Washable Workwear Wednesday: Scuba Sheath Dress

Ooh: this washable sheath dress reminds me of the much (much) more expensive Ted Baker twofer dresses that have been so popular — but I kind of like this one better because it’s washable, sleeveless, and the dark colors of the patterned skirt and solid top are perfect for working moms who may want to hide a multitude of stains. This dress was $128, but comes down to $78 in the Nordstrom Winter Sale — nice! Scuba Sheath Dress

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  1. Help me assuage the working mom guilt – food edition. My 19mo has basically stopped eating anything but prepackaged stuff I send to daycare. So, he’ll eat mandarin oranges, string cheese, animal or goldfish crackers (but not regular crackers), pouches (I try to send veggie ones so he at least gets a vegetable), applesauce, and these veggie quinoa cakes from Costco. He will NOT eat leftovers, even previous favorite foods like sweet potatoes, fish, even corn fritters he ate enthusiastically at dinner the night before. Is this something I should work on with daycare? Just ignore it and keep sending what I am sending? He eats whole foods at home for breakfast and dinner, but it is frustrating that he won’t eat the same foods at school.

    • It sounds like he’s eating well! I really wouldn’t worry about it.

    • avocado says:

      That all sounds pretty nutritious to me. It’s not as if you are feeding him Dorito Taco Nacho Blasted Lunchables. My 11-year-old is the same way. She likes applesauce pouches and prepackaged dipping foods. Real foods that she happily consumes at home come back in the lunch box uneaten. I’ve given up and decided that as long as it’s healthy, I’m going to quit worrying about the environmental impact and the cost and how uncool it makes me look as a mom, and let her have the packaged stuff so she actually eats something.

    • We have the opposite problem. My son will eat anything we send to daycare and eats pretty well for breakfast, but dinner is a loss. I try to serve him a fruit or vegetable but he eats it maybe 30% of the time. Personally, I don’t stress about it. I figure he is getting enough good food at the other two meals, and the snacks daycare feeds him are decent and usually contain a fruit or vegetable, so one mediocre meal isn’t a big deal.

    • Sounds like he’s doing fine! Mine will inhale a meal at dinnertime but leave the exact same food untouched at daycare. And then some days he will happily scarf it all for lunch along with the string cheese, the clementines, and the broccoli. It’s a complete mystery. The nutrition all balances out over the course of the week. (Or month…or year…right?)

    • Thanks, all – I think I needed permission to say “this is fine.” He’ll eat if he’s hungry, and at least he’s not eating pizza every day. Although he would.

    • That sounds pretty good to me! My 3 year old won’t even eat fresh fruit (only in smoothies).

    • I echo others who say it’s fine, but one question – is daycare heating up the non-packaged-food you provide? If not, maybe it’s too cold, or if so, maybe it’s too hot? Just a thought!

      • Anonymous says:

        This. My kids are super temperature sensitive. They prefer to eat quiche cold at daycare for example because daycare was making it too warm.

      • Thanks! I didn’t consider this. I will chat with them about it, but if that doesn’t resolve the situation, no stress because at least he is (sometimes) eating at home. Most days he barely eats anything for dinner anyway.

        • mascot says:

          Another thought, he’s too busy talking to his friends to eat. Also, he may prefer to eat only the foods that look similar to what the other kids are eating, even if he doesn’t realize it. Kids are weird and food preferences ebb/flow with time.

    • This got MUCH easier for us when kiddo was old enough to eat many fruits and vegetables raw. You could do most fruits now (maybe some without skin). We started getting a lot more veggies in when kiddo could do thin carrot sticks, pepper slices, etc. Even if you weren’t sending food to daycare, what you are doing is often what your child would be served. In many daycare situations, you just have to do your best when your child is at home to teach balance, health, etc. At only 19 mos, just keep exposing your child to a variety. It’ll be such a roller coaster as your child’s likes come and go. It’s your job to offer a healthy variety. It’s your child’s job to eat from that.

