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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Would you trust me with your children?

When I'm not wearing cute handmade skirts, you might find me wearing something like in the photo above. As I was getting ready for my work day at our co-op preschool I thought how funny I looked, especially in contrast to my glamorous sister. But, each thing I wore was chosen with care. You have to dress just right to survive another day of positive discipline, conflict resolution, and healthful snack making.

Let's start at the top:

My hair is pinned back because it's getting a little out of control. I only schedule my hair appointments for every seven or eight weeks. Six weeks would be better, but getting childcare is such a hassle that I push it out, probably getting one less haircut a year — saves me some money, too.

I put on my Miraculous Medal of Mary recently to gather up as much good mama juju as possible while I wait for the little guy's sedation dental work appointment. Blaize got me the original medal when I was pregnant with my first, and, a second for the second. It's blue and pretty and makes me feel good. My doula, Mary, got a matching one and that makes me feel good, too — double Mary goodness. I'm not Catholic, or, ever been Catholic, but sometimes people have said I "look Catholic." I figure Mary doesn't care.

Black clothes. I used to wear black almost everyday. It was a good designer uniform and pretty much matched my mood. Now, I'm drawn to colors. I think it's because I hang out with kids. But, some days you just have to wear black — layers of it.

Black crochet purse. It's made of polypropelene and it's nearly indestructible, just don't drink out of it. It was a hand-me-down, so I'm counting it as a green-non-green situation.

Maternity yoga pants still have a place in my wardrobe. While I've only been accused of being pregnant once since my last birth, I'm counting that as an improvement, since I was asked twice after my first birth. I guess it's time to start exercising.

The Best Boots Evah came from a garage sale long ago. They're vintage with a short cut, not sure what you call that. They've molded to my foot just right. I love them.

That's it — my uniform for surviving small children.

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Blogger capello said...

i like your flippy hair!

and hey, my motto is, as long as it's clean. i can't believe my children have reduced me to that.

Thu Feb 21, 11:45:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Lori said...

hey, i had the idea a long time ago to make maternity wear for nonpregnant people .. i mean, my God, it's the *most comfortable clothing ever*.

your black on black on black made me laugh. and the black gap fleece.

and yes. i would. i *would* trust you with my children. ;^)

Thu Feb 21, 12:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger Angela said...

Hi Michelle! I have adopted the headband as the "I give up" of my hair situation. No money, time, sitter, etc. All my clothes are oil stained with strips of oily baby barf. If you ever want to walk, give me a call!

Thu Feb 21, 02:00:00 PM PST  
Blogger stephanie s said...

if i had children i would certainly trust you with them. in the mean time i will have to trust you with my new best friend forever, miss bitter b, i think you've met her?

thinking of you and c. if his dreams are half as good as the ones i had it will be hard keeping him awake.

Thu Feb 21, 03:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sara said...

I would totally trust you with my kids. I run a home daycare, and comfy clothes are a must! If you don't look ready to get dirty and sit on the floor, you're not ready for kids.

Thu Feb 21, 04:27:00 PM PST  
Anonymous meg said...

you are adorable.

Thu Feb 21, 04:41:00 PM PST  
Blogger Donna said...

I have a similar uniform, only you are doing a much better job of pulling it off! I had to recently buy a new hooded black sweatshirt as I got a bleach stain on the old one. I had such a hard time finding a cheap, basic, 100% cotton black hooded sweatshirt, finally got lucky at Old Navy.

Thu Feb 21, 08:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bitterbetty said...

you match. and I think Johnny Depp has the same outfit. But his is French.

ooh la la.

Your bff.. BB

Fri Feb 22, 06:15:00 AM PST  
Blogger Suzanne said...

You look cute! I have several of those black crochet purses. Long after humans are no longer on this earth the purses will still be going strong....probably as homes for rodents.

Fri Feb 22, 01:04:00 PM PST  
Blogger Violette Crumble said...

So good, and way too familiar.

My haircut is also covering my eyes due to lack of childcare and as I type I am in my Old Navy yoga pants that I wore throughout my pregnancy and have yet to become too small for. Yikes.

P.S. I love the high school photos and story about Heather Ross. Too good.

Fri Feb 22, 01:35:00 PM PST  
Blogger Emily said...

Awesome! I'm sending my kids right over.

I've been asked THAT too. It sucks.

Fri Feb 22, 04:22:00 PM PST  
Blogger meg said...

Finding an outfit that can get barfed on, but still retain some sort of coolness factor is definitely an art. God bless the hoodie!

Fri Feb 22, 05:10:00 PM PST  
OpenID thecherubscloset said...

Well, I think you look awesome. I wear that uniform most days, too.

Fri Feb 22, 05:57:00 PM PST  
Anonymous ambika said...

I actually really love your hair. Though the description definitely makes me laugh.

And those boots are awesome.

Sat Feb 23, 01:57:00 PM PST  
OpenID fiveflowers said...

i love your clothing survival kit. mine is more gray than black, but it shows more stains. ah, you are too wise, i need to move to black baby! and hey, if you need more kids, you can have mine. yeah, i trust ya! ;)

Sun Feb 24, 01:59:00 PM PST  
Blogger Tracey said...

Your sister looks nifty and all but if given the choice, I'd pick you for a day of fun with my kids. You dressed the part perfectly. It would have been more "authentic" to take an end of the day photo so we could see the applesauce and paint that just had to end up on the hoodie.

Mon Feb 25, 04:22:00 AM PST  
Anonymous PlanningQueen said...

I trust you much more than someone who was perfectly dressed in all white. At least you look like you might play with the kids!

Mon Feb 25, 04:43:00 AM PST  
Blogger Sarah and Jack said...

This post reminds me of what Michael Kors said on project runway last week about his "uniform" of jeans, black tee and dark jacket. I think a lot of us have a "uniform", I certainly do! Jeans and a tee shirt (usually pink) every day. LOL

Mon Feb 25, 10:55:00 AM PST  
Blogger mo said...

You are hilarious! How could I not trust you with my children? We have the same uniform.

Mon Feb 25, 08:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger pussman said...

think I have the same problem.
I'm not always in the mood to dress up, too much work!!

Wed Mar 12, 12:42:00 PM PDT  

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