Postpartum Style- Mom-On-The-Go

Thank God we had the baby. While there are so many crazy things happening with my body right now, at least I don’t need my husband to push me out of bed in the middle of the night 18,000 times to go pee. At least I don’t waddle anymore. At least I don’t have 25 lbs sitting on my front (which makes back-aches and running into things like ALL THE TIME completely inevitable).

Another reason I’m so happy to have the baby (please note that I am intentionally excluding gushing over how much I love my son) is that I am SO excited to wear normal, cute fall clothes again! I can’t fit into my regular jeans and I refuse to wear maternity clothes anymore, so I’m stuck in leggings and a couple of pairs of novelty pants (like the Free People plaid ones below).

Below, see my postpartum style that is also my “mom-on-the-go” style. Everything is washable (or I can at least put on the Hand Wash cycle of my machine) so I don’t have to worry about ruining my clothes with the wonderful things that go along with being a mom of 2 under 2 (spit up, poop, puke, pee, oh I could go on).

Outfit #1: Walk around the neighborhood, dinner with the kids, shopping!

I paired the Free People plaid pants (that I was so obsessed with that I purchased while 9 months pregnant) with a graphic tee and sneakers. I put a lace tank under it because the outfit was feeling a little edgy/masculine and I decided on a blazer instead of a leather jacket to make it more sophisticated. Of course, I don’t have any regular blazers… only ones with zippers and leather on them but still! I wore this out to dinner with the family and felt totally rocker-chic!

FP Pants

Outfit #2: Walk around neighborhood, Park, Grocery Store, Coffee with a Friend

I paired a Free People sweater from last year with a long, striped tank top. I can’t wear my jeans yet so I’m stuck with leggings and, since I refuse to wear leggings without covering my butt, I threw on a long tank top. The sweater is pretty flowy so I wanted to put something that shows I’m not as wide as the sweater is. I finished the look with a headband that my toddler kept taking out… fun times.

I wore my Aquatalia riding boots with this outfit. These boots are an investment but I swear, when you have young kids, with the amount of shit you chase them through (sometimes it’s literally shit- goose or otherwise), it’s worth it to invest in a great pair of black and another pair of brown riding boots.

FP sweater

Outfit # 3: Yet another Free People sweater (do you sense a trend?) with the Free People lace slip underneath. I am OBSESSED with this lace slip! Slips with lace at the bottom are SO trendy right now and it’s absolutely do-able as a mom! It makes any outfit look romantic and dressed up but it feels like a basic tank. I already bought a second one in gray and can’t wait to wear it!

Because there isn’t too much going on in my outfit I added a really big scarf that I took off about 100 times because I get the postpartum sweats (which is SUPER glamorous).

FP sweater2

One thing that is REALLY exciting for moms-on-the-go right now is that layering is still so trendy. Layering can SAVE us! I know we all know the feeling of going into Target in several layers because it’s 40 degrees out. Then your kid escapes the cart and you’re running after him or her. All of a sudden, you’re pouring sweat just trying to keep them in the stupid cart. Instead of wearing a tank with a Lululemon zip up and yoga pants, we can wear multiple layers that we can shed during our Target trips! It also makes it easier when a friend calls for an impromptu drink of cup of coffee…. It’s hard enough getting my kids ready. When I have to get myself ready on top of that, it’s all over.

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Life After Pregnancy… 2 Under 2

I’m BAAAAAAACK! So Oliver was born 3 weeks ago! It’s true what they say: the second labor is WAY easier (although the fact that he weighed 2.5 more than Fiona— that was definitely worse). He was also face up with his head to the side so it was especially difficult. He was in distress so I needed oxygen and at one point, I just tilted my head to get the oxygen mask off because I was so tired I couldn’t lift my arms. The doctor laughed at me and it took everything inside of me to stop myself from flipping her off (and… I couldn’t raise my arms. But I was mentally screaming at her).

Oliver is super cute. He’s pretty good at letting me sleep (he wakes up a couple of times throughout the night but is okay at getting back to sleep… I won’t complain because I’ve heard horror stories from other moms!). Fiona absolutely loves him and is obsessed with holding and feeding him (see picture below). She really loves to pick him up by his feet and by his head which is a super fun twist… keeps me on my toes!

Pic- Fiona and Ollie

(One of) The only issue(s): Fiona has become a crazy person. She is mommy-obsessed to the point where she’ll cry if someone talks to me! She wants to be on my lap/in my arms/holding hands/the only person in my world 24/7. Has anyone else experienced this? I know it’s because of the new baby… her world has been rocked and she wants the attention. The problem is my brother came last weekend and she wouldn’t separate from my husband or me and play— not the best way to get to know your niece!

Do you have any tips on how to reassure a toddler that you aren’t leaving them? That they’re still important in your world? I’ll tell her, “I’m going to get the laundry, I’m coming right back” and she’s screaming as though she just fell off the monkey bars. I feel like if I hold her hand/pick her up all the time she’ll just keep this going until she’s 18 and still sleeping in my bed (okay, maybe it won’t be that bad), but is there anything else I could be doing? HELP!!