    • shortperson says:

      i would just send whatever you want to school. packaged foods if it’s easier or whole foods if you want to. dont worry about whether he will eat it or not. eventually he will eat if he’s hungry.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just be glad he is eating that variety at home. It may be he’s less hungry at daycare. Or maybe they don’t reheat to his liking? Who knows.

  3. I love Maggy London dresses in general but not too crazy about this one. I would have to see this one in person to tell if it looks cheap.

    • PregLawyer says:

      It looks cheap in the photo, so I’m assuming it looks REALLY cheap in person. It’s just a weird style. The pattern is weirdly dated; the neckline is way too high; and I don’t think it would work with a blazer. I’m just not on board.

  4. Mom Fail says:

    Sigh. Saturday was my son’s 4th birthday, and it was also ‘parent’s day’ for his early morning gymnastics class (normally they make parents stay outside of the room during class because we’re too distracting.) Kiddo was bouncing off the walls before we even got to class because he was having a birthday party that afternoon, and he was a total mess during class – refused to line up, ran laps around the gym, kept running up to DH and I and yelling silly things (Poopypants is the current favorite.) All around disaster. The first time he came running by, I told him that he if he didn’t use his listening ears with teachers than we were going to go home … but he thought that sounded awesome, so, totally ineffective threat. The next time he came running by, I kneeled down to his level and told him that if he couldn’t listen, we wouldn’t be able to have his birthday cake later. THAT worked – too well. Total meltdown. I felt terrible because of course I wouldn’t actually cancel his birthday party, but in the spur of the moment I picked something I thought might actually motivate him to pay attention in class. It took 40 minutes to calm him down.

    In retrospect, I’m not sure if maybe we should have just skipped class (too much excitement on an already exciting day) or if I should have just picked a more reasonable, motivating consequence (special snack in the car if you do a good job listening??) I sure felt bad about the meltdown.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      I threatened to cancel kiddo’s birthday party if she couldn’t listen the morning of and she was absolutely devastated, and I regretted it. It took about a week to settle back down after the birthday party, but we’re fine now with no lasting issues from my ill-advised threat. Hugs. You’ll all recover from this.

    • Anon in NYC says:

      Honestly, I wouldn’t beat yourself up about this too much. You could have made different choices, and none of them might have been any better. Given his energy level and all of the excitement, I’m not sure that a smaller reward/consequence would have been motivating. FWIW, when I create consequences for my daughter, I try to make them ones that I know I can live with and will enforce (i.e., I would not cancel her birthday party so I would not threaten to do so. But I would absolutely refuse to let her watch a tv show, so I would use that as a threat).

      • Yeah, but seriously haven’t we all whipped out a bad consequence in a moment of panic? I mean, you’re in the middle of it, grasping at things that are doable, effective, close enough in time to be comprehensible for the age of the kid, etc. etc. Hitting on the thing that is exactly right is hard. I, too, try to pick things that I will follow through on. But “try” is the operative word. (And let me tell you, it does not go over well when my husband has later tried to second-guess my threat. Uh-uh. Hindsight is 20/20 buddy. Congrats on yours being perfect. Just like mine and everyone else’s.)

        • Anon in NYC says:

          Of course we all have picked a bad consequence! I don’t want my reply to suggest that I haven’t – I definitely have. Just trying to offer a suggestion since the OP was questioning whether she should have picked a different reward/consequence. I mean, I’m definitely not parent of the year over here. Last night my daughter cried so hard that she threw up on me…. because I was trying to leave her room to make myself dinner at 9pm.

  5. Okay, so kiddo will be four next month. He’s been a good napper for a long time, but I think those days are coming to an end. The problem is that if he naps, he’s up and bouncing off the walls until after 9:00pm (bedtime is at 8:00. My bedtime is 10:00. He’s been awake past my bedtime some nights). Then awake again at 6:00am. If he doesn’t nap, he’s a crabby, teary monster. We’ve tried short naps, but he wakes up crabby from those and is then miserable the rest of the day. Help. What do we do?

    • NewMomAnon says:

      What time is his nap? I can’t let kiddo sleep past 2:30 if I want her in bed by 8 pm. But she needs a nap or she’s a wreck.

