This past Saturday was Labour Day here in NZ, and today (Monday) is a public holiday. I can’t help but find myself reflecting on what I was doing this time last year– presenting a live-to-air radio show where the workload in the lead-up was pretty full-on, although nowhere near as crazy as life with a baby! I was also planning the following week, to advise my employers of my change of circumstances. I was quite nervous about it actually, as having been so focused on getting things sorted with my career, I thought it would probably seem odd to those around me (who hadn’t noticed my swelling ankles and puffier face), to discover my news. My bump had only just starting to show, and I had been wearing looser style clothing to work, as my more structured pieces failed to fit around my waist. Fortunately more flowing, box-shaped dresses and high-low hems had made an entrance in the fashion-sphere, so at the time, I didn’t have to miss out too much on finding some great styles to wear.
I was able to wear this dress during the latter stage of my pregnancy, at which point there was no hiding behind the bump that had basically devoured my entire waist-line and turned me into a Swiss ball on legs! I like that the dress hangs correctly now. I was particularly drawn to the black and white detail on the front, which is a different texture to the rest of the dress. Not having worn the dress for ages, I finally felt that it needed to make an appearance. Not surprisingly, I didn’t want to go near loose dresses for quite some time after I lost my baby weight, as I was rather happy to see my waist again!
Above: I LOVE the houndstooth settee at our friend’s new house. They’ve gone with a lot of green and orange details in their decor which I’m also very fond of. Oh yeah, and if I could steal that green and brown lamp from them I would, but it’s attached to their sideboard. Boohoo.
But yes, life is definitely different now. I remarked to one of the other guests at the housewarming party (whose daughter-in-law is due in December), how challenging it is to have a child after being so in control of most aspects of my life…having a baby has thrown everything out the window, and he rules the roost. There are toys everywhere, we creep around the house when he’s having a nap, I don’t get to go to bed whenever I please (no matter how tired I am), and we do our best to make sure that he has everything he needs. I’ve also had to forfeit wearing anything with a DRY CLEAN ONLY tag, unless we’ve got a babysitter in and we’re heading out for dinner!
Above: Our friends have just moved into their new house, and I found myself crushing on this cool bottle that they had in their bathroom to hold some daffodils!
Below: Again in their bathroom the wooden cut-out ducks are a modern retro take on the more traditional kitsch porcelain ducks.
As someone who lived her life by the time on a watch that was always set 15-minutes ahead, working to deadlines (with a penchant for planning things a year in advance), making lists, and enjoying the process of crossing things off…to now, being at home with my son, has been a major game changer. For now, the days and months merge into one. I pray for sunny days so that I can get my three loads of laundry done (boring but necessary), I crave for structure, and of course, some respite from nights of sleeplessness. But as Christmas looms, before I know it I’ll be back at work in March (wearing clothes that are Dry Clean Only), and no doubt thinking back fondly on these times, as I sit here in the sun on an alphabet play mat, watching my 8-month- old son gnawing away at one of my slippers, which, mind you, has been washed especially for him…
What I wore: Cameo shirt dress with hi-low hem (similar), Light grey wool blazer (similar), red leather clog sandals (similar), Something Else sunglasses, sterling silver /red ring, hand-made Origami print purse bought from Felt NZ a few years ago, Fan collar necklace.