I came downstairs today a little before noon and immediately started shouting out orders “Eloise finish packing the pool bag!” “Esther get sunscreen on your little sister!” “Astrid go find your sandals so we can go!” 90 degrees outside. No air conditioning inside. We were heading to the pool.
But Eloise and Esther both stopped what they were doing and just looked at me. Not moving. Eloise was the first to speak “Wow mom I love your new swimsuit. You look really pretty!” Followed by Esther “You have a tummy mom that shows in your swimsuit. I like it!”
Astrid came up and poked me in the belly button and then she ran away laughing.
I haven’t worn a bikini since I was 8 months pregnant with Esther. Seven and a half years ago. Before that you wouldn’t catch me in anything but a bikini. But I’ve hated my stomach since my second child. My doctor decided not to follow my first c-section line and I was left with two scars, an inch of scar tissue on my stomach, and a shelf above the tissue that will never go away.
When it was time for my third c-section, the doctor decided to CUT A NEW LINE(I shit you not) adding to my scar tissue and making the shelf even bigger. And no matter how much I run and do sit-ups I just cannot get my stomach muscles tight and sexy like they once were. So I said “hello tankini” and truthfully I’ve never trusted the bitch.
But I started looking around the pool this Summer and noticed that the other moms look amazing. And kind of like me. So I worked a little harder. Ran a bit farther. Did some resistance training. Introduced a bit of Jillian Michaels to my life.(Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred)
And yes I still have my scars(but found a suit that mostly covers them) and I will always have this weird shelf on my stomach(my award I will cherish for three healthy children). Sometimes I think my doctors owe me a free plastic surgery for this mess.
But I don’t care anymore.
And my kids think I look nice. Who cares about the 20 year old pool boy.
Tanned belly here I come.
I am confident in my swimsuit and my daughters will see that and I hope always love their bodies. Even the parts that they may view as not so perfect.
Because if their 43(cough) year old mother can still wear a bikini then I think we can muster up the confidence to do just about anything.
Speaking of swimming…thank you for the comments on my article last week about getting your(and you)family involved in swimming as I work with USA Swimming this Summer to spread the word on the importance of learning to swim, water safety and swim clubs, as well as cheering the Team USA in Swimming at the Olympics this Summer!
Again if you would like more information on swimming and finding a club in your area please visit swimtoday.org for more information!
The USA Olympic Swimming time trials are currently airing live on NBC direct from Omaha June 25-July 2. You can find some of the amazing results on the USA Swimming website and follow along online, on air and in the news! I’m so proud of Minnesotan Rachel Bootsma who finished second in the 100 meter backstroke and now will be fulfilling her Olympics dreams! We’ve also been watching as Michael Phelps continues to dominate and quality for event after event.
Have you been watching the USA Olympics Swimming Trials? My kids have loved watching and becoming familiar with the names of the competitors as they realize their Olympics dreams!
We would love for you to watch Monday night as The Motherhood and USA Swimming are throwing a Twitter party on Monday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET so we can all cheer on Dara Torres in real time as she swims!! The party will last an hour, and they’ll be giving away some prizes, talking about swimming and cheering on Dara throughout. The hashtag for the party is #SwimToday.)
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Motherhood for USA Swimming. I was compensated for my time but opinions are my own. If you’d like more information on Swimming in your area please visit SwimToday.org and we would love for you to watch the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming airing live on NBC June 25-July2. Check your local listings for times. Also, this campaign is using the hashtag #SwimToday so watch for the tweets to follow along with important information about USA Swimming.