Friday, September 9, 2011

The jeans in the bottom drawer

Shortly after Amelia was born, my jeans were looking good. Through sheer exhaustion and first-time-mommy stress, I was skinnier than I had been in years.

Baby weight? Did not exist in my world.

Or so I thought.

It was simply delayed.

Today, my jeans are angry with me. They feel neglected and unloved, living in the bottom drawer, uncomfortably tight around my “mama middle”. My daughter and I graduated 'Infant/Toddler 101' last year and while she is more active than ever, Mama somehow moved into a sedentary phase (with a side of snacking).

My confidence faltered when I succumbed to a new jeans purchase last fall. I dragged my feet from the junior’s section into the grown-up world of pleats and elastic waistbands. No worries – I did not go that far. I did, however, succeed in finding two pairs of new jeans that fit well, felt comfortable, and minimized my muffin top.

Designer? Well, no.

But I do not believe I have fallen into the depths of “mom jeans”… yet. And if I have? Please, for the sake of human decency, please pull me aside one day and tell me. I promise not to cry. In front of you.

It is almost fall here, and I will soon dig out those new jeans for their seasonal debut. My old jeans? Are still waiting patiently for me in the drawer, buried underneath more recent (and larger) purchases.

I owe it to myself to get back into those jeans one day. My weight plummeted after the birth of my daughter; I know it is possible.

Don’t lose faith in me, skinny jeans. I will see you again one day. Just give me a little more time.

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The assignment this week was to write a piece – fiction or creative non-fiction – in which jeans play a prominent role.


Not Just Another Mother Blogger! said...Best Blogger Tips

I don't believe that I ever fit into skinny jeans, now that I think about it!

I liked that you personified your jeans, made them an old friend, to explain your absence. Awesome!

dosweatthesmallstuff said...Best Blogger Tips

I feel you, sista. That's exactly what happened to me. After my daughter was born, I was actually skinnier than now, 7 years later ;) And since then, me and jeans = arch enemies. lol

Amanda said...Best Blogger Tips

great post. i feel your sense of self coming out.

Elena @CiaoMom said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh yes. except that with a daughter that is almsot seven, I cannot blame pregnancy. Mine are hanging in my closet. One day. :)

Carrie said...Best Blogger Tips

When I went back to work, that was when the weight began to creep on. I need to go to the gym regularly :)

I know my current jeans aren't stylish designer ones BUT at least they fir okay. And I'm cool with that.

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julie moore said...Best Blogger Tips

Aftermy daughter was born I went back to my old jeans right away. After my son I still haven't made it back to those jeans and its been over 20 years.

Kate said...Best Blogger Tips

Great post. I have approximately 10 pairs of jeans in the closet that I don't wear for various body reasons (too tight in the butt, too tight in the thigh,too long for my apparently stubby legs). I know most of these things could be changed, but a sizable (too sizable...sigh) part of me blames the jeans industry, which has to know that there's big money in selling jeans that will never fit correctly.

(And, yes, I DO believe this is called "delusion.")

robin said...Best Blogger Tips

Here's to hoping! You might be more successful than I was...I've never been able to go back to pre-kid jeans. Good luck!

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