      • Unfortunately, he’s in preschool until 1:30 most days, so nap has to be at 2:00 at the earliest. It takes him awhile to settle down, so even a 3:00 wake up is a pretty short nap. We did no nap for Saturday and Sunday this week, and by Monday he was melting down at the tiniest thing.

        • Can you do an ap on weekends and no nap and maybe an earlier bedtime on weekdays?

          • Legally Brunette says:

            This is exactly what we do with my 5 year old, who could easily nap every day if school let him. No nap during the week means he is fast asleep at 8 pm, and then on weekends he generally takes a 2-3 hour nap (which means bedtime is more like 9 pm).

            With that said, your son is younger so I would try to squeeze even a short nap if you could.

        • Many of us can relate! The sleep consultant we use told me that most children need 5 hours of wake time between when they get up from their nap and bedtime (exceptions for infants of course). So if he wakes up at 4 pm from nap, it makes sense that he won’t go to bed until 9 pm.

          I would try waking him up no later than 3:30 pm. That’s not much of a nap but better than nothing. Gradually he will be dropping his nap anyways.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sounds like naptime is coming to an end. :-( The transition will suck, but should smooth out after a week or so after he adjusts to the new schedule. If it makes you feel better, I’m going through this now, but with my 2 year old. And he was the longest napper of the 3 kids…

    • PregLawyer says:

      No nap and earlier bedtime!

    • My 3.5 year old has exactly the same pattern. No nap = crabby grump but goes to bed easily around 8. No nap = more pleasant but up until 9. I decided on the weekend that the extra grump in the evening is the price of an extra hour of peace at night. I’m thinking about asking daycare to drop her nap (she’s with 3-6 year olds so many non-nappers).

  6. 3rd baby- gifts? says:

    My grandmother and DH’s grandmother have been asking what they can get us for our new baby, due in late spring.

    This is our 3rd girl. One has a birthday in the exact same month, so we have all the seasonally appropriate clothes. They are young, so all their gear is still totally usable/clean.

    I cannot think of *anything* that’s a baby gift. We are going to buy a second (used) crib for my middle kiddo, but I definitely don’t want the grandmas to shell out for a brand new crib (it’s going to maybe have 6-10 months of use- middle May even be out of the crib entirely by the time new baby comes, but we don’t want to pressure her). We already have a double stroller and a few single strollers, already have a wagon and baby/big kid swings, etc.

    All I can think of is boring disposable stuff (diapers, wipes) and stuff for the older girls- they’ll start sharing a room and could use fun new room decor.

    We don’t have a name picked out or maybe I’d point them to some personalized stuff so #3 her own new stuff (step stool, blanket, that sort of stuff?).

    Any ideas?! I’d hate to just say “money for the 529” because though it would be appreciated, it’s not a “gift” and not what they want to do.

    • octagon says:

      An Easter outfit for the baby (if she’s due before Easter)?

      Would they be open to giving your whole family a photo session with the new baby?

    • Will you need a new car seat? Or do you have that covered? Our high chair seemed pretty grungy by the end of its life, maybe that? Or anything that you’ll need another one of for travel like another Pack ‘n’ Play or the like? New pump parts/tubing or whatever you replace between kids?

      The photo session above is a great idea.

      We used money from DH’s grandma to buy our child’s baby book.

    • Aden + Anais muslin swaddles? My girls both still use their blankets (now 6 and 3) so maybe new baby should have a set too?

    • mascot says:

      Towels? Monogrammed anything?

    • JDJDTX says:

      What about something sentimental from them? One of my grandmothers makes quilts, and she made a quilt for my daughter. The other grandmother sent some of the books that she loved to read to me when I was little so that I could share them with my daughter.
      Could you use some new bibs or onesies? I went through a lot of my daughter’s clothes to pass on to others and realized that many were stained or the velcro was shot on the bibs.

    • avocado says:

      Books!

    • shortperson says:

      +1 to newborn/family photos

      if you’re into it, outfits and/or PJs for all three girls that match.

