I remember the day after I had my first child vividly. Yes, I was happy, but when I rolled onto my side I found my big belly a bit of a disappointment. It was a rather horrifying bit of reality. I don’t know what I expected, but that wasn’t it.
I had hoped to wear a pair of regular jeans home, but that wasn’t happening. I settled for maternity clothes instead.
When I saw Kate and William show off their royal newborn this week, she looked great in her powder blue polka-dot dress. It was a loose shift but it was clear she had the baby belly going on. She always seems so perfect that part of me expected to see her wearing a belted dress with her tiny little waistline, but that wasn’t the case for her either.
I love that she was willing to come out with her mommy belly rather than squeeze into some form-fitting undergarment to make her look unrealistically svelte the day after her baby was born.
After going through a pregnancy with paparazzi focused on her stomach waiting for a shot of “the baby bump”, I don’t know if Kate was even thinking about what her post pregnancy stomach looked like or that it would be the topic of conversation around the world.
I do know she could have just held the baby and never shown her stomach, but she chose to hand the baby to her husband. She stood there for all the world to see her post-pregnancy figure with a smile on her face.
So many celebrity moms show up in post pregnancy photos looking like they were never pregnant within weeks of giving birth. I actually did know someone like this. She had 4 children and within 2 weeks of giving birth she was back in regular clothes looking like she’d never been pregnant, but for most of us that’s not reality.
For me, Kate’s willingness to not hide behind her baby or baggy clothing gives her depth of character. She’s proud to be a new mom and wears her post baby bump with style.
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Today’s link round-up has DIY projects for the home and your wardrobe, reasons to say goodbye to your hair dryer, importance of laughter in marriage, and more.
I Love to Create Blog showed us how to take some retro-style sunglasses and embellish them for an even cooler look.
Saved by Love Creations shared over 50 easy wall art ideas you can make yourself.
Bella Sugar said to give the blow dryer a break and try these styles.
Off the Meat Hook made ham and cheese pancakes that look incredible.
Aunt Peaches shared a guide for making pom-pom monograms, totally cute for kids’ rooms.
Simple Marriage shared the importance of laughter in marriage.
The Budget Babe announced that Kate Middleton’s Issa London wrap dress will be in Banana Republic stores soon (as well as some other Issa London designs).
Recently, I was reading a blog post by a women who was discussing the things that led up to her divorce. She was very open and honest about it, admitted that there were things she just didn’t want to deal with any more, and that her toxic marriage was eating away at her and the children. She related how she wasn’t the mom that she wanted to be because she was so stressed out all of the time.
Wow. Can I identify.
She told how she came to the conclusion that divorce is not failure — it just is. Read more…
Seems like every week another celebrity announces they are pregnant. The paparazzi line up hoping to get the first lucky shot of a famous bump, or in the case of the Duchess of Cambridge, the paparazzi sneak around with high powered lenses and snap pictures of private moments.
Each of these famous moms-to-be have their own take on maternity style. Read more…
Drew Barrymore is a successful actress, producer, and director who also happens to be a new mom. The 38-year-old star gave birth to her first child, daughter Olive, last September, and for now Barrymore has decided, “I can’t direct movies right now; I would miss out on my daughter.”
Many of us face similar choices when we become moms and it usually means sacrifice of one sort or another. Barrymore addressed this topic when she spoke at the April 4 Fashion and Beauty Bloggers conference sponsored by Lucky magazine and spoke about the concept of “having it all” professionally and personally.
I found her answer both honest and refreshing. Read more…
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is in the Royal Baby Watch news and like always, she’s doing it in style and class. Unlike other celebrities, the Duchess isn’t in the news every week, so her fans, including me, are hungry for Kate Middleton baby bump pictures.
When it comes to style, she did not disappoint when she made a showing at the National Review of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle. Read more…
Heels and pregnancy go together like oil and vinegar; it might look good, but it don’t mix. I was recently reminded of this when I saw a photo of Princess Kate with her high heel stuck in a grate. She was lucky, only her heel became stuck, but she could have easily taken a tumble and become a part of tragic history.
I didn’t wear heels when I was pregnant, unless it was absolutely necessary, meaning I was at a formal occasion such as a wedding or such. Other than that, heels were just more trouble than they were worth for me. Read more…
Last month, when I ran out of deodorant and didn’t feel like making a trip to the store, I decided to try to make my own. Making your own deodorant has always seemed a little strange to me, but I eventually came to the conclusion that it’s not much different than any of the other DIY projects I’ve tried.
Aside from saving money, most people who want to make their own deodorant are worried about the chemicals in conventional products. Read more…
Have you grown tired of your daily outfit? It’s hard when you are a mom, after getting everyone else to have the time and energy to figure out what to wear that’s not only super cute but functional.
Honestly, they should make stain resistant clothing that is fashionable for all of us mothers of small children. I don’t know about you, but I usually end up dressed for comfort. Read more…