I've never been one of those moms that snaps back into her pre-baby shape a few weeks after giving birth. If this one is anything like the last two it's going to take some real work to shed the extra weight I gained (as well as the residual weight from prior pregnancies) but that doesn't mean I should hide out in frumpy t-shirts until I get closer to my goal.
One of my new favorite dresses for the rare date night or catching up over coffee with an old friend is this shift dress. It's not nursing friendly as it has a high neck but with a good three hour stretch between feedings these days it's worth the outfit change. It's also likely to work well belted and with sandals later this summer when I've gotten closer to my goal.
Pairing this with a structured coat has been easy with our cooler weather here in Colorado and helps break up attention in the mid-section area. You want to know another secret? I'm wearing a Belly Bandit. I bought something similar after Sebastian was born after my OBGYN suggested it would help my muscles return to their rightful places and provide back and core support while things got strong again. I forgot all about them when I had Ruby and ended up having to see a chiropractor after injuring my lower back. I've worn this one since the day after Smith was born and feel much more confident in my shape during this transition period as well as it's role in keeping me injury free as I begin working out again.
Summer is almost here and I'm finding myself feeling a little less nervous about shedding the layers as I do what I can to take care of my body. My focus is on eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods, exercising in ways that are both fun and effective, and finding pieces that will work with my postpartum silhouette. In the mean time I'm making peace with my softer shape and remaining thankful for the life and love it's added to our family.
What are looking forward to wearing this summer? What pieces have you found that flatter your specific shape?