When I became a mom, I knew I still wanted to have my sense of self. Since I was a ‘mombie’ (you know, like a zombie, but also a mom) for the first month or so, I had some adjusting to do. It was important to me that I still look fashionable, current and attractive to my husband. When I read Sarah’s post with tips on getting my pre-baby body back, it really resonated with me. Getting my pre-baby body back was uber important to me, especially since I own a gym (no pressure, right?). A combination of breast feeding, healthy eating and tough workouts got me there in about five months post baby. My clothes still fit a little different afterward, so the next step was to refresh my wardrobe. And in my world, new clothes equals new accessories, so I hunted for new options. We want to look great, but at the end of the day we are still mothers. Forget mom jeans, these super cute jewelry options still outwardly show your maternal love but look way hipper.
When your baby isn’t pulling on your jewelry, pretty much anything goes. I love all the necklaces with the initials or names, so you can always keep your little one close to your heart. Etsy has some unique and affordable items. My favorite one is from Etsy store Reese’s Pieces Designs. For $45, you get a hand stamped (with initials, name or date) charm on a sterling silver chain. This store also sells spacer beads so you can add charms as you add to your brood. If you like a bit of whimsy with your accessories, you’ll love Etsy store Merriweather Council. There are tons of personalization options, including pendant shape, letter, upper or lower case, and thread color. Your pendant can be as unique as your little one!
The best gift I received for my jewelry box as a new mom, though, was a Chewbeads necklace. Not only is it super cute, it’s also practical. Babies love to chew on things, and my regular jewelry was not an ideal choice for Jude to gnaw on during Sunday mass. Chewbeads (sold locally at ZukaBaby) are soft, non-toxic and made with 100% silicone (similar to pacifiers). Nursing moms can also use this as sensory tool to keep the baby focused. They are even dishwasher safe. Hallelujah! Jude was able to chew, yank and virtually attempt to destroy this necklace, and it’s still in perfect condition. He still loves it, calling it a bead rather than a necklace, like any good NOLA baby. My only gripe is that now I need one in every color!