Nursing Tuesday: Nursing Shift Dress with Asymmetric Overlay

Nursing Shift DressThis dress isn’t for everyone, I’ll grant you, but I’d take a chance on it — I like the high neckline, the fact that it works both for maternity and nursing. Also — am I the only one who hates “nursing” tops that leave, for example, huge slits in your shirt? I like that this one has you covered, and keeps you covered from both the top and the bottom when you’re nursing. It’s $56 at ASOS. ASOS Maternity NURSING Shift Dress With Asymmetric Overlay

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Maternity Monday: Ivybridge Maternity Dress

Isabella Oliver Ivybridge Maternity DressThis dress!  Love the satured blue color (of course I do), the jewel neck, the sleeves, the ruching… lovely.  There are also a few sizes available in a taupe (in maternity and “regular”?  what?!).  The dress is $97-$149 at Nordstrom. Isabella Oliver Ivybridge Maternity Dress

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Finally Friday: Navy Sydnee Bag

Pottery Barn Kids Navy Sydnee Bag | CorporetteMomsI always love a good sale, and there’s a big one on this stylish diaper bag. It’s 17″W by 5″ deep by 13.5″ high, looks functional without being juvenile or cutesy, and has a variety of different handles and ways to carry it. Nice. It was $169, but is now $60 at Pottery Barn Kids. Pottery Barn Kids Navy Sydnee Bag

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Everyone Thursday: Drape-Front Open Knit Cardigan

Tahari Drape-Front Open Knit Cardigan, GravelPretty, pretty. A drapey cardigan (that instructs you to “hand wash,” which I instantly translate as “machine wash with Woolite on delicate,” because that’s how I roll) works for everyone, whether you’re pregnant, nursing, or beyond. I think the dark gray color is lovely, and I like that this one is longer in the back than the front — that is strangely hard to find. I like it open, as shown, but I’d also probably try it belted. It was $98, but is now marked to $51.75 at Last Call.Tahari Drape-Front Open Knit Cardigan, Gravel

N.B.: Last Call is now offering an extra 50% off all clearance.

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Sick Kids, Work Schedules, Childcare Arrangements, and Excuses

sick-kids-excusesHow many layers of backup childcare do you have? When your child is sick, who is the first responder (and, if it’s different, who is the person who stays home)? If you have to miss work, what excuse do you give your boss?

I actually just found this post in draft, from May 2014. I had written a long story about how when I launched this site (in April 2014) I was so frustrated because the DAY I launched, my toddler came down with a sluggish fever — and it dragged on for ten days. I was heavily pregnant at the time and trying to get a million things done to prepare for maternity leave, amidst feeling generally lousy and trying to run to all those late-pregnancy doctor appointments… and yet Jack often Only Wanted Mommy. It felt like balls were dropping everywhere because I was missing hour after hour of work. My husband stayed home for some of the days we couldn’t send Jack to daycare, but it was extra stressful for him because he already felt like he had a million things to do before he took paternity leave.

At the time I didn’t want to mention my frustrations or health woes at my job (the blogs), even though readers were equally frustrated… so the story sat in draft. But I think that in and of itself is an interesting topic, because it comes back to Professionalism With Kids. One lawyer I knew years ago told me that I should always say that I was sick, not my (then future) kids, because I wouldn’t want my boss to question my childcare arrangements and parenting relationship (i.e., which partner stays home?). And in my situation, where I’m dealing with many (many) people, I’ve found it’s better to just keep my personal issues out of it, since everyone will react a bit differently — if it were just one boss or one coworker I might think about it differently.  But how do you guys feel about it — are your kids an acceptable excuse to use at the office, or do you feel safer giving another explanation (except when you really can’t)?

So I’m curious, ladies — what are YOUR thoughts about how to deal with sick kids, particularly if your usual childcare arrangements don’t allow you to send your kiddo when he’s not well? What excuse/explanation do you give at work if you have to miss it, come in late, take off early, et cetera? Between you and your partner, how do you decide who is the first responder on any given day? Is it solely schedule/location based, or is it presumed that the non-breadwinner is the first responder, or that the mom is?)

Pictured: ShutterstockPreartiq.

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Washable Wednesday: Cowl Neck

Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Top This is a simple little top, but I really like it — I think the cowlneck looks flattering and a bit dressy. Wear it with crisp trousers or ankle pants to dress it up even more, perhaps with a great watch or a brooch as an accessory.  Great price, too: it was $19, but is now marked to $13.98 at TargetLong Sleeve Cowl Neck Top

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