I can totally get behind everything Rosie says in this post. I've long believed that moms can be comfortable and practical while wearing clothes that are classier than sweatpants/yoga pants and a t-shirt. I love that she includes a number of photos to show you what she's talking about.
A few passages that really resonated with me:
"Take stock of how your bones have moved - if it's just fat stores that are preventing certain clothing items from fitting and you can't bear to part from them, stick them in the back of the closet and try them on again in a few months. But if your ribcage has expanded as much as mine has, you're going to have to face it:So unfortunate, but so true! Last year, I finally accepted that most of my zipper-back dresses would just never be able to fit again, and finally gave them away. Now, I look for dresses made of stretchy fabrics without zippers that I know will fit me.
There are some dresses you have that will never zip again. And you don't need to keep them."
"Does it work for early pregnancy AND the post-partum stage? Can you wear it all the way through a pregnancy? Or will it only fit for those 6 weeks when I've lost all the pregnancy weight but haven't gotten pregnant again?"
This is another truth I've only recently learned. I've been in transitional stages myself for almost the past four years (pregnant, post-partum before losing the baby belly, nursing, very brief window of "normal belly and not nursing"). It's just not practical to have three or four separate wardrobes to work for me during all these stages, and I still hope to have more babies down the road.
Everything new I've purchased (well, "new to me" since I almost only buy used clothes these days) has been with these questions in mind: Will it still work for early pregnancy, before I need maternity clothes? Will it fit post-partum when I still have a belly? Is it loose and unfussy enough for discreet nursing? There are a lot of tops that can meet all these criteria - mostly of the "flowy" or slightly looser variety [I hate layering, so look for a one-garment solution rather than having to combine and dirty several items in order to acheive practicality and modesty]. I tend to like the peasant top look, and these can work well for a lot of stages.
A friend recently had a sweet baby boy. We went to visit them a few days ago, and he was just so tiny and new. Suddenly, I'm so aware of how huge Stella has gotten. She's barely a baby anymore! I'm glad I have another on the way already, because I would be feeling major baby fever right now.
I've been making a conscious effort to pay more attention to her recently (aww, my poor second child). Sly tends to hog the spotlight with his bombastic personality and his ability to have real conversations. I realized that at the same age, we were doing a lot more "stuff" with Sly that we just haven't really been doing with Stella...such as reading *baby appropriate* books, or having conversations with her even though she'll just respond with smiles and noises. I've noticed that she is much happier now and also learning things more quickly. Oh man, I sound like a terrible mom!
Tom has a potential job opportunity that is going to require some major deliberation.
Immediate pros: He'd be working for a good Catholic employer at a "company" which promotes the Faith, and it pays significantly better than his current position.
Immediate cons: Tom would have an hour+ commute each way (!), we'd need to own two cars, and the hours - at least initially - are not as family friendly (he'd be home in the mornings, but gone the rest of the day, including dinnertime and kids' bedtime. Also, the schedule is not M-F, but changes).
Many things to consider and pray about!
The kids and I were making necklaces with wooden beads, and I pointed out a teal bead and said, "this is Mommy's favorite color." When Sly finished his necklace, he said he wanted to make one for me, which I thought was sweet. I had to run upstairs for something, and when I came back, I saw this:
He used all teal beads for my necklace! This probably seems like no big deal, but it is the first time he's ever done something thoughtful like this totally unprompted. And simultaneously, it's probably the most "artistic" creation he's ever made on his own (since it has symmetry). That boy is so far not gifted in the art department. haha. But we'll keep doing crafts!
As an example of Sly's typical 3-year-old inability to consider other people's likes and desires over his own, consider this conversation from earlier.
Me: "Sly, what should we get Daddy for his birthday?"
Sly: "A toy dinosaur. And a puzzle. And a toy guitar."
haha....I wonder who would benefit from those gifts?
Sly: "I'm still hungry. What are we gonna do about that?"
I heard Stella start to cry, and Sly say to her: "It's ok, Stella. I was just being a gnome."
Me: "Sly...did you hurt her?"
Sly [matter-of-factly]: "Yeah. With my gnome teeth!"
I told Sly that he got his big head from Daddy. He walked over to Tom and said, "Daddy, thank you for sharing your big head with me."
My mom had a pair of maternity tights sent to me in the mail (yay!), and it came with two free "$20 credit" codes for Shutterfly - I think they made a mistake by putting in two....heck yeah! Christmas presents for the grandparents....here I come!
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