I have been feeling a bit frumpy lately. (Well actually since I had Emma, so 18 months ago) Well actually maybe since about six months into the pregnancy (so 21 months ago)! My body does not look like it used to look. It is decidedly more lumpy, stretch mark laden, and just larger in general. I still have about 8 pounds to lose to get back to pre-baby weight. But even if I lost all the weight, I still wouldn't look the same. My rib cage is larger, my boobs will never be the same, and I have a lot more skin around the tummy area than I used to. Not to mention that my already wide hips are wider still. Not to complain or anything... I do also have the most beautiful, little girl in the whole stinking world to show for it. So I guess it was a fair trade. :)
But anyway, on a typical stay at home mom day, I throw on jeans and a t-shirt. Then I throw my hair up in a ponytail or messy bun type thing and am on my way to the playground or on a walk in an effort to tame my lower half and stomach back into that shape I never appreciated as much as I should when I had it. (seriously, I wish I could go back in time and tell that 22 year old girl just how hot she was!)
Ok back to the present and the Frumpy, frumpy frumpy. It also doesn't help that most of my clothes were purchased (pre baby) in an effort to showcase my previously very flat tummy. Now they just make me sad. I used to long for summer to come so I could shed the bulky sweaters and sweatshirts, lately I miss them. So I decided that for Mother's Day I was going to buy a few shirts that were figure flattering and made me feel good about myself. Yes people, I am that shallow. Go ahead and comment about how it's what is inside that matters, but I know the power that a flattering shirt has over my self esteem and I'm going to choose to work with it instead of fighting it! So the family is packed up and it's off to the mall. Adam is going to take Emma to the mall playground she loves and I will shop in peace for a whole hour!