Back when I was a new mother and still learning the ropes, I went through some dark days. Looking back, I suspect it might've been a mild (although it didn't feel that way!) case of postpartum depression. I spent much of my days filled with anxiety that I had no idea what I was doing, and I felt like my life and identity had disappeared.
I had thought that motherhood would fill me with joy, so I was completely unprepared for feeling so lost like I did -- both in my new role (hey, aren't we supposed to be born with maternal instincts?) and in my identity.
Eventually, with each passing day, I started to feel better. Thanks in part to my supportive husband (except maybe when lack of sleep overcame him) and my awesome friends. I realized that I was doing a decent job as a new mother so my anxiety lessened. And one of the more trivial things that helped me was finding the time to put myself together in the mornings (or sometimes afternoons). I noticed that my mood improved if I felt good about my appearance. So I tossed aside my maternity gear which I had shamefully still been wearing, my saggy yoga pants and tanks/tees, and began to dress in a way that made me feel good about myself. My appearance might be a vain thing to spend time on, but it makes me happy. And if I'm happy, I'm a better mom to Maya.
jacket - Gap, blouse - H&M, necklace - DIY, jeans - Gap, shoes - Frye, scarf - eBay
Here's another outfit of my typical "mommy style". I wore this on Friday to to run to the grocery store and get our shopping for the weekend done (toddler in tow). I then switched to my sneakers (jeans rolled up. I know… fashion faux pas with bootcuts!) so we could spend an hour at the park. It was actually a bit cold by the time we made it the park, but my scarf kept me toasty enough.