People call the weeks following the arrival of your new bundle as ‘The Fourth Trimester’.... and frankly, that makes perfect sense to me now. Unfortunately, there is no real way to forecast the first few weeks to a couple of soon-to-be newly minted parents, except to say, “trust me.... you’ll make it out alive”.... and hope they really do. Heck, we’re still in the midst of the fourth trimester, so I could be speaking too soon. One thing is clear.... the symptoms resemble a bit of each of the first three-mesters... some unstable emotional outbursts, sleep deprivation and a severe sense that at some point, someone will realize you’re a total amateur and didn’t read a lick of a baby book. I don’t know what kind of people you are, but you could do some preliminary run-throughs to see how you both manage being in the zombie trenches together. May I suggest, untangling some severely mangled Christmas lights or sign up to be a contestants on Fear Factor together. Eating a worm is a laughable request after you’ve attended to a blowout diaper.
One thing is certain, no matter who you are (and I’m even looking at you Gisele) your body is a tad off center after that basketball belly deflates. Don’t think your body has gone on hiatus for good. Oh no, it will come back with a little love and tender care from your Soul Cycle instructor, but let’s even hand it to Kate Middelton for stepping out to the world post baby wearing a dress that showed what one really looks like..... still slightly pregnant. I say... embrace it. You just performed the miracle of life. My hips didn’t move an inch during my pregnancy, but ask me to wear a fitted button down right now? It would look like my chest was in bondage.
Remember when the meltdown of the century happened (reference here) and the entire contents of my closet found their way to the floor/bed/couch? Well, that moment happens again post baby. Be prepared. After months of deliberately dressing one way to accommodate your ever growing accessory, factor in a new season and temperatures and you’ve got quite a curve ball thrown at you. Again, it’s hard to feel confident in certain pieces of clothing when you knew them to fit and hang in an entirely different fashion previously. Thanks to new curves and - an entirely different section of the alphabet - bra size.... it’s like your dressing out of a strangers closet altogether. Let me reiterate this.... take a day and go through your wardrobe to try things on. See what fits, try to spice things up and wear pieces differently or with varied jackets/pants.... basically, see how to re-work what you already own to fit your fresh post baby shape.
If you have a chance pre-baby, go shopping for some comfortable, free-flowing pieces. I’ve been living in comfy maxi dresses and this vintage black Harriet Selwyn dress my cousin loaned to me during pregnancy and it turned out to be perfect post as well. I call it my ‘stroller style’. Just because you’re pushing a stroller, doesn’t mean you have to be wearing mom jeans. Keep an eye out for chic pieces that can also be incorporated into your daily wardrobe once you’re past the awkward post baby body phase… and thanks to the severe sleep deprivation and your inability to remember what day of the week it is… it will likely be before you know it! Bottom line - when you feel good and look good, you’ll be confident enough to change blow out diapers in style.