Tuesday, September 08, 2009

That "Thing"

I have body issues. What woman doesn't right? After I got pregnant with Butterball, they melted away. I realized that I'm insane to think I'm fat or overweight or whatever, but that doesn't mean that I'm comfortable all the time.

1. I slump. I slouch, I have TERRIBLE posture. My posture is so bad and has been for so long that it almost hurts to stand up straight. It feels unnatural. It's awful. I notice that when I do stand up straight, I look a million times better.

2. I have post-pregnancy belly. I'm that gal you see walking down the street where you wonder if I'm just entering my second trimester, or if I'm just carrying a few extra pounds. I'm just carrying a few extra pounds. In the front. Where those two giant (9 lb10 oz, and 9 lb 7 oz) babies were. I have this flap of skin and fat that hangs. You think you have muffin top? I am that muffin that spilled out of the cup and is dripping off of the pan -- at least in front.

These two things make it difficult for me to feel comfortable in clothing. I need to find jeans that don't ride up to my armpits (I prefer lower-rise jeans, they don't pinch when you bend). I would like to find shirts that don't make my milk makers look funny or my tummy look like it's still housing children, or showing off my crack. I like my shirts longer. I don't do anything that's expensive, because I'm the cheapest person out there when it comes to clothing. I like to be pretty low maintenance, (no dry-clean only), but the screen printed T-shirts are no longer working for me to wear out. I want to look put together, polished. As if I didn't try to look nice but succeeded anyway. And yes, I'm aware. I'm only three months post-baby, but I feel like it's been so much longer. I'm ready to look like me again. And I need to figure out a way of hiding my gut before I wean, so that when I do it doesn't stick out further than the bumps that live above it.

Suggestions? Places to shop? Brands of clothing? Please. Tell me. I want to hear it all.


Kristi said...

Ooohh, Mary, I hear you! I finally checked out Coldwater Creek, there is one at a mall nearby. I used to think it was for my mom and mother-in-law, but when I went in, I realized all the styles were suddenly things I liked. And they sell spanx, right next to the dressing room! Yes, my days of buying 3 tshirts for $20 at Kohls are gone I think.

McKenzie said...

It can be a little pricey, but with coupons and good deals I shop at Ann Taylor Loft. I have finally found a pair of jeans that I can wear comfortably with a post c-section belly. Check it out online. anntaylorloft.com

glitterrs said...

definitely ann taylor! their jeans are so comfy and both me and my friend adia (totally different body types and different stuff to hide) can shop there and look good.