I recently took my two girls to the beach for a week; while we were there, my mom was able to spend some time with us. (which was awesome, thanks mom!) The first day we were on the beach my mom was snapping pictures of me and the girls left and right. I was already very self conscious being that I haven’t been in a swim suit in a while, and I recently had a baby. Don’t even get me started on how long it took me to hunt down an appropriate swim suit. Dear Lord! Anyways, my mom took a picture of me and Lo from behind, and there was a roll on my side from turning around…the roll that almost everyone has, I was so upset over that. “Alright, please no more pictures of me this week” were the words that came out of my mouth…in front of Lola, Piper, and my mom. I was so down that I considered not taking anymore pictures that week with my children.
Some days I have to tell myself that I gave birth to a HUMAN 3 months ago, I didn’t grow her overnight…it took time. Therefore it will take time to get comfortable with my body again. That day was one of those days. I had to give myself a pep talk. And that’s okay! Sometimes we need those. We have to cut ourselves some slack. It is so detrimental that our children hear us say positive things to ourselves. I recently made a commitment that I wouldn’t say anything to my adult self that I wouldn’t say to my 5 year old self. Some days I screw that up almost instantly. I’m a work in progress when it comes to a lot things; and self love is at the very top of the list. If you’re like me, please speak love to yourself! Your body is a temple. Children pick up on everything. Let’s raise them up so they know they are nothing less than extraordinary, but that starts with us. When I look at two littles, the image of my body becomes so minuscule, what my body is capable of…that becomes the bigger picture.