pregnant and in a bikini!
not knowing if this will be my last pregnancy or not, I have really tried embracing my body. I have worked at being proud and excited about the changes that pregnancy bring. (because it’s not ALL glamorous, I have spent more time with throwing up, headaches, body aches, stretching, cravings, food aversions, being tired, etc.) but I feel very fortunate to have my daughters close in age and to be pregnant again right now. it’s all worth it!
my husband and I tried for our first baby for over a year and half and so after each pregnancy we’ve decided to start trying soon after we felt ‘sort of’ ready just in case it took us a little longer to get pregnant again. when baby #3 is born, we will have 3 under the age of 4 with our oldest turning 4 in September, and our second daughter having just turned 18 months (April 21st) so as quick as things have happened and I know our lives will change so much in another month – a third daughter is really all my younger self could’ve only dreamed about!
I have thought about my body confidence for a while, and somedays I waiver and don’t feel as great as I wish I would. I typically don’t feel good when I’m not doing anything productive, when I find myself comparing what I have or don’t have to people on the internet. I also don’t feel good when I’m not doing anything great for my body. I like having a clean house, I like eating delicious and healthy foods, I like doing my hair and putting on a cute outfit. I like when I have the spirit of God with me (when I’ve read my scriptures and listen to good music) .. all those good things help me to feel my best.
when I find myself comparing, I push away those mean thoughts (that are damaging and hurtful) and I refocus on the blessings in my life.
my body isn’t ‘perfect’ by the worlds’ standards. I have stretch marks, lines, wrinkles and scars and heck, I had a fading self tanner situation happening in these photos but I’m still posting them and I’m still proud of my body. I’m not embarrassed or wanting to hide myself. that’s not to say though that I’m posting ‘the worst’ photos of this photo shoot either, I of course chose the ones that I thought I was looking good.
I don’t want my daughter’s growing up and thinking they need to worry or hide or cover up their bodies (not that they should flaunt it all either) but not to stress so much about how they look. I’d rather us go to the pool or park and just have FUN. I look back at myself in jr. high and high school and I’m sad that I sat out a lot, or didn’t go to a party because I felt I would be judged. I wish that I would’ve had the confidence to participate and be happy and ENJOY my life. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to ‘look’ like we’re having a great life instead of just ‘living’ our best life.
that’s my biggest goal lately .. to truly LIVE and enjoy what is ‘my’ life. I don’t want to look back and think that I wasted so much time thinking about other people or watching them live their lives on social media. I want to be the one making memories with my family. I want to excel in my abilities and passions and really make my life, one that I’m excited about every day.
when it comes to swimwear I honestly haven’t branched out much for the past two years. I have such a love for Albion Fit and all they stand for. I’m worn their designs through two pregnancies and I’m impressed with their unique, in house made/designed prints and silhouettes for swimsuits.
I love their activewear, loungewear, swimwear and honestly I own practically everything they’ve ever made. lol they’re addicting!
I’m excited to share that Albion Fit has given me a coupon code (it expires next Tuesday 4/9!) JEPPSEN15 for 15% off your purchase! I’m obsessed with EVERYTHING they make but their swimwear is really something!! I’ll share a few favorites here (in case you need suggestions) ..
.. favorite one piece swimsuit for maternity/non maternity (Albion’s suits come in multiple colors/designs .. so there’s something for every style!)
.. the Jetsetters are one of the most popular pants on the internet! lol my mom and sister and I have so many pairs and we literally wear them for all sorts of occasions!
.. their tees are the softest fabric ever and are so delicate. if you want a high quality tee shirt – stock up on these!! I’m in love with them!
shop my newest swimsuit .. I’m in an xs in the top + bottom for size reference. swimsuits stretch as they get wet, so I wanted them to fit snug. use my code JEPPSEN15 to get you 15% off your purchase until 4/9!
hat (best deal for an on trend summer staple!)
thanks for reading! I know I had a lot to say about .. a lot in this post but I’m curious, what are your goals this summer???