Obviously I had to break out an old pic of my flag shorts. They are thisclose to fitting me again post-baby! Hope everyone has safe travels or a low-key, relaxed staycation these next few days!
In other news, I need some advice. Baby Bear either sleeps well at night or takes naps — not both. What do I do? For weeks, he’d sleep 8pm to 8am only waking up once or twice (amazing!) but refused to nap during the day. Lately, he takes a long nap in the morning most days (like, up to 3 hours) but won’t sleep at night anymore! We put him down at 8pm and he’s up again at 11pm, then 1am, then 3:30am, then 6:30am for good (BRUTAL). I feel like he slept better as a newborn than he has lately!
Anybody have any ideas for me? Will this just pass with time? Daytime naps are great because they give me a chance to work/straighten up/answer emails, but nighttime sleep is crucial too!
About four years ago, when Chad and I were just starting to think about the possibility of leaving New York, we spent several days in Los Angeles.
It was a serious trip — we were house-hunting (or, at least, house-window-shopping), trying to get a sense of what we could afford in cities that weren’t Manhattan.
Only, the thing was: it was freezing. It was this weird August when California was freezing cold, so the weather in Santa Monica, where we spent most of our time, was grey, windy, and about fifty-five degrees most days. I only made one purchase that whole trip, and it was a big cozy sweater from J. Crew.
Yes, I went to LA in the middle of summer, and bought a sweater.
But one afternoon, just for something to do, we left Santa Monica behind and drove out to Malibu.
And as we drove, it was like the clouds opened up — suddenly, the weather was eighty degrees and sunny. I took off my sweater. I put on my favorite sunglasses. And we had lunch by the ocean, on a beautiful blue-sky afternoon.
Even though we decided against moving to California a few months later, sometimes I still think of that beautiful afternoon, when everything suddenly took a turn for the outrageously beautiful.
So, with this outfit, I decided to recreate it — starting with my new, updated version of those favorite sunglasses. I’ve always loved aviators — they’re the coolest sunglasses around, bar none — and this Foster Grant pair is the one that I’m constantly reaching for nowadays. If I suddenly found myself in the middle of a sunny Malibu afternoon, they’d be on in four seconds flat.
I never used to understand when people said, “once you’re a mom, you’re going to want your getting-ready routine to take four seconds, flat.”
“Seriously?” I thought. “You don’t have an extra second or two to devote to getting ready in the morning? The baby takes every single second of your time?”
But now, on the other side of it… yes, I want my getting-ready routine to take four seconds flat.
I’m not complaining — overall, I’ve done a pretty good job of looking put-together post baby. I put on makeup almost every day. I usually style my hair once or twice a week. I put on normal-person clothes and
On the other hand… little things have slipped, things I miss a lot. I’ve been straightening my hair because curling it doesn’t last as long, despite how much I love curls. I haven’t gotten a manicure since the baby was born, and that’s almost two months at this point. I wish I had time to exercise to drop those last few baby pounds, but so far, it’s not even a remote possibility.
So as I shop (online, obviously — it will be a long time before I can actually go shopping again, but thankfully, there’s the internet!), I tend to be more focused on convenience than anything else. If I see a cute dress, and it’ll look good paired with flats and minimal accessories — that dress goes into my shopping cart. (Bonus if it’s in a fabric that’s machine washable, but that’s the holy grail, isn’t it?)
And with that in mind, I couldn’t resist this dress. It’s so chic, but it’s also incredibly easy to wear — add a few delicate necklaces, a great bag, and you’re basically done. And best of all — it comes in neon yellow too. Do we think I need them both?