Friday, November 13, 2015

Postpartum Style

Wow!  Look at this, an outfit post! It seems like it has been so long. These days my life is all about simplicity and it shows in my personal style.  For right now gone are the days of bouffants, cat eye liner, and mini dresses.  To be honest, this outfit is even a bit extravagant compared to most days.  I pretty much have been living in leggings and over-sized sweaters. My hair is always in a messy ponytail and I rarely have time for make-up.  Learning how to leave the house without make-up on a daily basis has been a challenge for me.  I still wear minimal make-up at work, but when it's 3:30am and you have to choose between 30 more minutes of sleep or putting your face on for the day what would you chose?  Exactly. 
Even more of a challenge has been learning how to dress my postpartum body.  I have already lost around 35 lbs, but my body shape is still so dramatically different than it was before giving birth. I just went through my wardrobe and donated 4 bags of clothes that I knew I wasn't going to be wearing anymore.  Just for fun I thought I would try on my pre-pregnancy jeans just to see how they fit.  I figured that I just wouldn't be able to button them yet, but I was so way off...I could't even get them over my thighs!  Seriously, everything is different after birth...even my feet are bigger! Since I'm exclusively breastfeeding my style has also been effected by ease of accessibility.  I don't have money to go out and buy a whole bunch of fancy pants nursing clothes so I have to make do with what I have.  For undershirts I use the extra long tanks that they sell at h&m.  I was using them while I was pregnant as well and they are just so perfect.  Other than that it's usually a low cut t-shirt or button up shirt to go over the tank top.  I've made the mistake a few times of wearing something that completely covers me up and takes time to's all well and good while you're out but once you're back inside and you have a screaming baby that needs to eat RIGHT THAT me, you will never make that mistake again.

We have been having the best Autumn here in Chicago.  It has been really warm and I have been so grateful for it because it makes park trips such as these possible.  Roibeard works 7 days a week, so he is never home in the evenings.  It makes our days together extra special and we always try our best to take advantage of the daylight.  Micheal loves going to the park and getting a chance to feel the wind in his hair.  I think it's a good change of pace for everyone because sometimes it's easy to feel so trapped in the apartment.  I'm dreading the winter because I fear we are all going to get so bored being inside all of the time.  For now though I am going to try to focus on the good and enjoy the sunshine.