I can only describe the past few days with baby Wilhelmina as ‘floating on cloud nine.’ Well, I guess it’s not really floating, but more like strategic hovering with my husband as we watch, hold, feed, burp, change and smile at her. We did a ‘can we go out in public with a baby?‘ practice run on the 4th of July at an expat BBQ in Zurich and it went surprisingly well! She even perked up when the band sang the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and we lasted a whole 90 minutes before she started crying for her preferred beverage of choice, so we decided to call it a night. There’s been a heat wave sweeping Europe which made for a weekend mostly cooped up indoors with a portable air conditioner we move room by room. I won’t pretend taking care of a newborn is easy and thankfully, my in-laws have been here to help.
Life is on her schedule now which I realized in the hospital two days after she was born. The nurses had taken her for a weigh-in and to check her temperature so I thought, ‘Yay, I have 20 minutes to get ready.’ Just as I started blow drying my hair, I heard the nurses tap on the door. ‘Frau Schroeter, your baby is here.’ They gave me a look like ‘Are you really going to keep blow drying your hair?’ and I realized then and there, my daily ‘getting ready time‘ is over. So hello air-dried hair! Here’s my top 5 low-maintenance style tips (especially for any adjusting new moms) on a quick AM day trip with the family yesterday to Meggen, Switzerland…
1. Your Pre-Pregnancy Wardrobe that Won’t ‘Fit’ – I learned this the hard way trying to put on a few dresses I thought were roomy enough over the weekend and none fit. One simple idea I recommend is a button down blouse which is easy access if you need to feed. I tied a little knot in front to conceal my belly and paired it with a high-waisted skirt (that actually didn’t zip all the way to the top), but it was good enough.
2. Will You Have Time to Paint Your Nails? – Newborns sleep A LOT so there was a few free moments for mini-pampering, but I recommend quick drying nail polish like Sally Hansen Quick Dry formulas to be on the safe side.
3. Error on the Side of Busy Patterns ~ Babies are messy so I recommend wearing darker shades or busy patterns to conceal any issues. I LOVED this hot air-balloon print top I found at Zara a few months ago and I found other brands that have it too (see below).
4. Heels Aren’t Happening – I spent the weekend in these Steve Madden mustard flats, Converse and flip flops. I’ll still wear heels again, but not while I’m running around taking care of a baby.
5. Go with your Natural Hair – If you are used to blow drying your hair, I recommend nixing that idea and finding a hairstyle that works for it naturally. I found pulling my hair back in a messy 60’s style twist works well by using 5 bobby pins (half-back first) then twisting the bottom layers and adding bit of hairspray for fly-aways.
<DETAILS by Dale> black leather handbag c/o – Adora / top (old) – Zara (dresses & top in the same print below) / Skirt (old) – JCrew / sandals – Steve Madden / sunglasses – Chloe / nails – OPI Alpine Snow>
Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! Any tips you have for new moms are definitely welcome…
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