It’s summer and summer means hot afternoons, sunny days, lots of watermelon and ice cream, and… swimsuits.
Moms and swimsuits go together just like toddlers and the word clean.
They just don’t.
Honestly, I hate wearing a swimsuit. This is my first summer in three years that I am swimming. I have either been pregnant (don’t like the water that first trimester) or in the postpartum stage. This summer I’m not pregnant and I’m past the icky postpartum shock. I also have a toddler so outdoor activities are a must these days! But let’s face it, there aren’t
many “mom friendly” swimsuits.
I’m also a breastfeeding mama so my options are even more limited. I have to always leave the house with something that can easily turn into a “lift my shirt up and feed baby” outfit. And this of course applies for my swimsuit. As much as I’d love to wear a little two piece bikini, it’s
almost impossible to breastfeed in those underwire tops. Again, the swimsuit industry doesn’t think about moms when it comes to swimsuits. I mean, who’s going to swim with a two year old if mama doesn’t?
But if anyone can rock a freaking swimsuit, it’s a mom. Why? Mom bodies are powerful, beautiful, precious souls. If we have stretch marks, who gives a crap. They are earned.
Also, the saggy boobs and overstretched skin are just beautiful reminders that shut the crap up, I birthed a child. What’s your superpower you skimpy little college girl?
Yeah so I think you should totally rock your swimsuit this year. Go out there in that one piece, two piece, the wannabe two piece (you know, the tankini), and be proud of who you are in that suit. There’s no mom shaming going on and definitely shouldn’t be. You’re a beautiful soul with a beautiful body.
But seriously, whoever designs some of these swimsuits, they need some advice from a mom who’s been around the block for a few years. I’m sorry, but my boobs just won’t fit in those tiny little pads. I’ve breastfed two babies, one I’m still breastfeeding now. I need support and a bit more coverage for these girls. Also, there’s no way my butt is going to squeeze into those tiny little thong bikini bottoms. No thanks.
I’d rather much go to the pool or beach and feel comfortable in my swimsuit. So if I’m rocking a bikini then don’t judge me. And if I’m pulling a one piece, then hey, leave me alone. Point is, I’m outside making memories with my kiddos and I will not let a silly clothing decide my mood/feelings on my body.
So shut up and get outside and enjoy these summer days! Truth is, your kids right now won’t be embarrassed by you and if they are, ask them what their superpowers are. I bet it’s not growing babies! 😉
Be proud of you mama and if anyone gives you crap, tell them to shut the heck up and get a hobby.
Now excuse me while I put my “mom suit” on and enjoy some sun with my kids.