When we got home I realized I had The D Man’s lunch all over me and hadn’t showered yet. I set the kids up with an activity on the bathroom floor, showered in 6 minutes and got dressed in less minutes. I struggled into a pair of jeans that had been washed for a week but still lay unfolded on my floor. I grabbed my favorite black tank top from the top drawer because I love how it sucks in my belly and no one had to know it was Maternity right? My parents had just returned from Turkey and brought back a skull and crossbones scarf that reminded them of me (hmmm.) I draped it around my neck hoping it would hide any possible encroaching side boob. As I was heading out of my closet something sparkly grabbed my eye on a higher shelf. It was an ear cuff that my best friend sent for my birthday back in April. I hadn’t worn it yet. I wrestled with the earring while I dragged two little monkeys hanging onto my feet into the car. When I got to the party almost everyone commented on how put together I looked. Put together? I laughed to myself realizing I hadn’t yet looked in a mirror. (I’m getting to the point of this story and I swear it’s not a humble brag.) As Moms we don’t typically have the luxury of time to analyze an outfit or pick out the perfect complimentary accessory. But what I’ve learned over the past 4 years is that it really doesn’t matter. Grab something and go. Remember to put on a different piece of jewelry from time to time. Invest in an awesome pair of sunglasses. Don’t discount your favorite Maternity tank top. But most importantly, and what I always tell my daughter when she asks,
“Mommy do I look beautiful?”
“Are you smiling!?”
“Then yes baby, you are truly beautiful.”
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