We are back from our little vacation in Palm Desert and we had the absolute best time! If you follow me on Instagram you already know that we did nothing but hang out by the pool, play, and watch movies. But seriously, if you are looking for a fun getaway for yourself and the kids check out Shadow Ridge Marriot- The Enclaves. They not only have an amazing facility with tons of pools and even a waterslide, but they have a whole staff dedicated to family activities. From poolside bingo, scavenger hunts, tie-dye shirt making, lawn games, and even a ‘dive-in movie’ every night by the pool, the number of activities are seriously endless! Plus when you add in the mini movie theater, arcade and video games all located on site there is not much more you could want or ask for.
Like I said, we had such a fun time and it was great for the girls to spend some quality time with their cousins. But back to my original thought, my honest mommy moment.
Okay, so if you read my Mommy Must-Haves: Swimsuits than you already have an idea that I am no longer comfortable sporting an itsy-bitsy bikini. I love bikinis and still have a slight obsession with them but my choices in style have dramatically changed since having my kids. Gone are the day of completely baring my midriff and wearing Brazilian bottoms. Although, I wouldn’t totally be against it if it weren’t for my stretch marks.
Now I know what you are probably thinking, “Stretch marks? Big deal, practically all moms have them. Why are you letting that stop you from rocking a cute little bikini??” And you are totally right. I’ve had this conversation with myself a million times but for some reason, I just don’t feel comfortable in my mom-bod. I know a lot of moms struggle with this issue but then again some don’t. So why is it that some moms can rock their perfectly-imperfect physique while some, like myself, can’t??
Obviously, this was a question that came to mind while I was on my recent vacation.
While getting ready for our first day by the pool, my cousin pointed out that I was wearing a one piece. For her, I am sure it was a funny thing to see considering that I always wore a bikini. But for me, I didn’t think much of it because wearing a one-piece is what moms do, right? Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
As we made our way down to the pool I began to notice that almost all the moms there were in a two-piece swimsuit. Stretchmarks and all they had no shame in their game and were totally rocking their mom-bods. To my surprise, even my cousin who had just had her second child about four months ago was wearing a tinier bikini than I was! It almost made me feel ashamed for being ashamed of my own mom-bod. As I continued to look around I wondered why I wasn’t as confident as these other women. Do I have body-image issues? Am I just being modest? Or are we in the midst of a mom-bod revolution and I am just the last person to realize it??
The longer I thought the more questions came to mind. Obviously, I cover up because I am not fully comfortable with my new body. It sucks, and I know I shouldn’t feel like this but I do. Some days are easier than others and I hope in time I’ll overcome this issue, but until then I have a question for all you mommas. When did you become comfortable in your new skin? Did working out help? Or did time help you see your true beauty? For those mommas like me, are you doing anything to help your own mom-bod issues?
I would love to hear any and all answers so please leave a comment, DM, or email me!