It began in a very unconscious manner, but once I’d begun I realised that this was the way forward:
The way to successfully dress myself in something vaguely resembling ‘normal’ (whatever that may be) daily.
The way to successfully dress myself without having to engage my brain pre the five-cups-of-tea-and-a-large-gingerbread-latte that it takes for me to function as a reasonably normal human-being.
The way to successfully dress myself in a manner that was practical, but kind of cool.
I’d created my very own Mama Uniform.
It all started when I discovered a pair of jeggings in Sainsbury’s (I know, not the coolest joint in town) which had an elasticated waist. Gosh, what a revelation that was. And ever-so forgiving on the paunch of Mummy-tummy that still remains from carrying my two babies. No longer did I have to worry about whether my jeans would do up in the morning! Hurrah! I bought three pairs in different shades.
Then came the discovery of Selfish Mother and their awesome tops (which support some fabulous charities, so it’s guilt-free shopping). Just like a school uniform, my top half stated the institution I now belong to. And I’m exceedingly proud to belong to the Mother Club.
Teamed with a teething necklace for shiggles *cough necessity cough*, my uniform was complete, and I must say it’s made getting dressed every day so much easier!
No longer do I spend my mornings pawing through my wardrobe, mourning my pre-baby body, whilst looking for something that is practical to wear for crawling around on the floor all day. Something that will inevitably be covered in snot, paint, and banana by the end of the day.
I can use those precious extra minutes to make myself another cup of tea which will be left on the side to go cold, or sit on the sofa and laugh at the awfully inappropriate names of In The Night Garden episodes, whilst Busby asks me to draw circles on her hand with my finger, and H-Bear uses my nose as a teething implement.
I’ve since added dungarees to the equation, because they’re pretty awesome, and also the front pockets are very handy for storing teething gels and granules, as well as tissues. Winning.
Tea and coffee are obviously further accessories (see first photo, and every other capture on my Instagram account).
Other future editions to my Mama Uniform will (hopefully) include:
Do you have a Mama Uniform? If so, what does it include?