feel about how I look – especially how I look compared to before I had my kids. I’m almost certain that I used to have abs. They seem to be hiding from me these days.
I went shopping for some summer essentials a few weeks ago, and brought my 3-year old son along with me. It was a challenging time. While I was changing in the dressing room, I found myself groaning a lot. Everett finally asked me, “Mommy, why are you making that sound?” I responded, “Because I don’t like how I look in these clothes.” He immediately started laughing and said, “That’s so silly. You’re so pretty, Mommy.” I felt like I had been socked in the gut with a heavy dose of reality.
My son thinks I’m pretty.
He thinks I’m pretty and that it’s silly that I should think anything differently. And that, right there, is enough for me. [Read More…]