Saturday, October 23, 2010

One of "those" Moms

Many years ago--7 to be exact--I took the fall semester of my junior year "off" from college and moved across the country to Minnesota for a couple months. (After the death of my best friend, I needed a change of pace and scenery). During that time I lived with my older sister, Sarah, her husband, Chris, my nephew, Connor, and my niece, McKenzie.

And boy did I ever get a--very welcomed--change of pace! Instead of going to class and studying all day, I got up early each morning to open the coffee shop down the road, worked until about noon, and spent the rest of the day hanging out with my wonderful sister and two of the cutest kids in the world. So that was my life (week)day after (week)day (thankfully, I usually had the weekends off): roll out of bed at 4:30ish, get ready, work for 6 or 8 hours, and come home. And each day when I got home, one of the first things I did was change into my sweats and a sweatshirt. In my defense, it was fall approaching winter (aka winter approaching bitter freezing) in Minnesota; and I was in somewhat of an extended vacation mode; and I was living in a new city where I had no where to go and no one to impress.

Anyway, I don't know why I remember this conversation,
but one day, after weeks of observing my habit, my sister looked at me and said,
"Oh, you're going to be one of those Moms."

Those referring to Moms who stay in their comfy sweats all day and don't get dressed unless they absolutely have to.
My sister was not, and to this day, as a Mother of four, is not one of those Moms. She gets dressed by 8 am daily and always the morning!

She wasn't being mean with her comment, she was just making an obsevation...or a prediction, you could say.

And...she was right! Seven years later I am a Mom, and I sit here at 10:38 am, having been awake for almost four hours, and I am still in my pjs...

I am totally one of those Moms!

I admit it. I L.O.V.E. wearing really comfortable "clothes," and if it was socially acceptable, I would probably live in sweats and tees 24/7. Going grocery shopping, running to the Post Office, talking walks--these are all things I have done (regularly) in comfies. I do get dressed if I go to Mass in the morning...but I am usually back in my sweats as soon as I walk through the door. Oh, and of course I wear normal clothes to work! Though even there I feel underdressed, as the children I nanny for go to schools that do not allow them to wear jeans...

Before you think I have gone off the deep end, I should mention that it is less about being lazy and more about being comfortable. It's not that getting dressed is too much work, it's just that I have found that jeans and blouses are not as cozy as 100% cotton--not to mention how much easier it is to nurse in a stretchy tee than it is in a rigid top with a thousand buttons down the front. My style also keeps me calm when I end up with pureed carotts on my shirt or cheerios stuck to my bum.

You may also be relieved to know that I usually get up in the morning and put on different comfy clothes than the ones I went to bed in...and I still brush my teeth and hair AND put on make-up (why bother, right? But I tell you, mascara and eye liner go a long way in making me feel beautiful, even in sweats!). Oh, and I do shower daily, though as a Mom, my showers tend to, more often than not, take place in the afternoon or evening.

Ironicaly, I have to get Augustine dressed everyday--even if we aren't going anywhere, I put him in something cute. (Then again, his clothes are a lot more fun than mine).

At least I am in good company, as I do have several close Mom friends who also spend the better part of their days in comfy clothes (you know who you are!).
Still, I want to make more of an effort to at least wear cute comfy a little favor to the hubby and to avoid the slippery slope and wake up one morning to realize that all I have in my closet are baggy, drawstring pants and formless tees. Yikes!
So, here is to CUTE comfy clothes! Who's with me??!

He still loves me in sweats!

1 comment:

  1. I have no idea where to FIND CUTE comfy clothes! I end up back in my pajama's... even after morning Mass. And I wear em all day unless I go into work (and then back into my pj's). Let me know if you have any suggestions....