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I Don't Remember How To Dress Myself

It's okay for my baby to wear hoodies and sweats all the time, but I can do better!

As a stay at home mom, I have learned that there are a few things I need to do each day to make myself feel good.  Showering, makeup, and wearing real clothes are essentials.  It sounds wonderful to stay in pajamas all day long, but any time I do that I end up feeling like a lazy sloth by around noon.  Plus, I do like to leave the house from time to time, and sweats get a little embarrassing at the grocery store.

During the nine months I was pregnant, I wore the same two pairs of shorts and five t-shirts over and over again, longing for the day when I could get back into the rest of my closet.  But now that my baby bump is gone, I have discovered that I have absolutely no idea how to dress myself in normal clothes anymore.

All those clothes I had been pining for don’t quite fit like they used to.  Things pull in strange directions, and suddenly my shirts all seem way too short.  Nursing complicates things even further, since all I can really wear are v-necks or cardigans – things with easy access.

I could invest a few thousand dollars in a whole new wardrobe, but that’s definitely never gonna happen.  So for the last four months I’ve been wearing the same pair of jeans and rotating through my five favorite v-neck shirts.  It’s like being stuck in maternity wear all over again!

Since I stay at home, I have no real reason to get dressed up.  But I find that I feel much better about myself when I look nice, even if my shirt is covered in puke and I haven’t left the house in three days.  My husband comes home in his nice work clothes each day, and I feel like a slob in my jeans and a hoodie.  I know I can do better than this!

This week I’ve been challenging myself to find a few new (old) things to wear – digging into the depths of my closet.  I’ve felt a lot better having a bit of variety in my wardrobe.  Can any other moms relate?  Do you struggle to feel good and at the same time wear something practical?

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