Dear New Mama,
You sure are beautiful. Do you know that? You are absolutely doing the most effective, efficient, world-changing, life-altering job there has ever been or ever will be. You're not just taking care of a baby- you are raising a world changer.
Your job isn't just mother.
So you may wonder what all this has to so with your new wardrobe? Well, what kind of uniform do you imagine a job that bears all the above responsibilities would look like? I'll save you the time it would take to do all the research and give you a rundown for your own sanity. I'll cover the first three months on the job, then give you my number one tip for after.
First 42 Days (weeks 1-6):
Yoga pants, a nursing tank and your husbands hoodie. These aren't just the digs of comfort- they're the garments of survival. If getting up in the morning takes more effort than your hardest day at your previous place of employment, wear this uniform with a sigh of relief. If you put your pants on backwards or forget to wear clean underwear (or any underwear at all since the laundry is still sitting, unwashed, in the hamper), don't even blink an eye- you're doing everything right!
The uniform above is allowed most days, but panties that make you feel like ten million bucks are now required 5 days a week under said garments. In addition, a pair of jeans that rock the house must be incorporated in your wardrobe during at least one outing a week.
You may have to purchase these new garments, since most mamas don't necessarily fit back into their pre-pregnancy clothes quite yet. Luckily one pair of jeans and three pair of panties won't put you in the poor house. AND PAY VERY LITTLE ATTENTION TO THE SIZE!!! That number can change, but for now it's totally okay.
Listen ladies, though we'll go more into detail about this in tomorrow's letters- the panties aren't just for your husbands sake- they're for yours too! You need to feel good about yourself, and pretty panties are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to start doing just that.
Months 3 and on:
Get dressed first thing in the morning, and love it (Don't be discouraged! It's possible!). With the help of the No Brainer Wardrobe this will become your normal routine. Not only will you spend just minutes picking out your outfit, but you'll look fabulous, you'll feel great, and you'll love your entire wardrobe more than ever!
Start reading this book as soon as you have time. Luckily, it's a really fun and easy read. And at just $7.99 it's a cinch to add to your collection too*! I should add, this isn't required reading, per se. But it's one of the best resources you'll ever get your hands on as a new mom, wife and woman. If you want to feel great in your post-baby body, read this. ASAP.
That's it today, sweet mama. Don't be discouraged, and don't be too hard on yourself. This stage of life is difficult, but it's also incredibly rewarding. Pay attention to the things you love, and don't bother investing emotion on things that are less than savory.
A former New Mom
* Don't have $7.99 in the budget? You're in luck! I've recently purchased a second copy of the No Brainer Wardrobe just to give away to one of you! You have two ways to enter.
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That's it! Contest will be open until next Friday at midnight. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!