Hi! I’m Carli.
I’m 35 and I have 3 kids. I’ve got a 3.5 year old boy, an almost 2 year old girl and an almost 1 month old boy. Yes, it is a handful. I left Corporate America almost 4 years ago to move to a new city with my husband and stay home while we grew a family.
Staying home with my kids is wonderful and sometimes awful, exciting and sometimes the most boring thing on the planet. It’s almost never any kind of glamorous and I seem to have traded in my high heels for fuzzy slippers, or, if we’re being honest, flats with orthotics. So practical. But I wouldn’t trade it.
So now, as a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom, if you don’t know the lingo, yet) as they call it, it appears I have joined this new mom tribe. We wear workout clothes like regular clothes to preschool drop off or the grocery store. Sometimes it’s because we worked out that day, or may work out later, sometimes it’s because we just don’t know what else to put on our bodies and those clothes feel safe. If our clothes don’t have stains on them already, they probably will by the end of the day, because, well, messy kids.
But, I’ve decided that I no longer want workout clothes to be my safe place. I’ve decided that just because I’m a mom, and may not get out much, doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have clothes that look good and make me feel good for the times that I do make it out of the house. And yes, yoga pants are comfortable, whether for yoga or for shopping, but do they really need to be our new identity? I’m not so sure they do.