The weather is getting warmer and most of the community pools are now open, this means Summer must be here!
I love summer.
I love the warm sun.
I love that the kids are out of school.
I love that it’s light out longer.
I could go on and on about all the things I love about summer, but with all these amazing things comes the reality that the kids are going to want to go swimming…and go a lot.
We have two neighborhood pools, so it’s easy for us to walk to the pool and swim as frequently as we want.
This seemed exciting at first until I realized I was only 8 months post-partum and my body is nowhere near where I want it to be.
As a mom that just had her third baby, things haven’t quite gone back to where they should have. My thighs are jiggly, my belly still wobbles when I walk and my chest goes from big to small depending on when the baby has eaten last.
While I thought I could spend my days on the side of the pool with a cute cover up hiding my insecurities, I was quickly reminded that my kids don’t care what I look like.
Our kids don’t see sizes or swimsuit styles, they see fun and play time with their parents. Being in the pool is a time free of electronics and filled with splashing and laughter. It is a time to connect and push away distractions.
I want to challenge you this summer to push away the negative thoughts and turn off the self-talk that doesn’t build you up. Remember what it was like to be a kid, how much fun it was to have your parents play with you and spend quality time making you laugh.
This summer choose to participate in the fun even if you didn’t make your weight loss goals or haven’t found the perfect suit. What I’ve come to realize is that if I spend my time sitting on the side waiting for my body to perfect, I will miss out on building memories with my kids.
We all have heard that the days are long but the years are short. While this is a great reminder for when the days are hard, it is also a great reminder that if we don’t enjoy the days we are given, the years will pass us by before we know it and we will no longer be sitting on the side of the pool because we want to, we will be sitting on the side of the pool because our kids are more entertained by their friends and don’t need to be entertained by us anymore.
So today, put on your swimsuit, slap on some sunscreen, throw your hair in a ponytail and jump in…all in!