Elias and I have gone swimming the past few weekends. It has been the best part of my summer. I have lived in our condo for almost five years and I think this is the most I have gone swimming since living here. I don't know why. I just never went to the pool. But now that I have Elias, it is a priority.
One of my friends, who had a baby a few months after Elias, mentioned that she and her two young kids are going to go swimming at the country club with her parents, but that she probably wouldn't go swimming because she felt too fat.
Of course, I can relate to how she feels. My body is far from what it was prior to having a baby. Sure, I may be almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but everything is saggier – you moms know what I am talking about. Shopping for a new swimming suit (there was no way I was wearing a bikini this year) was not an enjoyable experience. But, I found a cute “mom” one-piece and it works.
Her candor about not going swimming because she feels fat made me so sad because she is missing out on creating memories with her kids! There is nothing like lifting Elias up into the air and having him giggle as we splash in the water. I would rather feel a little fat in my “mom” suit and enjoy Elias than not create those memories because of my self-consciousness.
So every weekend possible this summer, Elias and I are going to go swimming.
I know I will remember the splashes far more than my flabby belly.
As a mother do you find ignoring how you feel (ie: feeling fat, tired, wanting to do the laundry) in an effort to enjoy your children more? When is it important to put yourself first? I think this is a great topic for discussion – especially given this week's giveaway!
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