    • AwayEmily says:

      Do you have a baby bjorn bouncer? Really nice for second/third kids because they are so portable, but maybe more expensive than something you’d buy yourself.

      also: food gift? Zingermans or something? Not exactly for the baby, but probably very welcome. Harry and David pears were a godsend during the first week of baby #2.

    • Anonymous says:

      Anything keepsakey. Handprint kit. Maybe they can get something that can be engraved later once a name is known, like a silver frame, ornament, cup, spoon, etc etc. Baby book. Gift certificate for photos. Gift certificate for other personalized things that can’t be ordered in advance.

  7. KateMiddletown says:

    How early is too early to buy (and wear) maternity pants? I’m 7 weeks but most of my pants are feeling tight (it’s bloat – I haven’t gained any lbs.) (Also, half of my clothes are at the cleaners and not ready until Saturday so I’m looking for an excuse to buy a pair of pants for tomorrow and Friday. #lazy)

    • It is never too early. Go for it. I was super nauseous at the beginning of my pregnancy. When I finally got maternity clothes around the end of my first trimester, it helped so much not to have anything feel tight (even with belly bands). I wish I’d gotten maternity clothes sooner than I did.

      • That said, some maternity clothing is pretty obvious. So you’ll need to be prepared for it to potentially “out” you if you don’t want that.

      • Pigpen's Mama says:

        +1 Never too early (says the one who started bloating about 30 minutes after peeing on a stick).

        But, you can also consider just going up a size for a pair or two of inexpensive versatile pants — they’ll likely come in handy postpartum when full maternity pants won’t work and you may not be back to your pre-pregnancy pants.

    • PregLawyer says:

      Get the bella band – that should keep you wearing your current pants until you have enough of a bump to get full-panel pants.

    • Anonymous says:

      I bought the one with the small band (and not the full panel) for the end of the first trimester/early second. I had to wear them at 11 weeks even though I had lost 5lbs from morning (i.e. all day) sickness. I showed early.

    • Mama Llama says:

      I have some work pants with elastic or ponte waists (Betabrand yoga dress pants, Eileen Fischer magic pants, and NYDJ ponte pants) that have been my go-to’s in the first trimester for work pants before I made the switch to maternity pants.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you tried the hair elastic button extender trick?

  8. Looking for AnecData says:

    Would be interested in hearing your experiences with postpartum weight loss. With my first baby, I gained about 30 lbs during pregnancy, exclusively nursed/pumped, and easily lost weight to the point where I was down to 10 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight about 6 months pp. After I stopped nursing (around 15mo pp), I slowly gained until I was back to my normal weight and stayed there until getting pg again.

    With my second, I gained about 35 pounds, did combo feeding, and have been stuck around 9 lbs above my normal weight for the past 5 months or so. I’m currently just nursing evening, morning, and at night. I would like to continue nursing through the end of the flu season at least, and probably until around June when baby is 15mo.

    I’m wondering if I can expect any changes to my metabolism/ability to get back to normal weight once I finally stop nursing. This has been so different from the last pregnancy so am curious what anyone else’s experience has been.

    • I only had one baby, but my experience was that nursing did not impact my weight at all. I lost about 25 pounds in the first two weeks and never lost the last 10-15. I nursed/pumped for 14 months. I hoped weaning might help – it didn’t. So, now I’m trying WW to lose 10-15 pounds. (I did not at all try to lose weight until now, so hoping this will help!) Some people said they lost weight nursing – I did not. Some people said they lost weight after weaning – I did not.

    • AwayEmily says:

      Following — I think you are basically me, but about six months ahead. Mine is only a month but so far the weight is coming off more slowly than with #1…ugh, being older. And having a winter baby doesn’t help either — too snowy and/or flu-ridden to get outside.

  9. 3rd baby- gifts? says:

    We have a million high quality swaddles and are good on the car seat front- we’ll need a new one but for the older guys (a booster), not baby. We have a perfectly serviceable high chair- definitely not getting a new one this late in the game!

    Baby is due in Late May/early June so no need for Easter outfits.

    • I think I would just say I didn’t need anything. Ask them if they’ll watch the older kids for you or something? Or a token gift – a lovey or a jellycat bunny? Sounds like you have everything you *need* covered.

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