3.14.2006

My Dirty Little Secret


Screw anonymity ~ it's time to come clean.

My daughter has been outside my womb for almost 3 years now and I still wear maternity clothes!

(inhale)

I am not a flat-chested, 14 year-old beanstalk. I have hips, and thighs, and a lot of flab thanks to the weight I put on carrying a human being inside me. I don't want to wear clothes that cling to me. I want to hide my rolls, not define them with spandex. I want to be able to lift my arm over my head and not subject the people around me to pasty skin and stretch marks. I choose to wear my maternity shirts because they are longer, there is more fabric. Sure, I probably look ridiculous. In fact, my hubby has even said so on occasion, but I'm comfortable. Listen, I'm a young mom. I don't want to be wearing maternity shirts. I want to wear cute t-shirts. So Issac, Stella, Calvin and heck, even the people over at Kohl's and Old Navy (where I do most of my shopping) can you please help a mother out. Try designing clothes for real women with real bodies. I am so sick of always hiking up my jeans so my ass crack doesn't show. I want a wardrobe that flatters me, not one that shields me.

(exhale)

What's your mommy secret?

19 comments:

rhonda said...

I am right along with you about the hiding things. Now that the weather is getting warmer, more is going to have to show, and I sure don't like that.

My secret is SPANX. I wear these bad boys every day. They hold you in where you want to be held in, kind of a stocking material. They are great, and help me to feel a little more confident.

moe said...

I'm with you. I don't wear maternity anymore but I do search high and low for longer looser t-shirts and higher cut jeans. And sweaters with long sleeves and full length pants. It seems threquarter length pants and sleves are all you can find in the stores. I live in Canada. It is cold here in winter. I want a sweater to cover my arms. We should start a website petition and send it to the buyers at Old Navy

Nancy said...

Rhonda beat me to the SPANX -- those things are amazing.

And like Moe, my secret in the summer is to wear those light fabric tunics with long sleeves. I can't stand how the prevalence of summer clothes are sleeveless items or have very short cap sleeves. Does not work for moms that might have a little flab under the arms.

With respect to non-clothing items, my secret in the evening is a glass of mommy-juice (red wine) to make me feel like an adult. Heavenly.

Juliabohemian said...

maternity clothes rock. I have a belly so I like the empire waisted, babydoll tops.

My Mommy secret is that I wait until my kids are asleep to eat ice cream so I don't have to share it with them.

Sandra said...

OMG I'm not the only one, my son is about to turn 3 and just the other day I wore a maternity shirt LOL
My friend said to me "I love that shirt, looks so comfortable" and I replied "well that's cause it's meant to be, it's maternity LOL".

chelle said...

hehe I still wear my maternity shirts to bed and around the house!! I am not alone!!!

My mommy secret is...as much as I hate her watching tv I let her so I can read blogs!!!!!!!

MrsFortune said...

Well, I'm not a mom yet but my secret for now is I reallly, really want to smoke cigarettes!!! I quit before getting pregnant and the cravings now are almost as bad as when I first quit. :( Hrmph.

reluctant housewife said...

I hear ya on the stretch marks and stretched out skin...or whatever that stuff is. I'm only 29!

I stopped wearing maternity shirts, but only because I discovered that J. Crew makes really long T-Shirts and tanks. I wear them under shorter shirts and pretend I'm going for the layered look.

Sabrina said...

I may just have to check out J Crew! LOL I've got the biggest gut from having 3 kids by C-section the past 5 yrs. I have no muscles at all down there now. :( I don't wear maternity but I like to find longer shirts like some of the other girls said.

Is that the Brokeback Mountain dude?? WHOA!

Chaotic Mom said...

I AM SO WITH YOU! I have a few (no, many) extra pounds on me from my babies, too. Youngest is also three. Just this year I got tired of wearing Boring Big Girl clothes, and am trying to keep up a nicer image. Can you believe I found seven7 jeans at Target for only $40, and they FIT??? I NEVER spend much money on my clothes, but I absolutely had to have that pair of pants. I feel so "cool" wearing them!

On another, more practical note, I find decent priced, good length T-shirts, polos, etc. at www.lanebryantcatalog.com . I don't like all of their stuff, but they have some good basics.

That said, I am still working to get healthier, loose weight. But it took years to gain, it's going to take a little while to come off. Good post.

HolyMama! said...

Spanx. Absolutely.

Nicole said...

I've gone back to the HS days when I wore stretchy pants with a big shirt. Not hip now, but definitely comfortable over my baby-fat belly!

mommy on the verge said...

well, I'm supposed to be giving up being an XL for Lent, but as I sit here writing, eating Ben & Jerry's, looks like God is not to happy with me. My secret is: my husband calls my panties: parachute panties. It's so embarassing. Really kills the romance, ya' know. NOTE: these are NOT even the white cotton type, but Karen Nereburg? or something with flowers. *sigh*

something blue said...

Thank the stars that we didn't have to wear muumuus that were popular mat wear only a generation ago. yikes!

I was looking through a clothing catalogue and saw all kinds of cute, long, flowing tank tops. I'm not dreading summer so much anymore.

Stephanie said...

Ditto for me too!

IzzyMom said...

It was not THAT long ago that I gave up maternity shirts. But as another poster mentioned, there are so many cute summery shirts out now that are longish and flowy. If I had any sort of life beyond my kids and blogging, I'd be out loading up on them right now!

GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

I still wear mine too. That shit was cute!

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Masha said...

I had a sort of opposite problem (please don't throw rocks at me, I didn't do it on purpose). During the whole pregnancy, from say, day 7 after conception and until day of birth I was throwing up. Therefore not much eating. I ended up weighing approx. 2 kg more than at the beginning of the pregnancy because I had lost so much weight in the first three months (that was the worst of the morning-day-evening sickness).
So anyway, I never got to wear maternity clothes. Snif. Pregnancy ripoff. :'( S'not fair.