One of the things that I found both amazing and frustrating is the many changes the my body went through from pre-pregnancy to being 41 weeks pregnant to having a baby to breastfeeding to today. I went from a boy-shape to pregnancy-shape (I’m not even sure what shape that would be – seal?) to post-baby hourglass shape back to a slightly adjusted boy-shape.
I won’t lie to you that I mourned my clothes, stashed away in clear bins under our bed, during the pregnancy. I had fears that we would never be reunited again, but I secretly hoped that I was wrong.
Aside from worrying about the future, I enjoyed my new pregnancy body – I loved the round belly (and the kicks that went along with it!) and I loved the way I felt – completely secure and confident. It was amazing that this belly, something that was relatively foreign to me, was making me feel more confident than I’ve ever felt before.
I even had a blast dressing for my new size and finding ways to accent the belly and show off my bump. During my pregnancy I was a big fan of empire waists, dresses, and boots.
After Peanut was born and I began to breastfeed, my body went through a whole other phase of a shape. Although I didn’t have the belly after the first few weeks, I was still struggling through a lot of differences in my body – my hips were wider, my chest was bigger, and overall I just felt and looked different.
After a short mourning over my pre-pregnancy jeans, I put them back in the clean bin and pushed them out of sight and under the bed. That day I went shopping for a new wardrobe and some new work clothes. Dressing for my new shape was a bit unfamiliar to me – not only was I a couple of sizes above my pre-pregnancy size, but everything just fit different!
To be completely honest with you, I actually liked the way I looked then as well. There was something very womanly about my new mom shape.
But that didn’t last either.
When I stopped breastfeeding, my body readjusted once again and now I’m back to pretty much my pre-baby shape. I think there is still a little bit of difference because things don’t exactly fit the exact same way, but it’s pretty darn close.
So how do I dress for my boy-shape?
Ruffles (top from Banana Republic),
cropped jackets (top and jacket from Banana),
skinny jeans (top and jeans from Express),
How do you dress for your size?