Something I didn’t expect to battle with postpartum is having such a hard time getting dressed. It’s such a minor thing in the grand scheme of life, I know, but it’s just one more thing to add onto the rest of the giant list that I’ve experienced and thought, “Well shoot. Mamahood is hard!” I don’t say it’s hard to get dressed in the sense that it’s difficult to get out of bed and put myself together, although that definitely happens… What I mean is that I have nothing to wear 7ish months postpartum and breastfeeding. That’s especially highlighted when I have to get ready for church every Sunday. I know this is just a season and it’ll be over in the blink of an eye. In the meantime though, I just want something I can wear to church and feel good in that I can nurse my baby in, you know?
Every week I get upset and my room looks like a bomb went off. That GIF of a girl recklessly throwing stuff out of her closet to find something? Yeah. That’s me. I’ve known this whole time that I could go and buy new pants but it’s this weird mental battle I deal with – am I going to buy these new pants and then they’ll fit me for a couple of months before I’m back to wearing my old ones and I now wasted money and have to store this extra stuff? What if I get pregnant again and these pants/dress don’t fit me because they’re too small? When it comes down to it, I don’t think it’s about the pants at all. I think a part of this motherhood journey that makes it tough is not only dealing with a new identity of sorts, but also feeling like an alien in my own body. I’m extremely grateful for this body of mine, don’t get me wrong. It has grown two humans and pushed one of them out in four hours but that doesn’t mean that I automatically am used to it or comfortable in it. Not having anything that fits me just reminds me of that. It’s going to take time and like I said it’ll blink by (as much as I don’t want it to). In the meantime though, I’ve had to tell myself, “Just buy the bigger pants, Jordan”.
I’ve been doing all of this research on what to get as it starts to heat up (quick) here so I figured I’d share it with you guys here if you’re in the same boat. Here are things that I’ve ordered/am eying that fit my criteria: nursing-friendly (as for tops I just lift them up!), versatile, comfortable, and effortless. I’m on the hunt for things I can wear during the week but also wear at church on Sunday but also casually throughout the week. It ended up being a capsule of sorts! I try to buy either sustainable clothing or from small shops if I can!
I was going to end the post there and call it good but while on my search, I came across this new brand from Walmart and I have to share it with you guys. It is SO GOOD. It’s called Free Assembly and it includes wardrobe staples that are made with quality fabrics. Their jeans are even made eco-friendly (which is a big deal if you look into how wasteful the denim industry is!).
I ordered some items to check it out for myself and I am in shock at the quality for the price. These jeans especially. They are a must have. I got them in a size 8 short (I’m currently 140 lb, 5’7). They are snug to start but they loosen up in the most perfect way. I LOVE THEM. Here are my other favorites:
I hope this helps any of you that are in a similar situation! I’m praying over you and your homes if you are in the path of these tornados.
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