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When I was younger, the term “mom style” was not a compliment. It meant something along the lines of “You are not remotely cool, and your clothes suck.” Even though, in retrospect, my mom was actually pretty darn cool and her clothes did not suck. When Daily Candy launched a feature all about mom style -- and asked us to be two of the first moms they featured! -- it pretty much confirmed what we’d been thinking ever since we had our own babies a few years back: moms are actually just women with kids, and many are actually quite fashionable...albeit slightly more practical, and definitely more durable. In our almost one full year of Well Rounded NY, we’ve met too many stylish moms to count -- moms that put our own “mom uniforms” to shame, whose incredible fashion sense inspires us daily, even as they juggle one, two, three, and even four kids. So this week, we’re kicking off a new “Mom Style” series, featuring some of our favorite mom-friendly fashion, with a giveaway that turns the cameras on the most stylish moms we know: YOU. We’re pretty sure you rocked a super-cute outfit on the playground and thought nobody was looking, or spent a fashionable afternoon at the pediatrician’s office in an ensemble that left the nurses drooling. Your wardrobe probably moves seamlessly from music class to lunch meeting, and you look as great on a playdate as you do on a dinner date. We love your style and we want to see more of it. For the next two weeks, we’re collecting as much mom style as we can get our hands on. And one of the coolest mom-friendly brands we know, Baukjen (who just so happens to be the sister brand to one of the coolest maternity brands we know, Isabella Oliver) is in on our game: they’re giving away a $200 gift certificate to one lucky mom who shows off a style that is all her own. If you’re a mom and you’ve got style -- we know you do -- instagram your look with the hashtag #WRNYmomstyle and mention (and follow) both @wellroundedny and @baukjen in your post to qualify. Only one lucky mama will win, but we’ll be showing off some of our favorite stylish mamas on instagram along the way, and in a few weeks, on Well Rounded NY too. So get dressed and get instagramming! Winner will be announced on March 24. Good luck. Photography by Stephania Stanley for DailyCandy.

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

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I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

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