One of the greatest things about my pregnancy with Chase was that I kept my weight in major check. I only gained about 30 lbs this time around (compared to A LOT more with Cooper). So, after I had him, I lost that weight pretty quick. I’m only 10 lbs or so away from my pre-baby weight. That’s awesome! Especially since I only had the guy about 4 weeks ago! YAY! It took me so much longer to loose the weight after Cooper.
I took advantage of the fact that I can get into my jeans (well, some of them) and I put away all my maternity clothes. Then, I cleaned my closet out and gathered a huge bag of stuff to take to Goodwill. The problem is that I realized something just terrible…I hold on to stuff in my closet waaaaaaaaaayyyyy too long. I could be one of those gals on What Not To Wear. I mean, my tennis shoes that I use for working out or doing any kind of strenuous activity are the same shoes I bought when Jeremy and I were dating (i.e. almost 10 years ago). I have a sweatshirt (that I LOVE) which I have pictures of me wearing as a freshman in college (again, almost 10 years ago). The same goes for all but one pair of my shorts. YIKES! Awesome that I can still wear them, but um, maybe I should buy a new sweatshirt or some new shorts.
Those 10 extra lbs are setting nicely on my tummy…so my shirts well, they are not looking too hot on me either. I don’t have any desire to show off the post baby muffin top, you know? Basically, my wardrobe is a sad, sad little thing right now.
So I did some looking online to see where I want to shop. I need good deals to stretch my dollars, but I also need cute stuff so I don’t feel like a frumpy, lumpy, mommy. And I’m short on time since I’m carting a newborn and a 3-year old with me (and a husband!). Today, we hit Old Navy and Marshalls and I was severly disappointed. Everything is so tight! I mean, we finally get longer shirts in style, when can we get something less skin-tight?
I ended up with just 2 shirts and some yoga pants…because of those 10 lbs that are causing me so much trouble. BLAH! I was so disappointed. This calls for major shopping and I just don’t have time for that!
Not to mention that the weather here isn’t really going to get any warmer until June. I can wear jeans and long sleeve t-shirts till then. But the stuff in the stores is all warm-weather stuff. Double blah!
So all that whining to say that it is tough to be a good-looking mamma. I am no diva of style or anything, but I want to look nice so that I feel good about myself and so that my hubby feels good about me too. I know I don’t have to impress him, but it is still fun to do!
Maybe this has something to do with the fact that I am turning the big 3-0 this March. I’m feeling a little old, a little less attractive and a little less relevant and I just don’t like that feeling. I’m reminding myself that there is WAY more to life than what I look or feel like…but it’s rough some times!
With people losing their jobs left and right and the economy being in a hard place, I should truely be grateful that I even am able to shop for some new clothes. I know a lot of people can’t even go there and stay miles away from stores so that they won’t think of what they can’t have. Maybe all I need is a new take on things; a new perspective.