Here’s a little mood music to get us started!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sharing a hotel room with the beautiful María José from Very Busy Mama Blog at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. María José is a fashion and beauty blogger with a ton of style and grace, and even though she was a bit ill during those few days, she was a ton of fun. About a year ago, I remember reading one of her blog posts about why it’s important for us to forget our insecurities and just have fun with our kids. She shared photos of herself in a swimsuit to help motivate other women to stop worrying about how we look and just get on with having a great time.
This year, she’s doing it again, and she wants all of us to join in. She emailed me and asked if I wanted to rock my MomBod in a swimsuit and share the results. I’ll be honest – as nervous as I was, I was also totally stoked. My body has been through enormous changes over the past few years what with me shooting out three little boys one after another. And I believe wholeheartedly in honoring the miracles I’ve created by showing them that women come in all shapes and sizes.
I want my kids to see me confident and happy in my own skin, and I want them to see that size matters not at all when it comes to how much you can love someone.
With that in mind, I jumped into my super cute polkadot bikini and spent several hours in our back yard with the kids having a BLAST. Neighbors could see me, cars driving by could see me, and I didn’t care. I was having far too much fun in the sun!
I had Mark taking photos of me, and I was laughing so hard. I was trying to emulate the fashion models I’ve seen in magazines, and the results were hilarious! At one point Mark told me to stand against the hammock and pretend I’m a spider. DONE!
But what happened next was a little less than classy, I’ll admit. I was leaning back a little too much, and the weight of me tipped the whole thing over! I fell straight back onto the hard, hot concrete and laid their howling in laughter and in pain as I waited to be helped up. My hubby was kind enough to document the whole thing, though, and I have enough of a sense of humor about myself to go ahead and share this delightful sequence with you.
One of the things I REALLY wanted to show was how my kids see me. I gave my camera to my oldest son, Dexter, who is four years old, and I had him shoot me from his angle. He must have taken about fifty headless photos, all the time enthusiastically shouting, “You’re BEAUTIFUL, mommy! Just BEAUTIFUL.” When your kid tells you you’re beautiful, lemme tell ya… you OWN that. You remember that to him you ARE the most beautiful woman in the world. He doesn’t care about the cellulite on my legs or the extra skin overhanging my belly or the fact that my boobs just can’t be totally contained without a lot of underwire… he loves me and sees in me his perfect woman.
Sure I can take a selfie that shows me from the very best angle so that my boobs look perky, my fat is hidden, and the focus is on my face instead of my body. And most days that is what I do. I share the image I want people to see.
But today… just for right now… I am owning this body because I know what it is capable of. I can grow amazing human beings inside of me. I can nurture and protect and feed little people all with this magic form. This is me. I’m not perfect, but I’m perfectly happy.
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