Mother’s Day

Treat Your Mother Right

 

Every year, like clockwork, we celebrate Mother’s Day and here at Pitusa we’re all about celebrating mothers of any and every age. As the **classic** Mr. T song goes, we should all treat our mother right and never forget from whence we came (that second bit is from us) – really, every day should be Mother’s Day. But since they get but one formal day a year, remember to call your mother, send her flowers and while you’re at it, you should probably get her a little Pitusa to brighten her day (and her wardrobe).

 

From the mothers-to-be, to the new mothers to the seasoned pros, to the grandmothers to the aunties to the godmothers and any mother in between—we like to celebrate anyone who goes that extra mile, takes care of their tribe and makes sure everyone is well fed at any give time (we’re feeders, what can we say). With that in mind, we asked a few women at different stages on that wild ride called motherhood about how things have changed for them since becoming a mother, where they stand on maternity clothing and breastfeeding—and what they can and can’t live without.

 

We swiftly found out that everyone is on the same page when it comes to heels: they are definitely the first thing to go (often thrown out the window of your baby’s nursery), that comfort is king and easy access for breastfeeding is a must (this is where our Inca Abaya and Mini Abaya come in very handy, if we do say so ourselves). Some mothers prefer to go with the flow and see what any given day brings whilst others like to keep everything organized for any spontaneous crises situations that might arise. One thing we gleaned from our conversations with these women: motherhood is truly a judgment free zone—and however you get through the day is ok. There is an implicit compassion amongst mothers: realistically, even if it is the best, most life altering experience, some days are just really hard and everyone gets that. Being honest about that helps us all win – by holding one another up and rooting for the other to succeed. With that in mind, have a read below about how these beautiful Pitusa mamas get by, each in their own unique way.

 

AGA, 8 MONTHS PREGNANT

Aga likes to be comfortable but fashionable, and she’s firm believer that one shouldn’t have to sacrifice one’s style for comfort “no matter how much your body and size changes”. Aga is wearing the Pima Inca Jumpsuit in black–  fantastic option for the pregnant person in your life.

 

BEAUTY, STYLE, GRACE:

I use natural and organic [products], it has always been my preference but it’s even more important to me now. My routine when it comes to getting ready has considerably shortened in time spent, as my wardrobe choices are now limited. Not a bad thing!

MATERNITY WEAR?

I do everything I can to stay away from maternity clothes. I opt for loose dresses, not traditionally for maternity purposes. There are certain things that are hard to avoid – like pregnancy jeans or leggings – but there are so many great pregnant friendly wardrobe choices out there.

MOST EXCITING THING ABOUT BECOMING A MOTHER?

Feeling fulfilled as a woman and of course starting a family.

PREGNANCY THRILLS:

Feeling the baby move and having a nice round belly.

PREGNANCY FOOD ALL-STAR:

Corn!
WHAT DO YOU MISS?

I miss champagne!

BREASTFEEDING VS BOTTLE?

Whatever Mother Nature decides – If I can, I will breastfeed at least for few months.

NESTING OR NAH?

Only around the 8th and 9th month. I think there is no point in doing it too early but I did take recommendations from friends who already have kids.

MYTHBUSTERS ABOUT PREGNANCY:

Vivid dreams are definitely not a myth!

 

VIRGINIE, MOM TO CHARLIE

 

Virginie is a first time mama and passionate about motherhood. She hasn’t changed her lifestyle much since becoming a mother, she just brings along her little pal Charlie wherever life takes them. She’ll breastfeed wherever she needs to, and likens the experience to “pure joy”. Virginie wears the Inca Abaya in Watermelon and Charlie is matching Kids Abaya in Watermelon – we could faint from the cuteness.
CLOTHING?

A soft bra, and either something with wide arm openings to pop the baby in there, or a t-shirt I can lift.

MATERNITY WEAR?
Anything soft, wide and long, maybe with a little cleavage to show off those new milkalicious boobs…

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC?
At first, it was a little strange to breastfeed in public, but I got used to it very quickly. I don’t care anymore, but I do try to be mindful of my environment. Sometimes my boyfriend throws me a swaddle to cover up…ha!
BREASTFEEDING IN GENERAL?
Honestly it’s all about the connection between a mom and her child. It’s such an immense pleasure.

