5 Qs with Beth


5 Qs with Beth

Name: Beth Tolley

Neighborhood: Williamsburg

Occupation: Stay at home Mom/Massage Therapist

Baby’s Sex: Girl

How would you describe your pregnant style?

Casual, Comfortable, Affordable

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy?

This is my second pregnancy, and I definitely started showing earlier than I did with my son. I'd kept a few maternity clothing items, but not much. I made do with what I had until I got a chance to shop. People probably wondered why I kept wearing the same pants almost every day!

So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy?


Pregnancy #2 is going so fast! Time is just flying by now, but with #1 it seemed like I would never give birth. Ask me in a couple of months though, and I may feel differently!

What’s been your favorite pregnancy piece or brand to show off your bump?

A really good mom friend of mine loaned me a few super soft J.Crew maxi dresses that have been great. They are so comfortable and I can chase my little guy around easily in them. I also bought a pair of Birkenstock sandals which I will probably be living in this summer. I haven't had a pair since the 90's, but they are still as comfy as ever!

What NYC experience are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?

Going out as a family and sharing our favorite neighborhood spots with her. I can't wait to see my son tell her all about the cool places and things he likes to do in Brooklyn.

Beth is wearing:

Dress: J.Crew dress

Shirt: Gap

Shoes: Birkenstock sandals.

Photography by Sofia Lynn Photography.

Shoot on location at ABC Carpet & Home.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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