The Mom Uniform

You know the look: messy bun, yoga pants, nursing tank. Unwashed face, but you never wear makeup anyhow. You need to brush your teeth. Your morning breath doesn’t smell as nice as your toddler’s. Your eyebrows are intense and you are lucky if you’ve showered alone this week.

I’m glad my husband has it in him to still find me attractive. I am also glad that I can prioritize something other than applying fancy lip gloss every morning. I love getting all dolled up and cute as much as the next girl, but there is such comfort in knowing that my boss cares more about babywearing than my unplucked brows.

I don’t use motherhood as an excuse to “let myself go” and turn into a lazy slob with a soap opera addiction. I do get dressed every day and make three meals plus snacks in addition to household chores and WAHM stuff. But seriously. These eyebrows would never fly in an office setting. I think I lost my tweezers in the move.

If I had known how often I would wear nursing tanks I would have bought nicer ones. Same for nursing bras. I’m sick of the same old Target nursing bras over and over. Plus, they dig into my ribs. Yuck. I’m just cheap and didn’t realize this would be my uniform for 18 months (or forever).

I need a haircut. That’s why the constant bun. How do I get a haircut while corralling twins though?! Also, why can’t haircuts be free? Or why can’t my hair just grow more consistently? It’s wild back there.

Maybe I’ll get a haircut before MCMC. I’ll also get my eyebrows done. It’s kind of necessary. I can post photos of the kind of frumpy mom stuff that happens daily, but I’m wearing mascara if I go on a work trip.

You’re not the only frumpalicious one out there. I know not all of you are even remotely frumpy, but this blog post is for all you messy bun mamas who don’t put on shoes every day. You’re goddesses. Now let’s take care of these eyebrows, shall we?


  1. Ashley -  March 6, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    THANK YOU for doing this post! I only get dressed dressed if we go out but I can’t stand jeans so the second I get home I’m always exchanging for PJ pants or some type of stretchy pants :). Glad I’m not the only one! It seems like around here when I admit that we do school every day in our PJs I get REALLY nasty looks even from the other homeschoolers.

  2. Allison -  March 6, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    Ahh yes…honesty! Lol. Thank you! I felt like you wrote this while peaking through my windows. The dog gets a hair cut more often than I do.

    Btw I have that nursing tank you’re wearing in the top pic. 😉

  3. Jennifer K -  March 6, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    I have been meaning to pluck my eyebrows but keep putting it off. I live in PJs unless I go out and even then it depends on where I go. I have every intention to do my hair but always ends up in a bun too

  4. Liindsay -  March 6, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    I bought expensive nursing bras and still hate them. Initially they were too tight and hurt my chest/ribs too. But now that I’ve slimmed back down they fit perfect in the chest… and looks like a skirt around my stomach. Assuming because they’re meant for baby bumps too? Who knows. I never feel sexy in any of my nursing friendly clothes though. I have left the house on more than one occasion with my north face zipped up with absolutely nothing underneath (hey, its thick enough to get away with it). I have been single handedly supporting my local Victoria’s secret with my yoga pant purchases. And I wash my hair MAYBE once a week. And tell me again why I still have acrylic nails? Because those only manage to get filled about once a month when really (thanks to prenatal) they grow out and look horrible and need redone about weekly instead. Sigh. I swear I love being a mom though hahaha even though I never wanted to look this much like one!!

  5. JennieP -  March 7, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    I’m definitely one of these moms- and I just recently discovered that so are a lot of nursing moms. Everytime I gaze in wonder at the random mom of an infant on IG that always has a full face of makeup(including lashes) and a cute outfit, they’re not bfing. But I wouldn’t want it every other way- even if during my hour of “alone” time after everyone goes to sleep I scour modcloth looking for just ONE awesome dress that buttons down the front.

  6. Grace S -  March 12, 2013 - 8:58 am

    I love the naked baby in the background!

  7. Tessa -  March 12, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    Lol. I work out of the house and the only difference is I wear jeans and brush my teeth. It’s been ages since a hair cut, make up is a lost art and my brows are good enough if you don’t actually look at them.

  8. Renée -  March 17, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    I can totally relate to this! Long gone are the days where I used to pluck my eyebrows just as the hairs were beginning to poke through; I am glad that fuller eyebrows are back in vogue 😉

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