ORGANIZED VS. HAPHAZARD:
Totally open to whatever the day brings.

STYLE-WISE: WHAT’D YOU CHUCK?
Heels.

MOTHERHOOD BEST OF:
Omg. Everything. From the moment we wake up, to putting her in bed, I love everything.
MOTHERHOOD, THE HURDLES:
The time at which we wake up now! I loved sleeping in. And when she’s in pain.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS:
That it changes your lifestyle. I think what it does, is that it changes you. You become different and don’t want the same things.

SAGE ADVICE:

It’s a journey of love. I don’t know how, but the moment you receive this baby in your arms, you actually know what to do. As if you were programmed. And enjoy every waking minute of this ride. It’s delicious.

 

FRAN, MOM TO CRISTOBAL, AGE 1

Fran is practical with a laidback approach—she likes to keep things simple and everything organized so for a day at the beach she always comes prepared with swim diapers, regular diapers and of course our Kids Towel Cape to dry off. She still sometimes can’t believe all the love she feels for this tiny human!
CLOTHING?

My favorite thing to wear when I was breastfeeding was any buttoned shirt, or a Mini Pima Abaya, it was the easiest way to breastfeed. Always comfy shoes.

MATERNITY WEAR?
Dresses, especially long dresses. Also fitted tops with jeans. Loose tops made me feel awkward.

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC?

I like to cover up, but still, I feel comfortable in public.

BREASTFEEDING IN GENERAL?

I think every mom needs to do what they want to do, and what they feel is best for them and their babies.

ORGANIZED VS. HAPHAZARD:

I think with kids you have to be more organized than spontaneous, there will always be things that you MUST take with you no matter what…like swim diapers, regular diapers, sunblock, an extra outfit, wipes, and of course their swimsuit and sunhat, so I guess I can say I am organized down to a T.

STYLE-WISE: WHAT’D YOU CHUCK?

Heels, and when he was a newborn, handbags, because of the diaper bag. Now I have simplified his bag in order to be able to use handbags again. Heels on the other hand, I don’t care [about wearing them] anymore.

MOTHERHOOD BEST OF:

All the funny and new things they start doing. Also the amount of love I feel for this tiny human being.

MOTHERHOOD, THE HURDLES:
Almost no time for myself [or spent] by myself.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS:

That you have to stop doing certain things you usually did, like going out. It’s all about balance.

SAGE ADVICE:

It gets easier as soon as you two start to get to know each other.

 

MIRIAM, MOM TO HALA, AGE 6


Miriam is very into fashion and yoga and motherhood hasn’t changed that for her one bit! She’s a realist—she is not oblivious to how hard it can sometimes be to be a mother, and not afraid to be honest about it. She swears by Wet wipes, makes sure she’s always stocked with a snack (usually a crowd-pleaser like Goldfish), water and her phone. She wears the Inca Sundress in Coral, and her daughter Hala wears the Kids Abaya in Coral.
CLOTHING?

Since I’m very much into fashion and yoga, I like to be in my yoga outfit most of the time—very comfy and easy.

MATERNITY WEAR?

I loved wearing tight dresses that showed my belly! I loved being pregnant. It’s so cute and adorable.

BREASTFEEDING IN PUBLIC?

Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for me! I tried to do it for a couple of days and didn’t enjoy the experience at all! I wouldn’t be comfortable doing it around anyone.

BREASTFEEDING IN GENERAL?

I support it and think if other moms can do it and handle it amazing and good for them! But I also tell all new moms don’t feel pressured or guilt if you can’t.

ORGANIZED VS. HAPHAZARD:

I am the opposite of organized. I live one day at a time.

STYLE-WISE: WHAT’D YOU CHUCK?

Nothing! Maybe my bikinis thanks to stretch marks caused by pregnancy.

MOTHERHOOD BEST OF:

Everyday I learn something new from both of my kids!

MOTHERHOOD, THE HURDLES:

I worry about them all the time. My grandmother once told me “a mother will never relax until she dies” and it made so much sense.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS:
That we are supposed to love and enjoy every minute of it and that it’s all this amazing experience.

SAGE ADVICE:

I would tell her welcome to motherhood! And being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one!

 

 


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