I Shared Post-Baby Bikini Photos On Facebook And I’m Proud Of It
I recently spent some time in Mexico on vacation. While vacationing, itâ€™s kind of hardÂ for people not to want to take pictures of you. Since weâ€™re mostly on the beach,Â these photos usually include photos of me in bathing suits.
Let me remind you all, IÂ had a baby six months ago. Let me also remind you that this kid made me gain 60Â friggen pounds. So was I ready to have my picture taken in a bikini, the only type ofÂ bathing suit I own? Well, apparently it didnâ€™t matter, because photos were taken.Â But I went one step further. I actually posted my post-baby body baring bikini shots on Facebook,Â because, hey, Iâ€™m not that vain and I did just have a baby. I was sure peopleÂ would understand.
The responses were what I found interesting. What motherÂ doesnâ€™t feel like absolute crap about her body after having a baby? (If you say youÂ donâ€™t, I think you are lying.) I get so frustrated when people tell me, â€œNine monthsÂ on, nine months off.â€ I remember with my first child going into a clothing store andÂ the saleslady I know saying to me, â€œYou look amazing! Didnâ€™t you just have a child?â€Â â€œUm, yes,â€ I responded. â€œTWO YEARS AGO!â€
That was before I was on FacebookÂ and had decided to let the world (or my almost 3000 friends, most of whom IÂ donâ€™t know) see me in all my nearly naked glory. I was kind of surprised at theÂ comments, not because they were bad, but it just proves my point that people definitely care about their bodies after having a baby.
One of my best friends wrote, â€œU R too fat.Â You should really consider covering up. Xo.” Of course she was joking. Most of theÂ comments started with, â€œUm, didnâ€™t you just have a baby?â€ Or, â€œJealous of your flatÂ stomach.â€ Another one of my friends wrote, â€œI hate you. Unfollowing. Xoâ€ Again,Â add the â€˜xoâ€™ and you know itâ€™s a joke.
One person wrote â€œOMGâ€ and I wasnâ€™t sure ifÂ this was a good thing or bad thing. I could take it to mean, â€œOMG YOUâ€™RE POSTING AÂ PHOTO OF YOU IN A BIKINI? YOUâ€™RE NOT READY. Iâ€™M COVERING MY EYES!â€ Or IÂ could take it to mean, â€œOMG. YOU LOOK SPECTACULAR.â€ I choose the latter.Â Another woman wrote, â€œMy son is 14 months and I still wonâ€™t allow these pics. GoodÂ for you girl!â€