Post Baby Body Wardrobe Woes and a Giveaway!!

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! My husband and I are off to Mexico for the week without the girls and I couldn’t be more excited! Well, I am excited, and I know the girls are in good hands with my in laws and my parents, but there is still that anxiety with leaving them. It throws off their whole routine and week. Fingers crossed my in laws and parents have a smooth week while Ryan and I are sleeping and drinking all day by the pool!

I am super excited to introduce Jennifer to you. I instantly connected with Jennifer. You see, we are on the same “post baby, get back to your old self while still remaining stylish journey.” Any woman who I can share the frustrations with is a keeper (although she is a tad bit-ok a lot- closer to her goal than I am). I love her honesty, and seriously…she can pull off a tight black dress like its nobody’s business! And for a good chuckle, you have got to check out her worst pictures of 2013. Regardless of whether or not you are a parent…you can appreciate them!

Before I hand it over to Jennifer, I am teaming up with some awesome bloggers for a pretty great giveaway to none other than Target! You can enter at the bottom of the post! Best of luck to you all!!

Post-baby Body Wardrobe Woes

Hello there!  My name is Jennifer and I blog over at Mommy Life After Ph.D. I birthed four babies and two graduate degrees in six years (’cause we’re crazy), and completely wrecked my body in the process.

I also wrecked my wardrobe.

Before having kids I was a professional working woman.  I had pretty heels and nice slacks and tailored button-downs.  Throw in some accessories and call me ready for the day.

Then I got pregnant. Four times. With 9.5 to 10 pound babies.

And I got sucked into the hideous vortex called maternity wear.  Because let’s be honest, nobody is spending their whole paycheck on the cuteness that is A Pea in the Pod.  Instead I tried to get by with size Large non-maternity cardigans worn over maternity tops. I could at least wear those again after baby arrived. 

I also used belly bands so I could keep wearing my Express and Banana Republic pants as long as possible. And when in a pinch, I’d throw on those tents otherwise known as maternity dresses. As if I needed help looking bulky! Add in some maternity tees and you have my entire wardrobe.

Fast forward five years and here I am, sitting in my comfy non-maternity yoga pants about 10 lbs. (thanks a lot, Christmas cookies) from my goal weight with a closet full of clothes in four different sizes–many of which are really no longer in style. Many of which no longer fit my day-to-day life. The rest of which don’t fit period.

To add insult to injury, my feet grew a half size so I had to give all my pretty heels to my younger sisters. Can we just have a moment of silence for the size 8.5 Nine West stiletto pump?

Heels or no, as much as I would like to be back in the office, my current life revolves around school drop-offs, grocery store runs, and meetings with the trainer at the gym. My uniform is less professional-woman and more mommy-on-the-move.

So what’s a girl to do?

First, find blogs like Mommy in Heels to get some amazing ideas for staying cute in and amongst the chaos.  I mean honestly, how gorgeous are Rebecca’s outfits?  And her “Hollywood to Housewife” series was so fun for this housewife!

Next, I try to remember that dressing well is something I can do for myself.  I’m a bargain shopper, so it really doesn’t have to involve lots of cash (T.J. Maxx, anyone?).  But it does have to involve effort on my part to take pride in my appearance.  It does involve me being something more than mommy.

I’m on a journey of sorts right now.  I’m reclaiming my identity and my body and restoring my broken wardrobe one printed scarf at a time.  It might be a little while before I feel comfortable in my clothes again, but I think there’s a lot of fun (and fashion!) to be had in the process.

What about you?  Have you suffered any wardrobe woes of late?

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  1. Because of Jackie
    January 21, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    Ooooh, two of my favorite ladies in one spot! Loved this post, JJ, and adore your blog and (funny!) outlook on life;)

    • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
      January 27, 2014 / 3:10 pm

      Thanks Meagan!!!!:)

  2. Cynthia Gaarder
    January 21, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    I love it 🙂 and the look, btw the links are not wokring if you click them it just brings up "your url here" not the link

    • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
      January 27, 2014 / 3:10 pm

      hope they are working for you now!

  3. Shelley Carr
    January 22, 2014 / 1:03 am

    Wardrobe woes….I know that many women will screech at me to say this, but I've lost a lot of weight recently by changing my diet, and now MOST of my clothing, including my old standbys i've worn for years, are now huge on me. I've started taking in things like pants, but most of my clothing i've had to discard, or wear under oversized sweaters. Its awful.

    • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
      January 27, 2014 / 3:06 pm

      I guess it's a good problem to have thought, right?!? Congrats to you on the weight loss!

  4. darcy
    January 22, 2014 / 2:32 am

    I feel you!!! I remember being in the hospital with an emergency c-section on a morphine drip, typing my paper because it was due the next day for the master's. It amazes me that I could get through that time period which was hell and yet I can't freakin get it together with my weight. Its amazing, what us women can conquer, and yet what we still beat ourselves up about. Love the post, I think I'm a guest blogger on the 23rd talking about getting back into the swing of things too! Good luck to you!

    • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
      January 27, 2014 / 3:06 pm

      Enjoyed your post too, Darcy!

  5. Bridget Heiple Reich
    January 23, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    I totally feel your pain. Luckily, with my second child (a son), my feet were a bit bigger, but then went down to almost the size they were before. I could wear 8.5 and 8, now the 8's are too tight. I think you just go with it. How awesome that you have 4 beautiful children! 🙂

    • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
      January 27, 2014 / 3:07 pm

      Exactly! I'm very proud of what my body has accomplished with these sweet babies. Now it's time to reclaim it:)

  6. rachel
    January 23, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Oh gosh…a 10 pound baby! I think you're doing it right by recognizing you want more style and by doing it at affordable places!

    • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.
      January 27, 2014 / 3:08 pm

      Rachel–they were all so huge, but I do love me a big chubby newborn. They don't seem so fragile somehow:) I am DEFINITELY a bargain shopper. It's like a game to find the best price on clothing for me and the kids. So fun!

  7. Cynthia Gaarder
    January 29, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    So excited tos ee who won 🙂

  8. Cynthia Gaarder
    February 2, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Did winner get announced?

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