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spanx.jpgThere was a time in my life when I never thought much about Spanx. Perhaps if I had a wedding, I might throw a pair on. But we were simply acquaintances. Then I had two children and well, Spanx became like a close friend. You know one of those people who makes you feel a little uncomfortable at times but you still go out with him or her practically every night anyway.

Here is the scenario. I’m going out to dinner with my husband or perhaps to a friend’s birthday party. First, I put on my outfit minus the Spanx. I feel comfortable. I feel good. I look in the mirror. Not so good. I look at my sagging, little belly. I sigh. I strip down, put on the Spanx and then get dressed again. My skin feels a little itchy under the tight nylon and spandex combo. The waistband is digging into my mid-section. But I look in the mirror. Ahh… that’s the girl I remember.

If I really had balls, I would take a picture of my tummy with and without the Spanx just to really show you the difference. But I just can’t do it.

Along with my collection of Spanx, I’m always on the look out for a good “poochie” top. I think my friend Julie came up with this term. A poochie top is a shirt that doesn’t cling too much to the stomach. But it’s a delicate balance because it can’t be too free-flowing either or it will make a girl look pregnant (when she’s not). Basically, a good top will hide the pooch but still look sleek and cute. It’s tough to find and sometimes I feel like I’m on a post pregnancy scavenger hunt. My old body-hugging t-shirts and blouses just sit there, neatly folded, mocking me from the closet. They are so very cruel.

I did just order a Pilates core work-out DVD. Do you think 3 year-old Dylan would be interested in watching that instead of Elmo? Probably not. Maybe I’ll pop it in after the kids are in bed. Or maybe I’ll just put on my Spanx, sit on the couch and drink a glass of Shiraz.

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4 Responses to a peek into my drawers

  • Allison Teweles says:

    I love that you bought the pilates DVD…I bought a copy and used it ONCE while traveling. I hope you have more success than I did…it's gathering dust, along with "Abs of Steel", on my entertainment center shelf.

    Have I every told you about the time I tried to do yoga at home? Maggie was an infant, so I thought she'd just lay there quietly (as if). Brian was outside, so I was all set to relax, stretch, and meditate.

    Somehow that quickly ended up with me in the Legs Up the Wall position, crammed into the only free wall space between the couch and chair, Brian trying to do it too, Maggie laying on my belly, and realizing I was stuck. As in couldn't get down without scratching the wall, smooshing Maggie, or rolling over and crusing Brian. "Take a deep, cleansing breath…."

  • Lanie Taylor says:

    I used to just wear Spanx because of the great footless pantyhose which was perfect for open toed shoes. Now after two pregancies and three children, I have had to reevaluate.

    I have two weddings to go to and I really thought I would be back to wearing at least my dresses by now. Fletcher and Alyssa are almost 3 months so maybe fitting into anything might have just been a fantasy – but a girl can dream, right? So, this week I purchased the Spanx High Waisted Power Panty (I think my grandmother used to call this a girdle). Now if I can just find the right "poochie" dress to go over the power panty!

  • izzy's mama says:

    I don't know how you do it. Ever since I had Izzy (who is now 4) even bras bother me though I do manage to wear one occasionally. But spanx, I am sure I would be writhing on the floor if I had to wear those. Then again, I could never bear tights as a child and pantyhose make me cringe!
    I do manage to do Pilates..though not nearly enough to make a difference. You need 3x a week to see results. Meanwhile I just keep searching for the poochie tops too.

  • Abby says:

    Girls-don't feel too badly. I've never had a baby and I wear Spanx. Not because I'm heavy or anything but don't we all have a pooch by this age? Also, I was at a networking mtg this morning and a woman complimented me on my dress. She said she could never wear that dress without support, to which I answered "oh trust me-the Spanx are going on right now!" I then proceeded to teach her how to wear Spanx since she said she couldn't get into hers.

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