I was so excited when my work had its annual holiday dinner. After being in sweats all year, I was more than excited at the opportunity to dress up! I went shopping and found myself the most perfect holiday red dress. The day of the party I hired a babysitter, curled my hair, did my makeup, and even put on fake eyelashes. The owner decided to just invite the stylists and so this meant no kids and no husband or significant others. This was set up to be the perfect girls night that I have been desperately needing.
I was really feeling good about myself until I showed up and realized that no one was dressed up. Not only were they not dressed up, a few of the women were actually in ugly sweaters — the kind that have funny characters and Santa on them. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good ugly sweater party. But unless the invitation calls for it, I believe the ugly sweater should be left at home. Getting into the holiday spirit is one thing, but wearing it is another.
Being 10 months postpartum, I finally feel like myself again. I absolutely love being a mother, but I’m not exactly in love with the wardrobe part of motherhood. I have to dress practical for this job. I have to wear clothing that is suitable for any situation. Bending over, pulling, and lifting are all party of motherhood, and I always have to be prepared for the possibility of stains.
What this situation taught me is, I shouldn’t look to a holiday party as my only opportunity to dress up. My new year resolution will be to find a happy balance in my new mom wardrobe. A mom wardrobe that is stylish and cute, yet practical and functional. But as for the ugly sweater? I will be leaving that for only ugly sweater parties.
Marisa — Mom of Mikey