Motherhood is synonymous with practical and functional, not fashion-forward and trendy. Because let’s face it: “Dry Clean Only” doesn’t mix well with spit-up, sticky fingers or (ugh) exploding diapers, and no amount of primping and preening can erase the effects of being chronically sleep deprived.
We all swear we will never ever become our uncool mothers. We vow we will always be true to our fashionista selves. We promise ourselves to never give in to wearing polyester pants just because anything washes out of them AND they were 50% off.
And yet, we see glimmers of our mothers in the choices we make in the name of parental practicality. Even the 3-inch heels give way to walking shoes for “trips to the park”, the yoga pants slowly work their way into our daily rotation, and stain-resistant wins out over stylish.
It’s a slippery slope, my friends. One day it’s opting for the simple mom haircut, the next it’s regularly leaving the house without showering or changing out of your pajamas (and yes, people can tell that they are pajamas. I know, I have tried).
How I Kept Reclaimed My Cool
I admit there were dark days immediately after having my daughter when worries about what to wear were replaced by the ongoing obsession with what went into (and came out of) my newborn. But slowly, as my daughter became more independent, I reclaimed my cool.
It started with rediscovering my confidence. Being pregnant is an amazing experience, but afterwards, you are left feeling a little frumpy in a body you don’t recognize as your own. Part of it was getting back into shape, but the other was reconnecting with my inner being and rediscovering the life I had with my husband before our new arrival.
Stepping back into the activities that we enjoyed before kids meant finding creative ways to include our daughter. The first major milestone was teaching our daughter how to cross-country and downhill ski. Next came tackling international travel, which gave us the opportunity to share our love of visiting world-class cities with our ever-curious child.
The final step to reclaiming my inner cool came when my daughter was old enough to see me for who I am instead of the person who reminds her to say “please” and “thank you” and the denier of privileges. Now we laugh at our own silly jokes and bond over fancy shoes.
And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I do something she thinks is really cool.
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