By Fashion Contributor Caitlin (@themummystylefiles)
So my baby, my second child, was ONE this month! It seems absolutely crazy that I have a two year old AND a one year old. Technically I have a 12 month old and a 27 month old, but I won't say that cause no one likes 'that' person…
It seems like just yesterday that my little preemie came rushing into the world at 34 weeks and we were unexpectedly thrust into the unfamiliar world of medical tests, doctors visits and the heartbreak of having our teeny tiny baby stay for weeks in the hospital alone while we would come and go.
BUT even though that feels like yesterday, it was in fact a whole year ago and like most* preemies free from complications, he is doing amazingly well. Almost walking, wreaking havoc and breaking hearts with his smile on the daily.
Those weeks after he was born were so hard for many reasons and at the risk of sounding terribly superficial, dressing and feeling comfortable was definitely towards the top of the list. The dreaded Fourth Trimester!
You know, that awkward in-between stage where you are no longer pregnant (and you want to burn all your maternity clothes) but you also don’t fit into all (or any) of your pre-baby clothes? Yep, that’s the Fourth Trimester.
Most mums leave the hospital still looking six months pregnant, more exhausted, sore and emotional then they ever were, even on the worst pregnant days. We also have a whole new body shape thanks to breastfeeding boobs and a very soft and squishy tummy that unfortunately is now ALL ice cream and NO baby. It’s a very weird and awkward stage. So what do you wear?
Well, today thanks to the brilliant online boutique Blossom and Glow, I have you covered.
I first discovered Blossom and Glow when I was in the middle of my second pregnancy and I have absolutely fallen in love with the range that founder Kathryn stocks. Blossom and Glow stock Maternity, Breastfeeding and Post Baby clothes. They are all stylish, affordable and on trend but the best bit is that a lot of the pieces can work for you no matter what stage of the pregnancy / baby journey you are in.
I am no longer breastfeeding and I am 12 months post partum with my second, but you will see below that all of the 'breastfeeding' and ‘beyond’ clothes still work for me a year on.
I’ve selected a little capsule wardrobe that can be mixed and match a million ways, will be super comfy and breastfeeding friendly for you. So it's perfect for mamas straight after giving birth but as you start to get your groove back, you can style these pieces up and have some fun with accessories and layers too.
So let's get into it.
Firstly we have the ‘Comfy-At-Home-But-Can-Go-To-A-Café-Outfit
I'm wearing the Jersey Harem Pants in Grey and the Jayla Knit in Black. Both these items are so comfy and cosy, which is exactly what you need straight after having a baby (or even in the hospital). These pants can be worn during pregnancy as well; they have a loose enough waistband to wear either above or below your belly depending on how you carry, and what you feel comfortable with.
Breastfeeding? Just layer your favourite nursing tank underneath the jumper and you are good to go. When you are feeling up to venturing out, throw on your white kicks and you've got an easy sports luxe look.
Next is the, 'I'm-ready-to-wear-jeans-again-but-they-need-to-be-really-stretchy-oh-and-I'm-breastfeeding'-outfit
I'm wearing the Havana Skinny Jean, the Stripe Cotton Shirt, and the Willow Hooded Cardigan. No matter what kind of pregnancy or labour you have, there comes a point and time that everyone is ready to BURN their maternity jeans. These jeans are suuuuuppper stretchy and feel great on. If you have JUST given birth you may need to go up a size but it will still feel great to not have an elastic waistband pulled up all the way to your boobs.
A button down shirt is the perfect breastfeeding friendly staple that will still have you looking chic while allowing that all important 'access' for your little babe. I don’t think I need to say much about this cardigan; it’s cosy, beautiful and will go with every item in your wardrobe. If you are breastfeeding, it can also give you a little extra coverage when feeding out and about.
And finally we have the, 'Help! -I-need-to-wear-a-dress-what-the-hell-do-I-wear'- outfit.
I'm wearing the Ally Shirt Dress and the Willow Hooded Cardigan. So maybe you are just a dress kinda gal, or maybe you aren't but you need to wear a dress to an upcoming function or party? Either way, this dress is for you.
It's the classic 'Little Black Dress' made practical. The buttons down the front make it breastfeeding friendly while the tie at the waist allows you to cinch the dress in or wear looser, depending on your style. I've layered it with the Willow Hooded cardigan, tights and some ankle boots but in warmer weather you can just wear as is and dress up with heels or pair it back with sneakers!
So there you have it! Six great items that are comfy, practical and stylish to help you get through that awkward Fourth Trimester and then well beyond as well. Have fun and mix them up, you can wear the Shirt over the Dress, the Jumper with the Jeans, the Cardigan with...well, everything!
But mostly importantly, just make sure you look after YOURSELF during this time and soak up all that precious newborn goodness - because I know it sounds clichéd but it DOES fly by and then you'll find yourself with a 27 month old and a 12 month old thinking where the hell did that time go?? xx