Friday, May 19, 2017

Lace, Ruffles, & Confidence

Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
Beach Babymoon
Beach Essentials
 Pompano Beach
 Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
 Beach Ruffles Lace Confidence Babymoon Baby Bump
This pregnancy has been completely different from my first in so many ways. Although my body had gone through all these "changes" before, it was as if it was all happening for the very first time. Going into it I figured it would be a walk in the park because after all, my body had been through all this before, but that wasn't the case. I have felt more tired and more sick this time around than I had before, to the point where I even had to modify my work load and schedule a lot earlier in my pregnancy. 

It may sound weird, and I'm not sure if anyone else can relate, but I think all that contributed to how I viewed myself and body this time around. During my first pregnancy I was extremely self conscious about the drastic changes and growth my body was going through. I remember going to the pool and beach and feeling like I had to have extra coverage because I thought everyone was looking at how big I was getting (soooo crazy, right?). I would admire pregnant mamas who would happily display their bumps and wish I possessed the confidence to do the same. 

This time around all that changed. I felt like so many things were out of my control this time that I wasn't going to let my self confidence suffer as a result. Although it was a challenge at times, I was resolved to at least make an effort to embrace my new body (again). 

One of my biggest confidence challenges: convincing myself it was ok to wear a two-piece suit out in public. Soooo many mamas can pull it off, why couldn't I? One of the many things I am grateful for is the boldness and inspiration of mamas on social media. After seeing so many beautiful mamas of all shapes and sizes bear their bumps, I was convinced, I too could do the same. So here we are. 

Sun's out, bump's out! Complete with stretch marks and lumps ;)

I definitely got some looks, but honestly, I could not care one bit. I felt way more comfortable than I had even anticipated and the bump and I finally got some much needed vitamin D. It felt soooo good to let go of my insecurities and embrace this new feeling, stretch marks and all. Side note: this was shot during our babymoon in Ft. Lauderdale. The beach was beautiful, but the company was by far my favorite ;) My cover-up and hat are currently sold out, but I've linked similar options below. 

Moral of the story: no matter what your size, how vulnerable you're feeling, or what you think others will think, embrace your body, curves, and imperfections. It's never easy, but trust me, you'll be surprised at how great it feels to let it all go and just simply love yourself.


"You are altogether beautiful, my darling;

    there is no flaw in you."
- Song of Solomon 4:7

Stay sweet & happy weekend,

Alexandra

p.s. Don't forget the sunscreen! I wore plenty of SPF 70, but somehow managed to miss a spot on my shoulder and the resulting sunburn was no good :(


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