Friday, September 17, 2010

Fashionable Friday: Do You

I think the hardest part about being a mom and staying fashionable aside from time, is growing accustomed to the new shape our body has taken. That's why I am calling this post, Do You.

Do you can mean many different things but in keeping with the fashion theme I am going to focus on admitting our bodies are different and embracing the change. In other words, you have to do YOU.

As a teen and into college life I was pretty much about 100 pounds with the luck of having a large chest. On a good day I was 5'2 with no shoes. Even at that size I had issues with clothing but I didn't let it stop me from dressing fashionable. It was the 90's and I rocked grunge, constructions boots and everything in between. But then I went from this:
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To this:
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At my biggest size I still dressed cute, I still wore my platforms shoes, my stilettos, my platform sandals. I did me, even if I was a bigger than I was use to. I did my hair, I did my makeup. I took the time to do me.

But even at a bigger size I was not content. Even if I dressed like I cared when I looked in the mirror all I saw was fat. I even bought many of my clothes in sizes that were too big because that is how I saw myself. My only saving grace were my feet, who miraculously have remained a size 6.

Now that I have given birth to one child I can appreciate the body I had before he came along. Now there are parts hanging where they didn't hang before. There are pooches that weren't there before. It is hard to embrace this new body but just as I was getting use to it I found out we were expecting baby number 2. I happily embrace my preggo body, mainly because I can let it all hang out.

Do you embrace your new mommy body? Do you struggle with your self-image? Maybe you find that it is easier to love your new body than the old? Or do you still reminisce about your old body?

Next week, Do You part 2, how to shop!


  1. I'm only 5'2" also and have always had trouble finding cute, trendy clothes that fit. Not to mention that I'm NOT 100 pounds, I never felt I looked good enough or dressed good enough. No more. I think now that I'm over 40 I look better and dress better than I ever have before. I think it might have to do with the fact that I have three daughters so I am definitely more conscious of the image I portray to them. I don't want to be "that" Mom - the one with the Mom jeans and the classic clothes (like my own mother). I want to be young and hip and young. As long as I'm not wearing short shorts and bearing my belly, I think I'm okay.

  2. I'm 5 1 1/2 (gotta give me that half!)...and I struggle.

    My son is 17 months old, and after I stopped nursing, controlling my weight became a mystery. Now, I'm pregnant with #2 and back in the giant blobby swollen early pregnancy phase where I feel horrible and try to squeeze my bloatation into whatever will fit.

    I strive to be like your other poster - confident, well dressed mama. But now, obviously, all bets are off.

    Great Blog!

  3. OH man...

    The whole post baby body thing is a tough one. I too welcomed the baby bump of our second after gaining 67 lbs with my first and only losing maybe half of that between the two. At least pregers like you say, it can all hang out.

    I am a small person in general, and just blew up pregnant. It felt wrong. I'm down to within 10 lbs of prebaby body, but as the weight has come off I've had to come to a realization that it's not just the pounds. Things shift during flight, and coming to accept that...well not quite there yet.

  4. I should also note, that profile google so prebaby. Shhhh....


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