In about 2 weeks we're about to become pool people. If you're looking for us in the mornings or afer dinner, we're probably at the pool. Our routine in the summer typically looks like morning play, pool from 10 - 12 or so and then home for naps. Every mama's favorite part of the pool??? The after-swimming nap. :) In the afternoon we play, craft, etc. and then we like to eat dinner at the pool or go for an after dinner swim (it's a great incentive for good dinnertime behavior).
I love seeing my kids have a blast in the water, and I love that I get to catch up with their mamas while they do it. We've been meeting at the pool since 2009.
Exhibit A - Kensington and Luke in July of 2009 :)
In 2010 we were all about the snacks. (PS - Look at how much he grew between 2009 and 2010!!!)
Summer of 2011 Mason arrived and premiered his baby Speedo :)
2012 Mason preferred to hang out in the stroller.
And Luke (and our buddies!) were ALL about the kiddie pool!
Summer of 2013 Griffin was 2 months old and she preferred to skinny dip. :)
And then last summer I had three crazies in the "big pool".
So, yeah - that's a lot of babies.
Last summer Luke became super confident and conquered the diving board.
And we all enjoyed treats :)
Especially Mason who flirted his way into crushed and shaved ice at the pool bar every day. :)
With school wrapping up, we're looking forward to lots of time in the water and I've gradually been picking up suits and such to get my crew ready.
You KNOW I love some little girl suits! I'm typically a one-piece girl ,but the ruffles and print on THIS SUIT won me over. Can you tell she hates it??? #justkidding
She's wearing a 2/3 and it fits her with plenty of room. I definitely think she'll get two summers of wear out of it.
And here are a few other suits that I have on my radar for Griffin.
So, now on to me.
I am super picky when it comes to bathing suits. I always have been. I know what I like/want and I have a really hard time settling.
But before we dive into my swimsuit picks, let's all take a moment and soak in my amazing 1992 keyhole suit. So many things to say :)
When looking for a suit, I like coverage. I'm not at the pool to lay out, relax and/or impress anyone. I'm there to hang out, chase my kids and change swim diapers. So when I'm looking for a suit, I want to make sure that I can do all of those things comfortably and modestly.
In my search for a great suit last year I came across Albion Fit and instantly felt a connection. The suits were modest and fun and not overly "mom". I ordered the midnight dip swimsuit and fell in LOVE. I'm not going to lie - I was hesitant at first because of the price and because I couldn't try it on. But when the suit arrived I was more than impressed with the quality and their customer service is great as well. I actually exchanged my suit for a different size and it took only a few days. I wore it all the time last summer and plan on wearing it all the time again this year.
I wanted something fun to kind of mix it up this summer and I picked this Antigua Peplum Top with the high waist striped bottoms. I am a total fan of pattern mixing, and in my head I think this will look really cute. The pieces were backordered, so the jury is still out, but I'll keep you guys posted!
All swimsuits are on sale this week on Amazon with the code FUN20SUN and I picked up this cute blue blouson top to pair with the striped bottoms for a different look.
If you're a loyal Nordstrom shopper because of the returns, free shipping, etc. then check out these three. I don't have any of them, but they were on my short list. If the ones I ordered don't work out, these will be headed my way ASAP.
Now, let's have an honest moment. Swimsuit shopping (and wearing) is not my favorite thing to do. But having a great time with my kids IS my favorite thing and, as vain as it sounds, when I feel good about the suit I'm wearing, I feel more confident and have a better attitude about the whole pool experience. I know that confidence comes from within and not from what you're wearing - but that's often easier said than done when you're in a bathing suit. And yes, I am so aware that that sounds ridiculous :)
I see how Griffin looks at herself in the mirror and I NEVER want that to change. I want her to be confident and comfortable and happy with how she looks and I want to set a great example for her in the body image department.
One last thing, I haven't forgotten about boys suits - they're just not nearly as fun :) I ordered 2 pairs of board shorts for each of the boys from GAP and called it a day.
So, are y'all pool people? Are you swimming multiply times a week? Once or twice a summer? Do you have a great place to find awesome suits I should know about? Lots of questions - spill!
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