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Wash and Wear?!?

January 6, 2011

Typical Mom Fashion

I am laughing while reading Laura’s post on New Year’s Resolutions–resolving to be more selfish and shallow! Her writing always cracks me up and this one hits home BIG TIME.

Becoming a mom is glorious. You get to devote your life to the sweetest little people in the world. You feed them, you bathe them, you dress them…and you usually don’t mind if there is a bit of spit up on your clothing.

Due to said spit up, it is a natural progression for your clothing to become less “Dry Clean Only” and more “Wash and Wear.” It is also natural that you discover that “Wash and Wear” reads “Less Stylish” and that even after you wash some things the tell tale traces of spit up leave their mark.  In addition, getting up and leaving the house becomes a three ring circus and you may also find that dressing yourself is (very) low on the priority list.  Preschool starts promptly at 8:30 and it entails a mad dash through the house dressing two often very unwilling munchkins. One could easily see how I end up with about 3 minutes to cover myself decently before wrangling kids into the car.

Friends, my children are adorable. They wear designer clothes and have matching accessories. Me? Not so much. The uniform has been nursing tank, jersey cardigan and either yoga pants or jeans with my Uggs that are begging for retirement.  I find myself trotting into Marshall’s and buying my jersey cardigans in bulk….knowing that they will be stained and covered in gosh awful things….like the day that we had a playdate with some friends and I left the house thinking “I smell poo…” I kept looking. I found nothing. I drove…sniffed…looked some more. Finally, three hours later I was washing my hands in the rest room and catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Ahh…the jersey cardigan had been hiding a tiny poo smear on the front of my nursing tank. Nice.

My hair? I confess that I am not one to fix my hair, children or no. It’s long. It’s wild. It’s unmanageable at best. Before kids I at least made some efforts to straighten and subdue….the best that I achieve now is restraining the mass with a bun. In fairness, I will admit to extreme vanity that  calls for coloring every 8-12 weeks depending on how many grey hairs my kids induce.

And as long as we are confessing to mommy style sins….there is the matter of my maternity jeans. I have a pair that is still in weekly rotation. They are designer, but that does not excuse the fact that I am still sporting a button tab adjustable waist. In private, I refer to them as my “cookie pants”. I can reign them in if it’s been a good week or let them out if I’d like to eat an entire large pizza. Those of you that breast feed understand the occasional need to do just that!

Here is my oath.

  1. I have 10-15 mommy pounds that WILL disappear this year.
  2. I will retire the cookie pants…er…maternity jeans
  3. I will attempt to put on an entire face full of make-up as long as I can do it after the preschool run. I would hate to disturb the right of passage that divides mothers of children 4 and up from mothers of children three and under. Showing up with a face full of make up and an infant at preschool is just throwing a gauntlet, yo.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. jjm permalink
    January 6, 2011 5:14 pm

    Preach it sister!! Though, mine is 4 1/2 and I still roll into preK with pigtails, yoga pants, a ruddy makeup free face, and sunglasses almost every day. There are two moms who are always PERFECT at 7:45am and I totally resent them for it.

  2. pursuit of poppy permalink
    January 8, 2011 12:37 pm

    I feel like I could have written this post verbatim. Cookie pants?! Love it! That is definitely what I will be calling my “big girl jeans” from now on. And other than my cookie pants, I have a rotation of 5, yes 5, “leisure suits”. Most of them have been acquired from old navy. Most of them have matching cardigans. Some of them may be made of velour. Some of them may have fit me when I was pregnant. I have an entire drawer in my closet dedicated to them so that I will always have them readily available. I do a load of laundry every day so that they will always be readily available. Spit up, poop, snot, tears, breast milk, cereal – my leisure suits can handle all of it without flinching.

    • mostlymorgan permalink*
      January 8, 2011 3:06 pm

      I love it! I have the big frumpy nursing jammies that make Jeremy roll his eyes 🙂

  3. January 9, 2011 3:58 am

    Ohhhh, yes. Speak to me! I feel you on everything except the nursing bra. 🙂 I just don’t wear a bra at all anymore. (I’m the only girl whose butt will grow three sizes but whose boobs stay a solid A.)

    This is THE year! We reclaim our pre-mommy figures (or at least a version of them), dress ourselves as nicely as we dress our kids and wash our hair! Okay, I got carried away. I’m not washing my hair…

    For what it’s worth, I think you look hawt. Your new FB profile pic? Honey, you look amazing.

    xo

    • mostlymorgan permalink*
      January 9, 2011 5:57 pm

      Ha! Yes…let’s not get carried away. My hair will be the same mess that it usually is 😉

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