It seems like just yesterday that I was writing this post about my maternity wardrobe and being rather content with the simplicity of my limited options. Nonetheless, I was looking forward to wearing some of my pre-pregnancy clothes.
When I attempted to put on “real” clothes (i.e., anything other than a sundress or gym shorts) for the first time, about two weeks after giving birth, I quickly discovered that, despite having lost a significant amount of the pregnancy weight, my body wasn’t exactly what it used to be. A few more weeks passed, and some of my “big” pants started fitting, but by week fourteen, when I went back to work, things had not progressed any further. This left me with exactly two pair of non-summery, work-appropriate pants.
For me, it wasn’t about the number on the scale — it’s fairly common for nursing mothers to retain 5-10 pounds or so until they stop breast feeding — or really even the slightly altered reflection in the mirror. The thing is, I liked the simplicity of a smaller wardrobe, I just wasn’t expecting it to be quite THAT limited. While I genuinely enjoyed clothes shopping as a teenager, I rather dislike shopping of any kind now, and the thought of having to buy new (or new-to-me) pants, when I had so many perfectly good ones that didn’t quite fit, frustrated me quite a bit.
Little by little however, I noticed that my “big” pants were actually feeling big again. Then, late last week, I tried on a pair of pre-pregnancy pants, just to see, and found that they fit! A little snug, but comfortable enough to wear 🙂
Now that most things fit again, I have to hold myself to my previous statement to whittle down my wardrobe. While two pair of pants seems a bit sparse, if I can get by with two, I certainly don’t need ten!